My grandpa gave me a John Deere No. 5 sickle mower that he used to use on his farm. He spent a lot of hours with it mowing alfalfa with his dad while he was growing up. Since I’ve got the machinery to pull it, I thought it’d be a lot of fun to take it and get it working with my John Deere A or B. I have since gotten it working, and it works very well behind the A! I’ll probably never cut down an entire field with it, but it’s fun to see how it works and see how they used to do it in the “good old days”. For now, it’s job is going to be trim work around the barn area and trimming down the sides of the roads.
I had intentions on writing up a photo-book story of the restoration process of the John Deere Model A. I’m having a hard time finishing it, so I thought in the meantime, I’d just throw it up here. If there are any major spelling/grammar mistakes or things you’d like added, please use the comments field below. I’ll add some photos later. Click “Continue Reading” below for the full story.