Question about striping

Discussion in 'eXmark' started by Gaturf, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Gaturf

    Gaturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Ive heard that an Exmark can stripe a lawn with out a striping kit? Is this True, I think i read it on this site. There was something about lowering the pitch by 1/4"? can anyone tell me if this is true and if so how do i set my mower up to do it.

  2. eXmark

    eXmark Manufacturer / Sponsor
    Messages: 4,258

    Hello Gaturf,
    You are correct that you should be able to make the eXmark deck stripe, even without the addition of a striping roller, however the striping roller takes all of the 'work' out of it, and will typically give you a much deeper, longer lasting stripe.

    First, depending on the size of your deck, you've got to have the appropriate rake. Rake is measured off of the blades; positive rake is when the front blade tip is lower than the rear blade tip. The following are good starting positive rakes.

    72: 1/4"+
    60: 1/4"
    52" 3/16"
    48" 1/8"
    44" 1/8"-

    You'll also want to run the standard blades (Notched-High lift), for typically the best results.

    Some other things to consider are the turf itself. Southern grasses don't typically stripe well. Northern grasses will usually stripe well if the turf is healthy and properly fertilized. If you don't have a healthy well fertilized turf, it may not even stripe with a roller, or at least won't hold the stripe very long.

    I hope this helps. Let us know if you have any questions.

  3. Gaturf

    Gaturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    thanks for the tip! Its sounds like more trouble than its worth. Maybe ill just buy a kit. thanks for your help.


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