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Fusion Blades On Super Z

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by puppypaws, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,827

    The Hustler fusion blades never cease to amaze me. I put a worn out set on a while back to rough cut some areas. When I say worn out, I am talking about the sail on the back of the blade vitually gone.

    My wife was cutting normal grass (I should have already changed the blades, but had not), and I was watching her, I thought to myself, that mower is flying. She was cutting wide open on a Hustler Super Z (15 mph), with completely demolished blades. She was cutting at a low height (2.75") and absolutely flying, most people say you cannot cut grass at 15 mph with perfect blades and do a decent job. I actually took the mower and finished cutting some areas she is a little afraid of. I got on the mower and started cutting, and was in an area where I could run possible 10 mph.

    I heard what I knew to be a deformed blade under the deck, as well as feeling some vibration. I finished cutting in about 15 minutes and there was absolutely no grass left standing anywhere, or none that looked different in any way.

    I took the mower to the shed and snatched it up in the air, got a new set of blades, took the 18 volt Dewalt impact wrench, zipped them off and put the new set on.

    I started looking at the old blades and thought to myself, there is no way these blades could possibly have been cutting grass and doing a good job.
    I will try and make a picture of the old blades, if I remember. The sails were virtually gone, with one being ripped out partially, this is what was causing the different sound from the blades turning.

    These fusion blades on a Hustler Super Z are truly unbelievable, for the length of time they last, as well as being able to continue giving a very respectable cut while being demolished. I personally; will always pay the higher price for this type blade.
     
  2. TimsLawnCareVA

    TimsLawnCareVA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 361

    I agree, the Fusion blades are awesome! That's all I will run on my Hustler.
     
  3. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,827

    I've got a buddy that also grows chickens in Farmville, Va by the name of Will Sanderson, super person, do you know him by any chance?
     
  4. Hawg City Lawns

    Hawg City Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,072

    thats all i will run fusions and fusion gators
     
  5. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,827

    I certainly have seen no blade manufactured come close to the toughness of the Oregon fusion blade. I've got to make pictures of the grass cut and the demolished fusion blades, I removed after finishing. It is really hard to explain how blades in that bad of shape; was able to cut grass period.
     
  6. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,827

    These are the blades I took off that were still cutting and doing a good job of not leaving anything. I look at these blades and can't understand how they could possibly cut anything. You can see chunks knocked out of the sails and places torn, this makes for a little extra vibration. When I put the new blades on; there was no sound other than strong air turbulence under the deck. The mower deck had no vibration, and I could tell the machine was working much easier.

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  7. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,427

    Does Fusion make a high lift for the XR7 now? I remember when I had mine they were available in medium lift only for the Hustler.
     
  8. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Posts: 4,162


    I have taken off blades worse than that and they still cut well. Those actually could be sharpened and used one more time. When the sails look like your fingers making a peace sign then they are done.
     
  9. Downunder Bob

    Downunder Bob LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Sorry Puppy but in my conditions (probably similar to your own) I can't justify the extra money for the fusions especially when the sails wear out before the edge.

    I've asked PJ before "why can't the sail on the fusions be hardfaced" I can't remember what he said at the time, it might have been that it makes the blade too expensive.

    That is why I hardface my own. I like the standard Hustler stepped blade for its thickness (longevity).
    If I keep these blades sharp they perform just as good as the fusions but last a lot longer.

    Regards
    Rob

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    Hustler Hardfaced Blade 3.jpg
     
  10. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    Are you kidding me OP? Those blades could be sharpened another 10 times minimum. They look almost new. I had to check your post count and sig to see if you were a newbie or a homeowner.
     

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