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Testing blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cp, Jun 20, 2001.

  1. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 263

    Well I started testing blades today. I have a 60" Lazer and have been running factory blades in a single config. The cut has been very good on most of my lawns. Thought I would try some of the combos I've been reading about...

    Today was Gator Mag in a single setup, tall dry fescue and clover. Did not perform as well as the factory singles. Next cut I will try in a double config with the Gators on top. This yard is my testing ground because it is a bi weekly cut and I need to find the right combo to make this cut without having to double cut it.

    I know there have been a lot of discussion on blades but I thought that I would just try some things and let you guys know how they turn out.
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    I have found when the grass is wet, double medium lift blades or one of them and a hi lift blade work good. When it's dry, a regular or hi lift along with a Gator type blade works good. I also have found the combination that works good for one deck, might not work as well on another deck, so try several combinations.
  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    Go out and buy OEM Dixie Chopper 60" solid foil blades. They work the best so far for my Lazer, aside from doubles. The doubles and dry weather = LOTS-A-DUST and LOTS-A-NOISE !!! I only use doubles for leaves.
  4. phillipsce

    phillipsce LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    :confused: double blades? Can someone tell me what we're talking about? Explain how you put them on please.
  5. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    i dont think it would work on a 60 but i have found that 1/2 wt
    universal hi lifts work real well on a 52.also noticeably less pull on the engine and clutch.i attribute the smooth sound to the fact that all four blades weigh the same.bend easier but you can streighten them out on the spindle with you hands or a pipewrench or something.works good in some applications. i dont know if the longer blade on the 60 would hold its strait shape at high bld speed.
  6. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 263

    I have noticed a little more pull on the engine with the thicker Gators, and I haven't check the RPMs for max power yet.

    Hey Eric, if you see this, I was wondering if two med/high lift blades are heavier than one Mag.???
  7. P&J Lawncare

    P&J Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    doubles dont work as good for us. We run all our mowers with two regular blades and one high lift blade on the chute side. Its the best combo for us.
  8. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    cp, I have not seen a Magnum yet, but I would think 2 medium lift blades would be heavier. It's not the weight that is a problem, it's the amount of lift that slows down rpms.
  9. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 263

    Thanks for the reply Eric.

    I will try and be back with another set in a few.

    The high lift on the chute side maybe worth a try...

    Thanks all..:blob3:

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