The sickle bar mower is a lightweight add-on for your tractor that is designed to mow any irregular landscape. In a world where farms do not exist on perfectly level tracts of land, this is quite handy. If you haven’t considered picking up a sickle bar mower, now might be the perfect time.
It’s a little-known fact that the sickle bar mower was the first mechanical mower in history. The design has not changed much over the decades, except we’ve now replaced horses for tractors. Outside of a change in power source, the sickle bar mower of 2020 is nearly the same as it was 100 years ago.
Disc mowers may have cornered the market, but that doesn’t mean there is not a market for the sickle bar mower. Some are quick to poke fun at the older design, but the sickle bar allows for amazing control and has some distinct advantages over disc mowers.
Certain farming groups will dispute the crop damage issue. But are they paying for you to replace your mower’s cutting head? Couple that with the unique challenges your farmland provides, and the benefits of the sickle bar mower become apparent.
The sickle bar mower does have one notable downside.
The blade is exposed a lot more than that of newer model mowers. This requires frequent resharpening the mower blades. It is not the worst thing in the world, but it consumes a good chunk of time.
But you are a farmer. Managing time is your strong suit. The extra attention might not be an ideal situation for everyone, but the payoff comes into play where disc mowers cannot reach.
Ultimately, it all boils down to what you need to achieve. If you are looking to make hay with less of the crop left behind and less damage to your land, then this mower has your back. However, if you want to cut grass fast and aren’t worried about the quality of the trimmings, then a disc mower is your speedy friend.
Small Farm Innovations carries 3 models of Compact Sickle Bar Mowers. These simple machines are perfect for sub-compact tractors. They have a reciprocating guard to prevent clogs and can even cut vertically if needed. While they include a hydraulic lift, they’re light enough to be lifted by hand.
Visit our website for more information, specs, and videos. We carry a wide variety of mowers, balers, rakes, wrappers, and other equipment to make your hay harvest easier. Let Small Farm Innovations help you make hay while the sun shines.