Blades for a 61" Grasshopper

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowinforaliving, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Mowinforaliving

    Mowinforaliving LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've got a 432/61" Grasshopper and was wondering if any 61" set of blades would work, or do you have to use the ones from the dealer?
     
  2. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
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    http://www.expressmowerparts.com/

    I got blades from them and they are real reasonable. You dont have to get blades from your dealer. If you get the length of the blade and the hole size you should be able to find them by size. They also have a section with blades just for Grasshoppers too.
     
  3. Mowinforaliving

    Mowinforaliving LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks. Have you ever ran just the mulch plate on a GH? I don't think a mulch kit would drain too much power on mine since I have a 32 liquid cooled Kubota gas with a 61" deck. I'm just debating on the whole kit vs. the plate.
     
  4. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
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    Well I have never run a Grasshopper but if you are looking to get true mulching effect on yours I would recommend the mulch kit. With the plate I think the grass is just going to all go against it then clump and leave a trail on your discharge side.
     
  5. Mowinforaliving

    Mowinforaliving LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's what I was thinking. What about that universal plate with a handle similar to Dixie Chopper's style? I'm trying to eliminate dust in certain areas at one of my accounts, as well as clippings in my face on windy days. On the manicure jobs I could raise the plate so that it didn't clump. What's your input?
     
  6. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
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    How is the Grasshopper treating you? We don't hear much about Grasshoppers, especially the midmounts. Does the Duramax deck handle tall/wet grass ok? What about the handling on hills? I did get a demo a few years back on a 727/61. While leaving a smooth after cut it didn't disperse the clippings as well as other mowers. Didn't know if more hp would help that. Yours would certainly have enough hp.
     
  7. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
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    For that I think your best bet would be a OCDC - Operator Controlled Discharge Chute. I personally am looking at one made by brand called Power Chute for my Scag.
     
  8. Mowinforaliving

    Mowinforaliving LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I love mine. This is the second one i've owned (see my photo thread). It handles the hills great, and i've found that drilling a small 3/8 hole in the end of the disharge chute, attaching a 2' bungee cord, and keeping it folded up gets rid of the clippings in a more even manner.
     
  9. Cooter

    Cooter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
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    I am looking at a new mower, either Next Lazer or 335 Grasshopper. The Grasshopper looks like a nice unit, just havn't heard alot about them.
     
  10. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Grasshopper is very popular around here. I have a 227 61". I have had good luck with it overall. Cuts good in just about all conditions. Only downfall is trying to mow when it's really dewy, but then ALL mowers have a hard time with that.

    As for the blades, you aren't going to find much, if any selection other than blades made for grasshopper. They use a smaller center hole (1/2") than most others do. Unlike scag, lesco, etc. that are more one size fits all. I just buy my blades from my dealer. I have bought a set of gator bldes for it online before though, but I only run them in the fall for leaves.

    Mulching, you are going to have to install the whole kit or nothing. If you just put the blockoff plate on it will leave a windrow or grass. I agree, an OCDC may be the answer, but it will do the same thing if you try to mow with it down very long.

    I demoed a 335 grasshopper. I can tell you, it was a BEAST. I don't thing there's much you could do to it to bog that motor down. Downside is the amount of fuel is sucks down. If you don't need that much engine most of the time, I'd look at the 29hp big block or even steping into a 25hp diesel.
     

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