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figtree
01-19-2009, 07:43 PM
When it comes to mower blades which are the preferred blades for Exmark turf Tracer and Viking mowers?? Gator blades or OEM? When purchasing new blades is it wise to sharpen them or just install then and start cutting? Thank you in advance!

musician/lawnman
01-19-2009, 10:22 PM
ok, if your still running side discharge the oem type blades are fine (straight blades) though you don't really need to use exmark brand blades, just the right size. I tried the mulching gator blades (I run a mulch kit) & was not really impressed. They are so heavy & the back end of the bladestood up at such an angle it actually slowed the rpms down too much. The mower lumbered to keep em going & the quality of the cut was crap (due to low rpms).

You DON'T need to sharpen new blades! That paint won't make it through the 1st lawn, don't worry about it. :D

figtree
01-19-2009, 10:34 PM
So, do you still use the gator blades w/mulch kit or you switch to another type of blade? Thanks for the info on the sharpen new blades question as well.

musician/lawnman
01-19-2009, 10:37 PM
No, I run mulching blades but ditched the gator blades. too frigen heavy.

figtree
01-19-2009, 10:46 PM
Great! Thanks for ur help...

SuperiorPower
01-19-2009, 11:49 PM
So with your experience do you think the gator blades would have been worthy if your mower had more power to swing the blades?

For example, some of the older and early model riding mowers had 10 hp engines on 38" decks and 12 hp engines on 42" decks. Now you see mowers with 14 hp or more with a 38" deck. I know from experience that the 10 hp was just barely enough for 38" decks unless the grass had only grown a little bit since the last cutting.

musician/lawnman
01-20-2009, 08:54 AM
Well I was using them on a 52" ZTR with a 23 horse Kolher on it & yes with those blades it was wanting for power. My father in law uses them on a dixie chopper & likes them, but dixies have more than enough power (only mower I've ever seen with a tachometer, your not even supposed to really run those full throttle, & you never need to).

My other machine is 48" & 19 hp kaw.

ritchiem
01-20-2009, 09:51 AM
I have a 52" Exmark Lazer ZHP with a 23HP Kawi. Hates gator blades...I run a high lift straight blade. I sharpen and balance my blades every week and I always peel the paint off of new blades.

figtree
01-21-2009, 02:39 AM
Yeah! I know what you mean, my turf t hp hates them. What blade type do you recommend.

ritchiem
01-21-2009, 08:07 AM
I always get my blades from oregon oem parts. And I always make sure that I get the heavy duty use blades, one nick on the standard blades and they are toast.

I mow Kentucky Blue Grass and I hardly mulch so these blades work great for me.

SuperiorPower
01-23-2009, 12:47 AM
I am a dealer for Oregon parts and absolutely love their quality. In todays world there are more blades than of any single other part type in the catalog. The biggest challenge I see is trying blades and seeing what works best on your piece of equipment.

Steve
01-23-2009, 12:55 AM
The biggest challenge I see is trying blades and seeing what works best on your piece of equipment.

Do you have any recommendations of what you have experimented with that has worked well?

SuperiorPower
01-25-2009, 09:48 PM
Do you have any recommendations of what you have experimented with that has worked well?

At this point I don't really have any pointers on that. Keep in mind though when you are are choosing blades, decide what you want your blades to do and check with your dealer to see if they have any suggestions. Don't be afraid to contact other dealers and other contractors to see if they have any experience with your equipment and combination suggestions.

Basically, if you are wanting to do mostly mulching, don't buy regular blades. If you don't want to do any mulching, it would probably not want to buy mulching blades. And of course, when you make your decision to buy any particular type of blade, don't expect it to do something it was not intended to do.