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Old 07-06-2013, 05:39 PM
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What makes a mower stripe well?

Ive seen threads where people say their mower is set up to stripe well but they have no striping roller. They never say how the mower is different in order to stripe well. What are the secrets of a good stripe?
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:42 PM
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Some mowers just stripe better than others, also some lawns stripe better than others even with the same mower, also the way the light hits the grass, etc. But deck pitch and proper blades help. All of this has been said many times on LS before.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:52 PM
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Some mowers just stripe better than others, also some lawns stripe better than others even with the same mower, also the way the light hits the grass, etc. But deck pitch and proper blades help. All of this has been said many times on LS before.
Oh I see now. Deck pitch and proper blades? Is proper a brand?
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:19 PM
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I don't believe proper is a brand, I think he means that you need the right blades for the application. Usually "high lift" blades leave the best stripe, these blades have more of a bend in them to direct air upward as they spin. Most blade manufacturers offer a high lift blade. Deck design and the type of grass are the two most important things when you are trying to stripe a lawn. I have noticed that decks with tighter baffles (most notably the exmark ultracut deck) stripe better than a deck with a more open baffling set up such as the Scag Velocity deck or the John Deere 7-iron deck).
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:49 PM
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Delphied, I've seen very few mowers that don't have a stripe enhancement of some sort, that do any more than leave tire tracks in the grass. If you want a nice solid stripe from side to side you MUST have some way of pushing the grass over to the ground. That is what the tires do as they roll over the ground. The lack of a stripe enhancement device is why the huge majority of the stripe pics here are just tire tracks.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:20 PM
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Delphied, I've seen very few mowers that don't have a stripe enhancement of some sort, that do any more than leave tire tracks in the grass. If you want a nice solid stripe from side to side you MUST have some way of pushing the grass over to the ground. That is what the tires do as they roll over the ground. The lack of a stripe enhancement device is why the huge majority of the stripe pics here are just tire tracks.
I'll have to upload more pics and post a few that are pretty sick.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:26 PM
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Delphied, I've seen very few mowers that don't have a stripe enhancement of some sort, that do any more than leave tire tracks in the grass. If you want a nice solid stripe from side to side you MUST have some way of pushing the grass over to the ground. That is what the tires do as they roll over the ground. The lack of a stripe enhancement device is why the huge majority of the stripe pics here are just tire tracks.
I agree. I think the good stripe pics are from mowers with stripers and I am also thinking its all a big secret too.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:46 PM
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:49 PM
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It's a combo of striping blades and some blue tag "stripe right" fescue seed.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:56 PM
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I find that any of my mowers wether it be the Kubota or the Wright stripe well in highly dense grass but they just leave tire tracks in thin, undense grass.
Also, the deck pitch is also a common factor as others have said.
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