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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-26-2015, 05:10 PM
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Yep, that's another great option.



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how hard are those jary sickles to find?
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If you go for string and wheeled, Don't buy anything but a DR String mower.. None work even half as well as they do, Plus the build quality/engines they use are really good.

However, Devans is right. If you are tackling brush string is a waste of time, You need a blade.. DR Field/brush mowers are good but pricy.. You might want to look into picking up a used gravley off of craigslist or eBay.

The Jari Is also a good option, However it's better suited to tall grass/weeds without much substance, Sickle bar mowers can only really handle brush up to 1/2 inch easily.. Anything larger and it's really slow going for the most part.

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BCS is another company that sells machines that have different tools that can be attached to them. They too are pricey, but can be found on CL as well

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Jari has been around for a very long time, and because of that, they have been grandfathered in to allow the continued manufacture of mowers using sickle bars. While they not only work well on tall grass, as Stan pointed out, I've cut things larger than 1/2" with mine.

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I actually looked a fairly long time for mine. I knew I wanted one for my place but there weren't any to be had when I needed it. I did find a Garden Way (later Troy Bilt) sickle mower close by that I bought and used it for a couple of years before finding my Jari on CL. The older Jari models have two levers that activate the cutter bar and drive. If you were to let go, it would keep on mowing until it hit something it couldn't cut down. Of course, that has been changed. The newer ones have a presence lever, similar to snowblowers, that you have to hold down to make them move. Once you let go, it stops.


The Garden Way/Troy Bilt is another option if that's the sort of thing that might fit your needs, but parts can be a problem as they don't make them anymore and don't support them.

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I actually looked a fairly long time for mine. I knew I wanted one for my place but there weren't any to be had when I needed it. I did find a Garden Way (later Troy Bilt) sickle mower close by that I bought and used it for a couple of years before finding my Jari on CL. The older Jari models have two levers that activate the cutter bar and drive. If you were to let go, it would keep on mowing until it hit something it couldn't cut down. Of course, that has been changed. The newer ones have a presence lever, similar to snowblowers, that you have to hold down to make them move. Once you let go, it stops.


The Garden Way/Troy Bilt is another option if that's the sort of thing that might fit your needs, but parts can be a problem as they don't make them anymore and don't support them.
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