Blade Questions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by slong1958, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. slong1958

    slong1958 LawnSite Member
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    Hi to everyone I'm new to the site and have a couple of questions.I've been looking around on the site about gator blades and need some info.I'm running a 48" exmark lazer z hp with a mulch kit and mulching blades is there a better blade to use with a mulch kit.Also seen where some guys just block off the discharge but my brother tried this and it left a trail on the discharge side.Need so suggestions on cutting in the early spring,do I use the mulch kit or not.

    Thanks
     
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. slong1958

    slong1958 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for all the info.
     
  4. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you use a blocker plate you have to mow in circles to keep the row moving to the inside. It makes it look great as long as you do it that way.
     
  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    So your saying I need to take the blocker plate off if I running the mulching kit? Are the gator blades the way to go? I'm running a 40" toro grandstand with mulching kit.
     
  6. BigGreen1

    BigGreen1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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  7. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Some people like gator blades but I only use them for leaves. I use high lifts and just use the blocker plate. I don't run the mulch kit on any of my machines.
     
  8. TJSTONE

    TJSTONE LawnSite Member
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    I use gator blades for leaves both fall and spring when I do 1st mowing. Hi lift the rest of the season. I really like that way gator blades work on leaves.
     
  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    So to get this straight, I need to do away with the mulch kit, keep the blocker plate and go to hi lift blades, and switch to gator blades in the fall with the leaves?
     
  10. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It depends what you wanna do. If you wanna truly mulch, you need a mulching kit and mulching blades. Gators leave an ugly strip of clippings behind.
     

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