View Full Version : RD Lawn Care Stripes, Mower

09-15-2012, 10:36 AM
What do you guys think? I made them on my 48" 2004 Simplicity Citation, my start up mower. I realized the deck was pitched higher in the front and read that it robs horsepower and does not stripe well, so I pitched it 1/4" lower in the front (All of these pictures are taken before the pitch adjustment was made). I redid these after (These pictures are first attempt), and it turned out even better, but that was with dull blades, so I believe with sharp blades now I could churn out some pretty sick stripes. They were made with the built in roller, which for some reason won't go down far enough to my liking (Any suggestions?). But anyways, what do you think, and how can I improve?

Apex Lawn & Landscape
09-15-2012, 12:28 PM
Looks good! Careful with lowering the rollers on the back of the deck too much, when you turn..if too low they will dig into yard sideways . I find that my best stripes pop at about 3- 3 1/4" with a double cut..check out my pictures

09-16-2012, 07:38 AM
Speaking of stripes, I have a toro timecutter and it leaves absolutly no stripes at all. Is there any way that I can adjust the deck to atleast get some striping?

Apex Lawn & Landscape
09-16-2012, 08:39 AM
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You can look into a striper kit for your mower, it's a set of rollers for the rear of your deck .. All stripes are is the way the grass is laying . Keep the sun at your back to see stripes. There are also some threads on here talking about home made stripers with PVC .. My tank has a roller bar and my walk behind has an industrial grade piece of rubber that just pushes on the grass.

09-16-2012, 11:11 AM
Not the cheapest method, but in the videos they made with it it sure looks nice.


09-16-2012, 03:34 PM

They sell striping kits.

09-19-2012, 07:59 AM
Has anyone ever used one of those stripe kits?

I know toro sells a stripe kit for my mower, but I haven't read very good things about it.

09-19-2012, 08:21 AM
Never used one but the demos look pretty good. Its a roller system that you can raise or lower depending on the pressure you want to put on the grass.