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Gator Blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jglawnmowing, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. jglawnmowing

    jglawnmowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I was looking at www.mowparts.com and came across the gator blades. They sound like they are a better blade than the standard mulching blade. I have heard some other people say they are very good. I was wondering if any of you have used the gator blades and what experiences you have had with them. I would be looking at putting them on my metro HP 48" walk behind. This mower already has exmark mulching blades on it. Was also wondering if the gators were easier to sharpen and if performance was better than the exmark mulching blades.
  2. Fred B

    Fred B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    I have tried them but found there steel to be soft. And some times they have to be modified to fit the machine they are supposed to fit.
  3. gl1200a

    gl1200a LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    I run Gators exclusively. But, OREGON GATORS. They work great and last. They work the clippings up more bepore they exit the discharge area.
  4. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    we used to run doubles. Hi-lift blades & gator blades. for leaves it worked great. for cutting grass. if the lawn was wet it would clump a lot, a real lot. but otherwise if it was a dry day they worked pretty good.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Yep. this is so true. They work and they work well for what they are designed for. As stated above though, there is one pitfall to them, and that is that they do have a tendency to make small clumps in wetter grasses. This includes spring growth. I always recommended them to be not used in just grass cutting operations, but some do use them. They just never worked well for us in just grass, but worked and continue to work VERY well for leaves.
  6. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    I use them exclusively for leaves, but never for grass.

    Do a search on recent threads. The initial question in this thread has been discussed often in the past couple of weeks and those threads contain many responses and experiences.
  7. crawford_d

    crawford_d LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    You guys talk about putting on two blades to double cut. I don't understand how you do that. I have run gators for years but am interested in how to go about putting on two blades. I am running Toro Groundsmasters and can't see how I could mount two blades. What am I missing?
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Search using the words "double blades". you'll have about a day and a half woth of reading.
  9. DK lawn care

    DK lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    I love the gator blades, they work awesome chopping up blades of grass and leafs. How do u guys think these blades perform while bagging?
  10. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    I've found just the opposite. They are as good if not better hardness than most OEM's. Are you sure you were using GATOR's by Oregon, or some knock-off brand?

    While they don't make a set for EVERY mower out there, I've never found a problem fitting them to any of my units.

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