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Double Blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nmf392, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. nmf392

    nmf392 LawnSite Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 17

    I have been using just high lifts for the past 8 years now (7 with a company and 1 on my own. I own a Lesco 52" hydro and a 36" belt driven. I was thinking about using double blades from all the valuable info received on LS. My questions are: What is the best setup (gators on top of high lift, etc.) and will the 36" be able to handle the extra blades (power loss, spindle kill, etc.)? I'm looking to limit the bagging.
    Thanks for your input.
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I don't feel the 36 can handle it, because isn't it a 15HP? I ran doubles for one day on a 32" 13HP before, notice how I said one day
  3. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    I have a 48" Exmark Viking with a 15hp Kawasaki. Will this handle doubles? I've never tried them, I have been considering purchasing Meg-mos.
  4. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Tiedman, I bought a 32in Gravely walk behind, picked up the double blade kit same day, installed and never had a problem. Its a 13hp Kaw and it cuts thicker, taller grass better than my 48 Exmark TThp w/17hp Kaw and doubles. Im not saying ur wrong, just stating my experience. When I think of it, that is the most amzing mower I have ever used. It should be called the Gravely MIGHTY MOUSE
  5. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    I would not advise using them (doubles) in the spring but you could surely use them once the super saturated growing season is over and in to fall. Like i said my 17 horse TThp bogs down w/doubles in thick grass
  6. Meg-Mo

    Meg-Mo Inactive
    Messages: 1,020

    The MEG MO will work on a 14/15 hp engine. On our 36 exmark with a flex deck we did good and never leave clipping on the turf.
  7. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    Thanks for the reply.
  8. nmf392

    nmf392 LawnSite Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 17

    thanks for your help
  9. Something D

    Something D LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Messages: 133

    Who do you all get your blades from? Meg Mo or other. Is there a website you all prefer to get your blades from?
  10. LawnMower

    LawnMower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I used doubles all last spring. The best thing that I notice was the wind storm coming out of the side discharge shoot. It really spreads the heavy clumpy grass.

    The down sides is it robs engine power. I have a 25 horse Kohler. Also It clogs the under side of the mower deck bad. I mean really bad. I run double high lifts so that might be why. Ones the deck clogs it mow's worse then a goat.

    I'm going to run them again this year. Make sure there good and balanced. When I bolt them on, I just eye ball them in a square pattern. If I hit something then it usually throws one blade off into an X pattern. Expect to have to unbolt and readjust the blades if you hit something.

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