Ultimate Home Made Lawn Striper

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MJR_63, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. Mac'sMowingCO

    Mac'sMowingCO LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    what are the lengths for your rod and struts?
     
  2. Doc66

    Doc66 LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 28

    The superstrut length depends on your rear wheels. Look back at the picture of my roller. My superstrut is 32.5" and the steel rod is about 35". The rollers are 3". I built one for a friend who had a 48" walk behind. It had 2 more wheels than mine and I believe I cut the superstrut at 38" for his. I got my 5/8 steel rod from a local machine shop. They had some left over that they let go at a nice price and even cut and drilled it for me.

    Grab a tape measure and start designing your version of the ultimate home striper :)
     
  3. hamsey

    hamsey LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 123

    Why use a ribbed roller when you can use smooth roller? In the process of building one and have come across both types of rollers. Do not know if there is an advantage using the ribbed type.

    Norm
     
  4. Herdfan

    Herdfan LawnSite Member
    from WV
    Posts: 47

    What about those beefy looking L-brackets? Any source for those?

    Thanks
     
  5. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,666

    As doc states, length is determined by your mower as there is no universal length. Also no need to go wider than an inch or so inside the wheel. The tires lay down the rest. With regard to the rollers, there is no difference or benefit going smooth vs ribbed. They will both work fine. I'd go with the heavier of the two if that's possible to tell. Finally the L brackets again were purchased at Home Depot. I can measure them but I believe they are 10 or 12"
     
  6. Doc66

    Doc66 LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 28

    As far as the rollers, I went with the 1st one I found to fit a 5/8" shaft. They also looked just like the diagram I was following, so they were a winner for me.

    For the brackets, I used b-line fittings that I got at an electrical supply house.

    Not the friendliest website to navigate: http://www.b-line.com/product/PDFLibrary/Strut.asp

    L brackets are in the fittings section. Dimensions listed for everything.

    My L brackets are B104 $3.36
    Straight piece from mower to L Bracket: B-Line # B342 $8.34

    The superstrut I got at HD, but I couldn't find any suitable brackets there, so I went to the supply house. Channel nuts & hardware were from HD also. Also, 3/4" pvc pipe for spacer. A little trial & error here, but cheaper than washers. I think mine ended up under $120. Weighs around 30lbs and lays down a nice stripe. Very happy with it so far.

    Cheers
     
  7. Doc66

    Doc66 LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 28

    I think the L bracket to the axel is B103.

    And if I ever make another one, I'm going to paint it before final assembly ;-) Dwost's striper looks good painted :clapping:
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2009
  8. Herdfan

    Herdfan LawnSite Member
    from WV
    Posts: 47

    Got my rollers in today so maybe tomorrow or the next day I will get started on assembly.

    I found the B104's, but they are just a 4 hole version of the B103. The long side is 4 1/8" on both. Either I will cut off the excess or just use 2 bolts.

    What angle are you all using from the attachment point to the ground?
     
  9. hamsey

    hamsey LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 123

    Got the roller assembled. Still waiting for the strut to come in. I used s.s. washers instead of pvc pipe for the spacers. Will get pictures when it is done.

    Norm
     
  10. SuperZ

    SuperZ LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    I was just wondering why no one was using the hitch on the back of the mower for the striper? Will it not track in line with the mowing deck to make it look correct? I am currently "studying" information to build my own.
     

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