Handmade in the UK, the Club is a spray marker that does it all yet is simple to set up and use - and it uses just one tub of paint to mark up to six pitches.
Designed for amateur and professional clubs, this spray marker is adaptable. In the Club form it is intended for use on sites with four or five pitches and can be used with Pitchmark's ready-to-use Ecoline+, Clubline and Extreme paints.
The Pro comes with a tank, making it suitable for ready-to-use and dilutable concentrates. The machines can also be used with other concentrated or low-volume ready-to-use paints from other manufacturers - simply choose from a range of nozzles and then use on turf, hard or synthetic surfaces.
These machines are strong. You can stand on them and they do not break. The construction and materials all shout quality. The chassis is zinc coated. We are also impressed at the ease with which the spray head can be moved from centre to left or right of the machine - the head assembly simply slides out for repositioning.
There is a three-stage filter system covering the probe, the line and the nozzle. The discs follow the ground and for travel they lock in a safe position. That impresses Hopkins. "I remember when I was in a mobile team, the spray heads were always smashing off in the van," he says. "It's a great idea to be able to position them out of harm's way. It's a robust sprayer and it's got clear piping so you can see when there is a problem."
Carried on pneumatic wheels, the markers are highly manoeuvrable. Maintenance is also straightforward. There is an on-board nozzle brush and the tank has a sump to enable the probe to draw out the last drop of paint. It can be pressure washed.
Many accessories are available including LineFix sockets - a dot-to-dot system to save time measuring.
Line widths: 2-6in
Price: £635 + VAT (Club)/£735 + VAT (Pro)
Tel: Pitchmark - 01454 776666
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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.