Simply put, mulching is the process of covering the surface of garden soil with a layer of penetrable material with the intention of improving the state of the soil underneath. You can use mulch is in your lawns for various reasons such as:
- To conserve moisture and balance temperatures in the soil
- To improve the fertility and nutritional level of the soil
- To reduce the growth of weeds
- To increase the visual appeal of your lawn
- To reduce potential damages to your lawn mower
Mulching blades, also known as 3 in 1 blades; are made to help you mulch, bag or discharge grass clippings. Generally, they help you work on your lawn and transform it into a clean and well maintained area. Mulching blades have been designed to shred grass into very thin parts so as to get rid of grass clumps on your lawn. They keep nutrients in the soil of your lawn by discharging the fine grass clippings back into your lawn.
Choosing the blade for your lawn is influenced by factors such as the aerodynamics, blade shape, discharge issues and the durability. Among the various mulching blades that have been designed to help you maintain your lawn; are the copperhead mulching blades and gator blades which slightly differ in performance.
Copperhead Mulching Blades vs. Gator Blades
Copperhead Mulching Blades
Copperhead mulching blades have been made with high carbon steel to make their performance better than standard mulching blades. These blades have gone through a process of hardening and heat treatment to make them more durable and compact.
They have vertical teeth that are used to improve their efficiency in cutting grass. They are featured with a centrifugal air lift design to provide uniform and speedy distribution of grass clipping across your lawn.
They have sharp edges for a cleaner cut and they have good fuel consumption and a low operating cost. The blades have been designed to work on low vibration which makes durable and more resilient to wear and tear compared to regular blades.
Gator Blades are among the best performing, high quality and longer lasting mulching blades that are being used today.
They have been optimized with a high air lift on each blade to pull the grass upwards for cutting. They have angled teeth that are used to redirect the fine grass clippings towards the cutting edges repeatedly making them even finer for faster decomposition and easier bagging.
Depending on the model and manufacturer design, they come in three types; the G3 gator blades which are the standard gator mulching blades equipped with high speed that mow faster than ordinary mulching blades, the G5 mulching blades which are featured with a higher air lift and a long cutting blade to enhance performance while mulching and the G6 gator blades which are heavy duty and durable with better performance from their sharpness and extended cutting edges.
How do the features of the two blades compare?
The Gator blades have been improved through Fusion technology which makes them sharper and have undergone Austempering. The technology of Austempering is where the blades have been passed through a heat treating process to produce a metallurgical structure (bainite) that is used to increase toughness, strength and reduce their deformation. This makes them more durable than the copperhead mulching blades.
Compared to the copperhead mulching blade that operate by pushing the grass down, the gator blades have a high lift feature that draws the grass upwards in such a way that it gives you an even and clean cut. The high lift is also advantageous for bagging operations.
Gator blades have been designed in such a way that the angle of the teeth towards the center of the blade have been made to redirect the airflow while mowing and push the grass clippings over the cutting edges of the mower blade continually resulting into finer grass clippings that become high quality mulch. The teeth in the gator blades are not used for cutting so you don’t have to frequently sharpen them like the copperhead mulching blades.
The gator blades work with very low energy costs which contributes to its excellent performance. The blades are sharper than the ones on the copperhead mulching blades which gives finer trims on your lawn. They have a centrifugal lift design that make the distribution of grass uniform throughout your lawn.
The copperhead mulching blades are lighter than the gator blades thus making them easier to use. The weight of the gator blades may make your mower run slower and if your mower is an older model then the heavy gator blades may cause it to stall when you are trying to engage the deck. The heavy duty nature of the gator blades however, enable you to mow the lawn even when there is uneven terrain or obstacles such as twigs or stones.
Ease of use and efficiency
The gator blades give you the ability to add the speed of mowing when compared to the copperhead mulching blades. This way you are able to cover a large area of your lawn over a short period of time.
Depending on the size of your mower, you are able to install the blades easily. Also, the cleaning process of gator blades is hassle-free.
The gator blades are more compact which makes them vibrate less. This means that they are less noisy and are more durable due to less movement of is parts as you mulch. When you have large tracts of land, gator blades are more efficient to help you maintain your lawn.
Lawn mowing and mulching would be really tedious without the right tools. The blade you choose determines the quality of maintenance and the beauty of your yard. Stronger and sharper blades contribute to a clean and well maintained lawn while dull ones will have you frequently mowing your garden. When looking into affordability, the copperhead mulching blades are less costly than the gator blades.