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Toro Turboforce Striping

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by RichmondR, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. RichmondR

    RichmondR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    Anyone having any luck getting decent stripes on a Turboforce deck without a striping kit? If so, what's your blade and deck setup? I have a 52" Turboforce deck and can get an OK stripe side discharging with with the standard Toro notched highlifts and 1/4 inch of pitch, but its not nearly as pronounced as the LCOs in the neighborhood, and if I cut higher than 3" in bluegrass, I get no stripe whatsoever.

    If you are using a striping kit, what are you using?

  2. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    I have a 52" also mine striped just fine with out a striping kit but i did go ahead and buy one......it helps a little......if you ever have a extra 150 dollars i would add a striping kit and then the strips look really good
  3. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    the higher you cut the better stripe your going to get. cut at 4" and the stripe will be more defined.
  4. RichmondR

    RichmondR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    ToroLandscaper and ALarsh -- Thanks. I have the Z450 series (23hp/52"), and Toro doesn't officially offer a striping kit yet for this model, although I think I can probably fit the Z500 kit for the 52" deck by adding the rear anti scalp wheels and then buying the kit. The 400 series does not include rear anti scalp wheels even though they are needed IMO. Ive tried calling and e-mailing Toro customer service about retrofitting quite a few times -- what a bunch of idiots. The dealer did say that they will be offering a kit with a roller at some point next year.
    I agree that a longer cut will yield a better stripe, but my point is that I cant seem to go higher than 3" and get any stripe whatsoever. Again, this is side discharging with notched highlift blades. Maybe I'm asking for the impossible without a striping kit. Any other suggestions appreciated -- thanks again.
  5. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    gives a very nice cut, just not much on stripping, i wonder if an off brand striping it can be retro fitted..
  6. ToroLandscaper

    ToroLandscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    They do to have a striping kit.....lol i ordered one from them about a month ago and it does help me
  7. RichmondR

    RichmondR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    Thanks --

    Just to confirm, you have one from Toro for a 52" deck on a Z-440/450 series ZTR? If so, how hard was it to install? Also, do you happen to have the part number (I just want to confirm that their website has the right info)?

  8. Buckeye1

    Buckeye1 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 170

    Toro sells a mudflap type striping kit. ezchute sells a actual striping roller for those Turbo Force decks. Not sure if the Toro distributor in your area has them, but Century Equipment in Ohio has them. You could also just get them off the ezchute web page.
  9. RichmondR

    RichmondR LawnSite Member
    Posts: 106

    Buckeye1 --

    Thanks -- I will check that out. There is a Century Power Equipment in St. Paul that I can check out -- dont know if they are related.
  10. HazellLawnCare

    HazellLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 832

    Toro now has a striping roller available for the Turbo Force decks. I ordered 2 for my 60" Toro z's today. I will let you know what they look like when they get here.

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