Gator Blades and grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by boneslawns, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. boneslawns

    boneslawns LawnSite Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 30

    anyone run gator blades all year, not just for leaves or do they do that bad of a job on grass? Just thought it would be good in spring so you didn't have to double cut so much!
     
  2. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,451

    I don't like the gators with grass. Leaves and junk only. The gators seems to leave tiny clumps. Just the high lifts for grass, super clean.
     
  3. karlgrooms

    karlgrooms LawnSite Member
    Posts: 140

    I run em all year without much ado. They actually work quite good and i cant tell any difference in clumping when grass is wet.
     
  4. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    i run em all year with no complaints except in really thick wet grass
     
  5. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,049

    I only use Gators for Spring/Fall cleanups. High lifts the rest of the season.
     
  6. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Posts: 1,123

    I can't run them year round here, but I like them in the early spring. I have to run high lifts during the prime growing season.
     
  7. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 944

    gator blades are supposed to mulch the grass into smaller pieces than high lifts do...at least that's what they say...either one does a great job to me
     
  8. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    In wet grass they make a mess. I only use Gators doubled up with Hi Lifts to spread it better.
     
  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,164

    They work fine as a mulch blade in dry conditions, but with wet grass the last thing you want to do is continually chop up the grass before it is processed back into the turf. Big goopy mess. A low lift with down force in the center is a better option IMO.
     
  10. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 944

    this ties into that other thread...DON'T CUT THE GRASS WHEN IT'S WET!!!!...lol
     

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