View Full Version : blade comparison, which do you prefer and what is the difference?

Eddie B
09-06-2006, 02:11 PM
Just wondering, which blades do you use and why? what is the difference? Is there a particular name for each type of blade? Does one give better results?

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09-06-2006, 02:30 PM
Well let me see how many agree with me.

I dont use either of the first 2.

3. Gators-best for Fall. Mulch leaves much better than reg blades. Also can be used with the 3 other blades as "Double blades" This helps mulch grass better.
4. Standard High lifts. Probably the most popular of the choices you gave.
These will disperce(sp)(throw) farther and more evenly over the ground.They also will develope 1 h.e.l.l of a blow out in the front of the deck in dryer dustier conditions. On my Z its mainly the left front.
Now remember every state is different and every mower is different. What works well for my area may not work at all in others.

Right now Im trying the eXmark(even though I dont own a eXmark) recycle blades with my recycle kit installed.

Well guys how'd I do?

J&R Landscaping
09-06-2006, 03:06 PM
I use the gator mulch blades (Pic 2) and then standard high lift flail blades. JMO

Fantasy Lawns
09-06-2006, 05:30 PM
I like the Gators during the growing season n Hi-Lifts during the off season .... cutting St. Aug .... that's on the Dixie or Lazer .... we use standard doubles on the Walkers with a mulch deck

09-06-2006, 07:24 PM
Blade 1 and 4 look like notched high lifts (one has a longer cutting edge). This is the blade I use for side dicharge most of the time on the Lazer. Great for high lift, wide high velocity discharge of clippings. Blade #2 looks like a solid foil high or medium lift and #3 is a gator type mulcher I use only in the fall. Here is what Exmarks says about blade types:
Here are some general descriptions that I have put together. The Solid and the Notched have the same height air foil. Solid produces just a little less vacuum!

Notched Air Foil
These are factory blade and best for most applications
Max. lift and discharge velocity
Ideal for heavy thick grasses
Take full advantage of hp

Solid Air Foil
Blades reduce flex when mowing
Blades don’t tend to bend as easily after impact
Can help in reducing blow out
Helpful in cutting Bahia shoot, Dandelions, Foxtail, etc.
Will reduce discharge velocity

Low Lift
Used a lot in sandy areas
Helps reduce build-up on bottom of deck
Reduces discharge velocity
Reduces blow out
Uses less hp to operate
Lower noise

Works well with our mulch kit
Sharp blades are a must for max performance
Uses maximum hp for best result
Forces clipping back into turf
Blades need to be sharpened more often do to increase cutting of clippings

Well I hope this helps but different parts of the country, and mulching, discharging options may have alot to do with the blade you need. If they made a notched high lift for my Hustler I'd use them on that also. Love to blow the cippings 15+ feet.

lawnboy dan
09-06-2006, 07:38 PM
blade 2 in winter-blade 3 all other time

Travis Followell
09-06-2006, 07:46 PM
We use notched medium lifts and solid foil hi lifts on our machines. Their basically the stock blades. A notched 3" wide hi lift blade will give you the most vaccum and discharge velocity and and is my blade of choice if you have the power to run them. They take a lot of power and if you don't have enough then they will give you a lower quality cut because the machine will be running bogged down all the time. Thats the problem we ran into with them so we had to switch back to stock.