A Real Gator Blades Thread

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BleedingGreen, May 31, 2010.

  1. BleedingGreen

    BleedingGreen LawnSite Member
    from SE MI
    Posts: 165

    It's been a while since I've bought any gator blades. When I did, I usually got them online, but the site I used to get them from is gone. I love gator blades. I've had a set for every mower my business and I have ever had. I bought a new mower and now I'm looking to buy another set. After looking around for them all I have to say is what the h#ll happened? Maybe it's just me but since when were there so many options? And what do they all mean? I thought gator blades were made by a private company. Then I see Oregon sells them (same manufacturer all along????) Then I hear something about silver streak?

    There used to be 2 options: Gator mulchers OR Gator Magnum mulchers (thinner/thicker respectively)

    Now I see Gator 3-in-1 blades which I can only assume means BAG, MULCH, DISCHARGE. Call me crazy but isn't that what they were all along?!?! I mean they are called a "mulcher" blade but they are not a muching blade in the sense that they are used for a true mulch kit (baffles, wavy blades). I mean you can use them in a mulching kit, well I'm not getting into that! That was a huge misconception that I bet many still have to this day. They were only called that because they "mulch" clippings finer than a standard blade used for discharging/bagging not because they are a TRUE mulching blade in their movement of clippings, air flow, etc.

    Then I see a T4 and a G6 gator. What is that? Who makes these? I see they are cheaper, but are these a gator knockoff or made by the same company as true gators.

    Then I see Gator Magnum Mulcher Fusion, which I guess a fusion version of a gator blade. Fusion meaning heat treated cutting edge that I think Oregon makes.

    I also see Mamba blades which I remember as being a Gator knockoff blade. I know there were a few out there before (don't recall any names or know any of the new ones)

    Basically I want to know what are the true Gator blades out there? What are the knockoffs? I did a search and couldn't find any threads about the actual blades. Just a bunch of threads about people who love or hate them, what mowers do they fit, etc etc etc. Nothing about who actually made them, who makes them now, and what if any are the differences between them other than the names. The part numbers alone are enough to blow one's mind. They are all different even though the specs look the same. Some are different, some are no longer available or "replaced". From my experience knockoff versions of the original gators are NOT the same as the old true gators I've used in the past in terms of cut quality, which is what I want to buy. I don't know if it's the angle of the blade wings, the tooth design, whatever, but there IS a difference between gator blades and "gator" blades. So hopefully anyone who knows anything about the history and the actual differences in the blades can chime in an make this a useful thread for everyone to reference from, not just another "what blades r gud" thread.
     
  2. ronmowers

    ronmowers LawnSite Member
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    Gator blades and fusion are both names used to apply to Oregon blades. As far as I know this is company called Blount International offering products for forestry and lawn care. In my experience of selling blades Oregon seems to have a more dependable reputation both in chain saw bar/chain and blades of different types. We sell both and are satisfied we are providing a quality product to our customers at a reasonable price. Hope this helps. You can see all the products Oregon has on our web site under parts lookup-Oregon. Ron
     
  3. inHaliburton

    inHaliburton LawnSite Member
    Posts: 196

    Ron, I'm having difficulty locating the Gator Fusion blades for a JD zero turn, 737 with the 54" deck.

    I've got a JD part number of M144652 which is supposed to be an Oregon PN 92-118.

    An mower place up here in Canada is an Oregon dealer. He looked up 92-118 and sez it's a $350. seat!

    Can you help me out with this?

    Thanks, Paul.
     
  4. BleedingGreen

    BleedingGreen LawnSite Member
    from SE MI
    Posts: 165

    Ron what is your website? Also so is Oregon/Blount International the original makers of gator blades then?
     
  5. inHaliburton

    inHaliburton LawnSite Member
    Posts: 196

    I found out what happened. The JD dealer near here looked up the PN in the Toro catalog. Seems that PN is also a Toro number for a seat for one of their mowers.

    Life is ever thus...
     
  6. BleedingGreen

    BleedingGreen LawnSite Member
    from SE MI
    Posts: 165

    come on guys! surely someone can tell us more
     
  7. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I personally like the Gator 3 in 1 blades. They have just a slight bit more lift than the standard. I hope they start making the G6 3 in 1 blades for my Hustler because of the thicker design. There are alot of MFG's making noched blades but Oregon makes the true Gator blades.
     
  8. BleedingGreen

    BleedingGreen LawnSite Member
    from SE MI
    Posts: 165

    THANKS TURF DAWG! So has Oregon always made the true gator blades or was it a different company first? So what are G6 blades? Magnum blades are thicker so whats the difference between Magnums and G6?
     
  9. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,719

    Yes I do believe that Oregon has always made the Gator blades. If I remember right the G6 is a thicker version and it also might be a Fusion also. The Fusion is also a Oregon product that if you seen the bottom part of the cutting edge you could tell because it is rough looking. It is something that is impregnated and not just hardened. If I remember right they used to [or still do] have the standard Gator, Magnum Gator and High lift Gator which all had the notches all the way to the end. This is where the 3in1 is different because it is has a solid lift for a couple of inches [approximate] before the notches start.
     
  10. BleedingGreen

    BleedingGreen LawnSite Member
    from SE MI
    Posts: 165

    Hmmm I wonder which one I'd like best the High lift Gator or the 3in1. I've always liked the suction created by high lifts because it really lifts up the grass blades that have been smashed down by foot prints or tires and also leaves a clean even looking cut after one pass. However I hated the large size of the clippings from standard high lifts. It's like the grass is just hacked off and whatever is cut off flies out the discharge. Even after going over the lawn a second time, most of the clippings are still on top just slightly smaller and dispersed a little better. That is where the gators excelled. The clippings were much smaller. What came out of the deck with standard gators vs. high lifts is night and day. I'd say maybe half the volume of clippings come out the discharge with gators in comparision to high lifts, probably just because of the smaller size makes it look like less. However the standard gators don't have much lift so you would get a few stragglers every once and a while so you'd have to go over the lawn again. The clippings would be so small and dispersed so well after two passes with the standard gators that you couldn't see anything left on top so it was worth it. Either way I was making 2 passes so standard gators were the better choice. A high lift gator might be the ticket. I just don't know which would be better (high lift gator or 3in1). Reason being is High lifts create SO much lift that it is almost too much lift. For example on smaller lawns with high lifts, when clippings are discharged 2-3 passes over and with the large size of the clippings, high lifts can create big messes of landscape beds. With the gators creating smaller clippings and not throwing them as far you could help minimize this or at least make cleanup faster due to there being less in the beds.

    I know you cut warm season grasses in the south, but any opinion on which gator to go with after what I described (3in1 or high lift gator)?
     

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