Quick question - I just swapped out the "mulch blades" on my 54" deck for the Gator G5's. The JD manual doesn't really say that the orientation of the mower blades matter, and maybe that's simply because it doesn't. Perhaps I'm overthinking it but I thought that at least the two outside blades should be oriented in the same direction, that is both blades should be facing 3 to 9 o'clock. I thought this might affect the overall balance of the deck as all 3 blades spin. Maybe it doesn't matter, in the end, I oriented all blades from 3 to 9 o'clock (roughly speaking). Is this what others have done?
Also, is it always kind of a pain to slide the deck out from underneath the x500s series? I think the x584 makes it a little more complicated because of how both wheels turn. Eventually something is caught on one tire and it's kind of a pain to remove. I wish JD had just made the x5-- frame a few inches longer. Anyone have any tips for easily sliding the deck out? Maybe I should just get a lift to make the wheels a non-issue or is there a safe jack point on the front of the mower for a hydraulic jack?