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Gator Blades.

Postby tchapin » Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:47 pm

After reading about how good the gator blades cut, I went out and purchased a set (Sept 2011) with hopes of having a better cut. Found the blades on line and even found washer the right size to be used as spacers for the 5/8 center hole. Then like a lot of things, they got shelved and not used. Last winter I decided to pull the deck, clean it and seal it with Por-15. The deck was a nos e-141 deck off of ebay 7 years ago. It is amazing how fast things rust when you don't get the grass off of it. It wasn't in bad shape but man; I lost a layer of metal over the whole bottom of the deck. Spent 2 days hammering, scraping, wire wheeling the thing and then 2 coats of Por-15 and things were looking great. Now where did I put those gator blades.... After a search, I got out the wrenches and removed one of the old blades. Man... The e-141 deck motor takes an odd long center hole blade. Looks like 1 inch at the long point and maybe 3/4 at the narrow. Nothing is ever easy. Now the dilemma.

Do I try to drill out the center hole of the gator blades to the 1 inch and hope I can lock the blade down good enough that it doesn’t spin on the shaft? Or do I forget the whole thing and start the hunt for the original blades.

Any gator blade users out there that wants to weigh in on the cut quality and amp draw?

It appears the gator blades for the stock elec trak deck are starting to get hard to find, so I could possibly sell the complete set to someone in the group before I mess them up.

This is what I bought in 2011.
http://www.jackssmallengines.com/Parts- ... 2131418/ps
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Re: Gator Blades.

Postby roberttroll » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:13 pm

I started a post on the tufts elec-trak board and this issue came up recently. See this message: http://cosmos.phy.tufts.edu/mhonarc/elec-trak/msg17720.html

William Martin is using a Oregon brand equivalent on his decks. No part number is mentioned, but i am sure if you contacted him he would share. And if you do please share with us. He does link a part number for the proper spacer for his blades. http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg/search.shtml?searchQuery=2fuh3&op=search&Ntt=2fuh3&N=0&GlobalSearch=true&sst=subset

Round Spacer, Clear Hole, Low Carbon Steel, Finish Chrome Plated, Screw Size 5/16 In, Inside Dia. 0.344 In, Outside Dia. 5/8 In, Length 1/8 In, Inside Dia. Tolerance +/-0.010 In, Outside Dia. Tolerance +/-0.010 In, Length Tolerance +/-0.010 In, Color Chrome, Refills 2FUH6, Package Quantity 5

The link for your blades did not come through - In order to post full links you have to click on the "URL" box and post the url inside the brackets.

For Blades:
I have a oregon part number of 96-002 which is discontinued but crosses to oregon 96-001. Which is slightly smaller. That oregon blade cross references to a murray blade MUR782974, which i found cross referenced to this:

http://search.cartserver.com/search/odstorecgi.cgi?cartid=a-8671&category=Rotary_Parts&maxhits=20&keywords=ROT-6456&go=GO!

$4.50 per blade!

While any of those should work with the Elec-Trak I have not tried them myself.
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Re: Gator Blades.

Postby tchapin » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:41 pm

[http://www.jackssmallengines.com/Parts-Lookup/96304/2131418/ps]

they are Oregon blades Part# 96304

did some searching and there are a few available. amazon has 1, ebay has 2..

Anyone know how hard it is to drill out mower blades? they say the blades are hardened.
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Re: Gator Blades.

Postby tchapin » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:49 pm

[http://www.northernautoparts.com/ProductModelDetail.cfm?InventoryId=156880]

these are the spacers i got.
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Re: Gator Blades.

Postby Jeff Antonucci » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:31 am

I put them on the E-20 deck I restored & sold, but never got a change to use them myself. I just found some wasters the correct diameter, stacked them up, and welded the top and bottom washers in, then ground everything flat. Even though they are much thicker and heavier than the original blades, they did not seem to have any trouble accelerating or stopping on demand.
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