Gravely XFactor deck baffle settings - just checkin'

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  1. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    You're right, they're flat so you have to space them if you want to retain stock mowing height. On our gravelys they do great without spacing.
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  2. Ridin' Green

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    Thanks for the info. I'm gonna have to check into this a little more.
     
  3. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sure thing!

    I hope they wind up working out
     
  4. kymowyurs

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    I don't believe I have posted on this forum this year, but seeing your post about the 260 Pro Turn and the blade problem prompted me to put in my 2 cents worth. I also have a 260 Pro turn and had a bunch of problems getting a good discharge, but finally switched to the notched blades last year and they do a much better job for me. I am running a notched wing blade by Oregon Pt # 91-264. It is commonly referred to as an Exmark wet blade. I have used the Stens notched wing blade and it is about .020 thousandths thicker than the Oregon Blade which checks at only .200 thousandths total thickness. I really prefer the Oregon blade because it loads my mower a little less than the Stens notched blade. Overall this is the best blade I have tried for wet conditions and believe me I have tried everything. My mower runs the Kaw. 850FX and I am well pleased with it overall. I believe the
    Exfactor deck lacks a little bit of giving a real crisp cut, but I keep sharp blades and that helps a lot. I also use a spacer about .030 between the blade and the spindle, which positions the blade slightly above the front edge of the deck and seems to give me more vacuum and good discharge distance. I mow in wet conditions and just slow down. until the dew dries off. By the way, the Oregon notched blades only cost me $30.00 for a set of three. Have a blessed day!!! Bobby Moyers
     
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  5. ProStreetCamaro

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    ^^^^ He hit the nail on the head. The original xfactor left a very nice cut but not "quite" as smooth as an exmark ultracut. The difference is the exmark is tightly baffled to create a tremendous amount of vacuum. That is great in dry conditions but sucks in wet conditions. The gravely deck is in between. Creates a little less vacuum but still leaves a nice cut but does better in damp conditions. Gravely positioned themselves between the ultracut deck and the velocity+ deck to try and get the best of both worlds. I cut with the notched blades again today and am EXTREMELY impressed with them. So much so I am going to get in touch with Mary the gravely rep and suggest they switch to notched high lifts on new mowers. Night and day difference how it discharges on my original xfactor deck.
     
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  6. ProStreetCamaro

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    You could run a spacer to make up for the hump. Gravely oem blades have a slight hump but not enough for me to worry about. As cheap as blades are it would be worth a shot to try them on your JD deck if you can find some in the correct length with the right size bolt hole.
     
  7. Ridin' Green

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    I just went through Oregon's site, top to bottom. Found several that would work with spacers, but the CH is too small, and I have no way to punch it out accurately.
     
  8. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's a shame - maybe a step drill bit could do it?
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  9. mag360

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    Agreed. Gravely Hockessin has been outfitting their units with them for a while now - before I got to them so I can't claim credit unless someone there was reading lawnsite over the last few years.

    The notch does allow the blade to bend more easily if you hit something but some brands are stronger. My scag dealer set us up with extra thick blades for our 72 that scag specs on their high hp units only.
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  10. Ridin' Green

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    I was thinking about trying that. I'll sleep on it LOL
     

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