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Double Blades!?!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KPM, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. KPM

    KPM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Heard it through the grape vine that it is quicker and a nicer cut to run 2 blades per shaft in an "X" shape. So on my Scags instead of the 3 blades it would run 6! Any wise info on this and how often soes everyone sharpen their blades..Im doing it about every 3-5days
     
  2. DT Lawn Care

    DT Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    hmmmm, I've NEVER seen or heard of anybody do that before
     
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    When I used to work for an LCO, we would run X blades on the 72" Dixie Chopper. The 27 horse Generac a little problems running that many blades. You did notice a cleaner first cut and all material was chopped extremely well.

    I would be sketchy about running an X blade on just any mower. I would need to be confident that the horses, motor, and spindle size were all commercial strength.

    Do a search of the threads, it's been discussed many times before.
     
  4. NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC

    NEW CITY LAWN CARE LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,271

    My honda's have dual blades, but it was designed and made that way, not sure if I would modify a mower to run this way, You'd wanna make sure everything is perfectly balanced as well.
     
  5. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    if you want "x blades" look into meg mo blades!
     
  6. All Season Lawn Care

    All Season Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    I ran 2blades in a X shape on my 36 exmark so we would not have to double cut backyards and it worked great the guy I sold the mower to still runs it and he also said he like it! Im sure it is a little harder on the machine but it did make a great first cut
     
  7. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Double blades draw extra power. Meg-Mo blades draw more power than a double blade set up.
     
  8. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,614

    I luv my double blades....nofear.
     
  9. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    I run doubles off and on with with all my Toros, I like gator blades over high lift blades.

    If you do a search, you will find many threads on this topic, some people praising the practice, others condemning it. Try it out, it works very well with some decks.
     
  10. M & MD Lawn

    M & MD Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    I run x blades and a high lift blade on my 48 in great dane, the x blades are custom, meaning there cut dwn to size because they dnt have 48 in. x's. they work great for me, the mower puts dwn greaaaaat stripes, it did the stripes in my profile pic.
     

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