DIY Lawn Striper + How I did it

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kkane97, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Kkane97

    Kkane97 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have always made my stripers from PVC and just dragged them behind my mowers but this one is my best yet...

    Build List
    2' Section of 3" Pvc
    2 3" PVC Endcaps
    4 1.5" bolts
    6 washers
    4 lock nuts
    2 18" 1" flat steel
    5/16" drill bit

    First drill 1 hole dead center in both of the end caps

    Drill two holes at each of of the flat steel.

    Thread bolt and washer through the steel onto the mowers frame

    Bolt the end caps to the other end with 1 washer on either side of the steel

    Cut your PVC to fit in between the end caps

    Glue 1 end to the PVC

    Fill it with sand from the other side.

    The glue the other side to its end cap and you are done

    This doesnt rut the grass at all my john deere isnt a zero turn so this just swings behind it.

    I made it short enough so that if I put a sulky on it there would be no interferance

    While driving on pavement just bunjee it up or you could use a different method of holding it up.

    What do you think? Mowing on sat so I can post pics of how it works. My yard is crap and stripes dont show very well

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    Last edited: Jul 19, 2012
  2. Kkane97

    Kkane97 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 676

    Here is a pic from owing with it today cut at 3.5 inches double cut LOVING THIS MOWER!
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    Stripes could be straighter but the customer was happy and thats what matters :D
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  3. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wow not bad stripes! Kudos to making a kit yourself. I paid $400.00 for my kit on my 930 z.
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  4. Kkane97

    Kkane97 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks, I ended up standing on it on the straight aways and boy did that help the difference was night and day I ended up spending$ 11.17
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  5. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
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    When I saw what you made, I thought it looked too far back on the mower.
     
  6. Kkane97

    Kkane97 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Its only 22" from the back of the tires while on the road the clip for holding up the striper is as low as I could get it. When I get a sulky ill shorten it up. I used act steel and didnt feel like choppoing it at the time
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  7. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
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    My concern is that it is going to wear out in short order, might last a year but you can't run it over no paved surfaces and I don't think it's going to hold up to wear and tear for very long.
     
  8. POWER STROKE

    POWER STROKE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 300

    Hi Kkane97 congrats on the striper.
    I also made a striper out of pvc, I was wondering if you use anything inside the pvc pipe to make it heavier.

    -POWER
     
  9. Kkane97

    Kkane97 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The entire inside is filled with crusher run and sand to fill in the tight spaces. It weighs about 20lbs and leaves a killer stripe!
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  10. Hansen's Lawn Care

    Hansen's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    Wow great creative work dude! I'm going to save the plans, thanks!
     

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