Messing around in the shop

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Time to clip the big field. I’m going to put the 1941 M and that old mower that was on its way to scrap to work today.

I had broke the rod out on the outer side of the bar the other day. I quickly welded it back together and put it back on and hit the field.
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I only made two or three passes before I was back at the shop. :cuss:

That rod really gets a lot of vibration and it broke again! I guess the consolation is my weld held, it broke in a new spot! I guess I’ll be out there with a metal detector to see if I can find it. :109: I’ll have to come up with a better way to make one. I also broke a rock guard but that’s kind of common and luckily I have some spares.
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The grass is short so I can run without that rod for now. The reason I’m clipping the fields now is because the dry weather we had stunned the grass but not the weeds. I really don’t want to use chemicals if I don’t have to so I’m attempting to mow the weeds out hoping now that we have rain the grass can overtake them.

That was the end of the problems and the rest of the mowing went smoothly. Quite enjoyable time spent on the tractor listening to the sickle do its work.
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Jeff is there any reason you can't use these ? They are flexible and high visible .
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Snow plow blade markers. They are flexible and made to take a beating.
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They may work. They have to be rigid enough to move thick material to the back of the mower to leave bit of bare ground for the next pass. The rebar I used certainly won’t hold up. Other old sickle mowers use a steel rod but it better steel for sure. I also thought about making a triangular shaped one so it has 2 point of contact. I guess we’ll see what I can scrounge up!
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Two points would for sure be better. I've seen a number over time that used a loop rather than a triangle. Probably just due to it being easier (no welding) and not because it was less likely to impale anyone...

The sickle I sold a couple years ago had a board to do the same thing. No recollection how it was mounted though, or if it looked OEM.
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