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PineHillLawn
04-08-2012, 08:31 PM
I have a Scag Freedom Z 61" and while it strips on it's own fairly well I wanted to get a striping kit, but at $400 I just couldn't do it yet. So I made my own, I'm not a welder so came up with a bolt on version that works pretty good. The Freedom Z has two holes that were drilled in the motor surround already so I just used those. I went to Home Depot and bought a heavy rubber floor mat used in bars. It's 36" wide and I can get 3 strips out of it should it tear. Then I bought some L-Brackets, a couple flat steel brackets and a piece of perforated alum. angle. Bolted it all on and this is what I have. It really works preety good and until I can afford the $400 spring loaded one this will do. I'm pretty pleased that after just 3 mows the stips are starting t show pretty good.


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willshome
04-08-2012, 08:46 PM
cool that was fast getting photobucket to work

Nice tail how is the weight of it does it push the grass down well

SECTLANDSCAPING
04-08-2012, 08:47 PM
good idea and it works. So how much did that set you back?

PineHillLawn
04-08-2012, 09:04 PM
good idea and it works. So how much did that set you back?

So far, like I said its only my third time mowing with it, so going in one direction and then the other and back, I think it's starting to do a pretty good job for a homeade one. I think the $400 roller would do better but this is what it is right now. I still need to cut off the long "ears" so I don't catch on anything but it's working pretty good.

I spent just about $55 total, but $30 of that was the mat alone, and I bought more bolts than I really needed so I probably had less in it than that!

PineHillLawn
04-08-2012, 09:05 PM
cool that was fast getting photobucket to work

Nice tail how is the weight of it does it push the grass down well

Yeah thanks for the info on the Photobucket, that works great and is easy to use.

CHEESE2009
04-09-2012, 12:38 PM
I was just thinking about custom striping kits... Cool man!

Anyway, why don't you weave a bar through the last set of holes for extra weight if that's what you're going for?



I'm trying to find designs for my zero turn that uses a broom head. All I've got is a hitch that's vertical, so I need to plan carefully lol.


Party on!

Steve
04-09-2012, 05:05 PM
That is very cool!

Now that you made it and have tried it out, what would you like to alter about it, if anything?

PineHillLawn
04-09-2012, 07:43 PM
That is very cool!

Now that you made it and have tried it out, what would you like to alter about it, if anything?

I think just a heavier version is what I would change. I think the weight of the mat is decent but if I doubled it up, at least at the bottom, it might show up better on the lawn. I like that it's cheap and does a fair job at striping, however I still think the springloaded one that is sold would work better, just not ready to fork over $400 for it till I get more jobs lined up.

Hedgemaster
04-09-2012, 11:21 PM
Nice job on that.

I may have to use this idea and modify it for my Toro push mower!

Last year I had to replace the flap on the back (It's called a "trailing shield") and it cost me $26!

ringahding1
04-10-2012, 06:03 AM
That is a great idea! My Zmaster is the only machine without a stripe kit and you are right about the price of a roller kit****RIDICULOUS! Great Job!

Steve
04-10-2012, 01:19 PM
Do you ever find that you need to engage the striper and then disengage it? Or no?

PineHillLawn
04-10-2012, 02:46 PM
Do you ever find that you need to engage the striper and then disengage it? Or no?



Some yards it's not necessary to stripe, simply because the grass is mostly weeds. I can remove it pretty easy if I need to with just 4 nuts and bolts but so far I haven't felt the need to take it off. Even if I don't think the yard is going to stripe, it doesnt get in the way so I just leave it on, for now.

Steve
04-11-2012, 12:41 PM
What's your view on this type of design versus a roller? Do you think they perform differently or no?

PineHillLawn
04-11-2012, 06:18 PM
What's your view on this type of design versus a roller? Do you think they perform differently or no?


From what I've seen, yeah a roller is better, especially if you get the factory made ones that are spring loaded. The simple reason is, it would be factory made to fit your machine and the spring provides more downward pressure to "train" the grass faster. I've looked at several pictures the Scag does with the factory striper, and I think IMO, the roller does help more so than my version. It's more of an even blade fall than mine produces. However, for those of us who can't afford to shell out $400 for the roller, this is an inexpensive way to acomplish the same thing, even if it's not as pronounced.

