double blades??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SLC INC, Sep 4, 2000.

  1. SLC INC

    SLC INC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    You guys that use double blades, do you just bolt the blades to the spindle in an + pattern or do you make some kind of bracket to hold them in an + pattern.
    If you just bolt them without a bracket do they ever slip out of the + pattern?

  2. Turf Cutters

    Turf Cutters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    I used to just tighten them down in a cross pattern. It work pretty good until you hit something solid like a watermeter cover or a tree stump. Dixie Chopper has come out with a adapter that works real well. The cut is great.
  3. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    I know Eric has anserd this question 80 times so ill anser it this time. Eric said he never used a braket untill recently because it came as a option on his new chopper. for many years he used the double blades in the "x" formation with just the bolt and they stayed put pretty well. ONCE IN A WHILE if something he hit something he'd have to looosen the blades and re configure them but it took 2 minutes and it was very rare.
  4. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,262

    Lets beat this subject, like a dead horse! ;)
  5. Eric ELM

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

    You took the words right out of my mouth. :) Sounds like you heard that before!!

    SLC, don't go buying anything special til you see if you like them. I'm sure you will though. Just use what blades you have to try them. I have an article on my website about double blades.
  6. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    I use them and they will slip if they arent tight,but other than that they are good.They do rob quite a bit if power from the engine,which then runs hotter and burns more fuel,but the cut is finer,I like gators/low lifts,the clippings come out very fine this way and very rarely will you have to doublecut with this setup-even if the lawn is way to tall.I tried high lifts/gators but they draw a lot of hp and they dont throw th clippings any farther than lowlifts when used with gators.
  7. SMB

    SMB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Eric, you've got me convinced-my Gators for the bottom blade should be in tomorrow. I know it will rob a bit more power from my Kawasaki 19 on my 48 inch cut, but I hope it will keep me from double-cutting, for the past week we've been double-cutting everything-it's been WET and we have no choice. Thanks so much!
  8. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    19 hp for a 48 inch mower is over kill anyway! ive used 48's with 14hp kawisakis and theyll go through anything! you will not have a lack of power with double blades!
  9. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    SMB,gators dont like wet grass that much,they tend to plug the deck easier,at least on my DC anyway,I would use a hilift,low lift or double hi's in the wet grass if you dont like the gators
  10. SMB

    SMB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    John, I'm just trying this, I will probably try more combonations next year, and keep different kinds of blades around. And Evan528 our Bob-Cat won't bog down!

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