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Sickle Bar Mower, Hold Down Tab Adjust?
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Spence    Posted 05-20-2002 at 19:45:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have just been given an old horse drawn mower (GIANT 8A) and a spare blade bar with blades
attached. In replacing the blade bar is there a set pressure that the tabs need to hold down the knives.? 2 tabs aren't touching the bar and have a 1/16in space. Is there a set pressure, or a specific rule to follow to have them functioning properly? Should the knives be flat up against the
opposite mating surface of the points?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

JoeK    Posted 05-20-2002 at 20:39:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Generally these adjustments are made with a hammer,judiciously applied,gaurds,the pointy things in front)can be tapped slightly right/left and tweaked up/down.With a sickle(blade bar)in place a gaurd should center on each blade section and sickle blades should set firmly on the ledger plates(inserts in bottom inside of gaurd)hold down clips can be tapped down(bent)to contact bar.As sickle bar moves thru its stroke,the sickle section should move from halfway under one gaurd to halfway under the next gaurd and return.Gaurds/hold downs(bolted on)and sickle bar
sections/ledger plates and drive end(riveted) are all replaceable normal wear items.

Spence Thanks Joe!    Posted 05-21-2002 at 05:23:41       [Reply]  [No Email]

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