Forum Title: Aligning the front wheel
Hey guys! Did anyone come up with a smart way of aligning the front wheel of your striper? Any better way then just pushing your machine over a chalk line and trying to adjust the wheel? I find this method is not accurate and subjective.
Category: Paving Post By: GORDON BANKS (Pharr, TX), 12/05/2019

I found the most accurate way to straighten the front wheel is to loosen the bolt but still have a little pressure on it. In a open are drive or walk forward. You will feel the machine pull to one side or the other. Push on the handle bars on the side its leaning too. Go forward again and see if you have straighten it. In this process never use the front wheel release. Once you are happy with the straightness of the machine. Lean the machine back so the front wheel is in the air. Grasp the bracket that unlock the front wheel and hold it so it cant move. Then slow and easy tighten the 3/4 bolt on the wheel to lock the caster. If you have a new machine in the last few year, loosen the bolt. which ever way the machine is drifting, loosen that side screw and tighten the other side screw. A little movement goes a long way,

- TARA LOWE (Bell Gardens, CA), 01/31/2020

I had a machine get out of alignment last job of last year. I found the flattest surface I could find and snapped a line, loosened the primary nut and turned the adjustment screws. Pretty simple, took 5 minutes. And, you are right that because of pavement condition, adjustments are subjective. You have to take that into account and remember that EVERY parking lot is different so If you do your level best to align the machine on the level you should have confidence when you arrive on your next job knowing that your alignment lot was much flatter than what you're getting ready to stripe. At least that's how I think about it.

- JONATHAN FLORES (Chattanooga, TN), 01/31/2020

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