Monday, February 1, 2016

Is Your Field Ready for Baseball Season?

We are preparing for a blizzard here in Omaha but in a lot of states it is time to start thinking about prepping your field for baseball! Here are some products to get you started:

Windscreens
Is your chain link lonely? Protect your fence and give your field some personality with a Tuffy Windscreen? Made of Aer-flo's exclusive VIPOL® Matrix, Tuffy Windscreens are super durable because it contains over 50% more micro-fibers than normal vinyl windscreens. It’s virtually tear-proof, and is backed by a 5 year prorated factory warranty. Edging all around is fully wrapped in VIPOL Matrix webbing and the highest quality brass grommets are installed every 12”. This extra heavy duty edging construction virtually eliminates the nagging problem of grommets pulling through standard windscreens. Every end and corner is DOUBLE lock-stitch finished to eliminate the unraveling problem of fully chain-stitched windscreens.














Bunt Zone Protector/Trainer
This color-coded target system is used to teach bunting and hitting placement. YELLOW to bunt-for-hit, GREEN for sacrifice, RED is bad bunt OR hit-and-run target area. Includes low profile stakes and grommets around edges. Available in 3 sizes to fit all baseball & softball fields.





Rain Covers for Pitching Mound or Bases
Get the rain cover the pros use for your baseball or softball team! These high quality, wind weighted® tarps stay put in high winds without stakes or sandbags. Triple-patented and virtually wind proof, these rain and mound covers are the only ones you’ll ever need to protect your field from the elements.





For more information visit our website, send us an email or give us a call at 800.553.MARK!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Titan Powrliner Series Features

Titan has combined customer feedback with their own expertise to make some great improvements to the Powrliner Series. Here are some highlights that we love!

SMARTARM SYSTEM: 
  • Folding gun boom for easier set-up, storage and transportation
  • Two ways to adjust fan height and gun width


POWERCENTER CONTROL PANEL
  • Fully adjustable handle bars
  • Throttle and pressure controls at your fingertips
  • Storage tray
  • Cup holder
  • 12-volt charger for smartphones


Check out the video below for these features in action:


Any questions about Titan's products? Send us an email or give us a call at 800.553.MARK to learn more.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Unique Custom End-Zones at 2016 Alamo Bowl

Did you see Oregon and TCU's end zones at the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl? These were two of the most unique end zones we have seen this year!

Custom end zones are not as difficult to obtain as you might think. First, a stencil is created based on a logo or image design. The stencil is laid out on the field and using a "connect-the-dots" method or a "color-by-number" method certain parts of the stencil are painted. Finally, the stencil is picked up and the blank space is filled in with paint.

Check out the time lapse of the Oregon and TCU end zones being painted.






Do you have an idea in mind for your own custom end zone? Contact us via email, on our website, or at 800.553.MARK to let us help you bring your logo or design to life on the field! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TruMark Featured in SportsField Management's September Issue for Field Stencils

We LOVE bringing logos to life on a sports field!

This month, Tim McLarn was interviewed for an article in SportsField Management Magazine regarding the techniques used to create field stencils and tips and tools used to apply field stencils. We have helped many programs, large and small, see their logo or team name proudly displayed on a field. In addition, we are seeing an increasing number of sponsorship logo stencils being developed.

Check out this month's issue of SportsField Management Magazine to read the interview and learn about how TruMark's stencils are unique!

 
   
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Contact us via email, on our website, or at 800.553.MARK for information on how to bring your logo to life on a field! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

TruMark Exclusive: Titan Powrliner 850 and 2850 Shipping with Free Accessories...Only from TruMark!


It's Time to Evaluate your Striper...And Consider a Titan!

Now Shipping with Free Accessories Exclusively from TruMark

Not everyone’s striper is going to make it through the year; in the spirit of the Boy Scouts, be prepared. Titan recently updated it's Powrliner field painting systems with advanced ergonomics and smart features that offer more control, convenience and comfort. In addition to guaranteeing your field will look perfect all season, the Titan Powrliner 850 and 2850 are versatile machines that can also be used to paint your parking lot and facilities. 
Now’s the time to consider a Titan, shipping with free accessories until Sept 15th, exclusively from TruMark.
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Powrliner 850

  • Adjustable pressure (100 – 3,000 PSI)
  • Simple, compact design weighs only 84 lbs
  • The most versatile machine out there. Stripe your fields AND parking lots AND buildings AND fences with one machine.
  • Removable gun for stencil or spot painting capabilities
  • Includes auto oiler and pusher valve
  • 2 year warranty
  • Free Accessories
    • TruMark Exclusive:  WindGuard Spray Shield ($200 value)
    • Mail in rebate: 4 TR1 line-striping tips ($140 value)


