Thinking about gator blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gobblet, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    I was thinking about buying gator blades for my equipment. I was wondering if a block off plate is needed or will the gator blades work well without one, if you double cut. I was also wondering if gators are used while bagging will debris be cut down. I will use these blades mostly for leaves, after grass has slowed down for the year.
  2. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    Is using mulching blades useless, without chute blockoff plate?
  3. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,801

    No, Its not useless... I bag and side discharge with them....I just put mine on last week they are very good for the fall with all the leaves.
  4. lawnscapesLLC

    lawnscapesLLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    They are not bad, i have not noticed a big difference between them and my hi lifts in regards to mulching tho, (without a mulch kit) one thing is that the mulchers create less lift and don't throw the clippings out as far, which when using a bag cuts down on alot of dust comming from the bag.
  5. T.E.

    T.E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    I use them and side discharge. About the only way I cut.
    Later, Tony
  6. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    mulcher blades are cheeper than gators
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Just tried gators yesterday on my gravely 44Z with mulching kit installed, did an incredible job as compared to the foil mulchers that I have on there before. The gators have much more lift and do a better job at mulching also leave a much nicer cut.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    It all depends, some prefer hi lifts others like mulchers, you have to decide.
    What you do is buy one set of the other and run them, see if you like it.
    If you do like it stick with it, if you don't switch back.
    There is no other way, I can't tell you which is right for you, I use hi lifts exclusively but some run mulchers only.
    Just the way it is.
  9. professorkev

    professorkev LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    whats a good mulch blade to get?
  10. DK lawn care

    DK lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    Gator blades. I have them on my exmark and they mulch really good and they dont leave anything behind. I use it with a chute block off plate.

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