Looking for feedback on Meg-Mo Blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Brian M, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. Brian M

    Brian M LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 94

    Looking for feedback on Meg-Mo Blades, with the high price of these blades I would like to hear what those of you that have tried them have to say about them!
    Do they really keep the underside of your deck clean even in thick wet grass?
    Can they go several weeks without sharpening and still give a quality cut?
    How is the balance and noise level?
    And any other input you can give that would help me make up my mind on these blades.
    Basically, is it a gimmick or a revolutionary improvement for the Lawn Care Biz?

  2. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 766

    i have a set of meg-mo's only used them once. boy do they produce some MAJOR lift, the mower sounds like a 747 flying a hundred feet over your house. now, i only used them once last season on a cleanup, so i can't tell you how'll they will mulch but i hope it as everyone says they are. the only thing that scares me is the noise they make when they start, i hope the blades swinging into action don't decrease my spindle life.
  3. Brian M

    Brian M LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 94

    Thanks for the reply Rookiemower,
    so they are a bit loud huh?
    Well maybe that means they create a lot of lift, as far as the blades starting up what does that sound like???
    Their website claims that the meg-mo blades will extend the life of the spindles. Does the deck vibrate a lot when the spindles start spinnin' the meg-mo's?:confused:
  4. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 536

    As rookiemower said, they do produce some tremendous lift. The first day I put them on my 50hp DC diesel my helper said he could tell the difference in the sound of the deck from over 300 yards away. They mulched leaves like you'd gone over them 3 or 4 times. I liked them so well I've purchased 3 more sets to go on all 4 of my 72" Dixie diesels. I anticipate sharpening to be no problem. I used the first set last fall approximately 3 weeks and saw very little need to sharpen at that point. These are not "snake oil" they are the real deal.................Lynn
  5. riden2low

    riden2low LawnSite Member
    from Oregon
    Posts: 31

    I have started this season with a set on a 36 Gravely. I like the cut and the bagging is great but been trying to mulch with them with a special plate made to block the chute and I find that I have to raise the deck about once a week to clean it out but I had the mulch kit on my Exmarks and I had to clean them too so I am use to it. As for sharping the blades, I have sharpen them once and I have been mowing for six weeks now and they still have an reasonable edge on them.
  6. Brian M

    Brian M LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 94

    Why do you think they go so long without having to be sharpened?
    How often were you guys sharpening your regular blades compared to the meg-mo's?
    I sharpened mine like every week or so, which was about every 10 engine hours or so and I thought I was streching it as it was.
  7. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 766

    no the deck does not vibrate, but in the initial clutch startup it sounds bad, i definitly don't want to be buying any new clutchs either. the blades are all seperate and swing freely and i believe when the centrifical force starts them the swing out and make a TWACK noise does anyone know if this is normal, it worries me alittle, any help would be appreciated. Also meg-mo has great customer support
  8. Brian M

    Brian M LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 94

    You say they have great customer support did you ask them about that TWACK noise?
    If there is no vibration on startup then I think the spindles will be ok, but the clutch may wear prematurely with that TWACK noise that you mentioned, I'd ask them about that!
    But who knows, maybe it's considered normal. Time will tell if it wears the clutch or not.
  9. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I hope these things mow like everybody says, if enough fellas I know and respect enjoy them, I will be inline to do likewise. I do have some concerns. I am a bit skeptical when folks say they can go for 6 weeks and only sharpen 1 time, and folks that say the deck is always clean, even in wet conditions, and when people say that they mulch so well that it is like you ran over the lawn 3 times. These things sound great, but unrealistic based on my experience.

    I sharpen blades every day or two in the Spring. I want em very sharp, and don't mind sharpening often to get the best performance. Whether I hit anything hard or not, the blades slowly dull, and I don't see how the Meg-mo's can be any different.

    I also don't see how they will mulch any better, or discharge any finer then a double blade setup. The nature of the deck to me determines how fine something is mulched. For example, the Toro SFS deck has a huge frontal area, the grass is cut and rides a wave out to the front and it is discharged. Everyone says if you cut off 3 inches, 3 inch pieces are what comes out the shoot. Now the Meg-mo's are supposed to create alot of vacume, and lift which I don't doubt they do, and from what I have read they will really launch the grass, wich I imagine they would be great at but....is it possible that they keep the grass under the deck longer so the grass is cut finer and still do the lifting and dischargeing as would be expected? I, myself don't see how it is possible that they will cut things finer then doubles, or really even singles for that matter, and still have the lift and discharge performance. They seem like mutually exclusive functions to me. If it stays under the deck longer, it is not going to be great at dischargeing.

    I am not trying to be critical, I hope the product is awsome, and everyone can benifit. I like the idea of someone stepping up and trying to produce a prodcut like the doubles, and maybe even improving upon that idea. I just hope that people don't want to see great things from the blades so bad, that their descriptions may tainted by their desire for the spectacular. I do this myself, and have purchased mowers, and think that is the greatest. In part because it is new to me, and I am excited, but also because I want so badly for it to be great that I try to talk myself and everyone else into believing it.

    Maybe it is none of my business, but I sometimes buy things because of the praise they receive from respected lawnsite members. I guess it is my hope that with this product people will try to be as accurate in describing their results as possible because there are alot of eyes watching, and alot of dollars at stake when purchases are made.

    For what it is worth.
  10. Brian M

    Brian M LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 94

    Excellent reply Shady Brook, I hear what your saying, That's why I started this thread again, I read the other posts about this product and saw a lot of hostility toward it which is why I specifically asked for posts from people who have purchase this product. But I agree with most everything you said, if it works as well as people have stated it is a major revelation to the green industry, I too hope everything said about these blades are true, but as we all know, everyone has an opinion but that doesn't mean their right. I guess I’ll have to buy them and decide for myself, but the fact that I emailed Meg-Mo about whether they have a “money back guarantee” and never received a reply twice, says a lot.
    Jay, you mentioned the Toro SFS deck, I was considering buying a 2002 Z287L but heard a lot of bad things about that deck, is it true? is it a lousy deck on wet grass?

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