Will the CheckMate™ Striping Kit fit my particular machine?
The versatility of our product is guaranteed. We are extremely confident that our adjustable hardware will allow the striping kit to be installed on virtually any ZTR mower. To connect the system to the mower frame, you simply need two 3/8" holes; one on each side of the frame. Each CheckMate™ system is shipped with two pivot, or sometimes referred to as stripper bolts, that need to be installed on each side of the mower frame. The holes must be in the same position on each side of the frame. The extension arms that extend from the CheckMate™ framing material need to be adjusted to the width of your mower frame and connected to the pivot bolts. Once mounted, the striping kit operates independently of the mower itself and is allowed to 'float' up and down with the contours of the lawn.
Each CheckMate™ system is shipped with two extension arms that literally slide up and down a rail (channel) attached to the CheckMate™ roller. This channel allows for infinite possibilities in terms of the varying frame widths that the system may be installed to.
What does it mean that 'existing' bolts may be used in the side (or underside) of my mower frame?
Many ZTR's have existing holes and/or bolts mounted in the mower frame. In the event that there is an existing bolt in the frame that will allow for an opportune mounting location, than you may eliminate the need to drill the two required holes to mount the system. A bolt that is currently seated in the frame may be removed and replaced with a longer bolt that will ultimately create a 'post' for the CheckMate™ system to pivot from. The bolt may need to be reversed so that the 'post' protrudes towards the outside of the frame. The original function of the bolt is not compromised after tightening with nuts and/or lock washers; the new 'length' is the only characteristic that has changed.
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 6-8" 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 measures from the mid-point of the left drive tire to the mid-point of the right drive tire (approximately). 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. The heavy compression from the ZTR's wide wheel base will complete the overall width of the stripe.
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.