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Old 04-17-2012, 08:04 AM
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Anyone use Snapper Pro? Clumping?

I have been using a Snapper Pro 52", this time of year Im constantly cleaning the deck, at least once a day.
Im using Gator Blades and the clumping is terrible, with our cool season grasses really growing and to avoid as much clumping as I can Im cutting at 4".
Here is my question, should I dump the Gators and get High Lifts ?
Or could it be that the deck is not a great design?
Can not get it to stripe very well either, suggestions?
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:22 AM
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There are a few guys here that run them, and I believe that one guy here named Douglee25 runs the same one you have. He has posted pics of some of his cuts, and they looked fine.

Are you using the std gator 3-1's? If so, try switching to the G6 gators. There's tons of posts and a huge thread here about them. I run them on my mowers, and they are an awesome blade. They are nothing like the std gators (which I don't have much use for). They are high lifts blades, and really mulch clippings well, move a lot of air which helps reduce clumping and clippings sticking underneath your deck etc. They have the fusion treatment which is carbide infused along the underside of the cutting edge, which keeps them sharper for longer periods, and the cutting edge is also longer than normal.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:40 AM
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I have the s150xt 26/52 and I have a serious problem with clumping in heavy growth, especially if the yard is wet in the least. The cut in dry, normal growth conditions is great, but during this spring and last, I have been double/tripple cutting and blowing clumps. It doesnt stick as bad if you dont use g6s but I like the cut of those better then the regular high lifts.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:01 PM
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thanks for replys
Honestly dont no if ithey are the standard or G6. I just know if its dry or wet, green pumkin clumps if its tall, I mean 6" or taller. I see guys running Encore, no problem, EXMark, no problem, Toro, no problem. Scag, Hustler, JD clumps everywhere. Its frustrating that I cut twice and still got to take the time to blow the lawn down.
Im kinda thinking sorry deck design, thats my excuse.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:10 PM
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Eventhough the top edge of the Snapper's deck is rounded, it is not rounded enough and also looks a bit shallow compared to the normal 4 inch decks. If the deck is less than 4" with square nooks, it is asking for clumping. Choices would be to find the best blade to prevent clumping and carry a piece of rebar
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:02 AM
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Stop using the gator blades on grass. Regular high lifts and your problem is solved.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:28 AM
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My deck is 4 1/2 deep, its squared and not rounded except the left side like most decks are. This is a Hydro walkbehind. Just bought a 48" of the same type set up. Going to try Gators on it as well.
I was thinking that the blades are chopping the clippings up so much and that there is not enough lift and throw per rotation, it just gets stuck under the deck until its to heavy and barfs it out the side.
Dangit its ticking me off!!!
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:45 PM
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Yeah gators in heavy growth will make clumping problems worse. Standard blades will leave a little larger clippings on the lawn but it's usually worth it in my opinion.
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:49 AM
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always use high lift blades ... gators make clumping more of a head ache
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:15 AM
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