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    What Is The Difference From A John Deere OEM and Aftermarket Mower Blades

    We all know what type of mower blades are on a new John Deere Ztrak… They are called OEM blades. Correct?. So, here's the details on the so-called "aftermarket" blades. John Deere owns a company named...Sunbelt Outdoor Products, who makes all of John Deere lawn tractors mowing blades. Now, comes the big 700 million dollar question. Sunbelt Outdoor Products also makes what is called "aftermarket" blades, and they are labeled Sunbelt XHT types and sizes. Same material, same "specs" as the OEM ones. Sunbelt Outdoor Products sell these blades to firms like GreenPartStore - John Deere Parts and More - Parts for John Deere Lawn Tractors, John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractors, John Deere Mowers, John Deere Attachments, John Deere Accessories. and others firms that sell John Deere tractor and mower parts. etc. In past, it's been known that "aftermarket" products usually arrives from a overseas manufacturer.
    With that being said, can we say that any firm that sells Sunbelt Outdoor Proucts mower blades is also a OEM blade?



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    Sunbelt XHT Mower Blade for 54-inch John Deere Deck

    With Sunbelt XHT (Xtreme Hardness & Toughness) blades it starts with the steel, featuring a unique steel that incorporates boron, carbon, manganese, and other materials that ensure its strength. The final step in the XHT process is the patented and independently tested Marbain® heat-treating process. This process makes XHT blades approximately 25% - 40% harder than standard lawnmower blades,making them the longest-lasting, safest and most impact resistant lawnmower blades on the market.



    Benefits of the XHT mower blade:
    •Cutting edges stay sharper longer
    •Wear resistance in the most strenuous conditions
    •Impact toughnes
    •Resistance to bending
    •Tightest tolerances in the aftermarket vs. OEM
    •Can be used in place of M135334

    Blade specifications:
    •19-inches long, 2-1/2-inches wide, .250 thick with 7/8-inch arbor hole

    Distributed by Sunbelt Outdoor Products a John Deere company



    NOTE: Please read the last line in the above Mower Blade description.....








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    I buy Gator mulching blades for my Z445. They seem to last longer, cut better, mulch better, and are a little cheaper.

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    KB, "In past, it's been known that "aftermarket" products usually arrives from a overseas manufacturer." Lemme comment on this:

    Over sea parts, to me, fall into 3 classifications: Pure crap, they'll work, and WOW, better & cheaper than a USA made part. 100% of the time this is up to the supplier/purchaser to spec out what he/she wants and then inspect & verify they got it. I worked for a company that started outsourcing parts from Taiwan. Our material specs and tolerances were very precise/tight! The first few parts we received were not to our spec and were rejected. Eventually, nearly 2 years later, we were getting parts to our specs at 1/3 the cost if we made them here in the states. Specifications are the key. You can order a mower blade from an overseas source with a material spec, " that incorporates boron, carbon, manganese, and other materials" and made to specific dwg. sizes. You can also order a "mower blade." You can get both! One is what you want, the other may (??) work.

    Today's' world is a global economy. Parts are made/purchased from who knows where. OEM now means that the manufacturer of the original equipment is responsible (hopefully!!) for the quality of the repair part and not that the original manufacturer actually made the part. Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacCool View Post
    I buy Gator mulching blades for my Z445. They seem to last longer, cut better, mulch better, and are a little cheaper.
    It all depends on who's Gator blades you buy. Oregon, Stenn, and many others make the Gator blades. I don't know if John Deere owns the Gator name. if so, there are many that make this style mower blade without paying Deere royalty fee.
    I cannot use Gator's on my Z710A, as I have the mulching kit installed, and Gator blades don't work too well with mulching kits...I've been informed.

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    There's no reason to get all bent out of shape and belittle the admins because your thread was moved.

    I don't know where your thread was before, but it's in the Tractor and Equipment Maintenance forum now, which is where it belongs and where I would have looked for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbeaag View Post
    It all depends on who's Gator blades you buy. Oregon, Stenn, and many others make the Gator blades. I don't know if John Deere owns the Gator name. if so, there are many that make this style mower blade without paying Deere royalty fee.
    I cannot use Gator's on my Z710A, as I have the mulching kit installed, and Gator blades don't work too well with mulching kits...I've been informed.
    The (Oregon) Gator mulching blades I use work great with my Z445 48" deck with mulching kit.

    I don't know anything about who owns the Gator name...sounds like John Deere's problem, not mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacCool View Post
    I buy Gator mulching blades for my Z445. They seem to last longer, cut better, mulch better, and are a little cheaper.
    Quote Originally Posted by MacCool View Post
    The (Oregon) Gator mulching blades I use work great with my Z445 48" deck with mulching kit.

    I don't know anything about who owns the Gator name...sounds like John Deere's problem, not mine.
    I have Both Predator & Gator Blade's for My 54C deck On My X748 I really can't tell or see the difference in Performance. The Predator Name Is just John Deere's Internal Name for there Sun Belt Made version of Oregon's Gator Blade's either Brand Cut's about the same. Some series of the Oregon Made Gator Blade's are a Bit thicker(depends On which series of Gator Blades You Buy) then the Sun Belt Made Predator's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant View Post
    I have Both Predator & Gator Blade's for My 54C deck On My X748 I really can't tell or see the difference in Performance. The Predator Name Is just John Deere's Internal Name for there Sun Belt Made version of Oregon's Gator Blade's either Brand Cut's about the same. Some series of the Oregon Made Gator Blade's are a Bit thicker(depends On which series of Gator Blades You Buy) then the Sun Belt Made Predator's
    They cut/mulch my lawn better on my 48 inch deck. I not only can see the difference, I can hear the difference .

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