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Hey guys, i was wondering what alot of you use for Mower Blades. I see ones like Gatorblade and Heliblades and such.ive always used stock blades. What is the industry standard"go-to" blade?

I got a 48" JD Mower with stock blades. It seems to me that I cant drive as fast and get as good of a finish as i have with other mowers. Any info? Is this the way a Triple blade deck is? i think 2 blades are better than 3 after owning this deck now. any insights or experiences would be helpfull. thanks!
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We always run gator blades on our stuff all season long. We don't have any problems with the 3 blades cutting. They always cut and stripe nice until the blades get dull
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I switched from OEM Toro blades to Oregon. The edge lasts so much longer on the Oregon blades that it's almost ridiculous. I guess the Toro blades are just softer steel.
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cool...thanks guys.............gators is prob what im gonna go with
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Is there any way to tell before purchasing if the blade is made of higher or lower strength steel?
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I use Oregon's low lift blades on my mowers. In the sandy hills where I live, gator blades pick up too much sand and wears the decks out prematurely.
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nope thats why a lot of dealers can sell low quality blades, it is mainly in the heat treating process.
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nope thats why a lot of dealers can sell low quality blades, it is mainly in the heat treating process.
Is that why my Toro OEM blades dull in about 2 hours? They are stamped with the correct part number but they just stink.
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Is that why my Toro OEM blades dull in about 2 hours? They are stamped with the correct part number but they just stink.
exactly but on a positive note the softer steal is easier to sharpen and balance
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Can you harden the softer blades up by heating them and then dipping them in water?
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