Lawn Striper




This will show you how to stripe your yard like the professionals, and you'll save $100!

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Step 1: Gather

1. pvc pipe 3" thick and the width of the back wheels or slightly smaller.(see picture)

2. 3/4" thick plywood

3. 2 "eye" hooks big enough for 2 plastic ties to go through.

4. Several long plastic ties

5. drill

6. screwdriver

7. 3" hole saw (optional)

8. Gravel or sand.

Step 2: Cut the Pipe to Length

After cutting the pipe to length, cut the 2 end caps out of 3/4" plywood with a hole saw,jigsaw or band saw, unless you want to buy 2 pvc endcaps.

Step 3: Mount the Hooks

measure the distance between the 2 places you will be tying the striper to on the mower and drill 2 holes that distance apart on the pipe. Make sure the holes are slightly thinner than the screw part on the hooks.

Step 4: Fill It

screw one plywood cap or pvc cap to the one end of the pipe and fill it with gravel, sand, or anything that will give the pipe plenty of weight. Next, screw on the other plywood or pvc cap.

Step 5: Tie It On

Now you should be ready to tie it on.
You will need 2 very long plastic ties or some wire.
Keep it about 1 or 2 inches above the ground, and be careful not to tie it to close to the wheels so that you run over it when you back up. You may need to tie it back with something to prevent this (see picture).

Step 6: Mow!

Now you are ready to begin.
If you start from the road and drive toward the house it will make a light stripe and when you come back you will make a dark stripe. Be Creative. If you go over your yard going front to back and then go over it again going left and right, it will make squares, or diamonds. (see faintly in the picture).



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65 Discussions


3 years ago

thx for the inst. does anyone know how to make a zero turn cut better? engine runs fine, blades are sharp... just not getting a good cut. if so, could u plz make an inst on that? Thx


9 years ago on Introduction

thanks for your inst. i was at a farm supply getting a piece of belting (available in widths starting at 4", i was getting 6" X 3') and the guy asked if I was making a stripper. seems here they just add that behind the deck to stripe. This belting is bullet proof.

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5 years ago

it work's great.


7 years ago on Step 6

Very cool! I've always wondered how they did that! Thanks

Yeah but the effect isn't as dramatic because a push mower is much closer to the ground. You will have to hike it up a wee bit and do everything the same for your push mower. You could also always mount this on a broom stick and do it by hand.

If you would own a simplicity mower instead of a deere, you wouldnt have to make this. simplicity's have full width deck rollers built right on them.

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Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Go Green!!! Get rid of all that grass!!!! (grin) We here in Florida are trying to use less water and go green and natural. Plant only local plants, tolerant of your growing conditions. You don't need all that grass to mow.


9 years ago on Introduction

I always wondered how they did that. Thanks for the great tip.


9 years ago on Introduction

I've done this in the past, with good results. Someone else mentioned it, but I'll hit it again, make sure to alternate the cut for each mowing, Mow front to back one session, then the next side to side, the next sideways, the next front to back, and so on and so forth. Heck, get creative, I've done spiral cuts before, and those look pretty sweet from time to time, keeps the neighbors guessing, thats for sure. but I always just used a push mower, and the effect was visible. Not sure you really need the bar. I also agree that incorporating a mechanism for the weighted bar to raise and lower it is a good idea as well. Perhaps and old throttle cable would work well? I guess it really depends on the weight of your bar, and the way it would be adjusted. Thoughts anyone?


9 years ago on Introduction

That's awesome and so simple! I think I will surprise my old man next I mow the lawn


11 years ago on Introduction

here in northern illinois there are so many landscape companies that every third truck you see has a lawnmower on it, none of the landscapers here use stripers on their mowers they just get the lawn cut and get on to their next job. The mowers leave a nice even stripe from the direction they were moving while they were cutting the lawn

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Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

higher end mowers have a metal bar or roller at the back of the blade deck which gives the same effect but has practical purpose too... keeping the large deck level.


12 years ago on Step 6

Love the Windmill and the kissing Dutch couple! If ya ain't Dutch, then ya ain't much!

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Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

xD kissing dutch people? we don't kiss that much! but the windmills are true :P