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This is a 1966 Sears Suburban with a Sicklebar taking on buckwheat. I used the sicklebar to cut down and mulch before I till it in. This helps prevent the buckwheat from getting wrapped up in the tiller tines. If I just tried to till this before cutting it down, it would have made a mess of the tiller. I may even plow and disc before I till this in. I hope you enjoy the pics. It was great ride time. I also hope this post will help answer some members questions about sicklebar mowers. Is it a toy? A collector item? Or still a useful attachment? It's up to you to decide.


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Thanks for the heads up. I fixed the links also.
 

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I have a suburban almost just like yours. lol
I bought this Suburban for $200. It ran okay for the first week or so, and then started to slowly die. I bought a used small engine book and gathered some info and lots of support from MTF members and began to bring this old 'horse' back to life. Now this tractor runs absolutely flawlessly. In many ways, this tractor belongs to all of us and I am the lucky caretaker. So I share what info I can about her.

Many times I have thought to sell her off and step up to a bigger tractor. As you can see from the pics, she has a large area she works. And what you see in the pics is the smallest gardens. But like I said, she belongs to all of us and she has given us her heart and handles the work without a grimmace, shimmy or downtime.

I'm glad you have one of these. Not only is it a classic, but a very useful machine in the field.

Tell us more about your tractor. Do you have a 10 or 12 HP? How is it running?
 

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nice pictures, I have to agree the old suburbans are real work horses! That sickle bar does a great job. I was at the Gravely mow in, this year and it's big brother drove up. I love old jeeps too! ED
 

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I bought this Suburban for $200. It ran okay for the first week or so, and then started to slowly die. I bought a used small engine book and gathered some info and lots of support from MTF members and began to bring this old 'horse' back to life. Now this tractor runs absolutely flawlessly. In many ways, this tractor belongs to all of us and I am the lucky caretaker. So I share what info I can about her.

Many times I have thought to sell her off and step up to a bigger tractor. As you can see from the pics, she has a large area she works. And what you see in the pics is the smallest gardens. But like I said, she belongs to all of us and she has given us her heart and handles the work without a grimmace, shimmy or downtime.

I'm glad you have one of these. Not only is it a classic, but a very useful machine in the field.

Tell us more about your tractor. Do you have a 10 or 12 HP? How is it running?
Its a suburban 12. Its not running currently. I got it last monday. So its brand new to me. I had a vangard V twin that I traded for it.
So, I am still working on it. It has a 44in deck with it to. everything works. Sept, the wiring is a rats nest.
 

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its a 42" deck... there never was a 44"
 

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earth thanks for posting the pics. I love those sickle bar mowers!:thThumbsU
 

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you need to measure to the LINE OF CUT, which is written next the chute.
 

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So I waited a day, and set a 10" moldboard plow to dig about 6" deep, cut, turn and roll the earth and buckwheat. This also will help keep the tiller tines from getting entangled with the buckwheat.


 

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After plowing, I set up the disc and leveled things off a bit before tilling.


 

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nice pics earth!!!
 

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Now I tilled just to fluff a bit. Then I laid down a thick and second planting of buckwheat. And lightly ran the disc over the seeds just to cover them over a bit. Now I'll just leave it for the rain and Mother Nature to hanlde the rest.

 

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I've got to get back to basic yard chores now. One thing I like about the Vintage Suburbans is how fast I can switch out the various attachments. The sicklebar and mowing deck take the longest. About 15 minutes for each of those. But the rest, a rear grader blade, moldboard plow, tiller, cultivator, disc harrow, front plow and snow blower take me just a few minutes.

 

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About Buckwheat...... In this case, I am using the Buckwheat as organic matter and also to kill off the weeds. This is a first year for this garden plot and the buckwheat grows much fast than the weeds. So the Buckwheat will literaly create a canopy of leaves over the garden, and deprived the weeds from sunlight. This second planting will really do away with most if not all the weeds that are trying to make a comeback. The plot will remain relatively weed free for a few years while having fed it organic matter at the same time.
 

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Perhaps worth mentioning. I did a very early cover crop of spring peas in this garden. I plantede 6 lbs of peas. The garden is 18' x 36'. I harvested nearly 80lbs of peas, then cultivated everything in for organic matter and was able to save about 10lbs of peas for planting next year.

And that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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