2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Double-Sickle Mowers Cut Cleaner
Operators say an I & J sicklebar mower works quieter than a disc or drum mower and requires lower engine speed and less power to operate. The Pitmanless gear drive system also allows the bar to easily cut road ditches or other angled terrain. Blank says that because the bar doesn’t have guards, the mowers typically don’t have any plugging issues, even in clumpy ground or where pocket gopher mounds are present.
“The mower and sickle design is originally from Germany and we’ve adapted it to several different models for horse-drawn or tractor use,” Blank says. “Two of our horse-drawn models have 9-hp. engines, and another is ground driven. The pto-drive models for compact tractors can be pull-type or mounted on a 3-pt. hitch. We have a skid steer model that runs with a hydraulic motor, and we can also build a model for a loader and put three bars together for a triple wide.
Cutter bars for I & J mowers are 5 1/2, 7, 8 or 9 ft. long. A one-horse vineyard mower has a 32-in. cutter bar.
Steve Groff of Cedar Meadows Farm uses his I & J mower for cutting 8 to 10-ft. tall fiber hemp and says it cuts the thick stems like a hot knife through butter. He adds that the crop lays down smoothly, and every stem is cut clean.
Contact the company or any of its dealers in the U.S. and Canada for pricing and availability.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, I & J Manufacturing, 10 So. New Holland Rd., Ste. 2, Gordonville, Penn. 17529 (ph 717-442-9451; sales@IJmfg.com; www.i-jmanufacturing.com).
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