Be aware of state laws that limit per-axle weight, along with federal laws that pertain to the relationship between axle ratings and wheelbase length, he adds. Look for the manufacturer to provide assistance in these and other areas and make the appropriate suggestions.
Indeed, as the above manufacturers explain, the first step in buying a striper is matching it to your application, and the key work there is productivity. A less costly palletized striper is better suited for smaller jobs whereas a larger, truck-mounted unit will have the required capacity, speed and appropriate bells and whistles to accommodate large highway projects.
There are other considerations, as well. Do you want an airless or air spray unit? The above manufactures offer both, with the price tag for airless being a little steeper since the technology requires 800 to 1,200 psi to atomize the paint. If the job calls for thermoplastic striping, then melters and kettles become part of the equation to heat powdered material so it can be sprayed onto the surface.
Don’t anguish too much over your buying decision, though. Contact the above manufacturers for more information and help in determining the right machine for your application.
Based in Neenah, WI, Rod Dickens is a freelance writer specializing in the construction industry.