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Sicklebar Mower Fitted With Back-Saving Winch
Delmar Cornett, Independence, Va., attached a winch to his New Holland 451 3-pt. sicklebar mower. It allows him to raise and lower the sicklebar using the winch’s remote control right from the tractor seat. The winch is powered by the tractor’s battery.

    “I own two of these mowers and made the same modification to both of them,” says Cornett. “I came up with the idea because I’m 79 years old and don’t have the strength anymore to pick up the sicklebar after I finish mowing.”

    Cornett bought a 2,500-lb. winch and welded it onto a steel plate that he bolted to the left side of the mower. He welded a 5-ft. length of 2-in. square tubing to the same plate, then drilled a 1/2-in. dia. hole in the top of the tubing and bolted on a 3-in. pulley. After cutting up a 3-in. chain link he welded it on back of the sicklebar, about 2 ft. from the end. A chain hook on the winch cable attaches to the link.

    “Whenever I want to mow I press the ‘down’ button on the remote control to lower the sicklebar, then unhook the cable and reel it back up onto the winch,” says Cornett. “Once I’ve finished mowing I roll out the winch cable and hook it up to the sicklebar, then raise it up. The winch’s power cord plugs into a 110-volt outlet that I mounted on back of the tractor. My total cost for materials was about $115.”

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Delmar R. Cornett, 1310 Elliott Place, Independence, Va. 24348 (ph 276 773-2183).

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4