Feedback on Striping Kits

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by trex2693, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. trex2693

    trex2693 LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 4

    In the market for a striping kit. I've checked out the BigLeagueLawns CheckMate option, the rubber pieces that attach to the rear of the deck, chains, the SCAG Tiger Striper as well as a few others.

    So my question is: What's the best way to go for a ZTR?

    Thanks
     
  2. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Posts: 916

    Well I have a Exmark Turf Tracer Walk Behind with the same deck they put on many of their ZTR's. It has their stripe kit option which is a metal roller. It leaves some amazing stripes.
     
  3. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    Where are you located ? Are you up north, south or ? A lot depends on the type of grass you'll be cutting.

    Do a search on striping and your are gonna get plenty of other people's ideas on what they use. There are factory installed rollers (my tank has them) some folks use flaps or chains.

    I use the factory roller and use a heavy flap on the back of the mower too. In my area Bermuda is the predominant grass.

    Nosmo
     
  4. trex2693

    trex2693 LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 4

    I'm in the North, NY to be exact. I did a search and got some hits like the flaps, chains and even the rollers. I like the roller idea as it seems like the least in resistance. Just not sure as to which roller maybe the best.
     
  5. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,060

    Hey greenred, Does that kit get in the way if you back up onto curbs? I know once or twice I have knocked off the black plastic strip on mine backing up onto them.
     
  6. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Posts: 916

    Well to tell you the truth I never approached curbs that way. Im a big guy and I would use my weight to push on the back end lifting the front end off the ground and set the front end on top of the curve. Then I would let the rear wheels walk over the curve. But the way I did it the roller never got in the way. It might rub, but that didnt cause a problem cause the deck would just raise up on its own and the roller was attached to the back of the deck. I found the Exmark roller to be very well built and thought out design.

    I cant see going backwards to be anymore of a problem for the roller then going forwards.
     
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    I think the key to striping is in the pitch of the deck and the length of the grass. A kit will help make it last longer.
     
  8. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My Toro Z is too old to be retrofitted with their roller kit. The local American Legion owns a Toro 62 Z that I encouraged them to order with the rubber "striping kit." It did not make a great deal of difference in appearance. On that particular mower and field, keeping sharp blades on it makes a bigger difference. We removed the rubber strip after two seasons because I felt it impeded airflow through the deck and left more clippings clumped on the surface. It is an unusual field: lies in a flood plain and grows very quickly.

    I would buy the roller kit for my own Z tomorrow if it could be easily retrofit. It's on my must have list for the next machine. Between the airflow problem, wear on the rubber strip, and lack of adjustment, I don’t think they are a good way to go.
     
  9. trex2693

    trex2693 LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 4

    I seen a metal roller on craigs list for a Toro. Was wondering if it could be retrofitted to fit other ztr's.

    I like the roller option better then the rubber flap. Anyone use the CheckMate striping kit or another roller system on there ztr?
     
  10. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,895

    My dealer made some calls about two weeks ago. I think 2004 and newer is the cutoff date for the roller kits we looked at. Now I don't remember what that was. I get a pretty good looking stripe without it but am always interested in doing a little bit better.
     

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