1984 - Volume #8, Issue #3, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Hollow Point Sickle Sections
"Regular-shaped pointed sections with a blunt leading edge tend to push material away. Hollowing out the point draws the material onto the section, allowing it to cut quicker and more efficiently," says Spereslage. "Whether we hollow out old sections or brand new ones, it does a super job and we're able to go faster and cut cleaner. We've also noticed that the sections stay sharper longer.
To do the hollowing out, Spereslage uses an electric grinder. He cuts a curve into the end of the section that's 1/16 to 1/8 in. deep. "If you have rocky soil you should hollow it out less to avoid chipping," he notes.
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