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  • Made my own Striping kit

    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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    cool that was fast getting photobucket to work

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

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    • #3
      good idea and it works. So how much did that set you back?

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      • #4
        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!

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        • #5
          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.

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          • #6
            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!

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            • #7
              That is very cool!

              Now that you made it and have tried it out, what would you like to alter about it, if anything?
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              • #8
                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.

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                • #9
                  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!

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                  • #10
                    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!
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                    3 -8'2" Boss V-Plows
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                    • #11
                      Do you ever find that you need to engage the striper and then disengage it? Or no?
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                      • #12
                        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.

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                        • #13
                          What's your view on this type of design versus a roller? Do you think they perform differently or no?
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                          • #14
                            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.

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                            • #15
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                              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.

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