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Front-Mount Sicklebar Mower
An old walk-behind sickle mower purchased for $20 was modified for use with the front hitch. A 1/2 hp Briggs and Stratton motor with a 1 to 6 reduction gearbox provides the power. It's mounted on a length of 8-in. channel iron that fits the receiver hitch so the winch can lift and lower the mower.
The motor, with a 6-in. pulley on the gearbox, mounts directly over a 3-in. pulley on the mower's driveshaft, further reducing speed. A bracket for an idler pulley and a handle for engaging it were fabricated from flat stock and angle iron.
A length of 3/8-in. rod from the inside of a wire spool mounts to the front of the mower. It serves to bend tall grasses and stalks away from the mower as it cuts.

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6