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    New 950M blade suggestions.

    Just took delivery of a brand new 950M with the deluxe seat. Anxiously waiting to use it. I like to keep a spare set of blades on hand and wondering what everyone else uses. Based on suggestions from this forum and research I chose the standard 60" deck. I am mowing about 3 acres, with some trees. So the question is do I stick with the stock blades as my back up set, or go with the Gator type or high lift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddyJ#9022 View Post
    Just took delivery of a brand new 950M with the deluxe seat. Anxiously waiting to use it. I like to keep a spare set of blades on hand and wondering what everyone else uses. Based on suggestions from this forum and research I chose the standard 60" deck. I am mowing about 3 acres, with some trees. So the question is do I stick with the stock blades as my back up set, or go with the Gator type or high lift?
    I’ve always used Gator blades on my previous mowers, so I tried them on my ZT. I wasn’t pleased at all. It felt like I couldn’t mow nearly as fast with them. So I went back to the factory blades and can normally stay between 10-11MPH on my Z950R.

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    When I had a commercial zero turn I ran nothing but the stock blades.

    But now with the problematic deck on my compact tractor the Gator blades made a big improvement.
    Last edited by coaltrain; 04-20-2019 at 11:22 AM.
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    That all depends on what is installed under the mower deck. Mainly, is there a "mulching kit" installed. If so, you are going to need and run mulching blades. Otherwise, you will be wasting money, time, and not getting the results running another type of blade.
    There are many factors is choosing blades... such as the type of grass, and how tall you cut the grass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddyJ#9022 View Post
    Just took delivery of a brand new 950M with the deluxe seat. Anxiously waiting to use it. I like to keep a spare set of blades on hand and wondering what everyone else uses. Based on suggestions from this forum and research I chose the standard 60" deck. I am mowing about 3 acres, with some trees. So the question is do I stick with the stock blades as my back up set, or go with the Gator type or high lift?
    I'd mow a few times with it before you decide.
    I always ran high lift blades on our Toro Z-Master, I don't need the high lift blades on the Z915B.
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    The most important aspect of any high end commercial mower, in my opinion, is cut quality. Sure, they are fast, but the exceptional cut quality is what allows them such a high rate of productivity. So, my theory is that the blades that come with a high end machine are going to be designed for optimal quality and performance with that machine.

    The only reason to change blades would be if you are going change the job type. (i.e. dedicated mulching or high lift for bagging) In these cases, I would still get whichever blades the manufacturer offers for the specific job.

    I have tried Gator blades on several mowers, and always end up going back to the oem blades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rottendiesel View Post
    The most important aspect of any high end commercial mower, in my opinion, is cut quality. Sure, they are fast, but the exceptional cut quality is what allows them such a high rate of productivity. So, my theory is that the blades that come with a high end machine are going to be designed for optimal quality and performance with that machine.

    The only reason to change blades would be if you are going change the job type. (i.e. dedicated mulching or high lift for bagging) In these cases, I would still get whichever blades the manufacturer offers for the specific job.

    I have tried Gator blades on several mowers, and always end up going back to the oem blades.
    Same here. Some say it may have something to do with the type of grass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rottendiesel View Post
    The most important aspect of any high end commercial mower, in my opinion, is cut quality. Sure, they are fast, but the exceptional cut quality is what allows them such a high rate of productivity. So, my theory is that the blades that come with a high end machine are going to be designed for optimal quality and performance with that machine.

    The only reason to change blades would be if you are going change the job type. (i.e. dedicated mulching or high lift for bagging) In these cases, I would still get whichever blades the manufacturer offers for the specific job.

    I have tried Gator blades on several mowers, and always end up going back to the oem blades.

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    I agree as far as a commercial zero turn - I had the best results with the OEM blades.

    But this 62D belly mower I have for my 2520 did not-so-well with the OEM blades. Of course coming from a Z to this is a big difference in itself - shallower deck and less blade tip speed. The Gator blades on this deck have made it tolerable for me.
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    So I have three cuttings with the new 950M. My impression is the cutting quality is excellent. So much better than the 1025R I sold. Glad I made the switch. Going to pick up a second set of OEM blades, as there is no need to change anything. Am going to look in to the Z glide suspension.
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    Coming up on 5 years with 997 Z Trak (72" 7 Iron deck) with the original blades.

    Cutting edges are still great, but starting to get abrasion erosion on the uplift wing on the backside (probably
    lost 1/2 the thickness on the wing).

    Will be buying an OEM set to replace them, very happy with them plus with the amount of grass I cut (10 - 12 acres), they held up
    surprisingly well to me.
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