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Question on Blades ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowman, May 5, 2001.

  1. Mowman

    Mowman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Do you guy's/gal's use OEM blades or do you opt for an aftermarket blade? Also Walker owners could you tell me how much you pay for a set of blades? I got a price for a set for my 54"SD and I thought it was a bit high,$125.00 for 3 blades and hubs. All comments will be greatly appreciated.
  2. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I use aftermarket on my 2 exmarks. I pay about $8-9 per blade. I've used oem and I can't tell any difference between them and the aftermarkets, except for the price.
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I do the same thing TJ, i cant see a difference. But doenst that conflict with your quote?
  4. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    All blades are aftermarket blades. Mower mfg's don't make blades, they buy them from a source. If you know of a mfg that does, they are the exception.

    BTW, I tried the Gator Magnums and they don't seem any different to me than the other Gators. The blades I ordered from my dealer stayed very sharp longer (harder steel?) IMO, this makes them much better blades.
  5. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    I just picked up a set of blades for my Walker on Friday. Two blades for the 48" GHS model were $81.75 Canadian. I told the Dealer I would never be back there again. I called my wife from the Dealer and had her look up the bill from last year, it was less than $50. The guy had the nerve to say "we don't sell many blades" I said at that price you never will. I'll be buying them in Michigan from now on. This is from my local Walker dealer, just another reason why I drove 85 miles to Kitchener Tractor to buy my Walker.

    [Edited by cantoo on 05-05-2001 at 11:13 PM]
  6. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    Maybe you are right, whoops. Sometimes I don't always think, before I speak, just ask my wife. LOL. And I thought no one paid much attention to my comments here. LOL
  7. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    I guess I won't be buying a Walker any time soon!

    That's ridiculous, do they last 10 times longer than any other blade?
  8. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Messages: 948

    How many times were you able to sharpen the old blades before they were "wore out" ? Are the new blades made of "hardened steel" ?
  9. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I just paid $11 per blade at the Walker dealer for OEM on the 42" deck. The cups were another $15--but you don't replace them with new blades so that doesn't count.

    I can live with $11 per blade


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