Not everyone has a shed so Fleet developed this for people who need to transport a marker in a car boot and perhaps store it in a cupboard. It shares some of the features of the Kombi 3 - same battery, pressure manifold, diaphragm pump and stainless steel arms and chassis - but its chief benefit is the way it folds down into a compact package.
Until you get used to it, it seems a bit of a Chinese puzzle to open up again. First fold out the telescopic handles and lock into a suitable position. Pull out the frame and push in the apron support. Position the deflector discs and pull out the nozzle. Actually, it's quite clever.
Like the Kombi 3, Ki will mark grass, synthetics and hard surfaces. Simply attach the bag, purge and start marking. Because it is a sealed bag, you can leave it and have tea. You should get between three and five pitches out of a bag, depending on walking speed. After use, disconnect the bag, pump through with water by pushing on the plunger then fold back down for storage.
"This one is going to appeal to the schools market - I can see the PE staff using it," says Hopkins. "There are a few little 'things' on it but it is very clever and neat. I like the nozzle tip cleaner - useful."
Line widths: 1.5-6in
Price: £342 + VAT
Tel: Fleet (Line Markers) - 01684 573535
Tested This Issue
Fleet Kombi 3
Supaturf TXE 353 & TXE 606
Rigby Taylor iGO Advance & iGO Mini
Pitchmark Eco Club & Eco Pro
Trevor Hopkins, head groundsman, Farnborough Sixth-Form College, Hampshire
For many groundsmen, line marking is one of those tedious jobs that has to be done - and done all too regularly. But with the right machine for the job, the conditions and the operator, lines can be produced effortlessly and accurately.
Transfer or wheel-to-wheel markers remain hugely popular, perhaps partly because of their attractive price but also because of their simplicity. There is little to go wrong and if you look after the machine it will give you many years of service. That does not mean they are not without issues. Metal ones can rust. Some can be difficult to clean. In this test we look at two of the newest transfer markers to see what improvements have been made.
When you only want one marker to do all sizes of lines, on all types of surfaces and in all sorts of conditions, you cannot beat the spray marker. Easy to adjust to give lines of 1.5in up to 6in, capable of working on turf, hard and synthetic surfaces, and less likely to get bogged down in muddy conditions, the spray marker is seen as having advantages. Eight such markers join our test.
The test was conducted on the sports ground at Farnborough Sixth-Form College, where the excellent condition of winter games pitches and the summer cricket field bears witness to the expertise and skill of the grounds staff. Conditions on test day were warm and sunny.