blade comparison, which do you prefer and what is the difference?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Eddie B, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Messages: 859

    Just wondering, which blades do you use and why? what is the difference? Is there a particular name for each type of blade? Does one give better results?

    blade 1



  2. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Well let me see how many agree with me.

    I dont use either of the first 2.

    3. Gators-best for Fall. Mulch leaves much better than reg blades. Also can be used with the 3 other blades as "Double blades" This helps mulch grass better.
    4. Standard High lifts. Probably the most popular of the choices you gave.
    These will disperce(sp)(throw) farther and more evenly over the ground.They also will develope 1 h.e.l.l of a blow out in the front of the deck in dryer dustier conditions. On my Z its mainly the left front.
    Now remember every state is different and every mower is different. What works well for my area may not work at all in others.

    Right now Im trying the eXmark(even though I dont own a eXmark) recycle blades with my recycle kit installed.

    Well guys how'd I do?
  3. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I use the gator mulch blades (Pic 2) and then standard high lift flail blades. JMO
  4. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    I like the Gators during the growing season n Hi-Lifts during the off season .... cutting St. Aug .... that's on the Dixie or Lazer .... we use standard doubles on the Walkers with a mulch deck
  5. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Blade 1 and 4 look like notched high lifts (one has a longer cutting edge). This is the blade I use for side dicharge most of the time on the Lazer. Great for high lift, wide high velocity discharge of clippings. Blade #2 looks like a solid foil high or medium lift and #3 is a gator type mulcher I use only in the fall. Here is what Exmarks says about blade types:
    Here are some general descriptions that I have put together. The Solid and the Notched have the same height air foil. Solid produces just a little less vacuum!

    Notched Air Foil
    These are factory blade and best for most applications
    Max. lift and discharge velocity
    Ideal for heavy thick grasses
    Take full advantage of hp

    Solid Air Foil
    Blades reduce flex when mowing
    Blades don’t tend to bend as easily after impact
    Can help in reducing blow out
    Helpful in cutting Bahia shoot, Dandelions, Foxtail, etc.
    Will reduce discharge velocity

    Low Lift
    Used a lot in sandy areas
    Helps reduce build-up on bottom of deck
    Reduces discharge velocity
    Reduces blow out
    Uses less hp to operate
    Lower noise

    Works well with our mulch kit
    Sharp blades are a must for max performance
    Uses maximum hp for best result
    Forces clipping back into turf
    Blades need to be sharpened more often do to increase cutting of clippings

    Well I hope this helps but different parts of the country, and mulching, discharging options may have alot to do with the blade you need. If they made a notched high lift for my Hustler I'd use them on that also. Love to blow the cippings 15+ feet.
  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    blade 2 in winter-blade 3 all other time
  7. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    We use notched medium lifts and solid foil hi lifts on our machines. Their basically the stock blades. A notched 3" wide hi lift blade will give you the most vaccum and discharge velocity and and is my blade of choice if you have the power to run them. They take a lot of power and if you don't have enough then they will give you a lower quality cut because the machine will be running bogged down all the time. Thats the problem we ran into with them so we had to switch back to stock.

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