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I think it's time for new blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by soloscaperman, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,045

    I will post a pic later and will get a lot of hate. I have almost 1,000 hrs on my 2008 Exmark Lazer Z HP 27HP Kohler with the Tri Vantage deck 52"" deck.

    Question is after reading some post that Exmark blades are the way to go but I am tight on money and would like to know what blades you guys like and what the price is. I have cracks and missing pieces of my original blades and don't want to be mowing and cause an injury/death.
  2. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Posts: 5,997

    Shop on ebay you can great deals on there for them from other dealers selling them off wholesale, I get most OEM sets (3 set lot) about $30 more than a local dealer would charge for 1 set
  3. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,045

    So this cheaper "metal" or "leaves strings of grass" a myth these days?
  4. JeremyKuhn

    JeremyKuhn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    I buy 25 packs of my blades on Ebay and depending on the machine can get them as low as 7.50 a blade. Leaving strings of grass has more to do with the way they are sharpened than the metal unless they are a really bad quality.
  5. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Posts: 5,997

    The blades on ebay you mean, the ones I get are higher quality than I use to get at dealer, put through a good hardening process, my Gravely blades come from GA, I can get the same for my deere 3 sets for $111 not purchased yet because I will be swapping out for a 54" soon, I did get a set of G6's for my JD for $52 and they are very stout, was weary because the last time I purchase oregon blades the were soft and crap.

    Just check dimensions shop around good dealer

    Use your blade parts number when searching
  6. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 554

    I think I'm misunderstanding what the op is saying, but from
    What I see, the op is claiming to have gotten 1000 hrs on his original blades. Now how did that happen??
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  7. Outlawn

    Outlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 735

    That's a good price for G6's. I ordered a set of G6's for my Great Dane Surfer 52" and it was over $70 just for the set.
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  8. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,045

    Yes and still have all the original belts. The only two things that went was the floating gas gauge that broke at 4-8 hrs and the coils went at 500-600hrs.

    Someone post a good dealer on Amazon or Ebay please.
  9. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,090

    That's what I was wondering, 1K hrs on a set of blades?

    I'd think the warranty should cover that! Man.....considering how much new blades cost these days, you'd expect them to last!! :laugh::laugh:
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    +1 on the Gator G-6 blades. The are the best all-around blade I have ever used...perfect balance between mulching ability and discharge velocity and they hold up well.

    I would like to point out that using beaten up/worn out blades has likely cost you more money in the extra effort required to get a quality cut than if you had just replaced them sooner.

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