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Gravely Pro Turn 260 XDZ Won't Stripe

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NORTHMAN, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. NORTHMAN

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 305

    Hi,I have a one year old Pro Turn that dosen't stripe andit has a factory stripe kit(rubber flap).I live in NJ so it's northern grass,any ideas,please.Other than that it's a good mower.Thanks.
     
  2. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Posts: 1,123

    What height are you cutting at?
     
  3. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,806

    Let's see a picture of what it's doing so we can help diagnose the problem
     
  4. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Posts: 1,008

    check the pitch
     
  5. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,427

    New Jersey can have either Northern or Southern grasses. Fescue and Bluegrass stripe very well but many varieties don't. You need to be close to 4" for a good stripe or there's not enough grass to lay over. Are other lawns in your area striped?
     
  6. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Posts: 1,008

    good point to

    or if its a bent or fine fescue it wont come out either
     
  7. NORTHMAN

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 305

    Thanks for all the replys.I cut any where from 3"-3 1/2" which in the norm for the area.There are some lawns with great stripes.I'm in extreme northwest NJ,mostly bluegrass and fescue,though my lawns are a mix of evrything including weeds.My customers haven't complained and just want their lawns to look neat,which they do but I want to do more and do the best job I can.I thought about different blades,mabe Oregon G6 Gator blades?Any suggestions on deck pitch?I just saw that Gravely now offers a new stipe kit with a hexagnol roller,I'm going to price on tommorow.I have seen pictures of lawns striped with a Gravely and they look great,I just want to be able to do the same.Thank you all again for your help.
     
  8. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Posts: 1,008

  9. NORTHMAN

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 305

    dgw,thanks,thats what I want to do.please forgive my ignorance but is that 3" measured at the front blade and 3 1/4" at the rear?What blades are you using and what height are you cutting at?Thanks again.
     
  10. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Posts: 1,008

    i do the front of the front blade at 3 inches, when the blade is facing forward

    and the back of the back blades at 3 1/4

    so cutting at three as long as the grass is manageable at that


    im back to regular blades from oregon , im done with high lifts(dont like the cut, and dont see a difference in stripes)
     

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