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?
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
•Resistance to bending
•Tightest tolerances in the aftermarket vs. OEM
•Can be used in place of M135334
•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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