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Belly-Mount Sicklebar Mower Fitted To Garden Tractor
Claude Peloquin needed a sicklebar mower to mow farm lanes and along ditches and fence lines - places where he couldn’t easily go with a bigger machine. So the Quebec farmer mounted an old 4-ft. long, belly-mount sicklebar mower alongside his 2014 Kioti CS2410 24-hp. loader tractor, belt-driving it off the tractor’s front pto.
“It’s a nice little mower for small jobs and didn’t cost much to mount it,” says Peloquin. “I have a great view of the mower, and the tractor’s 4-WD, live pto, power steering and hydraulic lift make it easy to operate. 
“The Haban Cyclo-Mo sickle mower was made in Racine, Wis., to fit garden tractors of the late 1950’s or early 1960’s,” says Peloquin. “I got it from a used car dealer who didn’t know what it was and gave it to me.”
Figuring out the parts needed to adapt the mower to the tractor was a challenge, says Peloquin. “I couldn’t use the gearbox or pto shaft, but figured I could attach the mower under the tractor and belt-drive it off the tractor’s mid 2,000 rpm front pto. I installed a shaft on two bearings and a 3-in. pulley to drive the mower’s 6-in. pulley.  To attach the mower, I installed 2 steel brackets on the front part of the tractor frame and another one close to the rear hitch.”
The mower is raised and lowered by cables attached to the tractor’s 3-pt. lift arms with 2 pulleys. “The mower is designed to operate at 700 to 1,000 strokes per minute, which requires the tractor’s engine to operate at 2,000 to 2,500 rpm’s,” says Peloquin. “That rpm range allows the tractor’s HST transmission to operate efficiently. When I want to mow heavy brush, long thick hay,  or saplings up to an inch in diameter, I increase the engine rpm’s to 2,800 rpm’s. There’s a trip mechanism on the sicklebar so if it hits something solid it’ll release backward. When I put the tractor’s transmission in reverse, the sicklebar clicks back in place.”
Peloquin says his total out-of-pocket cost was about $75. “The only parts I bought were two bearings, a shaft and pulley, and a longer belt,” he notes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Claude Peloquin, 191 rang 3 du Gore, Thurso, Quebec Canada J0X 3B0 (ph 819 427-8479; claupel47@gmail.com).

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