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Double blades shorten engine life??????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by eggy, Oct 19, 2000.

  1. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,144

    As I run double blades one question I always wondered is if the extra weight ,which causes the engine to workharder is cutting down on engine life.....any experinces?
  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 10,798

    I would imagine it would cut down on the engine life and the belts and the spindles. But how would you tell by how much?. Who knows. I would be hard to even guess.
  3. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,144

    That is my feeling to but i have to agree who knows by how much, I only run them in the spring and fall...Kinda makes you think.....
  4. SMB

    SMB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    A mower should be able to take an extra set of blades, if not, WIMPY MOWER. An engine should be able to take the extra load from the blades, the engines should be made to take a load. Ask Eric@ELM about his engines and spindles-he's run his for 12 years.
  5. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    It is sort of like asking, does it shorten the life of your truck pulling 2 lawnmowers more than if I only pulled one on a trailer? It may shorten it a bit, but not much. I now have almost 3,200 hours on a Kohler 22 that has powered double blades only. I've never used single blades on either one of my Dixie Choppers or the first 2 that I had either. I hope this helps.
  6. beck

    beck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 507

    What happens if you have double blades and a velke?


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