GATOR BLADES ...ANY BODY USE THEM

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by WALKERMOW, Aug 11, 2000.

  1. WALKERMOW

    WALKERMOW LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    hey guys just wanted to know if any of ya'll (alabama accent)use gator blade and if so what do you think.
    i ordered a set for my 72" grasshopper cannot wait to try them...FYI check out jackssmallengines.com great site with online ordering and a pretty good selection of stuff..

    hope ya'll have a great weekend!!
    rusty
     
  2. MWHC

    MWHC LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Posts: 202

    I bought a set for my Toro 37" walk behind. I kinda thought they sucked. The stuff that they mulched up was great but they leave a lot uncut. I think the blades Toro sent with the machine are better.
     
  3. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    Hey Rusty!

    I haven't used them myself, but I know a lot of the guys here swear by them. If you do a search for blade I'm sure you'll find an unreal ammount of info on this subject. I'm sure Eric will jump in here and point you in the right direction! Well I'm fixin to go get me some shut-eye over yonder. ( I forgot who Fits and who Fixes, I think Alabama Fixes if I'm not mistaken. I've meet to many fascinating Southerners to remember!)

     
  4. WALKERMOW

    WALKERMOW LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    hey guido here in bama it's FIXIN to get some shut eye..
    lol
    thanx for the reply
    shut eye in the middle of the day??

    [Edited by WALKERMOW on 08-11-2000 at 11:59 PM]
     
  5. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,952

    They do leave too much uncut. The yard does not look as smooth as the high lift blades. Get the gator magnums and let us know how they work. Now if you use the gators and cut inward. You have less clippings. But a frazzled looking yard. Jagged looking. I believe they are really just made for leaves. But the gator magnums may work. But they are expensive to me just for the measley money made mowing
     
  6. Acute Cut

    Acute Cut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 980

    I just recently bought a set for my 52" hydro Exmark wb. I tried the doubling up method mentioned by eric. It seems that what is discharged is smaller, but the cut IS more ragged. I am using a set of high lift blades on top of my gators now. It seems to be working well. The real test will be to see what happens when it rains.

    One other thing i have noticed for sure, my regular blades need sharpening daily, but the gators can go all week if i am able to bypass the usual boulder and brick. Different metal? No idea, but the blades speak for them selves.
     
  7. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    We run gators on our 21"s, our 36" WB's, our 54" WB, and our Z-Master 52". When you don't bag there are advantages to having fewer clippings discharged, but having said that the grass is growing so fast here in the rainy North that we're spewing out tons of clippings no matter what.

    Gators don't cut as clean as high lifts on their own, but when doubled with high lifts they cut nicely.
     
  8. Eric ELM

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

    Cutntrim, I agree with you totaly. The reason I like the Gator as a second blade on each spindle is that is doesn't put as much drag on the motor. 2 Gators on each spindle don't do much, so I would think just one would not be good either. It's been so long since I used just 1 blade on a spindle, I don't even know how a lawn would look cut that way. :) Oh, now I remember, it looks like my competitors lawns and some look nasty with all those clippings all over the lawns.
     
  9. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    I'm with charles--gave up my gators for the high lifts. didn't know about high lifts until I read about them on this forum! stupid me.

    I did the double blades (gator and high lift) on leaves last year and I was impressed. in tall grass this year, however, the ole 14 hp kaw just wouldn't cut it. (no pun intended) still cuts great however with one blade, especially the high lift.

    unfortunately, however, during dry conditions, with the high lifts, I have trouble seeing where I'm going in the dust and when I blow my nose.... don't go there!

    GEO

    [Edited by geogunn on 08-12-2000 at 04:03 AM]
     
  10. excel25

    excel25 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    Been using Gators for a couple of years, work great with the dbl. blade set up. The new blades from Grasshopper are MUCH better at discharging grass than the old ones.They have a u shaped notch on the back side , works great with dbl. with gator.
     

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