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Steve(WI)    Posted 04-25-2015 at 00:57:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have a 7' Dearborn 14-16 sickle bar mower that I like for the width but it's a pain to get on and off. Was looking at a used 4' brush hog type mower instead. Besides the width what are the draw backs. Once mounted I do like the 7' sickle. One pass in and out and my 3/4 mile road is done 14' wide.

    Farmer Dan    Posted 04-26-2015 at 12:22:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have a 4' brush hog and ORC that I use on my 9N. I will cut up anything I can run the tractor over. Including lawn chairs and cement blocks LOL. Only draw back is it's not a 5' brush hog.

    Charlie (IA)    Posted 04-25-2015 at 10:54:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Steve,

    I agree with Jack. Running without an ORC is challenging, and a bit dangerous in certain circumstances. That being said, I run a '52 8N with a brush hog and have learned how to do it (after a few eyebrow raising incidents) without hangups on a regular basis.

    Ya know, Steve, there is one other solution that Jack did not mention. Get a second N tractor!! Mount the sickle bar on one and taa daaah!! Problem solved!

    Charlie (IA)

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 04-25-2015 at 08:29:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Steve,

    Probably the biggest concern with a rotary is the flywheel effect. Without an overrunning clutch they are dangerous! Live PTO is a big asset also. I pull a 5 ft. Ford but generally do it behind my 860. I have had it on my 2N but it's no fun! I do like the idea I can pull over a 2 inch tree and chop it down. NOISY!

    Jack

    Steve(WI)    Posted 04-25-2015 at 16:29:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I'd definitely put on an ORC on a rotary mower. I figured the 4' would be small enough for the 8N and let me get into areas the sickle won't let me. Thought about the second tractor idea...mmmmm

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 04-25-2015 at 16:49:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • A 860/861 is a nice machine for rotary mowers! Believe those are the first ones with the live PTO. If you are fortunate enough to be able to find the auxiliary valve you can also have external hydraulics to run implements. Makes life worth living!

    I ran mine a time or two on the 2N without a ORC. Makes for an interesting ride! Does not care if there is a tree in front of you or a ditch! Never got hurt but certainly had my heart in my throat a few times. Then I bought a ORC!

    Good Luck,

    Jack

    Steve(WI)    Posted 04-25-2015 at 16:53:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Is it just me or are the rear sickle mowers a royal PITA to mount? I end up fighting to get the last links connected. Gonna try to follow the manual again this spring and see if it's better.

    Mike Wilson, Catlett's Station, VA    Posted 04-25-2015 at 17:41:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Dad always said the Dearborn sickle bar mower was difficult to put on and off. They traded it in on a 501 as soon as the newer model became available.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 04-25-2015 at 17:24:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Steve,

    I'm not the one to answer that. Used a 14-16 back in the 1940's but not since. Suspect my brother put it on at that time but do not remember.

    At the present time I have two of them which I bought with the intention of salvaging one. However as I've looked them over I believe both are very salvageable. Now to find time in my project list!

    Jack

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