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If anyone is still interested in building your own stripe kit/roller, let me know. I was part of the thread about building your own. I built mine for about $30 and it works the exact same as the one Exmarks sells 10 times as much. I put it on my 52" Exmark HP...
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$180 on Ebay, and save the hassel. The rollers will last longer than the conveyor rollers, there heavier, made for the job, an it bolts right on;)
 

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jkr will you tell me?
 

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I just purchased the stripe kit for my new Exmark Lazer Z (72") it cost $ 375.00 from Exmark. I used it today for the first time I am rather pleased with the results.

I am going to build the rest of them myself for my other machines.
The cost to build one seems rather inexpensive & the results are well worth it.

If anyone has built kits for Grasshopper mowers. Please email me with particulars @ [email protected]

Thanks in advance ...
 

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I just told me dealer to throw in a roller kit and give me the Kawasaki for the price of the Kohler when I bought my LHP 52". If he said no I would have walked. I love my new mower!!!!:D
 

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I ordered a 39" between frame, 1.9" diameter roller(galvanized) from McMaster-Carr (http://www.mcmaster.com/) - Search for "roller" and then select conveyor roller. You'll find it.

This roller has a 7/16" hex shaft that allows you to fit it exactly between the back of the 52" deck.

1) Go to Lowe's or HD - get 4 large fender washers, 4 stainless steel bolts(w/washers and nylon lock nuts). Also, buy two galvanized steel mending plates (brackets) 6" (I think same aisle). The ones I bought already had holes drilled in them. I just had to make them slightly larger to fit the axle from the roller and the bolts. You need to also buy two cotter pins (same aisle). I think I bought 1/32" or maybe slightly larger...

2) Remove your back 2 anti-scalp wheels.

3) Cut your brackets down to size (I used a reciprocating saw/sawzall) and then if you have a bench grinder, grind/round the end that will be closest to the grass (so it doesn't snag anything if you hit a bump).

4) Line up the bracket with the holes on the deck where the anti-scalp wheels were. Drill the holes large enough so the axle can fit thru it as well as the bolts.

5) Attach brackets to the deck using bolt/washer/lock nut(I can't remember if they are mounted inside or outside of the deck - Just test which way it fits). I mounted two bolts to each side so that the roller axle/shaft fits in the last/bottom hole.

6) Drill small holes in the ends of the axles so that once they extend beyond the steel bracket, you can put the cotter pin in place.

7) Put a fender washer on the axle, put axel into hole in mending plate, put another fender washer on outside and then put cotter pin in the axle hole.

That should be it... You should be able to all this for about $30. It's lasted me all year (of course, I only use mine for my own yard - 1.5 acres). It shows no signs of wearing out yet. If it does, all I need to do is order another $13 roller next year! Much cheaper and same results...

Good Luck....
 

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exact same way i built mine with the exact same parts. just be careful over big bumps, the spring inside the roller that keeps the axle from sliding through will break like it did on mine however it still works just fine. Much better than payin $300 for $25 worth of materials. I would also advise that you get something stronger than those galvanized mending plates from Lowes, bends too easy, go to a local metal shop and get some 1/8" flat.
 

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Originally posted by Q-Team Inc
I just told me dealer to throw in a roller kit and give me the Kawasaki for the price of the Kohler when I bought my LHP 52". If he said no I would have walked. I love my new mower!!!!:D
not bad, not bad.

Should have had him fill the tank, and a free tune up at the end of the year.:D
 

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The mending plates I bought at Lowes aren't the cheap, thin ones. I bought the big thick (probably 1/8") ones. They haven't bent at all and I've run over water meters, rocks, etc... So, if you can't find someone to make them, just get the thick ones from Lowes are you'll be fine!
 

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A “homemade” striping kit would be ok for a homeowner. A full season of homeowner mowing is only equal to a week or two of mowing for a full time operation. Not to mention the homeowner is probably a lot easier on his equipment.

With striping kits under $200, why would any lco even consider making one. When you factor in the time required to build, the time required to rebuild when it breaks (and it will if those brackets are only 1/8 inch thick), the downtime associated with it breaking on the job, the possible damage that would occur if one bracket breaks sending one end of the roller up into the mower.

Like Bastalker said, pay the $180 and save your time and headaches.

Qteam-I think Exmark is currently running a promotion. Anyone who buys a new Exmark ztr gets a striping kit or mulch kit FREE. Did your dealer not tell you this?
 

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Why make your own? Because it only takes less than 30 minutes to build/install the first one. If I ever need to build another, I could probably do it in 15 minutes. And, at $30, I could do this 5 times for what you pay for one on Ebay. If you want thicker brackets/mending plates, Lowe's sells plain old steel if you can cut it! Also, the mending plates I used, cut down to 3-4 inches long are about impossible to bend or break. They are attached to the "floating deck", so I really don't see how you can break them.
 

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jkr, I built a roller for my 52" eXmark TTHP and used a 40" wide 2.5" diameter roler from McMaster but had to weld 1.5" long peices of rod onto each end to make it wide enough for my deck. I made brackets from 3/16" thick steel, they look and work very good. I had to make the brackets so the hole for the roller is 1.5" in front of the holes for the original wheels. 2.5" was the biggest that would fit but the bigger the better, rolls over bumps easier without hanging up as much. Anyhow, the roller works very well. I saw those mending plates at lowe's, i'm positive i could bend them easily enough. I can be very abusive when i want to LOL. But I'm sure they would work fine if you don't try to bend them. I just want to know how a 39" roller was wide enough on a 52" deck? My 40" one wouldn't reach on the 52" deck. Maybe your brackets are closer together?
 

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only problem I ahve is I can only mow at 4.5 or 5 inches..any lower and it supports the weight of the deck..Ill have to make a diff bracket so it sits higher

 

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I just ordered a 12" x 24" strip of 1/4" Neoprene rubber from McMaster. Figure with it being as the hardness of tire rubber i can mount it with some angle iron with rivets through the rubber to the angle iron then have the iron actually stay at the same vertical height...but the rubber will bend when the deck is raise or lowered. Not to mention i don't really have to worry about any roller breaking or anything. Should only take one 6" strip so no problem with replacing. either that or i could fold the strip over so it's like twice as thick about half way down then the bottom inch or two would be single thickness.

i'll let ya'll know how it turns out.
 
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