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#4651467 - 01/30/18 06:41 PM are the special mulching blades worth the money ?
WhyMe Offline


Registered: 12/18/12
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Loc: Washington for now
been getting my lawn mower ready for the sprung. its a older toro super recyler 21 inch. it needs a new blade. i mostly mulch my lawn. i can get a new toro blade for $20. i can get the special mulching blades for $30.

So are the the mulching blades worth the extra cost?

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#4651471 - 01/30/18 06:46 PM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
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Loc: North Carolina
I think it depends on what you are munching. Grass, the toro blades are probably fine. Now if its leaves, i do like the oregon gator blades, they shred leaves rather than blow them out the chute. This on my riding zero turn. Be aware that some mulching blades can cut 1/2 lower even at the highest setting. I use the gator blades spring and fall, the regular blades during the summer.
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#4651473 - 01/30/18 06:50 PM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
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Registered: 11/18/17
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Loc: South Carolina
For a non-discharge, mulching mower, I think you need the mulching blade or it will just get clogged up and leave clumps everywhere. Am I right? They also work well on leaves if you don't like raking.
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#4651497 - 01/30/18 07:18 PM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
bruckus Offline


Registered: 02/27/10
Posts: 298
Loc: Minnesota
Put on a set of Gator blades, Thought I would just use them for leaves. Worked so good I use them year round on a mulching deck. No clumping and well worth the cash.


Edited by bruckus (01/30/18 07:21 PM)

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#4651560 - 01/30/18 08:35 PM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
walterjay Offline


Registered: 04/12/09
Posts: 234
Loc: Maryland
I changed my regular blade to Gator blades and have never looked back. They do an awesome job and are sturdy and stay sharp. Spend the extra for this blade and I think you will agree.

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#4651577 - 01/30/18 08:56 PM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
ford46guy Offline


Registered: 06/01/13
Posts: 525
Loc: Albany, NY
Gator blades are very worth it. The mulch is great for your lawn too.
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#4651647 - 01/30/18 11:16 PM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
dwendt44 Offline


Registered: 05/17/06
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Loc: Central Wisconsin
Generally, a mulching blade is a higher lift blade.
The bagger blades are higher lift still.
Noisy the both of them.

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#4651784 - 01/31/18 08:06 AM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
Dobbie Offline


Registered: 01/17/18
Posts: 31
Loc: Chester County/Pa.
Nothing like the original "steel" blade that comes with the mower. Aftermarket blades in my opinion are worthless/junk. Also, I prefer just a standard push mower for mowing grass. Everybodys situation is different but for my use -- standard mowers cut soooo much better than a mulching mower.

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#4651788 - 01/31/18 08:15 AM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
motor_oil_madman Offline


Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 4838
Loc: Houston, Texas
Depends on what blade you have on there now. The blade on my 21" was supposed to be all in one but it was really just a bagging blade, so when drought season came around the cut quality deteriorated due to lack of vacuum.
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#4651798 - 01/31/18 08:36 AM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
SHOZ Offline


Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 5744
Loc: Illinois
I use the Oregon Gator blades too. Have two sets and would not bother with anything else for my JD F510 front mow. Mulch 100% of the time.
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#4651823 - 01/31/18 08:56 AM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
Schmoe Offline


Registered: 05/12/03
Posts: 7256
Loc: Oklahoma
A good mulching blade is worth it's weight in money. Look at the higher dollar Honda's. When they mulch, it's almost like dust. To take full advantage of using mulch is you want those clippings to be cut up as small as possible so they decompose faster. I good blade will do that. 30 is cheap for a mulching blade. It's worth the money in what you'd save in having to fertilize your yard. Good mulching blades will actually have 4 blades.
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#4652651 - 01/31/18 09:27 PM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
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Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4206
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
Get the Toro blade. I love Gator blades and run them on most mowers and they do very well. On the Toro Recycler, for whatever reason, it mulched best with the Toro blade.
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#4658349 - 02/06/18 06:57 PM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
cronk Offline


Registered: 01/06/09
Posts: 1287
Loc: Watertown, New York
Another fan of the Oregon Gator blade. If they make one for you'r mower, give them a try!
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#4658567 - 02/06/18 10:59 PM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: dwendt44]
lukejo Offline


Registered: 09/21/11
Posts: 404
Loc: IL
Originally Posted By: dwendt44
Generally, a mulching blade is a higher lift blade.
The bagger blades are higher lift still.
Noisy the both of them.

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Mulching blades are lower lift blades. You only want lift to discharge out the side as quickly as possible or shoot into a bagger as forcefully as possible. High lift under a mulching deck = blow out.

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#4658607 - 02/07/18 12:05 AM Re: are the special mulching blades worth the money ? [Re: WhyMe]
2strokeNorthstar Offline


Registered: 07/19/17
Posts: 270
Loc: PR CA, USA
Toro or Honda get OEM. They are pretty well designed. The disposable big store mowers try whatever blade, it may improve it.

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