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Restored Allis 2-Pt. Sicklebar Mower
With only 2 acres of hay to put up for some calves, Brad McCarty, Kinmundy, Ill., didn’t want to spend the money for a new mower. So when he found an old Allis Chalmers 2-pt. mounted, 7-ft. sicklebar mower laying in a neighbor’s field, he bought it for $300 and restored it. He uses it with his Deere 3010 tractor, and says it works great.
“What I really like about this mower is that it uses a gearbox to drive the sicklebar, instead of a wooden pitman arm which is found on most older mowers. Pitman arms tend to get out of time and break. A gearbox drive is much more reliable.”
McCarty found an operator’s manual for the mower but has never been able to determine when the mower was built. “My best guess is in the 1960’s. I went online and learned that a side-mounted version of this mower was also available. It hooked up to a pintle hitch that you installed under the tractor.”
The mower is built strong, says McCarty. “One time a neighbor with a 4-acre patch of tall, thick clover asked if I would cut his hay. My dad has mowed and baled hay all his life and didn’t think my old mower could cut through that hay, but it did. It doesn’t work fast, but it cuts great. When I was done, the field looked like a disc mower had gone through it.”
McCarty reworked the machine and installed new sickle sections and guards. “The knives on this mower are pop-riveted to the guards, so I was able to keep the guards,” he says. The gearbox seals were leaking so he took the gearbox apart and repaired it.
The hydraulic cylinder that raises and lowers the sicklebar was missing, so he installed a new one. “The cylinder can only lift the sicklebar part way up and is used only when turning at the end of the field. I have to manually raise the sicklebar all the way up for road transport,” notes McCarty.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brad McCarty, 4241 Vermundy Rd., Kinmundy, Ill. 62854 (ph 618 780-3552; bmccarty1967@gmail.com).

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6