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Hi. I am going through the same deal with a IHC 2-point sickle bar mower. It has been setting outside for quite a while. If your pitman arm (wood?) is good, you need to loosen the bar clamps and drizzle some used oil on the bar while running it very slow so it can "scour up". I found out the hard way and will need a new pitman arm.
Most sickle bar mowers have a trip on the bar side that will release in case you hit a stump or something the sickle can't cut through. This needs to be checked to make sure it will work if needed. Otherwise you will rack your frame and it will not mow right without major straightening.
Check the gear cases! Just because they look good does not mean they are full of lube. Happy haying, Dave
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