View Full Version : blade question for people who use Gator blades

FCS Services
05-27-2008, 08:11 PM
What would expect if I were to replace my standard issue lawn mower blades with gator blades? I have a hustler 52/25 and Toro proline. Almost all of my properties are bagged. What difference would I see if any??


05-27-2008, 08:13 PM
Smaller clippings in your bag would be about it.

05-27-2008, 08:18 PM
smaler clippings, more will be able to fit in your bag. and the same quality of a cut

FCS Services
05-27-2008, 08:28 PM
Okay - Thanks for the info - not worth the change........

05-27-2008, 08:29 PM
Okay - Thanks for the info - not worth the change........

It's worth it if you're tight on space. Like mentioned, you can pack more grass in the bag which also means less time wasted emptying it.

05-27-2008, 08:35 PM
I'd much rather bag more and stop less.

05-27-2008, 08:39 PM
I'd much rather bag more and stop less.

I can agree with that.

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
05-27-2008, 08:41 PM
I've noticed that gator cut quality isn't as good as my standard lift or muching blades.

05-27-2008, 09:11 PM
true story, the gators have less lift = worse cut quality. At least on my Z. I use them in the fall only.

05-27-2008, 09:43 PM
the people i have talked to about this issue have said that the gator blades work great for mulching but are nat as good for bagging

05-27-2008, 09:45 PM
With less lift, I don't think the gator blades "blow" the grass into the bagger as well.

FCS Services
05-27-2008, 10:51 PM
lots of good info - i could use the ability to pack in more clippings tho.....
Not sure if it is worth the change - less quality of cut.............

Thanks all

05-27-2008, 11:15 PM
i noticed the same cut..... and better stripes.... as i mentioned before you can bag more :]

05-27-2008, 11:32 PM
The initial question will have different answers depending upon location. In my area, Gator blades will mush up the very sappy Spring grass too much -- deck packs up too easily, and makes too much green wads. Also, the Gator's don't have as much discharge force as high-lift blades. My original Gator blades didn't have enough discharge to put the clippings into a bag. The high-lift Gators are better, but still don't bag nearly as well as high-lift blades.

Your area undoubtedly will have different mowing conditions. What doesn't work in one area may works well in another area. Gator blades are only used for Fall leaf mulching on my mowers.

06-03-2008, 07:58 PM
I use gators on zoysia for the 34z with a baffle mulch kit, and lift blades on 44z without a baffle mulch kit

Hawg City Lawns
06-03-2008, 08:02 PM
not as good cutting thin grass or junk grass but they work great on mulching leaves though

06-03-2008, 11:04 PM
I notice a difference in cut with the gators, not the way I like... but true less bagging. Spring and fall cleanups is the only time I run the gators.