Is this true about gravely and blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lonnie, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. lonnie

    lonnie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    I went to buy some gravely blades from one of my local gravely dealers. I wanted oem but he had some oem and some stens blades. He said that gravely owns stens and that they are the same blade. I thought that gravely used a different kind of steel for their blades. Is the dealer right?
  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. jdramr4

    jdramr4 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    I use Exmark blades on my 148z.
  4. lonnie

    lonnie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    how do those exmark blades hold up? Do you use high lift or mulch? He also told me that when you use the baffled mulch kit, high lift works just as well as the mulch blade because the tip of the blade does most of the cutting. Is there truth in this?
  5. pyromedic

    pyromedic LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 54

    Just started cutting this year and I was hoping that over the winter my new Z would improve its cut quality and to keep the underside of the deck clean. I mowed some early TX broadleaf weeds and a bit of rye grass with nothing too tall. Running fairly fast I left most of the dandelions with stems but no fuzzy. I have tried the double blade kit, somewhat better cut but nearly killed the mower at 3/4 throttle . I will be getting some of the highlift Exmark blades, I now wish I would have went with the Exmark HP with a lesser engine, lesser seat in order to get the higher quality cut at the same price. I should not have to buy another mfgs. blades to get a decent cut. I appreciate the comments.

    Stay safe and everyone goes home.

  6. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    There is something wrong with your machine if it has a poor quality of cut. Sounds like the deck isnt pitched properly. Our X-Factor deck cuts everything we throw at it nice and smooth like a carpet.
  7. pyromedic

    pyromedic LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 54

    Thanks I am feeling that way too, I will get back with the outfit I bought it from and Gravely to come to some type of resolution. The machine is sweet in all other areas but crap it does have to cut at a decent clip or there is no need to be fast, Stay safe and I appreciate the suggestions.

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