Scag Striping Kit?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Duke08, May 3, 2012.

  1. Duke08

    Duke08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Anyone have a turf tiger with a striping kit? i know they stripe well without them just wondering if anyone has one and how much better are the stripes?
  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    The stripes are better. I bought the Tiger striping kit when I bought my mower. It does a better job but the terrain has to be fairly smooth. No sharp angle changes as the kit is spring loaded and can only be pushed up so far before it binds and you're stuck with the wheels spinning going nowhere. You can not load or unload the mower from the trailer with it on. It doesn't take a lot of time to install or remove but it becomes a pain to deal with after awhile. I only use it on my lawn and that's once in a blue moon anymore. Make sure the deck has enough pitch. If it's a larger 61in deck, go at minimum, 3/8in if not a 1/2 in. of pitch. Any mower with the deck set right will stripe. Some of the nicest looking lawns I've seen in my area are cut by the homeowner using a box store riding mower!
  3. Duke08

    Duke08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I like the concept of it being spring loaded, but the whole taking it on and off everytime would get old. Do they not have something from the seat you can raise it up for transporting it?
  4. chips17

    chips17 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 81

    i didnt have to take mine off or put it in the up position when i went on the trailer. its stripes nice but does become a pain to deal with after a while. i actually just broke mine tonight, i moved it from my TT to my cheetah and the brackets were different. so i ended up bending the brackets while working today.
    They are pretty expensive for what they do. and after one or 2 times on a lawn the stripes dont get much better
  5. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,777

    Does it not come with a roller on rear of deck like the Vride?
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  6. Duke08

    Duke08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Yeah one of my buddys has 2 turf tigers without the striping kit and they stripe pretty good I must say. Didnt know if it was worth the extra time and money or not.
  7. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    Had I known what it takes (for me anyway) to use it all day and putting it on and taking it off I would have saved the money. Go back to my first post and check the set up on the deck to see where it's at and make any necessary adjustments it may need. Proper pitch is the key to good stripes
  8. Mike Blevins

    Mike Blevins LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,387

    If putting down excellent stripes is what your looking to do then I would recommend the Scag striper. I have owned many Scags that would stripe great without a stripe kit but as soon as I put one on my Turf Tiger i was getting people coming up to me asking me to "make their yard look like that". The stripe kit has added alot more detail to the stripes on my customers lawns. Mt Turf Tiger has the Stripe kit and I leave it down all the time. I can load onto my trailer without any problems. I even jump curbs with it. nearly 1000 hours and I did bend it last week for the second time on a root sticking out of the ground. I backed up like I have a thousand times at this customers lawn and it caught on a root and bent it almost in a 9o degree angle. They do make for better stripes in my experience. The Scag will stripe good without one but they add more definition or "shading" to the stripes.
  9. Duke08

    Duke08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Thanks for the advice! Always appreciated
  10. Snapper Jack

    Snapper Jack LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    Got any pictures?

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