Eric or others using 2 Blade System

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by River Hill, Apr 18, 2000.

  1. River Hill

    River Hill LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    I am currently using the 2 blade system that Eric has talked about and love it. I have been using it since last fall. I do have one question however. I am in the Mid-Atlantic Region and normally cut grass at 3 Inches, it has been raining for the past few days and I am backed up on my lawns. How does the 2 blade system work on long damp grass or should I just use 1 High Lift Blade? I am just concerned about the grass clogging up. Also does anyone notice more grass stuck under the deck when using two baldes? When I say tall grass I mean 4 to 5 Inches, some may not consider that tall.<br>
     
  2. bridges

    bridges LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 196

    So how does this two blade system work. What are the advantages of the two blades. do you have to clean your deck as much.<p>----------<br>Tony<br>
     
  3. lawnnut

    lawnnut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 87

    We use only one blade as Toro has a saddle the blades sit in.<br>We are in the Mid Atlantic area also.<br>Right now we have our chute raised and cutting with gator blades to reduce the clumps. But some lawns 5&quot; or better we are going over 3-4 times but are able to stay some where near current
     
  4. River Hill

    River Hill LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    The advantages I have found using the two blade system are grass clippings are smaller, the grass stripes better, and I don't seem to get as many clumps of grass. I have never tried it in long damp grass however. I am using a Exmark 48&quot; Turf Tracer HP.
     
  5. DMC300

    DMC300 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    USING THE DOUBLE BLADES WORKS GREAT,IT ACTUALLY REDUCES CLUMPING.IN WET CONDITIONS I SCRAPE MY DECK EVERY TIME I CHANGE BLADES.YOU'LL WANT TO KEEP THE DOUBLE BLADES UNDER ALL CONDITIONS.AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT I HAVE FOUND.<p>----------<br>DON<br>LIANNES' MOWING
     
  6. bridges

    bridges LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 196

    Can you use double blades with any mower. I have jd ztrack 54&quot; deck.
     
  7. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    Brians, I use the double blade setup all season long and have for 12 or more years. I originally put doubles on one day when it was raining and was supposed to keep raining all week. I have used them ever since in all conditions. It chops the clippings a lot smaller so they disappear. When it's wet, I clean out under the deck several times on one lawn, which helps keep the lawns more clump free. Once you try doubles, most never go back to singles. When it's very wet, I think a high lift and a regular blade works better than a gator in there. Double highlifts pull the motor down more, but will throw the clippings a long way. Try different combinations and see what works best for you. If anyone new hasn't seen the differance in a lawn, check out my clippings page.



    [Edited by Eric ELM on 03-15-2001 at 02:40 AM]
     
  8. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 627

    so what have you found best, & which goes where? My thinking would be to put a gator on the bottom, & a hi-lift on top to throw it when chopped. Does that sound right?<p>----------<br>Smitty ô¿ô<br>
     
  9. bondlawn

    bondlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    I just go in from cutting this evening and had to kneel at Eric's feet. I saw the double blade idea Sunday on your web site (the day I also found this site) and tried it today. Results were phenominal.
     
  10. Lee Homan

    Lee Homan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    I thought I heard a while back that there was an after market part being sold to keep the 2 blades in that X configuration.
     

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