mulching blades

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by HawKen, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. HawKen

    HawKen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 34

    Are there any recommendations for "best" mulching blades for a Craftsman 46" riding mower (20HP B&S). I currently have the Sears mulch kit, but the mulching seems to not be very effective. The motor will frequently bog down, even when moving at a very slow travel speed. I typically resharpen the blades every three or four uses (about 8-10 hours) with no discernible difference between freshly sharpened and just before next sharpening.
     
  2. lzrj

    lzrj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 245

    Try Gator blades. They are no more expensive than regular blades. There is really not many types of mulching blades designs to choose from on the market.
     
  3. Brown's LC & L

    Brown's LC & L LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    Where can one find these gator blades? I've never thought to highly of mulching blades, but would like to find a good set that actually work.
     
  4. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    I'm not trying to be a wise guy, but.....

    1) Make sure the blade are on correctly, i.e., right-side-up.
    2) Make sure they are sharp.
    3) Run the engine at full throttle. (You paid for 20 horsepower - use it!)
    4) Cut off only the top 1/3 of the blade of grass - up to 1-1/2 inches maximum. (If you can't or don't want to do this, mulching isn't for you.)
    5) make sure your mulch plug is attached properly.
     

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