How-to: Striping Kit for WB

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by topsites, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    This isn't the first time someone has done this, but I decided to put this up with pictures, case someone wants one of these.

    There are two ways of doing this:
    1. You can order the professional kit for 300 dollars at http://www.bigleaguelawns.com/ and be done with it.
    I did this for my '05 proline because of how nice it all looks.
    To see what a striping kit does AND what it looks like, follow the above link.

    But for my '98 proline it made little sense to order some brand-new fancy-looking, expensive thing that would be the rough equivalent of putting NEW shiny rims on an old, delapidated car. I was in the end surprised by how well it all looks and will not hesitate to use this method in the future as it only costs 70 - 75 dollars.

    Tools needed:
    A grinding tool with a grinding or cut-off wheel.
    Some wrenches, possibly a vise grip.
    A tube of loc-tite, get at auto-parts store, get the red tube.

    Supplies (all from Home Depot):
    1 x 5/16" screw rod. dunno if that's the right term but it's a threaded rod.
    1 x 3/8" square sleeve - not 100% sure on size but basically make SURE the rod fits inside the sleeve.
    Couple of 5/16" nuts and lock-washers.
    9 pieces of galvanized chain 2-feet long. Forgot the size but it's $2.99 / foot and this is where all your money goes. I bought 8 x 2.5 feet but you really could use 9 and you only need 2 feet sections, I had to cut 6 inches off each one after I got it all home.

    Time required:
    Truthfully, it shouldn't take more than 2 hours including the trip to Home Depot BUT this was my first time and it took about 4-6 hours (you'll see in the pics it got dark on me lol).

    Steps:
    1) Lay out everything as follows:
    (here you can see the rod + square sleeve you need to buy @ home depot)
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    2) Lay sleeve lengthwise across so as to see how much you need to cut off.
    I did this by eye, doesn't have to be perfect but close is a must.
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    3) Cut the sleeve, THEN ensure it fits underneath snug AND get the rod and cut it a few inches LONGER so they fit inside each other thusly:
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    4) Take the first chain and slide one end over the sleeve, then the other end so it doubles up. Do that for all 9 lengths of chain:
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    5) Thread a lock-washer and nut onto one end of the rod, then insert the other end into the hole provided near the wheel on the Wb AND deftly get the sleeve with the chains on there as well:
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    6) Hold it all up in there as you slide the rod THROUGH the hole on the other side, and thread the other lock-washer and nut onto the screw:
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    7) Apply a little loc-tite to the screw where the nut is about to tighten onto, then tighten both sides:
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    And here's the final product:
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    Other notes: Remove the velke next time so it's not as much of a pita.
     
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    When you get them, take some pics of the lawn that got striped with it. Looks EXTREMELY easy to make. I would concider it, thank you for posting this^!
     
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I took the wb out today to do a couple yards, the first one didn't turn out due to class-B grass (i.e.: weeds) but the second one did and I really like this kit vs. the Chekmate $300.00 striper because:
    a) Once on the mower, you can forget it's even there. Unlike the professional kit, the chains are in no danger of catching on obstacles such as when turning.
    b) Due to its light weight, the chain kit doesn't slow the wb down. With the pro model even on my brand-new wb, it felt like I was pulling the extra weight, the wb wasn't much slower but I could feel it and there was NO ignoring the kit for sure. In addition, with the chain kit I could lift the deck off the ground (pop a wheelie), backup, and do basically whatever I could do without it being there without any further ado.
    c) With the pro kit, if I even thought it was a waste to use it, I'd take it off only to have to remount it later. With the chain kit, once on always on because it really doesn't matter as it has NO effect even if it doesn't work then just cut like normal because the kit doesn't get in the way the whole time AND it doesn't affect the cut in a bad way regardless (neither does the pro kit BUT the pro kit DOES get in your way).

    Here are the pics of the 2nd lawn, a tricky little wooded area did account for some inaccuracy but other than that the results were truly magnificent:
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    p.s.: I picked up the 9th length of 2-foot chain today and will install it later.
     
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Oh btw, it's 5/16" 30-gauge (or 30-something) galvanized chain.

