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#1 Todd Klingbeil OFFLINE  

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Posted March 22, 2015 - 12:32 PM

I heard from a john deer tractor owner they told him not to run mulching blades all the time hard on the engine??I never heard that. Any truth to that?? Thanks :tapping_fingers:

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Posted March 22, 2015 - 12:40 PM

Depending on how long or thick your grass is the engine will work harder since mulching recirculates the grass in the deck longer than non mulching blades which throw grass right out.


If they make a mulching blade for your tractor and have it as an option  there's nothing to worry about

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Posted March 22, 2015 - 12:55 PM

I put Gator Blades on my small Deere, thinking it would make windrows less. THEN, later found out it needs to be an enclosed deck for the mulching to work!  It made Bigger windrows for me then, pooh! I took them off last year and got the standard blades again. I saw/heard no difference in engine working, had them on all summer.

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Posted March 22, 2015 - 01:59 PM

 If you like to mow at a faster pace, you will get more volume under the deck. This will give more load and give more strain. If your engine is always run under full load, it will most likely give trouble quicker. 

I know a guy that does maintenance at a factory. He services their lawn equipment and one day they decided they need to mulch all the clippings. So he installed the mulching kit, but they tried to mow as fast as before. They tore up so many deck belts that he finally took the kit off. I think that if you don't bog the engine down, it shouldn't be ay harder on it than regular blades.