mulching blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by alabamaweedwacker, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. alabamaweedwacker

    alabamaweedwacker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I have a exmark 52" with mulching kit. I have the exmark blades now on there and they just does not seem to stay sharp long. How long should they last? What is the best mulching blade on the market? Thanks for the help.
  2. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    We re-sharpen all mower blades every 10 hours of use (actually we swap them out as we have several sets for each mower)

    We use Oregon blades because we get good service out of them, they're not the cheapest and perhaps not the best, but they're the best combination for us.

    Blade life varies depending on what kind of grass you're cutting... and weather you're picking up small sticks/pine cones etc or you're just running them over. We pick everything up as we mow. Each ZTR has a small trash can on the floor between the operators legs and we use a pick up wand so the operator doesn't have to leave his seat.

    Houses with lots of pine trees are "upcharged" up front in the original quote (customer doesn't see it) for service as this slows the guys down.

    I guess in short it's impossible to say without seeing what you're actually cutting... tall grass wears blades faster than short grass.... etc. etc.
  3. alabamaweedwacker

    alabamaweedwacker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    most of the grass we cut is usually short but we do cut around alot of pine trees and do hit pine cones every once and a while. Are scagg mulching blades good?
  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    Also depends on what and where your cutting,

    as you know weeds are hard to cut, and if your in a sandy location, it's even worse.

    down here we get about 3 weeks from a set of blades. sharpen every day.

    and were in sand.

    It just makes the price of cutting higher

    I have never had very good luck with mulchers, and blocking the discharge area.
    with our condishions, I can get maybe 3 to 4 hrs from mulchers
  5. alabamaweedwacker

    alabamaweedwacker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    most of my costomers have bermuda but there are a few that have crabgrass and clover. Would a higher lifting blad help on the weeds?
  6. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    High lift blades give a better quality cut. Our blades are "combos", high lift mulchers.

    Most manufacturers (Exmark too I believe) come with Oregon blades from the factory.
  7. alabamaweedwacker

    alabamaweedwacker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

  8. Curb Appeal Lawn Care

    Curb Appeal Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    I like the quality with Gator blades.

    I've used them on Snapper push mowers and Snapper riders and liked them better than the O.E. blades from Snapper.

    Even if you're just using a side discharge instead of "mulching", they still leave less grass and could save you raking and windrows.
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,558

    The answer to scag blades ......very good we sharpen the blades every two weeks and get around 40 hours on them. Mainly St Augustine and bermuda grasses.
  10. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    Oregone high lift fusion blades.

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