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dwost
10-21-2002, 11:30 AM
Ok, I posted my interest in this over the last few weeks on a couple of threads. I had the opportunity to take my mower apart this weekend and I went ahead and took step-by-step photos of the install. Here is the write up for anyone interested in doing this for their machine. I have a 2002 Gravely 48" WB.

PARTS w/Quantities:

ROLLER - (1) $13.70 - http://www.mcmaster.com/ (type in 1045 in search box for complete roller list)
* Length will vary on the units, I used a 39"
* Galvanized steel, 1.9" diameter, 7/16" hex axel"

BRACKETS - (2) $4 (I used zinc coated mending plates from Lowes)
* Any thick metal bracket can be used

HARDWARE - $6 All stainless steel 5/16" hardward was used
* (4) - 1" hex head bolts
* (8) - flat washers
* (4) - nylon thread lock bolts
* (4) - large fender washers (not to exceed the diameter of
the roller)
* (2) - cotter/hitch pins

http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/roller-layoutrightside.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/roller-layout.jpg

INSTALL PROCEDURE

STEP 1 - Determining what length roller: I measured the distance between the rear scalp wheel housings. My exact "Between Frame BF) distance was 39". I ended up ordering the 39" roller which worked fine, but if I was doing it again, I would have ordered the one that was about 1/4" shorter. Take your time and make sure you measure correctly. Drill a small hole in each end of the axel that is sticking out of the roller to accept the cotter pin.

http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/roller-axelcloseup.jpg

STEP 2 - Determining mounting location: This will vary from unit to unit. Take the brackets and find a good spot to mount the roller. I mounted mine between the two rear anti-scalp rollers. There were pre-drilled holes that I used on one side and then had to drill a couple additional to make the roller even. I took the brackets and cut them down to about 6" long. This will give me enough room to move them up and down according to the depth of cut. I have it set so I can mow between 3-3.5" which is where I cut all the time. The mending plates have pre drilled holes which worked nicely for fastening them to the deck. Once cut to length, use a grinder to round over both ends to ensure it won't get caught on anything.

http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/roller-bracketinstalled.jpg

STEP 3 - Attaching axel to brackets: Using a 1/2" drill bit, drill out the bottom hole to make it fit over the 7/16" axel. Slide a fender washer, bracket, another fender washer and a cotter pin over the axel. Repeat this for the other side. I went ahead and added some additional Oil to the bearing in the roller. The slick thing about these conveyor rollers is that the axel is spring loaded, so when it's attached to the mower, you can remove the cotter pin and washers and simply press in the axel and remove the roller for oiling without having to completely disassemble the unit.

http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/roller-axel-bracketcloseup.jpg

STEP 5 - Fitting the roller to the deck: Take the completed assembly over to the deck and test fit it in the mounting location. Once the location is determined, use the hardware to begin attaching it to the deck. I had to drill a couple of additional holes to make it sit level. The rule of thumb I used for the mounting depth was to have the TOP of the roller be level with the BOTTOM of the deck. (As viewed whe the deck is upright. This allows the roller to be about 1/2" off the ground when mowing at 3". Again, this will vary on your cutting habits and the machine you are installing this on.

http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/roller-deckonly.jpg

STEP 6 - Attaching the roller to the deck: Using the bolts, flat washers, and lock nuts attach the brackets to the deck. Put loctite on the threads and tighten completely. Re-attach the deck to the mower, an you are ready to go.

Here are a couple shots of the finished product.

BACK:
http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/roller-backinstalled.jpg

SIDE:
http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/roller-sideinstalled.jpg

http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/roller-sidecloseupinstalled.jpg

TOP:
http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/roller-topinstalled.jpg

Here are some pics of the stripes!! This is my back yard.

http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/striping-yard.jpg

This is part of the common area that I mow regularly. This is mostly crap grass and weeds. It still stripes the hell out of it!!

http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/striping-back1.jpg

If anyone has any questions, feel free to e-mail me. The total cost of the kit was $27 including shipping for the roller and about 1 hour of labor. Not bad considering the commercial kits are $300. :D :D :blob1: :blob3: Enjoy the stripes!!!!

mdb landscaping
10-21-2002, 11:38 AM
none of the pics are working.

dwost
10-21-2002, 11:43 AM
Ok, I used my yahoo site to host these and for some reason its not working. Anyone have any hosting Ideas so I can make these visable?? TIA

Country_Joe
10-21-2002, 11:50 AM
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http://www.geocities.com/dwostmann/Anthrassat/striping-yard.jpg

Turtle II
10-21-2002, 11:58 AM
DWOST---

The pics are working fine for me this morning.....

That is really cleaver and you saved yourself over $270.00.....
:cool:

dwost
10-21-2002, 12:06 PM
They seem to be working fine now. Anyone elso having problems viewing the pics? If so, I'll try and re-post with a better hosting site. Thanks,

Gravely_Man
10-21-2002, 12:58 PM
As a fellow Gravely owner and user I would love to see the pictures. Unfortunately they are not coming through for me. Please let me know if it is just me or if others are having a problem with the pictures.

