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wright stander stripe question

Discussion in 'Marketplace' started by duramax0387, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. duramax0387

    duramax0387 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    i have a 2003 wright stander 52 inch and i was wondering what i can do to get my stripes more noticable. i just ordered a set of hevy duty high lifts and gator blades. just waiting for them to come in. shouls that do it?

  2. mtchockey30

    mtchockey30 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 231

    I dont think that that will help any.. I have a 52 stander as well and it stripes pretty good. The key you are going to have to mow the same path a few times for the stripes to get pretty noticeable. Say, 3 times one way and then 3 in another direction and keep trading off. It also depends on how you deck is set up, "the lower your deck the more it will stripe however, the more you will hit stuff on the ground due to the ground clearance.
  3. duramax0387

    duramax0387 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    thanks. jw cause i got a set of the gator magnums for my bobcat and noticed a diff. just curious about the stander. i just bought it so i dnt know much of them.
  4. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    I am going to disagree on almost everything you said.

    Yes going over the same stripe over and over will make a deeper stripe. My high lift blades leave a much darker stripe than my mediums as well. The lower the deck is, the less of a stripe you will leave. The stripe is from the sun light reflecting off of the grass blades. The longer the grass the more the stripes can be bent in opposite directions.
  5. mtchockey30

    mtchockey30 LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 231

    U are not disagreeing with everything I am saying at all you are actually saying what I just said but in a different view. However, the lower the deck the MORE of a stripe it WILL make. This is because the deck will fold the grass over more than a higher deck. (just like what a stripe kit does, ex. rollers, chains, rubber) The stripe is from the mower laying the grass over, the sun is not the cause of the stripe, the mower laying the grass over at an angle in opposite directions gives the striping pattern. The sun shows different shadows bc of the grass being flattened in different directions. The stripe is not a result of the sun more a reaction due to the grass being flattened in dif. directions and then viewing it.

    The lower the deck DOES NOT mean the lower the cut. I agree longer grass can look to be striped better.

    I will not comment on the different types of blades leaving better stripes.. maybe I will a little.. I have not noticed a difference. But I have not used gator or high lift all that much. lol

    I am tired now and do not know if any of that made any sence
  6. Shasta Lake Landscaping

    Shasta Lake Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    Depends on what kinda grass too. I assume you'll be cutting thin northern grasses like I do, so I say yes, becuase I notice a big difference. As well as how fast I can go without leaving stringers, and clumping is less, if its an issue, if not there's a difference in clipping dispersal. Another thing is, I'm not sure about gator high lifts, I'm comparing standard med lift to standard high lift.
  7. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Sorry but I have to disagree with all of that...


    I have posted a picture of a lawn that was mowed using a factory 2005 WS5225 Wright Stander mower that is 100% factory. The only thing on it that doesn't come factory are the Scag High-Lift blades on it. This lawn is a single cut lawn, which means we didn't mow it three times to get these results, however you can see stripes from the prior weeks in it. This lawn is cut at 3" in length, we set out blades low in the deck, but we keep the deck high, which also makes it easier for climbing curbs. The high-lift blades will really help your cut quality alot, as for the Gator Blades. We only run them during clean ups for a reason - to mulch leaves. I have never been pleased with the way the lawn looks after running Gator Blades.

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  8. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Funny ...I disagree with EVERYONE. Sure cutting in the same direction will shade it...and rut it....and make the grass grow in one direction. Cutting lower may or may not increase stripes. Cutting higher may or may not increase stripes. Its how you GROW the grass. Remember...if you have any ruts at all....your stripes dont count.
  9. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Not that these are good pics....but the point is...I cut in a different direction every time. Height 2.75" Just a well set up 36" wb. There are no ruts at all...not even 1/2" depressions. If you grow the grass plant gently...striping is no problem.


  10. duramax0387

    duramax0387 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    thanks for all the help, just wanted to see what eveybodies opinion was. great work also.

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