Question about Gator blades

chesapeakebeachMay 9, 2010

Is there more than one kind of "Gator" blade on the market? I see the ones sold at Jack's Small Engines ("Gator Mulcher") and then there are "Oregon Gator Blades." FWIW I'm looking to replace a blade on a 21" Craftsman mower.

Are these the same or different blades? Are there others available?

Thanks.

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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

I get longer life out Oregen blade they use hard bar to make blade from others use soft steel then heat harden blades they always softer. Hard bar blades are harder to sharpen but hold edge longer.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 4:07AM
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mowernut

Not real familiar with "gator blades" myself, I recently learned from a mower dealer that referring to a gator blade is more of a generic term anymore. It describes the serrations in the lift section of the blade. Also, those serrations aren't sharp or assist in cutting. They are bent to direct the grass clippings toward the center to keep them in the cutting area longer. I too have an Oregon gator on my Honda. To my surprise they have come out with one that has the deep downward bends, and blade brake holes correctly placed to mount under a Honda deck. Snapper makes a "double wave" blade that MAY work on your mower. It does a good job. Sears themselves may also have a couple options. In fact I believe they too sell a gator type blade.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 11:29PM
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chesapeakebeach

Thanks all for the feedback. Mowernut is correct that Sears sells a Craftsman gator-style blade -- that's what I went with and I like it a lot. Mulches very well, and the steel is much thicker than on the wimpy OEM blade I took off. A good investment of a few extra dollars.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 1:45AM
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lew916

Mowernut, does the Oregon Gator blade on your Honda HRC216HXA correct the random standing grass blades that the HRC216HXA is known for? I have a HRC216HXA and I'm still trying to solve that problem of random standing blades of grass after I mow.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 8:34PM
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