"If I were a contractor looking to buy a pallet unit, I would consider using drums exclusively and not buying tanks. This saves money, upwards of several thousand dollars for a stainless steel tank, not to mention cleanup time."
Treon offers one more important tip for pallet unit buyers. "I advise customers to load the unit on a cab-over truck with a 15,000- to 17,000-lb. GVW. This truck offers more capacity than a pickup and better visibility to see the pointer. Sitting higher also allows the driver to keep the pointer closer to the truck and further away from traffic. A laser pointer is a nice option to consider."
As mentioned above, all the manufacturers offer an array of options for buyers, but as their spokespeople point out, when just getting into the market, the bells and whistles are less important than understanding the market and buying the right equipment to match it. "Contractors don't have to buy a brand new machine, either," MRL's Shinners reminds readers. "Many times we suggest a good used unit. The move is more affordable and gives the contractor an opportunity to test the market without a large investment."
Either way, you don't have to decide alone. Visit your dealer and even the manufacturer. "We invite customers in to sit down with our engineers and go through features and requirements step by step," Muellenbach says.
Once you know the target market, these requirements will be easily identifiable and help you determine the type and size of striper you need and how it is to be equipped.
Based in Neenah, WI, Rod Dickens is a freelance writer specializing in the construction industry.