Manufactured from scratch in Bristol, the Classic-100 uses high-quality materials. For instance, 2ml and 3ml steel is used throughout and the frame is triple powder-coated for durability. The one-piece tank is fully seam welded and polished. It comfortably holds 18 litres of paint - enough for two adult pitches - and has a tip-back drain hole at the rear.
The centre wheel is solid rubber on a steel shaft. Pitchmark calls it a polyroller. There should be years of life in it and, importantly, it eliminates rattle as it moves against the two steel transfer wheels. These wheels have spokes for weight reduction and the front wheel has a sturdy but adjustable scraper.
To avoid the nuisance of punctures, Pitchmark has opted to ride the machine on solid wheels. Slightly soft and very broad, they make flat contact with the ground to leave no depressions or marks. A clever detail is the shaft blocks to prevent the rotating wheels from damaging the tank.
"It looks easy to maintain. That's important," notes Hopkins. "Everything you need to work on can be easily removed with R-clips and I like the height-adjustable handlebars. No one wants to be uncomfortable when they are marking." He is also impressed with both the stability and manoeuvrability of the unit. "The wheels are wide and softish so they ride well, even over muddy ground."
While Pitchmark is targeting all levels of sports provision, Hopkins believes mobile crews might find this one a little heavy to lift in and out of vans. But he does see it being a hit with site-based grounds staff and particularly with stadia. The Classic-100 is also available in 120mm version
Line widths: 100mm
Price: £400 + VAT
Tel: Pitchmark - 01454 776666