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Do Gator Blades make a difference if....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NewbieNC, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. NewbieNC

    NewbieNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    Do Gator Blades make a difference if you use side discharge???
  2. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 721

    Alone they might mess-up your discharging I would try doubles, Gators over high lift If you want smaller clippings. Gators alone will make a mess under the deck. chops the grass up fine but then has no power to throw the clippings. so the high lifts do that job. not sure if this is the case on southern grasses though.

    Hope this helps you
  3. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    doubles wear out spindles faster IMO, too fast.....othe LCO has either gators or an equivalent to them on a side discharge mower and they work fantastic!
  4. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Do they make a difference compared to what kind of blade? In what conditions? I have found they are inferior to high lifts where I'm at but do a heck of a job come autumn (leaves). Most have not got enough lift, even the high lift gators for my needs. Forget them in spring growth around here.
  5. twwlawn

    twwlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Great for mulching in dry to moist conditions and in the fall for leaves. There useless during the spring time.
  6. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,432

    I feel the same way.
  7. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    Gator Blades are designed as side discharge blades NOT enclosed mulching blades...
  8. My WB is set up like Jim from MulcahyMowing said. Really works great year 'round. Doubles don't take any extra toll on spindles, but they do require extra power because you're stirring more air and cutting more grass. It'll cut the same blade of grass in to several pieces.
    Like the others said too, the gators just don't have much lift by themselves.
  9. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    Last year when I used to side discharge on my Gravely 260Z, I always had Gator Magnums on. It worked very well and chopped up the clippings finer, which meant double cutting was reduced some. I really liked them, but sometimes in thicker grass, they wouldn't suck the grass up as well, so the cut quality wasn't as good. With anything, there are pro's and con's. They are awesome in leaves, double Gator Magnums destroy leaves and pack them fairly tight in the bagger.

    And no they don't work with a mulching kit on, they create to much turbulence and leave streaks of uncut grass in between the mower blades.
  10. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    Gators are designed to cut a max of 2" and don't perform well in tall grass.


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