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    Posted 11 years ago

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    I found this along with a 1952 Davis reel mower and a custom Kalvinator refrigerator motor turned into a compressor. I live in a Farm house built in the year exactly 1900 and pulled this out of one of several barns I have on my property. This sickle bar mower has stumped many on exactly what it is, I clarified with Jari USA it is not one of theirs but their researchers told me pre 1950's. Also I have posted it on 3 well known forums and have had over a couple thousand hits but no one can seem to put their finger on it. Still unaware exactly what this is it has a few markings such as on the solid iron wheel itself says Gates Rubber Co. and on the sickle bar itself, there are teeth guards each have imprinted in the metal, MD888. It is powered by a Briggs & Stratton NPR6. Im in the process of rebuilding the motor with brand new gaskets, as for the machine itself it moves freely and is mechanically sound. I Hope someone recognizes it!

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    1. GixXxerkid18, 11 years ago
      (**Note** if you click on the blank red "X" boxes they will open pictures I have posted they are too large for the frame). Thanks again.
    2. thepickersdaughter, 11 years ago
      Could it possible be a very early Gravely? The lines somehow seems similar to some of the really old models.
    3. GixXxerkid18, 11 years ago
      Possibly I cant find any identification markers anywhere not even like a faded away rust spot where maybe it once was placed. People have told me Jari, which just recently I found out it is not Jari USA researched it for me for 3 months. Other suggestions I've heard as well as Gravely was Toro and a late english model sickle bar mower but doesnt seem to match. Once I get it running I'm going to find a proffesional that can identify it hopefully. I even thought maybe an old Davis mower because along with this find I found a 1952 Davis reel mower and their paint scheme are a pretty close match just shades off of the green and yellow.
    4. Tamia Tamia, 11 years ago
      Hi, I know it's not a tiller, but you might check out...Donald's Antique Rototillers site. He might have some info or know where to find some. My husband bought a Graham-Paige tiller made in 1947 and this site is where I found the best info.
    5. officialfuel officialfuel, 11 years ago
      At the end of corn, bean rolls there was a strip of grass that needed cut so the farmer would use this because it was small enough to fit between the fence roll and the crop. You couldn't get a tractor in there. I used to walk the rolls with a machete and cut out the tall milk weeds and the farmer would use this.

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