Choosing the right blades for your mower can have a profound effect on your mowing experience. The right blades can make mowing an enjoyable and effortless experience; the wrong blades can result in slow mowing, difficult cleanup, and even malfunctions. Different types of blades are suitable for different types of terrain and users. Cub Cadet owners can choose between mulching and high-lift blades, and the choice can substantially affect the mower’s effectiveness.
Mulching and High-Lift Blades
High-lift blades are the standard blades common to most mowers. As the name suggests, high-lift blades result in a higher airflow, blowing out the cut material more effectively than other designs. In contrast, mulching blades, colloquially referred to as “3 in 1” or “all purpose” blades, contain a more curved body and a slightly elongated cutting surface relative to high-lift blades. As the name suggests, mulching blades mulch the material, providing a more fine discharge than conventional blades.
Features and Similarities of Mulching and High-Lift Blades
Mulching and high-lift blades share similarities beyond the obvious fact that both are designed to cut grass in an effective manner. Both mulching and high-lift blades offer the same levels of quality and durability; neither of the two is more resistant to rocks or particularly susceptible to damage relative to the other. Both blades provide the same crisp cut if sharpened properly.
When to Use High-Lift Blades
High-lift blades are ideal for users who must cut large sections of difficult grass. Lush grass or grass that contains large quantities of leaves can clog up a mulching blade system. High-lift blades provide fewer cuts and a stronger lift, reducing the mower’s susceptibility to blowing out clumps of wet grass or chunks of organic matter. Such clumping can be difficult to manage without a high-lift blade system.
This lift results in improved efficiency over large tracts of land. Since the grass is being cut and ejected quickly, the mower operator is less likely to become bogged down by difficult material or have to clear out any clogged material. Operators who must mow large swaths of difficult terrain should consider using high-lift blades.
When to Use Mulching Blades
Mulching blades are preferred for users who need only contend with normal dry grass. In the spring and summer, where mowers are less likely to contend with difficult clumped foliage and leaves, mulching blades provide a clearer cut. Owners can use mulching blades over difficult material, but must be prepared to move more slowly and understand that some clumping may result.
The purpose of mulching and using a mulching blade is to return the nutrients to the lawn. Mulching blades direct the grass upward, sending it falling back down and resulting in many cuts to the same material. Fine organic matter such as grass shavings and shredded leaves contains large quantities of nutrients that can keep the lawn healthy if left on the lawn. Use mulching blades or a kit whenever it is possible to do so.
For users who want this efficiency over difficult terrain but the mulching ability with less challenging material, they can purchase a mulching kit for their mower if it is equipped with conventional blades. A mulching kit includes new blades useful for mulching as well as a plug to cover the discharge chute. Users who wish to go back and forth between the two systems easily can leave the mulching blades installed while removing the plug from the discharge chute.
To purchase new blades, owners should source quality, original equipment from a reputable and experienced vendor with excellent customer service. Ralph Helm, Inc. has been providing lawn care equipment and servicing customers in Illinois for 80 years. With high-quality equipment and a diverse selection of Cub Cadet original equipment and accessories, Ralph Helm, Inc. is the leading source for new Cub Cadet blades.
Where to Purchase Other Parts
All mechanical devices will eventually require service. When purchasing spare parts, owners must buy only original equipment parts. Such equipment is made to factory specifications and will ensure not only that the machine continues to perform optimally but also that the warranty remains intact. Unfortunately, ordering parts can be a challenge. It is not always obvious whether a product name corresponds to a particular physical part or whether a given part number corresponds to either.
Fortunately, Ralph Helm, Inc. makes it easy to locate new parts. Customers can select the exact model that they own and receive a handy parts diagram to verify that they are ordering the correct part. The company’s guides can also be useful for customers looking for equipment diagrams and maintenance advice. Customers can visit the company’s web site at www.ralphhelminc.com.