ExMark Striping Kit Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ACKDCA, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. ACKDCA

    ACKDCA LawnSite Member
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    Hey everyone,

    Could anyone tell me if there are any issues with getting any variety of ExMark mower over curbed areas while using a striping kit. I am familiar with where the striping kit is located on the machines, but I cannot tell if it would obstruct the machines abilities to drive onto a curb. I have some very large commercial properties with wide open lawn areas where we use 60" TT's and 72" Lazer's. I want the added effect that you get from the striping kit, but I don't want to go through the hassle of changing them on and off every time we want to mow a curbed area.

    Also, I would enjoy hearing your general thoughts/pro's and con's on the striping kit as I am considering purchasing multiple units.

    Thank you
     
  2. dutchacres

    dutchacres LawnSite Senior Member
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    Kits won't cause any problems climbing curbs. My honest opinion on exmarks striping kits are the bearings don't last anytime because they are sealed. I run deere and they are greaseable and haven't replaced a bearing in two years vs exmark I had to replace every year or they would just fall off.
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  3. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have the 4 Exmark 60" Turf Tracers. Each one has an Exmark striping roller. The oldest one has 2800hrs, then 1400hrs, 1300hrs, Ohrs (new). All the mowers go right over curbs, tree roots, gravel areas, without doing anything. All striping rollers on the machines have given us zero issues. All have the original bearings.
     
  4. ACKDCA

    ACKDCA LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the input, I really appreciate it.
     
  5. buckhigh

    buckhigh LawnSite Senior Member
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    The old style stripe kits on the Z's that covered almost the width of the deck left good-looking consistent stripes. It bolted to the rear anti-scalp bolt holes. if I remember correctly? But the stripe kit would always hit things and ruin the bearings. Was tired of worrying about it, and weren't cheap to replace either.

    On the new Z's, they redesigned it to only cover a portion of the deck width in between the inner wheels. Bolts to the rear of the deck. So you have the tire stripe, then the stripe the roller didn't catch, then the roller stripe, then the stripe the roller didn't catch and finally the tire stripe again. On my new Z I just bought, I find the cut quality and stripe look to be better than cutting with a stripe kit. I will NEVER run an Exmark with a stripe kit again.
     
  6. Travis E

    Travis E LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Really that much difference without the stripe kit on the new ones? Maybe i'll try taking mine off for a few weeks.
     
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've had the stripe kit for years and it works great. However, and I've said this before; If I was to do it again, I would make my own with the chains. the chains do a much nicer job, are able to stripe right up to edges behind the machine, and this setup is much cheaper to make than the rollers. Plus,...there is nothing to wear out.
     
  8. buckhigh

    buckhigh LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've ran my Lazers with and without them, and extremely anal about the look of the cut. I can honestly say I liked the striped look of the grass with out using a stripe kit. It just looked more natural...
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  9. buckhigh

    buckhigh LawnSite Senior Member
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    At transport setting. The deck might be free to lift if the roller is making contact with the curb, but not by much. An inch or 2? If I remember correctly...and in the fall for example if that roller is lowered to accommodate a 2.25" cut I don't see it clearing the curb. Even if the roller does rub, thats a lot of upward pressure on the roller, hence the deck. Something over time has to give. And on Exmark stripe kits, I think the warranty is 90 days? 1 year?
     
  10. TMlawncare

    TMlawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One thing that is really nice about the striping roller, it acts as a very large anti-scalp roller as well.
     

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