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just saw this on faecesbook  https://www.meg-mo.com/ l've thought before of cutting down old blades and bolting push mower blades on, anyone done it? Whose blades are the thickest....honda, victa etc?


Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:33 PM

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I havnt done but seen a few kits around. Of the 2 choices i would take Honda i think.

The Meg Mo would be good in the long run due to the blade replacement cost i think, it reminds me of the cross blade system  a lot of Yanks use in the wet but the meg mo looks to be a lot lighter and less power drain and wear on the spindles.  


Posted 14 May 2017 - 09:06 AM

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I would be interested to see how much better the cut would be and the clippings left behind over a Gator style blade. 


Posted 14 May 2017 - 01:42 PM

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Checkout a few of the Yanks with the cross blades ( similar to meg ie 6 blades instead of 3 ) much better cut but they use it more in the wet to stop under deck build up and not double/triple cutting. 

The megs look like an all year round set up. 
Ordered a set this morning


Posted 14 May 2017 - 02:12 PM

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I've ordered 2 sets of Graden swingback blades - l'll post a photo of the result when they arrive and l get bit done


Posted 15 May 2017 - 11:13 AM

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Are the gradens just a bar replacement blade ie 1 for 1 compared to the meg 1 for 2?


Posted 15 May 2017 - 11:43 AM

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they're a swingback blade  https://www.allmower...139k-36b-b.html l'll be cutting down  2 old bar blades to bolt these onto.....may or may not be a go-er


Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:06 PM

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they're a swingback blade  https://www.allmower...139k-36b-b.html l'll be cutting down  2 old bar blades to bolt these onto.....may or may not be a go-er

They,ll cut a bit higher?


Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:51 PM

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no l'll bolt them on from underneath so slightly lower


Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:59 PM

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Guess the only difference will be the replacement blade costs, cut shouldnt be much if any difference.


Posted 16 May 2017 - 04:49 PM

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blades arrived

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cutting bar blades to size

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and nearly there

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unfortunately, my drill bits won't cut this hardened steel....might try the ol' masonry bit trick & if that doesn't work l'll either buy a couple of cobalt bits or get a local engineer to do it


Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:12 PM

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blades arrived

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cutting bar blades to size

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and nearly there

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unfortunately, my drill bits won't cut this hardened steel....might try the ol' masonry bit trick & if that doesn't work l'll either buy a couple of cobalt bits or get a local engineer to do it

Your (sharp) drill bits will cut without worries using any low speed drill press and coolant fluid.

HSS drill bits are fine to use, just use a low speed. Clamp blade in vice, drill pilot hole, drill final hole.


Posted 20 May 2017 - 07:15 PM

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nope, l've got a pretty full on workshop here - drill press was set at 300 rpm, new sutton hss drill, vice off my old milling machine etc.... just ordered some cobalt bits, love a challenge in the shed :)


Posted 20 May 2017 - 07:28 PM

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cobalt bits arrived, job done...l've got a couple of feral jobs that l'll do before l whack these on and see how they go....

 

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Posted 26 May 2017 - 03:55 PM

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Certainty not a stupid idea , you could even put a double blade system together with a straight blade on the bottom and a lift blade on top of the carrier that way if knocked the lift blade wont catch on the carrier bar and with two blades a good mulching affect could be had . 


Posted 27 May 2017 - 06:49 AM

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Have you had a chance to test the swing backs yet?


Posted 01 June 2017 - 09:43 PM

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put them on today, so far so good


Posted 02 June 2017 - 05:00 PM

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Spent today mowing a variety of lawn types - couch, kik, buffalo...and am really impressed, to the point l think they do a better cut than the bar blades. Time will tell how durable they are...


Posted 05 June 2017 - 04:32 PM

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For those non engineering types ( me ) there are a few off the shelf kits available ie for my Toro 50'' $200 uses Cox blades.


Posted 06 June 2017 - 12:03 PM

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got a link Drew? be keen to check them out


Posted 06 June 2017 - 03:20 PM




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