Tuesday, June 7, 2016
2016 Hay Harvest Has Officially Begun
So I brought out the half finished 861 diesel and hooked up that old PoS sickle bar mower once again.
The forecaster people seem convinced the monsoon season is over and the heat is here. They are forecasting like five days straight of sun and no rain with highs into the upper 80's. A bit early in the year but everyone around me is scrambling to get their first hay crop in.
I went to the machine shop and had a new piece made for the bar tip and decided to see if I could get this old sickle bar mower to work.
All I can really say is it worked better than last year but not by much. I finally played with the setting and leveled it enough that I kinda got the entire front field mowed, sorta, It left a lot of stuff standing though so I think I am going to go over it tomorrow with the brush hog set up high to even it out.
That grass was thick though let me tell you. There was also a lot of clover and alfalfa hidden down in it as well.
It kept wrapping itself around the PTO shaft and driving me crazy too.
On the plus side the 861 diesel ran like a champ except I soon discovered the battery is going bad. Oil pressure stayed good and the temp never rose much. I had to adjust the transmission linkage though as it refused to go into gear without grinding when I first fired her up. The newly over hauled engine now has a whopping 3 hours on her.
One thing is for certain. I am going to need to get a better mower. I just don't have the experience or know how to get this old Massey mower working properly as she wants to constantly clog up every few feet and then knocks over far too much hay.
A few days to let it dry and I will turn it over with the rake and see if I can bale it up. Hope the rains hold off.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!