striping lawns

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nmcmn, Jul 25, 2002.

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  1. nmcmn

    nmcmn LawnSite Member
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    I need help! I'm importing a mower from England that stripes & cuts grass like you have never seen. We sell them to golf courses at the present. I have sold 2 of these machines to friends to stripe & cut their lawn. They both are very pleased with the results. The mower is driven with a rear roller just like a greens mower.
    I was wondering if there was a market for the machine with lawn care professionals. The machine is 22" wide. Has a grass basket for clippings. It picks every blade of grass it cuts. Stripes like you have never seen. Costs $1,610 plus freight. It's not cheap, but nothing stripes like this machine. Nor does anything pick up like this machine.
    Any thoughts?
     
  2. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
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    hehehe!!!!!! got thoughts?? Heck yea! For a 22" manual push reel type mower- $1610, GET A LIFE! Go get one for less than $300 with a catcher at Lowes, Home Depot whatever with a roller on it too.
     
  3. crazygator

    crazygator LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I do think there is a market for your mower (even though others here may say different). I would try to market to either us lawn pros that only handle stamp size or very small properties, or maybe a homeowner who likes to take care of their lawn and likes what you have. Problem is convincing everyone that $1600 is fair for this machine. Good luck and keep us (or me) posted on your progress.

    If you need some R&D I will try one out for testing.....just a thought for you! I would love to see some photo's. Email me all your info if you can sometime! :)
     
  4. AielLandscaping

    AielLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    striping with a small mower is possible without paying 1600 and i've got pictures to show it, but i would like to compare any pics you have with some of my own.. what brand is this thing? does the manufacturer have a website that we could check them out with? here's one of mine done with a 21" honda with a roller attached to it

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  5. AielLandscaping

    AielLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    here's another one

    stripes3.jpg
     
  6. AielLandscaping

    AielLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    ok this is the last one for now

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  7. rvsuper

    rvsuper Senior Member
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    These stripes are done with a 30" Rear Engine Rider, not rollers, chain kits, just deck pitch set at 1/4" lower in the fron than the back:

    stripe 1.jpg
     
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
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    well i gotta be honest . your mowers merits good stripe and pick up the grass are allready covered pretty good by whats out their now.1600 plus frgt ,say 2000. unless u shipping from england.
    just too much money . now if she got remote controll or somethin,it would sound more interesting to me.
    in any case good luck w u venture
    ps . if u could show some pictures
    of the machine and its work ,might make everybody take interest. then u become a sponcer and the things u see here, eventually u see in the field locally.
    all depends on the real merit of the machine.
     
  9. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can you show me a picture of your Honda with the roller?
     
  10. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
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    nmcmn,

    I believe that I have seen the type of mower you are refering to on some English and European lawn-oriented books. Big drive roller in the rear and a hopper in the front to catch the clippings? If so, i agree with you...some of the best defined stripes I've ever seen...and I've seen a bunch here at LawnSite. Whereas most of the stripes I've seen here show lines, tire tracks, and the individual blade/chamber lines, the mower you are promoting just leaves a perfect, well-defined stripe...right? If so...Fantastic. :)

    As most of us tend to be "production" mowers I feel that the machine may not be fast/productive enough to meet most of our needs...unless the LCO is into nothing but very upscale, well-paying lawns.

    Me? I would like more info on your machine. I have a zoysia lawn and I believe that the machine you are speaking of would be perfect for giving it that premo-manicured look. Thatch is a big problem with the zoysia so the catcher would really be a plus for my application. I have been thinking about doing a serious leveling and topdressing job on my lawn, and then getting a good reel mower to use on it ....exclusively. For making money (clients lawns) I'll have to stick with the Lazer Z w/ the 60" deck.

    Post up some more info and pictures...and good luck! :)
     
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