Considerations When Purchasing a Line Painting Machine / Line Striping Machines
When purchasing a line painting machine, or sometimes referred to as line striping machines, there is some important things to consider. Taking the time to answer the following questions can help to ensure that you choose the right line painting machine for your line striping projects.
How big are your line painting projects?
Taking into consideration the type of jobs you plan on doing, and the volume of work is probably the most important factor when choosing a line painting machine. A staffer at a school painting lines on a soccer or football field will have different needs than a contractor painting parking lots. The size of the jobs matter as well, a contractor painting the lines a big box stores like Walmart or Costco would have different requirements than one painting mostly small parking lots, strip malls etc.
If you are painting large parking lots or will have a high volume of jobs, you will want to consider a machine that will allow you to paint faster and more efficiently. This can be achieved by purchasing a higher powered unit, and also by having a second gun.
What is your budget for a line striping machine, and what features matter most?
Line painting machines vary in features and price, but focusing on the cheapest price and machine can work against you. If you do not consider efficiency you can find yourself with a machine that does the job, but you will find yourself wanting to upgrade quickly.
Units with better pumps and motors can increase the number of lines you are able to paint / hr. which when you are doing multiple jobs per day can make a big difference in your profit margins.
Additionally units with 2 guns can make life easier. Having a dedicated gun for line work, and one for hand spraying stencils is much more convenient, and can save you time. A second gun can also save you time for wider or dual lines which means less passes, and less time spent. It should be noted that some line painters come with 2 guns, and some come with one but a second one can be added on.
Any of the units we carry can do the job, but when making your choice it should come down to efficiency and not necessarily the cheapest unit. If you are not doing very many jobs / year, or time is not really a factor, then sure go for the base model, and you will likely be very happy with your purchase. However if you are planning on doing either a large volume of jobs or bigger projects, you will make back the extra upfront costs quickly with the time you save being more efficient. After that it’s all money in the bank.
We only stock Titan Line Painting Machines arguably the best brand on the market, so whatever unit is right for you, you can rest assured it will be a quality one that will last.
What acessories should you purhcase for your line painter?
Glass bead dispenser -Titan makes a handheld glass bead dispenser that makes it easy to apply the right amount of bead to fresh paint which will save you money due to potential wastage of sprinkling it over the lines by hand. You can also outfit your line striping machine with an onboard glass bead dispenser so you can apply glass bead as you paint which is a big time saver, which = improved profit margins.
Second Gun Stencil Kit -Our most popular unit the Titan Powrliner 3500 does not come with 2 guns, but it can be easily added to improve your efficiency.
Titan 12 Gallon Paint Hopper – If you are doing large jobs, or even back to back jobs, it can be time consuming to switch out the 5 gallon pails to refill. By adding a 12 gallon paint hopper you can go almost 3 times as long before stopping to refill your paint supply.
Titan Powrliner Spray Guard – Keeps your lines looking fresh and crisp and reduces overspray when painting in windy conditions.
Laser Kit – for beginners, adding a laser is a must. It makes painting straight lines a breeze, and is a big confidence booster when first starting.
What is the Line Painters Startup Kit?
When you are just starting out in the line painting industry, it can be confusing what parking lot maintenance supplies to purchase to hit the ground running. We want to make that process as easy as possible which is why we have hand picked all the necessary items you will need to start your own line painting business. One package is more of a basic package which includes our entry level line painter, and the most common stencils you need to paint parking lots. The pro package comes with a 2 gun, high volume line painting machine and some more specialty parking lot stencils. This package will give you everything you need to handle any volume of jobs that comes your way, so you can tackle jobs both small and large with ease.
Why we chose Titan Line Painting Machines exclusively
We come from a long history of line painting, and over the years we have used many different brands. We have found Titan to have outstanding performance that has kept us coming back each time we needed to upgrade. Our most popular unit is the Titan Powrliner 3500, and for good reason. This machine is a great starter unit that was designed with a sealed hydraulic unit that is long lasting and requires less maintenance than traditional hydraulic pumps. It is innovations like this that keep us committed to Titan Line Striping Machines.