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MARK ROBKE
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:03 am    Post subject: Walk behind sickle mowers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am interested in finding one these-be it a Gravely or some other brand. I want the bar to be no wider than 30". But my main question is, whether or not it would mow off a small sapling no larger than my little finger. I want to find an older, used one; so is there one brand that is better, stouter than the others? Thanks, Mark.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:41 am    Post subject: Re: Walk behind sickle mowers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have an old D/B I'd sell but it has not run in years
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Walk behind sickle mowers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If all you want is the sickle bar mower its hard to beat a Jari. A good one can be had for $200 or so around here.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Walk behind sickle mowers Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I agree....they are a bit 'crude" but they are light and EXTREMELY
durable. If you are careful, they will easily cut 1/2" to 3/4" saplings.
They still make them but new ones are very, very expensive.
I use mine a lot every summer.....wouldn't be without it!
Used ones are pretty reasonable but they don't come up all that often.
Check e-bay; a few years ago I found a good one there for $65.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Walk behind sickle mowers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have an Eclipse, walk be-hind sickle bar mower. It's handier than a pocket on a shirt. I mean as long as you don't try to use it on a steep bank. Then it is very hard to control. It's not for sale as I use it sometimes. Just putting in my 2 cents.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:54 am    Post subject: Re: Walk behind sickle mowers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use two Gravely walk behind "L" tractors with sickle bars, I don't think they ever made as narrow as 30 inches, but it could be cut down to that. They will cut most anything growing that fits between the guards, I run mine slow enough so if it is too tough it will stall the engine before anything breaks.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:16 am    Post subject: Re: Walk behind sickle mowers Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I've used a Gravely L to do that. If possible you want the the gear reduction wheels and tires. And be prepared to tighten everything up a couple times a day when you're working it I've also run a Jari and much prefer the Gravely.

Troy Built or DR made a sickle bar mower some years back. I see them for sale every now and then, usually missing parts.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:16 am    Post subject: Re: Walk behind sickle mowers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks everyone-very good info. Thanks, Mark.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Walk behind sickle mowers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The 2 wheel 50?s 60?s Simplicity tractors
had sickle bar attachments . Maybe a flail
mower is something to look into .
 
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