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    Gator Blades or Deere Mulch Kit?

    I have a 1025R with 60MMM. Also just bought a used X540 that had Gator Blades installed. Ran em both last night and there is a huge difference in "clumping" of clippings---the X540 had none while the 1025R left rows of grass clippings.

    I have not had any experience with Gator Blades before and was impressed. Some of the difference might also be attributed to the different mowers themselves, I don't know.

    Anyway, if I was to change the blades on the 1025R, would I get the same results or similar to the X540 with Gators? And would the Gators on the 1025 be sufficient or do I need to spend more and get the Deere kit??

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    I have the JD mulch kit on my 2025r with a 60" deck and am pretty pleased with it. It will clump some but only when the grass is long and thick. I had a Kubota BX with the Kubota mulch kit and tried switching to gator blades and it threw grass all over me. Maybe without the mulch kit it wouldn't have. The blades did give a great cut though.
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    You need short grass clippings to be able to mulch properly, without clumping. Or only cut at a shorter swipe, each time you mow.
    I'm testing out Gator blades and a chute blocker (no mulch kit under deck).
    See my topic in the zero turn forum, for some info.
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    I just put Gator x5 blades on my 54" 1025R, replaced the 3 yr. old original blades.

    I very much like them, but it's hard to quantify. Kinda like ANY new tires are gonna be better than your old, worn out tires I guess.

    I did sharpen the old ones every other time or so. The G5's take an edge easily, but I don't know how long it will last. I use the grinding cone on a drill thing; works great after a little practice. They are quieter it seems, that's the first thing that I noticed. I did cut some tall grass, and the clippings were fine, short and dispersed well.

    I bought a 3pk on Amazon for $42.87 and shipping was pretty fast. They fit perfectly. I did notice that the cutting edge was also a bit longer- it ran closer to the pivot point on the spindle. If the Gator blades are cheaper than a mulch kit, I'd do them first and give them a few cuttings. If you're still not satisfied then get the mulch kit.
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    FWIW...I just put mulch kits on my X360 & 1025 and like them both so far. Pretty sure after this season or sooner I'm going to change to the gator blades. Just running the ones that came with the mulch kits at the moment.
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    I have both Gator G6 blades and the 60d mulch kit. I find that the blades that come with the mulch kit do a better job believe it or not. I've also been using mulching mowers for a very long time and none of them have ever come close to the cut that the JD mulch kit gives. I've never really noticed much clumping, even when the grass is a bit long because of the weather it still performs with ease. Until it dries up I continue to run the Gator blades and side discharge, then I'll switch back to mulching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    I have both Gator G6 blades and the 60d mulch kit. I find that the blades that come with the mulch kit do a better job believe it or not. I've also been using mulching mowers for a very long time and none of them have ever come close to the cut that the JD mulch kit gives. I've never really noticed much clumping, even when the grass is a bit long because of the weather it still performs with ease. Until it dries up I continue to run the Gator blades and side discharge, then I'll switch back to mulching.
    Thanks Pat. I'll have to reconsider changing the blades then after this season. Maybe I'll stick with the JD ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylew View Post
    Thanks Pat. I'll have to reconsider changing the blades then after this season. Maybe I'll stick with the JD ones.
    I’ve got both Gator G6 blades and the JD mulch kit. I’d have to agree that the blades that come with the mulch kit work better than Gators for mulching with the JD kit.


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    Gator blades

    I bought by 1025R used over the winter this year, just now getting into mowing with it's 60 inch MMM. Coming from an x739 with a mulching deck, I had intentions of adding the mulching kit to this deck, but hadn't gotten around to it so have been side discharging. The blades on the deck were in rough shape so I swapped them out for the G6 gator blades.

    Of course I need to pay attention where I'm throwing grass, but the gatorblades using a side discharge is doing a better job chopping up and dispersing clippings than the JD mulching blades and mulching kit did on my x739. no clumps even with wet grass. I'm pretty impressed. I'll be skipping the mulching kit for the deck and sticking with the gator blades and side discharge!
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    Thanks for all the replies guys. I think I'll try the Gators and go from there.
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