How to set the deck and blades properly for stripes.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Rll131, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. Rll131

    Rll131 LawnSite Member
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    Are these hi lift blades? All I can really find for my mower.

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  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Somewhere in that add it should give the sail lift height. It should be in the 1"- 1.25" range to be a high lift depending on the brand of blade and/or brand and size machine it is used under.
    Edited to add:
    I just called them and asked. It is a medium lift blade and the only high lifts they have for the same application are the G6's and 3-1 High lift Gators. I have the 3-1 high lift's on my old JD garden tractor that I use for certain apps, and they cut awesome and stripe very well.
     
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  3. Rll131

    Rll131 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for doing that. I have gators on now. Maybe I'll try the 3-1
     
  4. Ridin' Green

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    If they are std gators, they don't have near the lift of even a medium lift std blade. The G6's and 5"s are high lifts, but don't have quite the lift of a std non gator high lift. The 3-1 high lifts are indentical to G5's in thiickness and design except that they are 2.5" wide instead of 3", and they don't have the fusion edge. The lift and shape are otherwise identical to my G6's.
     
  5. Rll131

    Rll131 LawnSite Member
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    They are gator mulching blades 90-418. You have me stuck in between now lol either going to get the g6 or 3-1
     
  6. Ridin' Green

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    Accoring to the size and dimensions of the blade in your picture, the Oregon 3-1 high lift gators you need are-

    96-344 (18", 5/8" center hole) 2.50" w .203" thick 1 1/4" lift


    The G5 is 596-344

    The G6 is 396-726

    They also show a super high lift with notched lift sail, 1 3/16" lift, part # 93-006. They are .250" thick blade like the G6, but not a gator blade.

    99-128 is a 1 1/16" rolled lift blade in .203" thick

    The last two have the extended cutting edge too.


    http://www.oregonproducts.com/pro/pdf/OREGON_BladesByOEM.pdf
     
  7. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go with the G5's. They are identical to the G6, but thinner and lighter. They have the extended cutting edge as do the 3-1 HL's, but the G5 also has the fusion cutting edge which helps them hold their edge a little longer. Take a look at all the other blades I listed for you too.
     
  8. Rll131

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    So basically with the g5 ill be getting a much better stripe along with nicely chopped up grass. With a standard high lift I'm guessing ill get a better stripe but much more grass left over on the lawns?
     
  9. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    That partially depends on the type of deck/design etc, but generally you get longer clippings with the std high lift blades. They may, or may not make the surface look like there's a lot of crap left on top, again, based on how your deck performs. For example, my MOD deck is pretty tightly baffled, so even with OEM high lifts I stilll get fairly short cllippings that fall down into the grass rather than stay on top. That is yet another reason to cut at 3" or higher (preferably higher, like 3.5" or so).

    rRgardless of that, G anythings or 3-1 HL's will lay down better stripes than medium or low lift blades as long as where you cut, the grass will actually take a stripe. Most northern turf grass will. Most southern turf grass won't.
     
  10. Rll131

    Rll131 LawnSite Member
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    Going to go with the g5 you convinced me. Hopefully I'll get a better cut and stripes then with the gators I have now. Thanks for all your help.
     

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