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#1 Jack ONLINE  

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Posted August 11, 2013 - 09:11 AM

Gator Blades.  Are they any better that a stock factory blade ?   I mow with a craftsman tractor that is about 10 years old.  It has a 42 inch deck that I run as a mulcher.  Would the Gators be any better than what I have now ?   :pushmower:


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Posted August 11, 2013 - 10:14 AM

I would like to hear comments also.  When I bought my JD430, I got several new parts, including a new set of Gator blades for the 60" deck.  Not needed to install them yet.


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Posted August 11, 2013 - 10:33 AM

I have a set of Gator blades for my cub ztr 50 inch but have yet to put them on.I am wondering the same thing. Are they worth it or not?


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Posted August 11, 2013 - 11:03 AM

Gator blades chop up the grass more, the clippings that come out of the shoot are smaller and fewer.

I know this from first hand experience from my 60" grass cutter that I have had for 8-9yrs.

With high lift blades on the cut is good and they draw up almost everything that's under them.

The first time I cut with gator blades right away I noticed that the clippings are smaller, shorter, quality of cut is about the same and they don't seem to load down the motor any more than straight blades.

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However I did break one once, don't know where the missing piece is and it's the first time in my life that I broke a blade.

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Posted August 11, 2013 - 11:08 AM

Gator Blades.  Are they any better that a stock factory blade ?   I mow with a craftsman tractor that is about 10 years old.  It has a 42 inch deck that I run as a mulcher.  Would the Gators be any better than what I have now ?   :pushmower:

For a mulcting deck I would have to say that Gator blades would chop up and mulch the grass even more that what you have on now.


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Posted August 11, 2013 - 11:37 AM

I use one on my push mower and it seems to mulch a lot better than the factory mulching blade. It seems to mow the same.

 

 

 

 

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Posted August 11, 2013 - 12:29 PM

Well, I'm not so sure of them. I have JD that always blew quite a pile of grass in rows. Went to Gators as everyone said much finer. NOW, I see even MORE grass in my windrows. THEN, someone said they are for Mulching cut only!  No one mentioned that when I got them. I've been going to try it, but that plastic mulch attachment they give you doesn't fit too good or I don't know HOW to attach correctly and never have used it. The cut is same, just more blows out. That's My story and sticking to it!


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Posted August 11, 2013 - 10:09 PM

JD 48C deck on a GX335 and I really like them.  I use my OEM's in spring when lots of sticks are present from winter damage.  I put the Gators on for the summer cutting and for bagging the first 6-10 mowing for compost. (YES!  They will work with a PowerFlow bagger very nicely.)  They will murder oak and maple leaves in fall and also bag them for compost. 

 

Your results may vary along with conditions such as:

 

Height of cut.

Thickness of lawn grass.

Type of lawn grass.

Moisture content or plain "wet".

Design of underside of deck.

Blade speed.

Mower travel speed.

Overlap of cut.

Etc.

 

You can always experiment with the above for the best results of ANY blades in different conditions.


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Posted August 11, 2013 - 11:53 PM

I have them on both my 214 Deere and my big craftsman and they do a good job on both brands of decks,as Hydro said they are murder on oak and maple leaves in the fall.I normally make 3 or 4 passes and the leaves are next to gone.


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Posted August 12, 2013 - 07:12 AM

I put them on my 316 last year and think they are great. Smaller clippings and more loft as they come out from under the deck. It saved me from buying the speed up pulley that JD sells. No more windrows for me. They are a heavier blade and I expect they will turn a marginally good bearing to junk quicker. I had to replace a deck spindle bearing shortly after installing them. But instead, I just redid the entire deck. No problems since.

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Posted August 12, 2013 - 08:11 AM

I kind of agree with Grumpy. I have a set on my 77 Sears Suburban and pretty much hate them. They cut alright, but my clippings are much longer and if grass is over say 4- 4 1/2", they leave long spots or I have to cut a slower pace. They may work well on a mulch type deck designed for it, but not good on my old sears deck, not enough lift to pull tall or heavy grass up. I just bought a used set of factory blades to go back to.






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