Mulching Blades without mulching deck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by WilsonBoud, May 14, 2013.

  1. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
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    Hi all, In my extensive research, I'm noticing that some LCO's have mentioned gator mulching blades being used witha standard deck.

    Am I mis-understanding their statements, or are they actually using a mulching gator blade with a non-mulching deck.

    What kind of grass cutting experience can one expect using that blade in that scenario...???

    Will a mulching blade expel grass out of the side chute as well as a high lift blade ...??


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  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A gator blade is a mulching blade designed to be used with a side discharge or bagging set up. When used in conjunction with a mulching kit for a deck it causes a lot of blow out and clumping
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  3. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
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    Thanks.......
     
  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is correct and Oregon will tell you the same thing.

    I also use wavy OEM mulching blades and sid discharge with them. It seems to work as well as the gators do under all conmnditions, and chops the clippings up even more. The discharge pattern is great and I am getting plenty of lift for a clean cut in one pass.
     
  5. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know this is dumb but i have been mowing for 4-5 yrs now and i never knew they would work without a mulching kit. Do they struggle more or leave more stragglers under thick or damp conditions
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  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have had excellent results regardless of the conditions. Mine actually are lighter than the stock blades that came on my mower, so they spin easier. I'm speaking about the wavy mulchers. Gators definitely require less power to run IME.
     
  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Oregon's G6 blades are a higher lift Gator (than the originalGator 3in1 blades) designed primarily for side-discharging (and bagging). Their G5s are the same design, but a tad thinner, and therefore lighter.
     
  8. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used the oregon G5's without a mulch kit (they're designed to be side discharged or used for bagging) and love them. They leave a great cut and discharge nicely and definitely chop up the clippings more than regular high lifts. I've never tried regular wavy mulching blades.
     
  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    I put my G5s back on today. I was a little disappointed in moist conditions last month...but since things have dried out I gotta say they do leave a nice cut and the clippings are more finely shredded.
     
  10. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
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    I look forward to trying the G6 & G5 in some distant future.

    But I must say, with the cost of the G6 much higher that that of the G5 blades, and the fact that I simply "do not cut in the wet", Looks like the G5 blades may very well serve my needs.

    I look forward to applying everything I learn n this site......thanks....


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