Prior to selecting the proper size CheckMate™ for your particular application, please consider the following: Residential use will allow you to go with a larger CheckMate™ striping kit that more closely aligns with the size of your mower deck. At a minimum, the CheckMate™ should be 4-8" smaller than your mower deck. A unit of this size will allow you to mow along permanent landscape architecture without rubbing or snagging the unit. Furthermore, being that one person (the homeowner) is normally the only individual operating the mower with the CheckMate™ installed, greater care and attention may be provided. Commercial users should consider sacrificing some size of the roller so that they may continue to mow quickly and efficiently. It is often suggested that commercial contractors select a unit that more closely aligns with the outside width of the rear drive tires. A unit of this size (typically 33" to 39") will be tucked in behind the drive tires and will allow operators to continue mowing quickly around trees and other permanent landscape architecture, such as retaining walls. Although sacrificing some size with a smaller unit, the benefits of using a smaller unit will far out weigh those of using a full width unit while mowing in the field.
If the CheckMate™ is smaller than my mower deck, will I see a difference in the striping pattern?
No. The intent of the CheckMate™ roller is to enhance the natural grain placed on the grass from the mower. Certainly, some mowers are capable of placing more grain or stripe in the grass than others, but the roller should be considered a ‘tool’ to enhance the overall look. The CheckMate™ will enhance the most important part of the stripe – the middle. From there the enhanced stripe created by the CheckMate™ roller will ‘blend’ with the natural grain created by the mower deck. Stripes will become darker and better defined with each additional mowing as you begin to train the grass to bend in a particular direction. Aesthetically, the human eye will have a very difficult time differentiating where the stripe from the roller ends and where it begins to blend with the grain created by the mower.
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