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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I got this on a equipment trade deal, and I really like it. Enough in fact to fix it up for my personal use. It's all there, not broken up or welded all over. I'm not an A/C guy,(but my dad and grand daddy sure were!) but I like this mower and would like your imput on it, like model, parts problems etc. I'd like to locate a manual on it too. Thanks folks!

 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looks like my Allis 80R3. I've only had mine a little over a year and only used it a couple times to mow some banks and across come culverts in the lane to cut weeds. I don't have it adjusted yet the way it needs to be to work good on my Allis 180. Mike
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I"m thinking it is the first of the Twin Wheel models, a number 7. Models 80 and 82 followed. 82 had white decals.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:11 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Check the bushing, where the knife bolts to the twin wheel drive. It needs to be snug and is adjusted by tightening a bolt, that draws the hole tighter. Also check the 2 outboard bearings for looseness, and keep them greased. If it ever wears out a part, don't scrap it, that roostercomb toplink is worth $ to anyone who knows what it is!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:36 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Great info folks, Thanks!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:10 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A number 7 mower (the first of the AC twin wheel) was a snap coupler if it was mounted or it could be had in a trailer version. The mower in the picture is a 3 point mower so it can't be a #7. It's definitely an 80R3 after checking my book and seeing the later 82R was semi-mounted and had a tail wheel. Mike
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Lower end bearings, below the Twin Wheel drive arms- some call them 'rods'...some years ago they were in the $70 range. I found some smaller dia bearings, after turning down original bearing races on my lathe, would fit inside. OK for yard cutting, etc- wouldn't do that if it was a field mower.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is my side mount on a WD45.

 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Considering your history here, and my lack of knowledge on the early ones........I had a side mount on my D17 when I started farming in 1972- had the channel iron frame underneath....don't remember if it was Snap-Coupler mount in front- it had the right side bypass driveline from the pto- chain drive. (I think later were belt?) I remember it snapped the pto shaft off when the chain broke and wrapped the shaft.....major expense when starting out, and it's my first alfalfa crop, just milking a few cows. Milk was about $4 cwt. Cost over $100 for the shaft, world coming to an end- just the precursor for a lifetime of farming!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Considering your history here, and my lack of knowledge on the early ones........I had a side mount on my D17 when I started farming in 1972- had the channel iron frame underneath....don't remember if it was Snap-Coupler mount in front- it had the right side bypass driveline from the pto- chain drive. (I think later were belt?) I remember it snapped the pto shaft off when the chain broke and wrapped the shaft.....major expense when starting out, and it's my first alfalfa crop, just milking a few cows. Milk was about $4 cwt. Cost over $100 for the shaft, world coming to an end- just the precursor for a lifetime of farming!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have seen some early side mounts that look like you are saying, kinda looked like the 80r frame turned backwards, The one the guy is askin about is pretty late model cause of the three point.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Reserected my old snap couple to mow crp for hay this fall did the job after many problems-- the twin wheel gear box wouldnt hold 90-180 so I went to senthetic grease. The four bolts that hold the bar to the gear box were broken or close to it when I started and let go two hours in. Belt broke shortly after getting started again and try finding one of those. Finaly after replacing a guard, swaping out the gear box with a spare (thank goodness I bought on a wim 25 years ago) and finding an old combine belt that fit somewhat close, tilting the bar back as far as would go and raising the shoes up 2 inches she did a great job. 75 ton of hay and one flat drive tire later it will be forgotten again until the next need. OH YA I almost forgot the fine thread bolt that attaches the sicle to the gear box sheering and the lift chain breaking. Great adventure. Glad I had the new sicle in the barn that AGCO charged me $165 for ten years back. Otherwise it may have taken more than the 2 weeks to GET ER DONE. !^)
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for info on this A/C Sickle Mower Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Good luck with that monster...I have one and it is the most disappointing piece of AC equip I own. Too much right hand weight on the 3 pt. I have a horrible time putting it on...but it works like a dream cutting high or low banks. Just be careful.
 
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