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Gravely owners who have a mulch kit - What blades do you run?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jtkplc, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,646

    I'm running a 260Z and Pro-H 36" walk-behind with mulch kits installed with the wavy mulch blades that came with the kit.

    My only problem with them is that I'm not getting enough lift from the blades. What blades do you guys run on your Gravelys?

    I'm thinking about trying some regular high lift blades, but the Gator Magnums I began the season with were leaving stripes of uncut grass in between the mower blades so I'm reluctant to try any other blades.

    Can anyone offer some advise, thanks in advance? :usflag:
  2. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 487

    When my two machines (Gravely) have the mulch kits I just use the one that came with the kit I have not tried anything else.
  3. twwlawn

    twwlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 283

    Same here, when I got my mulch kit, I used the blades that came with it. I took the mulch kit off last year, I side discharge only and doing that I can mow at a faster rate.
  4. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 628

    I've done the same thing, but added a chute blocker to keep stuff out of the mulch. I didnt care much for the slowmow either.

    When I was running the mulch kit I used the wavey ones but ran them as doubles. It worked pretty good and the lift did improve.
  5. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 989

    I run the standard Gravely high lift blade over the stock, stepped mulching blade.
    This set up does generate a fair amount of lift over stock so be careful operating near sandy/loose soil conditions.
    However, it really does work well with the mulch kit. Blow out is minimal on turf.
    Just remember you are now cutting .210" lower than before.
  6. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    The blades that came with the kit.
  7. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,666

    I've tried several combos and agree the Gravely wavey mulch blade over the stock notched hi-lift give the best results. I've also had good luck with just the stock mulchers. I've also tried just the notched hi-lifts solo and a set of Exmark mulchers. They all performed well but I think the added lift from the doubles makes the kit more effective.
  8. coyotekid

    coyotekid LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    Has anyone tried running doubles without either set being the "wavy" mulch blades?

    I'm trying to get away from the "wavy" blades since they're a pain to sharpen, but I'm afraid I won't get the same quality cut...
  9. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,666

    I have, I actually have two sets of mulchers; the ones that came with the kit (wavy) and a set of aftermarket gators (actually raptors I think) that are straight. Quality of cut is the same with either set up.

    Now that I'm running the solid foil Exmark hi-lifts, I'm going to give them a shot with a set of gators on top to see if there is any difference.
  10. jim163

    jim163 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 149

    Is your deck scraped clean and blades sharp? I scrape the bottom of my deck as much as possible-even on the road. I just started using a set of universal high lift blades on my 260z and im lovin it. It shoots the grass out much farther and theres less of it. I do recommend.

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