Hedgemaster
04-11-2012, 06:29 PM
[QUOTE=Steve;106108]What's your view on this type of design versus a roller? Do you think they perform differently or no?[/QUOTE


From what I've seen, yeah a roller is better, especially if you get the factory made ones that are spring loaded. The simple reason is, it would be factory made to fit your machine and the spring provides more downward pressure to "train" the grass faster. I've looked at several pictures the Scag does with the factory striper, and I think IMO, the roller does help more so than my version. It's more of an even blade fall than mine produces. However, for those of us who can't afford to shell out $400 for the roller, this is an inexpensive way to acomplish the same thing, even if it's not as pronounced.

Yeah, it's essentially doing the same as the "flap" on the back of a push mower.

Heck. I may try and rig something similar up to my walk behind if it doesn't get in the way.

PineHillLawn
04-13-2012, 10:22 PM
[QUOTE=PineHillLawn;106121]

Yeah, it's essentially doing the same as the "flap" on the back of a push mower.

Heck. I may try and rig something similar up to my walk behind if it doesn't get in the way.


Thats just it, its a flap style and while I think it works fine for the time being, I hope I can get the roller soon to make them really pop. I do think its great for someone on a budget to make themselves. Just a few bolts and a bar floor mat and you get a pretty heavy stripe kit that will work.

Steve
04-16-2012, 07:12 PM
If you were to experiment making one with a roller, have you thought about how you would do it? Or how you would ad some spring tension to it??

PineHillLawn
04-16-2012, 07:46 PM
If you were to experiment making one with a roller, have you thought about how you would do it? Or how you would ad some spring tension to it??


Yeah I've thought a piece of PVC pipe with either sand or cement inside then a couple of arms coming down so the PVC can roll. I havent really worked it out on paper or anything, just a thought right now, but if you put a threaded rod through the center so it could let it spin I think would be a good choice. I'm not sure yet on a spring but I'm sure it could be done.

The real question is, would it be cheaper to go through all that rather than just buy a factory made one?

boog
06-06-2012, 11:17 AM
pvc gets beat to death i tried it on a deere 757 laid nice stripes for a week then it feel apart i had a metal pipe on the inside and it got bent bad
good thick rubber on the back of the deck works good

SECTLANDSCAPING
06-06-2012, 11:39 AM
Yeah I've thought a piece of PVC pipe with either sand or cement inside then a couple of arms coming down so the PVC can roll. I havent really worked it out on paper or anything, just a thought right now, but if you put a threaded rod through the center so it could let it spin I think would be a good choice. I'm not sure yet on a spring but I'm sure it could be done.

The real question is, would it be cheaper to go through all that rather than just buy a factory made one?
I made mine so it rolls without a rod. Just used screws and washers with a chain. It cost under $10 to make but I had a few parts on hand. So far I been using it almost a month without any problems.
http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=16547

Island Lawn Care
06-06-2012, 07:08 PM
good design! i love it. i like it because u can go in reverse and not run it over. i wonder if you add a second peice of rubber right on top and make it 2 inches or so longer if it would improve it. it would make it heavier and have more surface area of rub/lay. just a thaught. thanks for sharing. i would like to design and make one myself but i think i dislike the Pipe style/method. this sqeegee method seems good.

PineHillLawn
06-06-2012, 09:33 PM
good design! i love it. i like it because u can go in reverse and not run it over. i wonder if you add a second peice of rubber right on top and make it 2 inches or so longer if it would improve it. it would make it heavier and have more surface area of rub/lay. just a thaught. thanks for sharing. i would like to design and make one myself but i think i dislike the Pipe style/method. this sqeegee method seems good.

It worked fairly good for a homemade job, and your right, more weight would definetly be better. I finally decided I should look more professional both in looks and quality provided and got a factory one. It's amazing! I don't think the one I made would ever get the stripes going like the factory one does. Right outta the gate it made a huge improvement!!!! $400 is a lot to spend but now I'm done monkey'n around trying to get the homemade to get good results.