Double blades for toro z master 52" deck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mickpeg, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. mickpeg

    mickpeg LawnSite Member
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    Does anyone use doubles on a 52" Toro deck and if so what is your feedback? I still am unhappy with the way this deck cuts and am considering trying doubles if there is a way to do it.
    Thanks
    Mickpeg
     
  2. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
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    What type of blades are you running now?
     
  3. mickpeg

    mickpeg LawnSite Member
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    I am using the Atomic mulching blades
     
  4. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
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    What is the complaint: Streaking, clumping - what type of grass?
     
  5. mickpeg

    mickpeg LawnSite Member
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    I'm getting a very inconsistant cut. I think that the deck clogs up very quickly and the deck looses it's ability to pull the grass into the blades. This happens more when it's wet. I have adjusted the pitch. I keep my blades sharp and clean the deck frequently. I also have a Kubota ZD18 with none of these issues.
    Mickpeg
     
  6. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
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    I was just wondering, I have this unit with the 19 Kaw, I run the atomics and have not had any issues with what you are talking about - even in wet conditions. Has the RPM been checked? When you say "inconsistant" is it leaving one side higher than the other? If that is the case, are the spindals good
     
  7. mickpeg

    mickpeg LawnSite Member
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    I have the 23hp liquid cooled Kawi. It cuts dry grass fairly well but if the grass gets a little long or if it is wet, it doesn't cut it clean. In fact , I am currently using a loaner as my machine has a coolant leak and it is at the Toro dealer for repair. The loaner is also a 52" deck and it does the same thing.
    I have read a few threads and it seems that some folks are having good luck double blading and I don't know if the extra lift from the double blades would cure my problem. Also, I don't know if you can double blade the Toro deck because of the flange on the spindle.
    Mickpeg
     
  8. FiremanMike

    FiremanMike LawnSite Member
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    Hey Mick... I have a 44" and am running doubles. I have had good success with it. I run gators over high lifts. You need to take an angle grinder and cut out a space in the saddle for the extra blade. Doesn't take long, and actually will create a second saddle for the second blade (if you do it right!!:D ). I got two good ones out of three :rolleyes: . I would recommend trying it.

    Mike
     
  9. Blessed 1

    Blessed 1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I tried doubles on my 52" Toro Z Master last year and was not impressed. I really did not know what a good cut was until I switched to Exmark. (Here we go):rolleyes:
     
  10. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
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    Mike, I'd love to see pictures of this if you can post them. Thanks!

    Scott
     

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