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Gator Blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HydroCutter, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. HydroCutter

    HydroCutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    I would like to start mulching and stop bagging some of my customers. Some customers absolutely want bagging. With mulching blades on, can I still put a grass catcher on and catch the grass or will the grass not get thrown into the catcher?
  2. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    Yeah you can still bag. Just take off your discharge cover plate (obviously) and put your bagger on.
  3. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 589

    The Gator blades work very well for bagging as long as it is NOT wet.
  4. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    Where is the best place to order Gator blades?
  5. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,915

    My experience has been mixed. I have an Exmark 36" Viking, and have a Grass Gobbler. It has been used nine seasons. In the second year, I bought a set of Gator blades. I quickly learned the discharge output was not enough to put the clippings into the Gobbler. I set the Gators aside.

    A few years later, I learned that a hi-lift version was available. I bought a set of those blades, and am able to do light bagging. The only difference between the original Gator and the hi-lift version is a very slight additional upbend on the first (inside) tooth. Just laying the two blades down, I find it hard to determine which is the hi-lift. But, nesting them, I can spot the difference. I am surprised the very slight difference in one tooth will make enough of a change if output flow to either bag, or not bag.

    I use my Gators only for Fall leaf mulch work. If there is grass to mow, it is light growth by that time, and the Gator will work (either one). I don't bag leaves. But, my primary blade during 90% of the season is hi-lift, notched airfoil blades. I do some bagging, but mostly discharge. I believe the notched airfoil blades do a better mowing job, better discharge, better spread of clippings than the hi-lift Gator. I do no grass mulching with this mower, depsite having a mulching kit in the shed.

    I don't know what blades are being sold these days. My point is just be aware of the differences. Maybe just the hi-lift version is available any more, I don't know.
  6. PowerEquipmentWarehouse

    PowerEquipmentWarehouse LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    Hi Tac
    We have a full line of gator blades available, just click on the link below, and check us out. Thanks Jay

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