Who needs a blower wenya got gators

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Schlepie, Sep 25, 2002.

  1. Schlepie

    Schlepie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Just received my gator blades for my 36" Metro. Used them the 1st day and wasn't too impressed though it did make a nice cut. But for taller grass or mulching leaves, they get blown out the front so bad I need a mask to keep from catching it in my mouth. The wind doesn't help any either. They also get chocked up in taller grass. Is this normal for these and should I go back to my regular mulchers ( if it's not broken, don't fix it....) ?

  2. cglservice

    cglservice LawnSite Member
    from Ky
    Messages: 101

    I used them last fall on Jd 455 to chop leaves i like them very much did not have a problem with blow out
    Getting ready to use them om my m665 for leaves this fall
    i not like to use them on grass that much can not make as big a cut as a regular straight blade. 2cents worth:blob3:
  3. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    assuming you have a mulch kit installed.. gators aren't that good for grass, stick with the standards or the new excaliburs. as far as leaves, i hear gators and the mulch kit work great. what height are you cutting at?
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    What machine are you running them on?

    Going back to regular mulchers? Do this mean you have a mulch kit installed? If so, putting gators on in warm season grasses doesn't work correctly. Changes the airflow. During leaf season thats a different story.

    But, if we mis-interpreted you this statement doesn't matter.
  5. Schlepie

    Schlepie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Exmark Metro 36", yes there is the mulch kit. I have it set from 2.5-3". Of course the larger and light weight leaves don't ever make it to the mower, they blow away first.

  6. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    For mulching leaves - my 2 cents worth is gators on top and what ever you mower uses normally on the bottom put at 90 degrees to each other for a double blade setup is wonderful - Forget the mulching kits etc - just grind the leaves into dust - If you have to you can mow in all day - then the last windrow - hit it a couple of times and you are done - looks like you bagged the yard

    Thanks, Brad - PS - This fall I will take a pic of that

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