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30-INCH SICKLE BAR
When cutting dandelions and plantain seed stalks in a lawn, 3rd
speed is recommended. When sickle bar is used with the Model V 5 H.P. tractor,
the sickle drive belt should be placed in the smallest groove of the engine
pulley, and the tractor operated in 1st gear for average cutting, or 2nd gear
for light cutting. Avoid cutting dead grass when it is damp.
1. To conserve shipping space, sickle bar frame is assembled to
the cutter bar backwards. Remove frame from cutter bar, reverse and
reassemble as shown, tighten clamps at (1) and (2).
If clean cutting is to be accomplished, sickle knives must register with the guards at the end of each stroke. Adjustment is provided in the Pitman (3).
It is desirable to have tractor wheels at widest position. For cutting fine grass, such as June grass, the cutting unit must be kept in first-class condition. The sickle must be sharp and held close to the ledger or guard plates by the sickle clip and supported by wear plates that are not badly worn. To adjust sickle clips (16), remove sickle from bar and adjust clips by tapping with hammer until sickle is held close to the guard plate. Wear plates under the clips must be replaced when they show wear.
NOTE -- BE SURE THAT ALL JAM NUTS ON SICKLE BAR ATTACHMENT ARE
Lubricate the 6 grease fittings every hour. At the same time oil the bell crank connections and sickle bar clips (16) with machine oil.
[Source: Owner's Manual and Parts List, Simplicity Garden Tractors and Implements, date unknown, courtesy of Mark Waite & Joel Wicker]
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