Bad Boy Stripe Kit, first custom mod!

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by dwost, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. hflores3

    hflores3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Shoot! That looks great!

    The lines are perfectly straight. The lines are "very" visible.

    Very cool
  2. hflores3

    hflores3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    How do you lay down "perfectly straight" stripes.

    I have these "long acre long" patches of grass and I'm not yet laying down "straight" stripes.

    I was even thinking about using "a marker string" -- to give me a line to follow for the first stripe (I'm an amateur).

    Any suggestions?
  3. show-n-go

    show-n-go LawnSite Member
    Messages: 232

    Why lift it when turning? I am going on my 3rd season with my stripe kit BLL just like yours and have no issues when turning. I think if you could get it up closer to the rear wheels it would work better too.
  4. hflores3

    hflores3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Affirmative. I will give it a shot (shortening it closer to the rear wheels)
  5. mtmower

    mtmower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,111

    On lines, I usually use the house as a guide for the lines so it showcases the home. I do straight lines with the house starting with a wall or roof line as a guide. The trick is o use your peripheral vision to line one of your front casters up on a point in the distance and not be trying to make a straight line by watching the ground 15 ft. in front of you. Five weeks later when you come back to this pattern use a different reference point on the home so you not on the same wheel tracks. This keeps rutting down to a minimum and is better for the grass as well. Second week I run perpendicular lines to the prior week. And next two weeks I do forty-five degrees angle to the house. Often there is a roof line/valley that lends itself as a guide. The week before and of the 4th of July I do a very slow wavy line (one week toward the house and the next perpendicular) like a flags stripes waving in the wind. Home owners love it. Always try and stagger a repeat pattern if possible. Depending on the yard lay out, size, and ability to visually see the home, etc of course you may have to improvise. Hope this makes sense.
  6. hflores3

    hflores3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Outstanding advice!

    My house isn't adjacent to where I need mow -- but I get your advice on "a process." It makes perfect sense.

    The concept of "rutting & staggering" wasn't something I remotely considered!

    Great advice.
  7. hflores3

    hflores3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Lifting it when turning -- two reasons:

    a) I had to add weight to the rollers to help with the stripes. I'm worried about "dragging, rutting" the grass during turns.
    b) Just something "cool" to add to my mower (just a fun project to do in the garage over the weekends)
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,563

    Just pick something in the distance and drive straight to it. Some people will turn around and run a line down the same stripe again. I don't I'll start the next stripe.
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  9. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    Looks better should work better closer, are you mowing a mix of southern grasses? Here you barely can leave a stripe only way to do it is with something like this, first time I have seen a weight added on to one though.

    Still not figured out my Deere mount lol about impossible to have a wobble roller and make it raise and lower in/not in use
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  10. mtmower

    mtmower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,111

    Going back the opposite direction on the same run usually makes the striping much less apparent IMO.

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