    Far as noise, it does make a little 'clink' you can hear every once in a bit but it's not something that would rattle the neighbors ears and I felt comfortable that I wouldn't get anyone looking my way with a weird look in their eyes, you really can't hardly hear anything at all most of the time it is very quiet and I hardly knew it was on there.

    Other notes: The how-to pics have a couple minor discrepancies as my first priority was doing the install THEN take pics. Specifically, the threaded bolt actually sticks out 3-4 inches each side of the sleeve but in the pic where it shows it inside the sleeve it only sticks out an inch or two - That was a result of using the OTHER part of the threaded bolt AFTER I cut it, a mistake I realized right before I installed it. Likely I could've used the shorter piece but I wanted to make sure I had enough thread on either side for the washer + nut...
    The ONLY tricky part is sliding the threaded bolt past the rear wheel as the assembly goes in the FORWARD-most hole on the frame, unfortunately it will not go through the rear two holes because it's too close to the frame and moving belts and pulleys. Still, a trick well worth 4-6 hours of my time considering I saved just over 200 dollars.
     
  5. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Heres my homemade striping kit for my 48" Hustler WB. As for the "how to" portion of it, Its pretty self explaining. However there was a good deal of welding going on.


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  6. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    looks like i have another weekend project, thanks for the idea. Topsites, thanks for the after pics, that really sealed my decision (sp)!
     
  7. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    So all it is, is a bar going accross the back of the mower that you guys hung chain off of right? I want to get it right the first time not the second or third!! Also, topsites in pic 3,5, and 6 of the results, the stripes line up perfectly from one side of the drive to the other. Do you go accross the driveway to the other side to line up the stripes? Thanks!
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    You may wish to print the directions or pictures before you go to Home Depot lol, because depending on what you decide to make then you will need different materials.
    For the one I made, you will need a threaded rod AND a square sleeve, which is down the nuts + bolts aisle down by Hardware, plus 2 each nuts + LOCK washers and of course, the chain. This is very important, it is NOT just a bar it is a rod + sleeve - If you use just a bar the thing about it is might bend under the weight or with time and when riding over bumps - In the case of the Hustler you will see the bar used is a 90-degree angle: Again, so it does not bend!
    Now in the pic of the Hustler that is very nice, I was going to buy the SAME shiny chain but the *&%^'er at Home Depot who cut the pieces said it would rust because I guess he works commission and the shiny stuff is 50 cents less per foot but yes it may rust a little over time but whatever. By the way, you can cut your own chain with the device but I didn't know how to use it OR whether I would get in trouble, heh.

    Far as how to stripe:
    YES it is recommended to drive from one end of a driveway right across so as to keep the lines straight... I even drove through those mulched beds (they're actually full of pine needles) while lifting the front deck into the air but you need to be careful with a velke because the velke can drag into the dirt when you do that (notice in the last pic there is a mound of dirt hehe). Once you get a few lines going then it's not so bad, I didn't ride ALL the way from one end to the other the entire time, sometimes I would do a small section between the trees just using the existing lines as a guide BUT you need something to start with, so...
    It is best to stripe either in the morning or afternoon when the sun is past dead-center top of your head BUT before it sinks. The way to do it fail-safe (and the way I did it) is to head directly AWAY from and directly TOWARD the sun - This is very important, the stripes are an effect caused by the light from the sun so direction is crucial.
    Also it may be a good idea to make a pass all around the perimeter and cut out a path on the outside for you to turn around in where grass doesn't get left standing.

    Last but not least, so you can see what the pro kit looks like, here's that pic:
    http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/view/mb/file?username=bigleaguelawns&id=57421

    And it really is very nice, I do not regret buying the pro kit because on my brand-new wb it really makes an impression.

    p.s.: the bigger, flatter yards are evidently the easier ones while hilly / small yards are a bit of a pita for striping.
     
  9. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thanks Topsites, i can't wait to do this on my mower. I am still a little confused as to the whole bar thing but, my dad and i will figure it out, Thanks again,
    Michael
     
  10. TWUllc

    TWUllc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nice set of directions. Topsites, looks like your mower has been workin pretty hard. Little dirty eh? Thanks again. :waving:
     

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