Gravely_Man

dwost
10-21-2002, 01:00 PM
There is somethign going on. I'm trying to find another site to host my pictures on. Does anybody have any recommendations? I'll repost this when I find something that works.

dwost
10-21-2002, 01:39 PM
I submitted a new post with links to the pics. Moderators please delete this one. Thanks

ryanesto
05-11-2007, 01:25 AM
dwost,
i'm new to this site and see that you built a really nice striping kit. i cannot get the pictures to load from your post. is there another way for me to get the directions and the pics so that i can copy your design?
thanks,
re

thesargent
05-11-2007, 02:43 AM
that post was like 4 1/2 years ago.

fiveoboy01
05-11-2007, 03:39 AM
More like 4 1/2 years ago... LOL

dwost
05-11-2007, 02:26 PM
dwost,
i'm new to this site and see that you built a really nice striping kit. i cannot get the pictures to load from your post. is there another way for me to get the directions and the pics so that i can copy your design?
thanks,
re

Shoot me a PM with your e-mail and I'll send them over to you.

Don

lithnights
05-12-2007, 09:29 AM
Shoot me a PM with your e-mail and I'll send them over to you.

Don

Don,
I too am interested in your pics of the striping kit you built. I would send a PM to you but have been unable to. I have been told that I am too new a member to be able to send a PM. Could you do me a favor and shoot me a PM and perhaps I'll enough privileges to be able to at least reply. If that doesn't work I guess I'll just wait the 10 days and 10 posts I thinkthe site requires for one to PM.

Thanks!

lithnights

eastwing22
05-21-2007, 05:09 PM
Shoot me a PM with your e-mail and I'll send them over to you.

Don

I would like to see some of those pictures also! I am unable to pm also!I will keep tring!

Michael J. Donovan
05-21-2007, 05:31 PM
Don,
I too am interested in your pics of the striping kit you built. I would send a PM to you but have been unable to. I have been told that I am too new a member to be able to send a PM. Could you do me a favor and shoot me a PM and perhaps I'll enough privileges to be able to at least reply. If that doesn't work I guess I'll just wait the 10 days and 10 posts I thinkthe site requires for one to PM.

Thanks!

lithnights

I would like to see some of those pictures also! I am unable to pm also!I will keep tring!

you should both have PM access now...so you can send and receive PM's through the site

eastwing22
05-21-2007, 05:46 PM
Thank you very much! You got me going now!:)

Michael J. Donovan
05-21-2007, 05:48 PM
no problem...enjoy the site

CleanCutMowers
05-21-2007, 06:20 PM
Could I get my pm going? Thanks!

Michael J. Donovan
05-21-2007, 06:31 PM
Could I get my pm going? Thanks!

actually, both of those members have been registered for 10 days and have made 10 posts so their PM's should have been activated already

so, since I am feeling nice today :cool2: I activated yours for you as well...have a great day and enjoy the site

lithnights
05-21-2007, 11:13 PM
actually, both of those members have been registered for 10 days and have made 10 posts so their PM's should have been activated already

so, since I am feeling nice today :cool2: I activated yours for you as well...have a great day and enjoy the site

Got the PM working. Thanks.. and great site Michael!!!! :clapping:

Michael J. Donovan
05-21-2007, 11:17 PM
no problem...have a good one and we appreciate the compliment on the site

ryanesto
05-22-2007, 10:08 AM
Shoot me a PM with your e-mail and I'll send them over to you.

Don

Don,
Thanks in advance for the striping kit photos. I know they will be a big help.
Regards,
Ryan

dwost
05-22-2007, 10:24 AM
Ok, well I guess this has regained some popularity so I've reposted the pics for everyone to check out. I've made one modification to the design and that has been to change the brackets to 1/4" flat steel. The last picture shows the new bracket. The originals were too flimsy. I've drilled holes every 1/2" so I can now adjust it with the deck height easily. I'm still running the original roller as well and it still works great. Enjoy!!

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-back.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-topinstalled.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-sideinstalled.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-sidecloseupinstalled.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-layoutrightside.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-layout.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-deckonly.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-bracketinstalled.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-backinstalled.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-axelcloseup.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-axel-bracketcloseup.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/Rollerbracket.jpg

green814
05-22-2007, 10:27 PM
Thank you Don!
Crazy how OLD this thread is.

Here is the web page for Mcmaster, & the rollers are on page #1178 http://www.mcmaster.com/
I tried typing in 1045 & it wasn't correct. What do you expect after 4.5 yrs?

Chris

Prestige-Lawncare
05-22-2007, 10:39 PM
This is along the same lines that I had in mind in making my stripper ... only I think I will probably be using some hard rubber (like mud flap material) for making the stripe. With a 60" deck, finding a roller that long will be almost impossible. I could maybe come up with a plan to make one maybe ... but using two (2) rollers will leave a small gap between the two rollers.

