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05-05-08, 06:57 AM   #1  
New Blades - Sharpen?

I just purchased a new set of Gator Blades for my tractor. Assumed they came out of the box sharpened? Anyway, after my first use the edges of the grass are torn like when a blade needs sharpening?

Should I have had, or have, these sharpened?

 
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05-05-08, 08:01 AM   #2  
bheron.....I bought on of these as a replacement on my mower back in VA and experienced the same thing. They probably could use a sharpening before use. I loved the blade otherwise, they really do a much better job of mulching than the stock mulcher blade that was on it. Did make the starting a bit harder, probably cause they had so much more mass then the thinner stockers.


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05-05-08, 08:22 AM   #3  
Thanks for the feedback. I experienced the same - much heavier than the original OEM blades but worked well from a mulching standpoint.

Someone else mentioned maybe the paint on the new blades was it? Mayeb they have to "break in". I'd hate to have to remove these things and bring them back in for sharpening!

 
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05-05-08, 08:52 AM   #4  
Not to offend, but did you by chance put it on upside down. Have a good one. Geo

 
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05-05-08, 09:07 AM   #5  
please, i've done worse.

actually, i think i have them on correctly. teeth pointing up to kick the cuttings back up.

i would think it wouldnt mulch that well at all if they were on wrong. the mulching seemed great. just the tips of my grass are torn.

i will check though, just in case.

 
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05-05-08, 05:30 PM   #6  
Are you running the motor at full throttle so that the blade is spinning at the rpms it's designed for?

 
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