Tuff Blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SouthSide Cutter, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Got some new Gator blades today for my 48" and 61". Was suppose to be like the ones I bought last fall. But the outside edge was flatter than the gator part. So I thought I would just put them in the vise and wack them with a sledge and put some pitch on them. Cant do it wont bend, so I put some heat to them. Man are they tough. Look the same know. Oregon Gator made in the good ol USA.
     
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    you are messing with the balance bigtime, i think that was a mistake. sorry
     
  3. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
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    yeah you dont wanna be screwing around with the ballancing of the blades. they were built like that for a reason
     
  4. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How do you know they are out of balance. You think I just jack with stuff not thinking. Watched a guy years ago work a prop over on a ball hitch of a pickup at a large bass tourney. He was putting some more pitch to it. Probably the best prop man in the country. Iam not 20yrs old guys been around the block a few times.
     
  5. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Don't ever put heat to your blades. Those blades are heat treated to spec, if you hit something it is possible that the blade will shatter. Don't do it. :dizzy:
     
  6. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How do you know this, ever been around a blacksmith? My local dealer used to hard surface your blades years ago never had any trouble. You think I turned the whole blade cherry red.
     
  7. jmf1969

    jmf1969 LawnSite Member
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    when you heat blades you take the temper out of them(make the metal softer). they shouldnt break but will probably bend easy
     
  8. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I used to be one.:)
     
  9. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Then you should know this is not correct, if you know what your doing and anything about metalurgy.
     
  10. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    i would NEVER mess with the blades other than sharpening them. they are made the way they are for a reason. if you don't like a certain set just buy a new set.

    i would tell you all the reasons not to but most of them have already been mentioned.

    big mistake i think.......
     

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