Your walk-behind pavement marketing system is reliable, and it gets the job done quickly and easily. But don’t ask it to stripe a larger parking lot or bike path, and definitely a road of any size is out of its league. When asked to do the bigger jobs, though, contractors have three choices. Try to do the job with their smaller, less-productive machines; take a pass on the project altogether; or move up in the striping world into a machine that will accommodate both the smaller and larger jobs.
Three manufacturers immediately come to mind when discussing these “transitional” units: EZ-Liner, Kelly-Creswell, and M-B Companies.
“These machines are a great transitional investment for painting larger parking lots, relates Rob Krommendyk, project manager for EZ-Liner Industries. He’s referring to the company’s offering in this striper category, a single-operator, self-propelled airless striper mounted on a Cushman chassis.
“The power pack, a Honda gas engine that powers a hydraulic pump and compressor, is located at the rear of the machine,” he says, talking about some key features and benefits. “This means that the exhaust and noise being generated is as far away from the operator as can be physically possible. The convenient controls feature automatic line pattern programming and footage counters, with gallon counters as an option.”
He continues, “A two-wheel reversible gun carriage mounted in front of the driver allows for an ergonomic operating position, reducing stress and fatigue while increasing accuracy and performance.”
Just how much an operator can stripe in any given day depends on the requirements of the particular striping contract or job and mobilization requirements, Krommendyk adds. “Under normal conditions, this machine is capable of applying more than 25 linear miles, or 132,000 ft., of 4-in.-wide, 15 wet mil reflectorized thickness line in an eight hour day.” The project manager notes that the effort would require a refill of paint and glass beads (if used) about once an hour, or eight times throughout the work day. Paint can be loaded manually or transferred from a paint drum or tote using the on-board, high-pressure paint pump.
Krommendyk says that in comparison to the average walk-behind model, the S-Pro AL50 striper holds ten times the paint capacity and is able to apply paint at twice the application speed. “This means contractors can put down much more paint in less time. If there’s work out there, the return on investment will soon follow.”
Additional equipment options for this unit include a pole gun attachment that allows the operator to apply paint and beads simultaneously, a selection of paint and bead heads, and a second paint pump option for quick and easy color transitions.
EZ Liner offers two other single-operator stripers, including the truck-mounted model AL240. “These models are especially popular as replacement upgrades to the self-propelled ride-on type single operator stripers originally designed to straddle the center line while painting,” Krommendyk adds. At the other end of the capacity spectrum is the company’s Pro Series 1300, a hydraulic-driven walk-behind unit with up to 12-gallon paint capacity and a pressurized bead system.
M-B Companies also offers a golf cart-type pavement marking system, the model 260ACL Airless Striper. Set on a Toro Workman 3200 chassis, this unit features a 31-hp gasoline engine and has a top speed of nearly 20 mph, with a striping speed of up to 10 mph. The paint system has a 60-gallon capacity and comes with three Graco pumps and airless guns mounted on the side of the carriage. The glass system has 300 pound capacity and three glass guns.
“The Model 260 ACL would be best suited for a contractor looking either to break into the road marking market or expand his territory when current equipment can’t handle the workload,” says M-B sales manager Rose Shrimp. “This unit can be used for premarking, temporary marking, and permanent making jobs. With the stencil gun option, it will also allow the user to paint stencils.