Good post I was wondering the same thing. Right now I use the origonal high lifts the mulch blades that came with my Metro HP but after yesterday I noticed a few stringers only on one pass though. They have not left but one small clump in some real thick grass (going to fast)but they don't do much but push the leaves.
Reverse gator (like J-Thomas has) over a reguler lift blade. Double high lifts are good for striping but I do not like them because they suck a LOT of power and really slow you down in tall/wet grass unless you have a lot of power for your deck.The Gator/Regular combo works well for me, the 17hp/52" is enough power, yesterday I mowed real tall sopping wet grass with it no problem at about 4.5mph. If it's dry I can go about full speed in most conditions. I am sure double high lifts are good in other conditions than mine, and with more power. But my all around favorite is gator over regular.
Einstein and Raptor blades are like a reverse Gator (wings point out not in like on a genuine Gator) as sold in J-thomas. They are maybe alittle different, not sure, but perhaps the biggest difference is just that they are sold by different companies.
It's Stens and you used to be able to surf their online parts catalog. But now I guess you can't...unless I'm not doing something right. There site now appears to be dedicated soley to Stens dealers.
Like John, I have never been all that crazy about Gators. I first tried them on the old Murray and I have a set for the Z, which is an OEM Yazoo/Kees part. On the Murray they produced unreal discharge force and really made the discharge clippings a lot finer. But for mulching w/mulch kit they sucked. On the Z they don't seem to do much of anything.
I've been running high lifts with gators on top. When the grass gets high and I need to bag (quite often around here this summer) I found that the gators really mulch it up and the high lifts pack it in the bagger pretty tight.
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