Lawnworker- I dont like to use double high lifts, take too much power and they have too much blowout and throw clippings too far. My personal favorite is reverse gator (like in J-Thomas) over a high lift, this gives a good combination of lift, shredding and minimal blowout and doesnt throw super far. I also need combinations that will mulch OK with OCDC shut and not clump under the deck, and these do that for me too. I dont like single reverse gators, they clump and do not have enough vacuum to pick up the grass for a clean cut. I rarely have to clean my deck (52 Trivantage) The reason Im using doubles now is because some lawns are growing a lot and this way you dont get anything laying on top in layers, I dont like stuff laying on top cause then it dries and looks awful. Also Im running the doubles because we are getting just a few leaves on certain properties from certain trees, not leaf season but these few trees drop a few leaves so I need to shred them up for right now. Ill probably keep running this combination of blades, or go to double gators, when fall comes and I am bagging, to reduce volume in the bagger. Double gators would have less blowout, but the gator over lift would help lift wet, packed leaves. In normal summer conditions I had great results using single regular blades. The 17hp seems to be fine enough in the power department with gator over lifts and with single lifts. I did try double high lifts once, bogged it down a bit and I didnt like the results for the above reasons.
Hi John :waving: yes Im alive and doing well as is the eXmark. Alittle bit too busy to get on the computer a lot sometimes though. Oh I cracked the welds on the Proslide where the diamond plate skid attaches to the lift mechanism. Its still held on by the front welds, havent had time to fix it but still works great. I forgot to get off and ran up the gate of the trailer still on it and the front lip caught on the edge of the trailer gate and jerked everything, I managed to bump the mower into high speed and high throttle doing this LOL and got punched in the gut with the hydro lever. (I had it idled down and the speed control going slower).
This is why I have happy customers: my lawn (foreground) and the scrub's lawn (background). Me using eXmark TTHP 52" at 4.25" and he using Scag STHM 3 wheeler 61" at 2.5"??? he's getting down there on height! Has clippings all over the place, can't stripe at all, leaves clippings on road, etc.