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What speed do/did you mow hay

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:17 pm    Post subject: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

with a 48 H Farmall and simi mount sickle mower??
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:42 pm    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

2nd or 3rd.Full throttle. Not so fast that it tears/strips.Not so slow that the hay doesn't fall away. Play with it. find the 'sweet spot'.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Not a Farmall but with a New Holland 456 trailer mower I'm usually right at 4 1/2 MPH in 5th gear with my Yanmar YM 330,can run 6th gear a lot of the time but I'd rather just cruise a long.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:31 am    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

COOP E3 and AS-15 mower, third or fourth in creeper if the field is smooth.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:22 am    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Never just mowed with the H Farmall but with a John Deere B that speeds are the same. Mower only 4th at about 2/3 throttle. When put the hay conditioner in tandem with the mower thern had to shift down to 3rd because of the conditioner anf full throttle again because of the conditioner needing the full speed. Ford 2N with just mower 3rd or high gear at about 1/3 throttle. When we got thr 9' mower-conditioner that went on the H and 3rd full throttle due to the conditioner. The ground speed stayed about the same at 2/3rd throttle in 4th as 3rd wide open.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:36 am    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote


The farmer that I worked for as a kid mowed with a side-mount 7 foot Dearborn on his 8N. He went FAST! The hay was probably rarely super heavy and usually mature so the stems would be usually upright without a lot of leaf near the ground. He made his square corners in probably six seconds.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:47 am    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Farmall H with John Deere #5 mower. 4th gear, wide open.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:20 am    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am cutting grass, not stemy stuff like alfalfa. I dont think info about other makes of tractors of other decades will be of much help. Im finding that 2nd wide open about does it.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:26 am    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Farmallb wrote:
(quoted from post at 08:20:26 07/13/19) I am cutting grass, not stemy stuff like alfalfa. I dont think info about other makes of tractors of other decades will be of much help. Im finding that 2nd wide open about does it.



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you go too fast, the stubble becomes long and ragged. If too slow, the crop does not want to fall to the rear of the cutterbar. Crop should look like a waterfall as it is cut. However, sometimes alfalfa doesn't even look like it is being or has been cut, except for the swathboard trail.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am thinking that if you need to use that slow of a gear with that much RPM then you need some cutter bar work.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:22 am    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Between 4 & 5 MPH depending on the mower. Pitman driven mowers run slower sickle speeds than balance head mowers.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:01 am    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The PTO speed on the H is what drives the sickle mower speed.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Farmallb wrote:
(quoted from post at 08:01:28 07/14/19) The PTO speed on the H is what drives the sickle mower speed.


That is right Farmallb, but the balanced head mower can be run faster from the PTO on the H than a mower driven by a pitman stick. Like Leroy said your bar must need some tune-up work.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:06 pm    Post subject: Re: What speed do/did you mow hay Reply to specific post Reply with quote

3rd or 4th half throttle with a M 400 or 450 running pitman stick mowers. Like was said a balanced head mower you can run more rpm but why?
I have been in REALLY TOUGH cutting and had to go down to first gear and tip the bar back further to get it to mow clean. Lots of tricks to make a sickle bar mow good.

 
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