Senior MTF Member
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Wisconsin, Fond du Lac.
G5 Gator Blades
After almost 8 years using G3 Gator Blades (4 years on the last set), I purchased a new set of G5 Gator Blades to replace them. The G3 blades were actually off already, as I swapped them with a set of new Cub Cadet high-lift blades last fall for bagging & leaf clean up and never took them off. The Cub high-lift blades bag a little better than the Gators, although the G3 Gators are not bad at bagging. As the G3 blades gave a better cut than either the standard or high lift Cub Cadet blades, I was very pleased with them overall.
The G5 Gators are advertised as a step up from the G3 blades, and they are different in a number of ways. As you can see from the picture below, the G5 blade is quite a bit wider than the G3, making them even more rigid than the already strong G3 blade. There is one less cutting tooth (providing more lift) and a hardened blade edge for longer life.
And they work, with the G5 blades getting the nod over the already nice cutting G3 blades for lawn appearance. The lawn cut looks ever flatter and more uniform than either of the other blades. This is especially impressive considering grass that is longer and more moist than usual this spring. I canít say if they mulch better or not, as I donít use mulching attachments and the throw of the clippings seem about the same. Comparison of bagging performance will have to wait until this fall, as I usually donít bag over the summer.
After multiple mowingís, I can definitely recommend the G5 Gators, at least on a Cub Cadet 50Ē deck. Cheers!