Mowing Alfalfa with the Model A and Number 5 Sickle Mower

Mowing hay (a mixture of alfalfa and grass) with a John Deere Model A and Number 5 sickle mower. We have a nice rotary swather, but thought it’d be fun to spend some time and shoot some video of the A and No. 5.

Mowing with the Model A and Number 5 Sickle Mower

Cutting Grass with the John Deere Number 5 Mower

I took the opportunity to have some seat time with the Model A and Number 5 mower. There was some tall grass that needed to be cut down as to not be a fire danger once it dries up. The grass was really tall, but the mower and tractor did a good job. Most of the issues were with the operator, as I’m used to using more modern equipment to cut hay with…

The Number 5 Mower was fun to use though, as it used to be my grandfathers mower, on my moms side. My grandpa used to spend a lot of time with it, so my restoring it and using it has a sentimental value to it as well.

John Deere No. 5 Sickle Mower

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.