Should allen scythe cutter bar be straight?

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    dunfo68
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    Hi, just got hold of two allen scythes, A model T in poor condition but turns over and a model TS which runs although cutters corroded and out of adjustment, it will cut grass but stalls on 1/2″ twigs. Both the cutter bars are bowed about half an inch up towards the tips. Should the bars be curved or flat?
    Thanks.

    • This topic was modified 1 year ago by  dunfo68.
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    charlie
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    I am pretty sure they should be flat with no curve.

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    ted20
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    they must be flat otherwise would bind at end of travel if fingers are properly adjusted

    #28410

    dunfo68
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    Many thanks, I was unsure if the curve was some kind of preload, a little like scissor blades. I can now see the bend is just outboard of the three attachment bolts. Straightened out OK with a little ‘manual engineering’. Getting everything cleaned up now, cutter blades a little corroded but seem to have had little wear and sharpen up OK.
    Thanks again.

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