Rose notes that a contractor could do between 25 to 30 miles of a single color in a day with this machine. For contractors wanting to step up into larger capacity single-operator, self-propelled units, M-B companies has two options - the Models 245 and 260RS. Powered by a 60-hp liquid-cooled gasoline engine, the Model 245 features two 60-gal. paint tanks along with two front and one right paint and glass guns. Its larger counterpart, the Model 260RS, features a full view enclosed cab with heater and air conditioning, a top road speed of 30 mph, and a floating carriage for constant pavement alignment.
The Kelly-Creswell WV-50C-AL Miniliner Striper is another single-operator, self-propelled unit that fits an affordable niche for contractors who want the performance of larger truck-mounted units without the commensurate price tag. The WV-50C-AL comes standard with a 300-lb. bead tank, two paint and two bead guns, a programmable electronic skipline controller and a flashing safety light. The unit is set up to accommodate a 55-gal. drum of paint.
"This machine is ideal for center and edge line highway striping," says Don Hollon, company sales manager. "A contractor should consider adding this unit to his lineup for striping smaller cities, villages, or even long distances of roadways." A striping speed of 10 mph and over-the-road speed of 25 mph gives it productivity at an affordable price, he adds, noting that it is available with either a conventional air atomized or high-pressure airless system. An edgeline carriage, hand paint and bead guns, loading pump assembly, and canopy top with or without a windshield are among its options.
Hollon says Kelly-Creswell has a complete line of stripers starting with its base portable model, the Heavy Duty Model C, all the way up to three sizes of truck-mounted stripers.
Contractors less interested in striping city streets and roads and more interested in speeding up completion time for their smaller projects can consider converting their walk-behind stripers to ride-on machines.
"These units are ideal for striping larger parking lots, airports, and bike paths," says Graco's,Tim Wehner, worldwide business development manager, contractor equipment division, referring to the company's LineDriver HD. The unit, powered by a 200 cc Honda engine and with a top speed of 10 mph, connects to the company's LineLazerIV striper.
"Using the LineDriver HD is twice as productive as using a walk-behind striper alone, and a patented dual pedal forward and reverse system allows the operator to change directions quickly and effortlessly for consistent lines, he adds. Fine Line Industries also offers a powered unit that attaches to its walk-behind striper.
Again, conversion riders add productivity in a very cost-effective way. These units, as well as dedicated single-operator riders, give contractors flexibility to take on bigger jobs without having to make an investment in a truck- or skid-mounted unit. That day may come, and if and when it does, these smaller stripers will likely have provided the means to that end.