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I banged up my mower deck blades at the end of last summer pretty good (found a random piece of metal in the yard) and am in the market for a new set of blades. I have read good things about the Oregon Blades and was wondering how they work with the power flow both on and off. Sometimes I am just too lazy to empty the the bags, and the stock blades leave awfully long strips in the yard. Do the Oregon blades generate enough lift for the power flow to suck them up too?

Any thoughts/recommendations would be appricated. It is a 54" auto connect deck on the 125r

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I think you described your problem in a word "lazy". Why would you think an Oregon brand blade will do the job better. The blade is only one part in a complete system. Just my .02 on the subject.

Your post caught my eye because my wife has been busting my stones on buying one of those stupid garden hoses that expand & shrink like a rubber band & weigh next to nothing. I refused to buy here one & she ended up buying two of them. A 50 foot one & a 75 foot one. The 50 does a decent job but the 75 plainly sucks. My wife is not lazy, just not willing to except the fact there is no such thing as a really good lightweight hose. I have a 3/4" 100 foot garden hose. It weighs a ton. But it is also forty years old, never sprung a leak, gets driven over on a regular basis, pulled over concrete driveways, rocks, & left out in the frying sun of the south. Its black & its a Craftsman. Just like mower blades & hoses- there are no shortcuts in life-at least I've never found one that works for me.
 

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While lazy might not be totally out of line unfortunately it is sometimes a time issue, and I just don't have enough with my work schedule to empty the bagger 3 or 4 times during a mow. The Oregon blades are mulching blades and would leave smaller clippings. They could also help break leaves down smaller. I just don't know how mulching blades work with a bagger.
 

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I'd think the blades you're asking about will work OK with the bagger.

I have not real experience with that particular setup but I think the powerflow will still work well. I've got one that been on my GT245 for close to 12 years now.

The only thing is the mulching blades are still probably going to leave streaks of grass since you don't have the full mulch setup.
 

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While lazy might not be totally out of line unfortunately it is sometimes a time issue, and I just don't have enough with my work schedule to empty the bagger 3 or 4 times during a mow. The Oregon blades are mulching blades and would leave smaller clippings. They could also help break leaves down smaller. I just don't know how mulching blades work with a bagger.
I was just fun'in with you. Clippings are something I don't need to worry about. I've got 4 acres of crapgrass & with no fertilizer, it just decomposes naturally without any problems. Most mower blades...and decks are specific.That is to say in systems like yours, the airflow & lift that is created under the deck to discharge the clippings is like a matched set working together. I don't know if you are in that situation. All you can do is try a new set of Oregon blades. It's a gamble. Do you really need to bag your clippings? How necessary is that for you to do? I've never bagged clippings & know one that I know has never done it. Why don't you try not bagging & see what the results of not bagging are.
 

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I have Oregon Gator G6 blades on my 60hc deck that's on my x758. They work really well both with or without the powerflow bagged. You can get a lot more in the bags due to the finer clippings, but it also packs them in tighter so its harder to empty.
 

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I've never used anything other than OEM JD blades for any of my mowers. Usually replace the stock blades with high-lift versions which I'm running on my 62D. They keep the underside of the deck cleaner as well. If they were any more efficient with the Powerflow I wouldn't be able to remove and empty the bags from the MCS. The combination really packs those bags. Also don't have any issues with blade edge erosion as others have noted. Must be the soil we have around here.
 
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I am going to give the Oregon Blades a go.

I did a search on their website for blades matching M143520 and came up with all the following

Manufacturer Part # OREGON® Part # Description

JOHN DEERE M143520 90-354 BLADE 19IN JOHN DEERE (3) FOR 54C DECK
JOHN DEERE M143520 Oregon® Exclusive 96-364 BLADE, JOHN DEERE 19IN GATOR® G3™
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option Oregon® Exclusive 396-719 BLADE, JOHN DEERE GATOR® G6® 18-7/8IN
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option Oregon® Exclusive 396-769 BLADE, JOHN DEERE GATOR® G6® 19-1/32IN
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option Oregon® Exclusive 596-719 BLADE, GATOR® G5™, JOHN DEERE 18-7/8IN
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option Oregon® Exclusive 596-769 BLADE, GATOR® G5™, JOHN DEERE 19IN
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option 91-138 BLADE 19IN JOHN DEERE IN7 IRONIN DECK
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option 92-118 BLADE, JOHN DEERE 19IN

How to I make sure I get the correct one?
 

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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I am going to give the Oregon Blades a go.

I did a search on their website for blades matching M143520 and came up with all the following

Manufacturer Part # OREGON® Part # Description

JOHN DEERE M143520 90-354 BLADE 19IN JOHN DEERE (3) FOR 54C DECK
JOHN DEERE M143520 Oregon® Exclusive 96-364 BLADE, JOHN DEERE 19IN GATOR® G3™
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option Oregon® Exclusive 396-719 BLADE, JOHN DEERE GATOR® G6® 18-7/8IN
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option Oregon® Exclusive 396-769 BLADE, JOHN DEERE GATOR® G6® 19-1/32IN
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option Oregon® Exclusive 596-719 BLADE, GATOR® G5™, JOHN DEERE 18-7/8IN
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option Oregon® Exclusive 596-769 BLADE, GATOR® G5™, JOHN DEERE 19IN
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option 91-138 BLADE 19IN JOHN DEERE IN7 IRONIN DECK
JOHN DEERE M143520 Option 92-118 BLADE, JOHN DEERE 19IN

How to I make sure I get the correct one?[/QUOTE]
Call them, I did when I bought mine from them. And they work great for mowing. Don't know about the bagger thing as I don't have one. I needed the grass to be cut up in smaller pieces because some parts of my field grows faster then other parts and all of it gets mowed at the same time. Make sure and tell them exactly what you have. As for other blades, I won't buy anything else and only from Oregon. But that's just me. I stay with what works the way I want it to.
 

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G6 blades arrived this week, looking forward to testing them out this weekend and reporting on how they did.
 

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G6 blades arrived this week, looking forward to testing them out this weekend and reporting on how they did.
Well, how'd they do?

I'm in the market for new blades - when I serviced the mower deck this spring I noticed some serious wear. I also use a Protero PV18 and was wondering how your new blades do with the bagger on.
 
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