gators, quality of cut

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PRO PROPERTY CARE, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. PRO PROPERTY CARE

    PRO PROPERTY CARE LawnSite Member
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    I was thinking of trying the gator blades. I would use them all year long. I switch back and forth from side discharge too bagging. How is the quality of cut with them , compared to the standard exmark blades.
    thanks
    mike:cool:
     
  2. coonman

    coonman LawnSite Senior Member
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    Gators are all we use. We mulch everything. The cut is great. They are great on leafs also.
     
  3. Rhett

    Rhett LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Daughter picked up the wrong blades for my 36 metro. Had to suffer thru two sets of gators. I only mulch and the cut was way below that of wich the exmark standard mulching blades provided. Many of the properties I had to double cut to make the clippings disappear
     
  4. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Iv had no complaints yet
     
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I love Gators for mulching and doing leaves in the fall...but I'm not too crazy about using them in the spring when the grass is thick and lush. The Gators will chop the grass up too much and make it harder to disperse and broadcast the clippings evenly IMO. In the spring, we like to use a high lift blade.
     
  6. Dan the mowing man

    Dan the mowing man LawnSite Member
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    I was told to run high lift blades but for the discharge blade use gator blade . Where can gator blades be purchased ?
     
  7. CamLand

    CamLand LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We use high lift for most of the season then change over in the fall,great for leaves...
     


  8. Rodfather pretty well states it.Great for fall but I won't use them in the spring.Plus you can't sharpen the gators as much
     
  9. VnDrWLawnCare

    VnDrWLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    I run high lifts throughout most of the year, but would like to break down some of those clippings in the spring. Would it be stupid to run high lifts but on the spindle next to discharge shut run a high lift and a gator. Would this be too risky. Is it a possibliltiy that i could screw up that one spindle.

    I have a Lesco 48" hydro with a new 18 hp Kohler

    thanks
    eric
     
  10. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    We use nothing but gator mulchers during the fall
     

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