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It also must take quite a bit of time to sharpen those gator blades as well!
No, Steve. You don't sharpen the teeth in the back, only the front blade edge.
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Hola everyone!
What I've learn, and the guys from the Mower Shop told me was, the "Gator" blades are for mulching, i call them mulching blades. I have set up a mulching-kit on my mower, the ones that are closed and dont shoot out the clippings. so the blades' job (or teeths) is to get rid of the clumps.
the disadvantages of having a mulching-kit is that you cant go as fast a you want, much less in tall grass, but the finishing look on the turf is great!
they are some advantages ofcourse, but thats another subject.
These are the ones I use (Gator's), I dont know about the other kind.

just my 2cents! hope this helps.
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With your mulching kit, do you also use baffles under the deck and around the cutting area of the blade?
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With your mulching kit, do you also use baffles under the deck and around the cutting area of the blade?
No sir, My Scag doesnt have, or can install the baffles. unless custom made by a welder.

I belive to use baffles are for better mulching? I will look into that for more information.
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OK, here is a pic I found of a few different kind of blades lined up.

[IMG]http://www.elm********.com/images/blade%20choices.jpg[/IMG]

I bought my mower used and it came with blades that look similar to #3, #4, & #5. What do you call this kind of blade?



#7 are the blades that I bought at the start of last season. #6 are the blades that I bought near the end of the growing season. Does anyone know the respective name of these two blades? Also, has anyone used both, and, if so, have you noticed a different performance and/or result?

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OK..Ive been gone for awhile and niow Im back... With years of experience behind me..I will tell you the blade difference..


#3,4 and 5 are called High Lifts..They come on most new mowers..They provide the most vacume out of all the blades..

The Gators are just a different kind of mulching blade..Most guys put these on during the fall to help mulch up all the leaves..I dont like them because they tend to leave alot of clumps..

The last blade is a medium lift blade..

The wavey blades in the first post are used when you have a recycle kit on your mower.. I use these the most..They cut great and are quieter then most blades..

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The wavey blades in the first post are used when you have a recycle kit on your mower.. I use these the most..They cut great and are quieter then most blades..
So you use these blades mostly throughout the year and then what do you use in the fall to collect the leaves?
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We dont have the big mess of leaves down here, unless the property has alot of trees around..Which in my area most homes are loaded with palm trees, or trees that dont drop too may leaves..
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In such situations, how important is it to utilize a recycling kit on your mower?
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I dont run a full recycle kit on my mower... I just use the OCDC I built..I mainly only recycle in small yards that have alot of flower beds.. Other then that, I leave it open..The blades cut the grass up pretty fine with the OCDC up/open..
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