Do you need a striping kit?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by burninbill, Dec 16, 2002.

  1. burninbill

    burninbill LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    I have a 52in. scag walkbehind and was wondering if I really need a striping kit? Here is a pic of an account we have that I believe is striped well and we have no kit. Will the stripe be any better with a kit?

  2. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
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    Very nice. Do you get that nice of a stripe on all your properties or just that one?
  3. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    Throw a Pro-Slide on that WB and you will be ecstatic. The stripes will be even more defined.
  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    I don't think it would help you much on that lawn. Never a bad idea though! What kind would you get for it (chain, flap, roller)? A roller, if available, is the best IMO because it acts as an antiscalp roller and works better on weedy yards and all kinds of grass. In my experience, chains and flaps don't do as well on weedy lawns and some types of grass but with the roller the deck's weight is on it to help press it. Once you get a good pattern going they usually work better too. Is that a SW, SWZ or SWZU? If it's a floating deck mower I would say try to make or adapt a roller. Even with a fixed deck mower it might work ok as long as you give it enough clearance for bumps. They also press down mole tunnels usually :D
    Good luck, and keep up the good work! That lawn looks nice!
  5. Those are great stripes but a roller would give them even more definition.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    Quite simply, the answer is no. You do not NEED a stripe kit. While it does helps enhance some lawns, as long as you have the method down of how it's done, (as I see you do, here) you can make great stripes without it. Like your's for example. made by utilizing the same directions on that particular give week. THIS is what makes the majority of the difference. Sure you can make your own, but that would be the only way to go for something like this. Where they really shine, is first cuts, making them look more like established stripes rather than brand new first time stripes. As far as purchasing, I just couldn't see the benefit for someone like you with already decent stripes. Just straighten those babies out, and get rid of the bows, and you'll be doing even better! I have the York striper for my Lazer, and if I was going to do it all over again, I would probably just make a chain dragger, and save me the 200 and whatever bucks. Keep up the good work!;)
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looks fine to me...though you might want to straighten a couple of those lines out a little better...especially up near the front of the house.
  8. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree with Rodfather, straightern those lines up a litlle but otherwise they look just like mine. :D Now who was tht guy that said 52" Scags couldn't stripe and he wanted to sell???? Think again :D
  9. mklawnman

    mklawnman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 634

    Nope dont need a stripe kit for those Scag WB's, i have the same Scag as you do burninbill, with a two weeled velkie, stripes are incredible just like yours picture, although mine are straighter;)
    You can make a stripe kit thats inexpensive, just enhances the look some but from what it looks like those stripes stand out awsome, keep it up.
  10. burninbill

    burninbill LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    How about this account, the stripes are little straighter. How do you guys keep um straight when the terrain is not so flat. The first post I sent, yard is quite bumpy and can not seem to straighten them out at the top.



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