quick striper instructions for beginers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by befnme, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i should have taken more photos but i thought about it after the fact .i started to not like my current striper so i thought i would make a chain one . 1. measure how far apart the tires are and figure how many chains you will need at about 1" apart .
    2. have that many cut at about 18" long.
    3. buy one peice of 1x1 angle iron .
    4. buy one peice of 1.5" flat steel and cut into 2 peices or buy 2 brackets ( i happened to have 2 ).
    5. this is where the pics start :mount the 2 brackets on the frame securely

    striper 002.jpg
     
  2. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    1. next measure from bracket to bracket and cut your angle iron to fit.
    2. then weld ( as i did ) or drill holes and bolt all of the chaines on about 1" apart.
    3. then fit the angle with chains onto the brackets and weld in place .

    striper 003.jpg
     
  3. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    then after you like it grind the welds ,paint it to prevent rust and you are done .i didnt have any paint so i just hit the welds real quick with primer. but you get the jist of it. here is the finished product w/out paint .

    striper 005.jpg
     
  4. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    this thread aught to be made sticky considering the amount of people that ask about how to make these or what they look like.....nice post and nicely documented striper build!
     
  5. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Any reason you went with Chains over saw a roller?
     
  6. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
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    I plan on making one similar only with shorter chains and weights at the ends. How good does is stripe?
     
  7. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    Im just guessing its because of cost and there is really no adjustment/precision setup like there is with a roller. just my guess!
     
  8. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do Chains work just as well?

    I need to know, As I'll be making a Striper tomorrow.
     
  9. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    one reason is that rollers can catch on obsticals and drag them if they stop rolling ,then you have a rut in the lawn. the other is as was stated earlier ,there is no fine tuning adjustments just mount and let 'em hang. plus they are heavy enough to do the job very well.
     
  10. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i would not use weights, that does 2 things :
    1. another part to worry about.
    2. it may catch on obsticals in the lawn more so that chain links alone.
     

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