One wheel velke and stripes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by xi_bowhunter, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. xi_bowhunter

    xi_bowhunter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Does a one wheel velke leave a wheel mark in your stripes? Considering buying one but before I do I would like to know for sure.
  2. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    Mine does. That's why I made a striping kit to try and make the stripe more uniform.
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    yep mine does also, if I had it to do over again...............would get a 2 wheeled one, they will track behind the rear drive wheels and also handle the weight better. The 2 cons I can think of ...........a 2nd tire to go flat and the extra cost of the initial purchase

  4. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    the one wheel can turn sharper too.
  5. xi_bowhunter

    xi_bowhunter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    thanks for the info. anyone have more pros and cons?
  6. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    Be extremely careful when backing up in reverse,i always hop off. Some of my guys have mastered backing up thou:laugh: :laugh:
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,929

    I have one that I no longer use. The first year I walked. Then I bought a one-wheeled Velke, used it for a couple of seasons, but only on scrappy yards. The good ones, I still walked because I didn't like the stripe down the middle. Then I bought a ProSlide and discovered my mower would not work with ProSlide. Then I bought a BullRider, two wheels that track behind my drive wheels on the w/b. No longer do I have the unsightly stripe down the middle, even though the two wheeled sulky makes for heavier tracking than without.

    I know of only one LCO in my area that continues to use a one-wheeled sulky. In general his work is so horrible, the stripe doesn't detract much. Everybody else has moved to two-wheeled sulkies for their w/b.

    I really like the BullRider -- use it in trailer mode (caster mode will not work with my mower, for the same reason the ProSlide didn't work). My mower is a 36" Exmark Viking, hydro drive.

    I would give somebody my one-wheeled Velke if they would pick it up.
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Personally, I like the 'windowed' look you get from the 3rd stripe, not to mention the 1-wheeler never fishtails at high speed on straight aways (dunno what else to call it, but the 2x I used to have would wobble side-to-side, very annoying).

    Anyway, here's the 'windowed' thing:
    some people say it looks bad but I think it looks neat...
  9. prostriper

    prostriper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    I have never used one myself (haven't run a walk-behind in years) But I have heard real good things about the pro-slide. It is a no wheeled sulky that is suposed to enhance striping of walk-behinds.
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I have the one wheeled velke and I like the stripping affect the middle wheel gives. Customers like it too so its a win win for all!!

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