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gator blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by deason, May 3, 2001.

  1. deason

    deason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 236

    Went by the dealer today to check on some spare blades for my eX-Mark Metro. He Suggested "Gator Blades". Do they cut any better (or faster) than the regular ones? They do seem a little lighter. Any thoughts?
     
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    They cut the grass up better. They are worth the $$ if you side discharge.
     
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I like them, but dont have the patience when i have to sharpen them.
     
  4. Craig Turf Management

    Craig Turf Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I don't have any trouble sharpening mine. You've got me worried that I'm not doing it correctly.
    Bill
     
  5. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,066

    I nam not to crazy about them I ran them last fall and they did well with the leaves however this spring I ran them a few weeks and was not impressed with the cut. We went back with regular blades and a high left next to the discharge...
     
  6. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    I just dot a set yesterday along with a grass gobbler. No complaints so far. I was using doubles though. I didn't try them just by themselves.
    About how much do they cost at a dealer? I got mine for $9 of the net.
     
  7. deason

    deason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 236

    set of 3. $39.00
     
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    now i never thought of that eggy . might be something to try
     
  9. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    I'm gonna try a set on my Toro SFS deck. The toro dealer seems to prefer recommending these over toro atomic mulchers.
    Also are there different lift gators?
     
  10. turfguy33

    turfguy33 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Last season I ran the regular gators under my Great Dane. They did ok as long as grass wasn't too tall or wet. They seemed to clump bad. This season I tried the new gator hi-lift, and it was a major improvement, but mowing day after day, I realized that the blades are just too light to handle the load. After a day of mowing, The blades were all dinged up and extremely dull. So I decided to buy the magnums. This is the best purchase I have made as far as blades are concerned. Extemely thick, with 40% higher lift. The blades have high vacuum and can take a beating. They retail for about $20 a blade, but I order them from Landscaper Supply for $11.49. Big savings,
     

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