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Wright Stander Fixed Deck Better Striping?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Rdub, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. Rdub

    Rdub LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    New to the site so I hope this is the right place for this question. I run a small lawn company (about 40 weekly lawns) and use 2 fixed deck Wright standers. They both seam to not stripe super well. Is this symptomatic of a fixed deck? I know the blades are just standard blades you would get on the machine, basically nothing fancy. No mulch kit, no high lift blades, no stripe kit, ect. I've been told mulch blades for leaves, high lift for cutting grass. Is this the general consensus among everyone too?

    Any input or suggestions would be awesome!
     
  2. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 709

    Is the deck pitched correctly on both machines? How high and what are you cutting?
     
  3. Rdub

    Rdub LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Ok. Consider me a newb. How does one pitch a fixed deck mower. Isn't that the point?... That you can't? We typically cut all the way up or one washer down. Mostly fescue here in the KC area.
     
  4. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 709

    Sorry, somehow glanced right over that. Ha You'd be correct about that. Unless the tires were really flat or something.

    Moving on. Is the grass irrigated or otherwise getting regular rain? Fertilizer? I've used mostly Toro stuff so I can't speculate on different decks too much but from my experiences, a lawn with more lush grass will stripe better.

    People say height is a factor but I can get perfect stripes at 1" or at 3 1/2". You seem to be cutting on the higher end which is what a lot of people say to use for a better contrast.
     
  5. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    I want to know also. I have the wright sport RH deck. Which is fixed, but easily adjust able. I want to leave nice stripes. Anyone done any home made striping kits? I searched and found pvc, chains and rubber flap. I bought a 1/8" rubber flap, but I cant visualize how to put it on without running over it with the wheels. The big league one costs $250 too...
    Thanks for anyones help
     
  6. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,018

    You pitch it using the spacers on the front and adjusting everything to your cutting height.

    The wheel motor mounts can move up and down. The mounting point for the front casters can move up and down. You can change blade spacers to move them up and down. The spacers on the casters is what allows for pitch. If you are jacking them all the way up, your pitch is probably backwards.
     
  7. Rdub

    Rdub LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    Pugs, I know exactly what you mean by all the caster adjustments and the wheel motor mounts adjusting. Seen those before. So set those for the lowest or highest or middle???
     
  8. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Is this rally gOing to make it stripe better? I have mine at the factory settings and it works well it just doesn't stripe
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  9. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,018

    It depends what cutting height you want. At the end just make sure the front of the deck is 1/8-1/4" lower than the back.
     
  10. WenzelOSLLC

    WenzelOSLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 709

    Shouldn't the back be lower than the front seeing how the back of the deck is what is setting your stripe?
     

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