High-lift, mulching, 2-in-1, 3-in-1 . . . Which one do I choose?
Lifting Blades (Standard, 2-in-1)
Lifting blades, also known as the standard or 2-in-1 type of mower blades, are designed with a slight curve along the edges. This curve creates the lifting air flow, which pulls the grass up to be cut by the blade.
Lifting blades are ideal for bagging or side discharging purposes to quickly and efficiently move the grass clippings out from the deck. Do not use a lifting blade with a mulching kit.
- High Lift
- Medium Lift
- Low Lift
Typically, the greater the lift, the greater the horsepower that’s required. Use a high lift blade when mowing through taller dense grass.
Mulching blades, also known as 3-in-1 blades, are designed with a greater curved surface, and often have several or longer cutting surfaces along the edges. This allows the grass to recirculate beneath the deck to be cut several times. The resulting smaller grass clippings are ideal for mulch, as they will decompose faster into the soil.
Use mulching blades when you don’t want to bag or side discharge your clippings. If you’ve equipped your mower with a mulching kit, ensure you’re using mulching blades.
- Standard Mulching Blades
- Gator Mulching Blades (G3, G5, G6)
Gator blades are designed with angled teeth on each end of the blade. The teeth are angled toward the center of the blade, which guide the grass to the cutting edge over and over again.
Mower Blade Selection
Select a replacement mower blade based on how you prefer to cut your grass. Do you like to bag, side discharge, or mulch?
Lifting Blades: Bagging and Side Discharge
Mulching Blades: Mulching
Also, refer to your owner’s manual for replacement blade recommendations and blade removal safety.