Anyone have any suggestions?

dwost
05-23-2007, 01:06 AM
Dude, if you can build a "stripper" let me know what page that is in the MMCarr catalog.......I only know how to build a "striper"

toddnks
05-23-2007, 01:08 AM
This is along the same lines that I had in mind in making my stripper ... only I think I will probably be using some hard rubber (like mud flap material) for making the stripe. With a 60" deck, finding a roller that long will be almost impossible. I could maybe come up with a plan to make one maybe ... but using two (2) rollers will leave a small gap between the two rollers.

Anyone have any suggestions?


If you search for rollers on http://www.mcmaster.com/ you will find conveyor rollers that are 60" long. You probably don't need a full 60" roller though, just enough to cover the area between the tires.

Prestige-Lawncare
05-23-2007, 08:42 AM
Dude, if you can build a "stripper" let me know what page that is in the MMCarr catalog.......I only know how to build a "striper"

Sorry ... I made a mistake.

If you search for rollers on http://www.mcmaster.com/ you will find conveyor rollers that are 60" long. You probably don't need a full 60" roller though, just enough to cover the area between the tires.

You are correct ... I'll measure between the brackets, and then email them about the size that I need. With a catalog as big as theirs is, it'll be easier for them to tell me what page to go to.

Thanks guys ...

Mark in MD
05-23-2007, 09:25 AM
Is there really that much of a difference between a roller and something else? Say -- a bunch of dragging chains or a dragging rubber mud flap, for example?

dwost
05-23-2007, 10:31 AM
Is there really that much of a difference between a roller and something else? Say -- a bunch of dragging chains or a dragging rubber mud flap, for example?

Nope, they all work but some better than others. Stiff rubber, roller and chains are probably the three best and most popular options. Combine that with deck pitch and the right blade choice and you'll be set.

Jasonn B
05-28-2007, 10:47 PM
Ok, well I guess this has regained some popularity so I've reposted the pics for everyone to check out. I've made one modification to the design and that has been to change the brackets to 1/4" flat steel. The last picture shows the new bracket. The originals were too flimsy. I've drilled holes every 1/2" so I can now adjust it with the deck height easily. I'm still running the original roller as well and it still works great. Enjoy!!

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-back.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-topinstalled.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-sideinstalled.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-sidecloseupinstalled.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-layoutrightside.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-layout.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-deckonly.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-bracketinstalled.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-backinstalled.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-axelcloseup.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/roller-axel-bracketcloseup.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/Rollerbracket.jpg

Great pics! I wonder if this would work on an Ariens ZTR 2048...?

ryanesto
05-28-2007, 11:57 PM
Thanks for all the advice and great pics. Everyone on this site is extremely helpful.
Regards,
Ryan

dtrance
06-23-2007, 12:20 PM
Dwost,

Your self fab'd striper looks effective. Can you post some pics of the results you are getting?

dwost
06-24-2007, 10:19 AM
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/back1.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/back3.jpg

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/back-patio.jpg

dtrance
06-24-2007, 10:42 PM
Sweet looking lawn! Unfortunately the deck on my Toro Z420 is offset. I don't think attaching the roller to it would work well for me. I might have to look at other options.

dwost
06-25-2007, 11:46 AM
Sweet looking lawn! Unfortunately the deck on my Toro Z420 is offset. I don't think attaching the roller to it would work well for me. I might have to look at other options.

Thanks, try using chains or a rubber flap. I've seen both of these setups affixed to the back of the mower, not the deck with good results.

bobcat175
06-26-2007, 12:31 AM
Great looking stripes!!! How many hours have you logged with that and how is the roller keeping up maintenance-wise?

dwost
06-26-2007, 09:56 AM
Great looking stripes!!! How many hours have you logged with that and how is the roller keeping up maintenance-wise?

Well, I'm only a homeowner but I have about 200 hours on it so far and no issues to date. As for maintenance, I simply give it a few squirts of lithium spray grease every month or so and that's it. I've hit some uneven spots, stumps, etc, at a good clip and never had an issue with bending.

bobcat175
06-26-2007, 10:34 AM
Well, I'm only a homeowner but I have about 200 hours on it so far and no issues to date. As for maintenance, I simply give it a few squirts of lithium spray grease every month or so and that's it. I've hit some uneven spots, stumps, etc, at a good clip and never had an issue with bending.

So it still spins good? Lucky that you found a roller at the perfect length for those barcket that are on the deck.

dwost
06-26-2007, 10:37 AM
So it still spins good? Lucky that you found a roller at the perfect length for those barcket that are on the deck.

Spins fine, no rust and the axle is still straight........and yes, I'm lucky. If it were 1/2" shorter it would be perfect but it still works great as is.

kendeas
08-29-2007, 02:02 PM
Shoot me a PM with your e-mail and I'll send them over to you.

Don

i am also new to the site an would like to see the pics i am trying to add a striper kit to my kubota zr but haven`t seen any one with a home made one an the one you made looked very possible for my type mower any help would be great thanks for everything

ps i cant pm yet havent been on long enough i guess

dwost
08-30-2007, 01:00 AM
Let me know if you have any questions. Welcome to LS!! http://s29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Anthrassat/Lawn/