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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cuttenup, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. cuttenup

    cuttenup LawnSite Member
    from NETN
    Posts: 132

    Im looking to buy some Gator Blades to use this season. Does anyone know anything about these blades? If so do you prefer Gator blades or regular blades? Thanks for the help. They will be going on a Scag 52" 23 hp Kaw.
  2. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    Do a search, there is alot of stuff on this!
  3. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,140

    Well we tried them once and removed then a couple days later. They produced no vacume, left stringers and just simply didnt cut worth a poop on our thick northern lawns. Other guys in this area that we have talked to agree.
  4. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,512

    I never tried the gator blades ,because some friends who have used them in the past said they didn't like them so I never bothered trying em out
  5. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    i use them in the fall to chop up leaves, i agree they dont have enough vacume to pull grass upright, but in the fall doesnt matter as much.

    they do bend very easily, they dont the SOLID arch in the back that gives them stregnth
  6. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,445

    I just sold a 2005 Scag Tiger Cub with 48" velocity deck, and Gator Hi-lift Blades. The mower did great with them would powder the Bermuda grass leaves not a yard full, but did not do well on our thick commercial accounts that grew quick. This was due to the "mulching deck" not the Gator blades. If your Mulching or SD, go with the Gator Hi-Lifts no matter what the application. Gators are what I have used for years, invest in a commercial grade blade sharpener also saves time, and money, plus you can get them sharper and you know they are balanced cause you do it yourself. The deck design "depth" is what give the Vacuum. We sucked a brick under the velocity deck, and the Gators powdered it, no bending. I have had no problems with Blade strength Anything has limits on abuse I hit a piece of re-bar 4' sticking out of the turf pulled it out wrapped it around the spindle, and stalled the engine we removed the bent blade and replaced it went back to mowing no spindle damage. Anything will bend
  7. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    gator blades alone arent that great, but combined with a high-lift style blade under the gator blade they are unbeatable for clean-ups. i ran doubles all season IMO i got a better cut and better looking stripe out of my lesco.
  8. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    they really suck in the rain! even with the doubles.
  9. cemeteryman

    cemeteryman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 107

    I have used gators and in the fall mulching up leaves they are great. I am using high lift this year to see the difference because the gators dont seem to pull the grass up and cut as good as I want them to.
  10. ozark

    ozark LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    Through my experience using them i cant say anything bad about them. They are advertised to have less lift than conventional blades so dont be shocked. They do a great job in all conditions that i have ever ran them in, anywhere from dry to wet to just when the dew has set. I can run my machine wide open when the dew hits and found this to be the best time to mow. Im thinking that in order for these blades to really work well you must have the right deck set up and horsepower. I dont know what you guys are running but they work great on my jd 23 hp diesel 62 inch deck. :usflag:

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