The Kombi has been upgraded. This is Mk3, but initially we wonder what has changed. It's the same stainless-steel chassis, same adjustable handlebars, same 12V diaphragm pump and the 25-litre paint tank still comes with a basket filter.
But Kombi 3 now comes with a wheeled knib-style attachment as standard, giving adjustable line widths. Perhaps more importantly it means that straight from the box the marker can be used on a variety of sports surfaces including grass, hard surfaces and synthetics.
Under the bonnet is a new lithium-ion battery with LED display so you can instantly see how much charge remains. The intelligent charge point cuts off when fully charged. A new pressure manifold system allows the level to be lowered to 18psi for quick top-up marking. Pipework is jointed, so it swivels rather than kinks, and a clean water tank at the back means everything can be rinsed through and cleaned within 10-15 seconds. Use warm water for thorough cleaning.
The knib can be pulled away from the spray position and stored on top of the bonnet for safe transport. A built-in ruler helps you to quickly check your nozzle length and adjust as needed. Another clever feature is the ability to use bagged paints by the addition of a holder or straddling the top with a saddle bag. As before, the Kombi can additionally be fitted with spray boom and hand lances.
"It's all quickly and easily adjusted and certainly gives lots of options for a mobile crew," says Hopkins. "Everything you need in one package - and it will mark from the side." Fleet now offers free upgrades for the Kombi 3 and Ki machines.
Line widths: 1.5-6in
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.