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doubles on hustlers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnrangers, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. lawnrangers

    lawnrangers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    anyone found a good setup?if so what...
  2. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    I use the stacked gator blades setup, I haven't tried any other combination yet.
    Generates tremendous air flow! That you can hear. In the semi drought conditions here, no rain for a while, running doubles produce impressive dust clouds. Stripes well, with the increased volume of air present.
    The stacked gator blades, [6] of them, are sharpened and then balanced using a Magna Matic blade balancer. Thats a lot of metal spinning, and I think all that weight needs to be balanced, to achieve maximum blade tip speed. When properly balanced, the spin down time for the blades after you disengage the clutch, is way longer. The engine handles the extra load, mulching tall grass well. I have the 52" deck with the 23hp Kawasaki, using a Qwikchute.
    I am going to install the factory blow out kit for use with the Qwikchute to improve grass blow out.
    The results, to me, are impressive. Cutting results on wet grass is improved. I am satisfied with the arrangement, but would like to hear more from other concerning their experiences running doubles on the Hustler.
  3. excel25

    excel25 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    I've used gators on the top over the factory blades , cut was good but felt I lost to much power, have not had doubles on in a long time!
  4. WLLD

    WLLD LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    Currently I am running Bobcat offset highlifts on top and Gators on the bottom on both machines. Using the Bobcat blades as they are not as heavy as the factory Hustler blades. I can't tell you the results in heavy grass as there is none right now with the lack of rain. I believe Switchless is the member that recommeded this set up.

  5. lawnrangers

    lawnrangers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    thx for the replies. i was really wandering also will the clutch handle all of the extra load.we have been having rain 1-2 days a week here (not that im complaining)im having to double cut about
    half of my yards.thx again
  6. UGA

    UGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    Hey Steve,
    I think it was P & J Lawncare that had recommended the Bobcat (offset)high lifts over gators as they end up very close to the same cut height and as was mentioned the Bobcats are standard thickness and weight (.204 I believe). I'd love to hear how they work out; they're available through JThomas. BTW, the demo went very well.

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