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Home-Made Mower Great For Mowing PIK Acres
Brothers John and Marc Durre, Minonk, Ill., salvaged a cutter bar and sickle from a 303 International combine to make this 12 1/2 ft. wide mower which, they say, is "great for mowing PIK acres."
The frame, made of thick-wall pipe and channel iron, can be raised with the hydraulic cylinder. Rubber-tired caster wheels at each end of the cutter bar keep it from digging in on uneven ground. The gauge wheels are equipped with pins for adjusting sickle height to a minimum of 4 in. to a maximum of 10 in. The sickle is driven with a hydraulic motor using the tractor's hydraulic system. A divider (not shown) is used on one end to separate the mowed and standing crop on each pass.
"It'll go most anywhere a conventional mower will go," says John.
"In addition to PIK acres, we've mowed lodged crops, standing alfalfa, and some sorghum that stood 8 ft. tall. We use the original guards and sickle, but did replace the old sections."
The Durre Brothers would be happy to compare notes with anyone interested in having a similar mower custom built from a salvaged cutter bar.
Contact: Durre Brothers, 329 Oak, Minonk, Ill. 61760 (ph 309 432-2616).

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #5