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The sickle bar is equipped with a latch device which will release and allow the sickle bar assembly to pivot towards the rear of the tractor in event of collision with a solid object. To reset, shut off tractor engine and stop sickle bar before pulling the end of sickle bar towards front of tractor until it latches.

LUBRICATION

The 46" sickle bar is lubricated through grease fittings located as follows:

Crank shaft housing  1
Pitman bearing housing 2
Rocker arm shaft housing 1
Cutter bar shaft housing  1

Refer to Fig. 9 & 10 for the location of the grease fittings.

Lubricate these fittings after every hour of operation, with a standard grease gun loaded with a general purpose automotive type grease. Before applying grease wipe each fitting with a rag to remove dirt and grit. Avoid forcing dirt into the bearings with the clean grease.

Apply SAE #10 oil to the wear plates and sickle bar clips every one or two hours of steady operation. Occasionally add oil to bearings of idler pulleys in the belt guard housing, 

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LUBRICATE THE SICKLE BAR WHILE IT IS IN OPERATION

CAUTION

THIS SICKLE BAR MUST NOT BE OVER-SPEEDED, AS PERMANENT DAMAGE MAY RESULT.

Set the tractor engine speed to give a ground speed equal to a fast walk when the tractor transmission is in 3rd gear. Mark this point on the throttle control lever quadrant and DO NOT EXCEED THIS SPEED OR SETTING IN ANY GEAR.

It is the responsibility of the operator to see that the area where the sickle bar will be used is free of all types of foreign material. This includes wire, rope, rags, sticks, bottles, cans, pipe, rocks, etc. These represent potential dangers to the sickle bar and operator and are certain to damage the sickle bar. 

Always be on the alert for obstacles when mowing and never leave the sickle bar in operation while unattended.

(Source:  Operators Instructions for 46" Sickle Bar Mower (2025058) For "B" Series Wheel Tractors, Form TM-379, courtesy of Michael Scharlau)

 

 

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