Powrliner 2850

  • 1 or 2 gun option
  • Powerful delivery up to .92gpm
  • Heavy duty field/turf tires
  • Versatile gun bracket can be positioned to spray on left, right front or rear of striper
  • Ideal for athletic fields and pavement as well as contractors who need a maneuverable striper
  • Watch videos of the Titan striper here or on our website
  • Free Accessories
    • TruMark Exclusive:  Linesite Laser Pointer ($400 value)
    • Mail in rebate: 7 TR1 line-striping tips ($245 value)


For more information visit our website, send us an email or give us a call at 800.553.MARK!
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Never Measure for Football or Soccer Again!

We are excited to announce a new product, the EazyCrease Complete Marking System, to our lineup! This product was developed because a volunteer line-striper couldn't believe the amount of time it took to measure and mark intersections before beginning to paint the field for his son's soccer game. He came up with a set of steel-coated, pre-measured lines where the intersections are marked and tagged, eliminating the need to measure and mark every intersection.


How it Works for Football
First, you lay out the 4 exterior lines and make sure your corners are straight. There are spikes that come with the product to hold the lines in place. You then start by painting your exterior lines. Next, you pick one of the end lines and move it towards the middle of the field to the next set of clips which will be your goal line. Clip it in place and paint that line and continue for the rest of the lines on the field. You also have the option to paint the extra point line, hash marks and a clip for marking goal post center of the field.


How it Works for Soccer
Just like with football, you start by laying out and painting the 4 exterior lines, making sure your corners are straight and secure it with the provided spikes. Next, you'll move one of the end lines to the next set of clips and paint the goal box and center lines. After that you will use the traditional soccer EazyCrease (included in the kit) to paint the arcs and circles.


Options
The great thing about the EazyCrease products is that they can be customized. We have one customer that paints multiple sized soccer fields so we custom-made him an EazyCrease with all of the different dimensions and intersections on one unit.




For more information on the product visit our website, send us an email or give us a call at 800.553.MARK.



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Field Stencils: TruMark's How-To Guide for Application

New to field stencils? We can help. Here is our advice to get the best results so you can dominate the competition and impress the crowd!


  • First, cut the grass as short as possible. The stencil will look crisp and clear on shorter grass and as a bonus you will use less paint. Most stencils will need two coats of paint to look as vibrant as possible!
  • Lay out the stencil a day before you are ready to paint to help flatten out the edges. Don't lay and leave the stencil on your field- it will heat up the grass and dry it out.
  • Get some help! Depending on the size of the stencil and its complexity, we recommend having at least 1 extra person on hand to help move the stencil around and get it aligned properly.
  • Have weights available to keep the stencil in place as you are painting. Don't use stakes or anything to pierce the plastic. Our sandbags are a great option!
  • Be prepared! Take a bucket of water with in case you make a mistake so that you can instantly remove the paint.
  • Take a photo of the logo to the field with you for a visual. This is especially helpful to have if your logo has a few colors as most stencils will have bracing and outlines. This will help to make it as easy as a paint by number!
  • As with anything, a higher quality paint means less coats and ultimately less cost.
  • Take a step back! Stencils are made to look best from a distance. Keep this in mind as you are painting. Step back to get your fans perspective!
  • Get creative! Try adding a free-hand border around your logo or letters. It is much easier than it sounds and has a great visual impact!
  • When done painting lay your stencil out flat so the paint residue can dry and it doesn't stick together. Remember not to lay it on your field or it might ruin the grass!
  • Bring a camera-you're going to want a picture when you're done! Send TruMark the picture so we can share it!

Still have questions? Ready to get your custom logo and paint your field? Visit our site to see some custom stencil examples and contact us via email or at 800.553.MARK to get a quote!

We also have the basics like hash marks, sideline numbers and end-zone letters.

Stay tuned, next week we will be posting a case study for a new stencil trial at a local golf course.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Heavy Duty String Winder Product Review


TruMark's Heavy Duty String Winder:

Skills: 
Holding string, winding string, never breaking

Description of services:
Can be inserted into the ground, holds up to 1500 ft of string, best of all-attach it to a power drill and you can rewind all your string in minutes.

Summary: 
This is a no nonsense tool that holds and winds your string for field lining. String is a pain, this makes it better. Pictures speak louder than words, take a look at the video here.

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For more info contact TruMark at 800.553.MARK, send us an email or visit us online at www.trumarkathletics.com.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Field Anchors; Looking for a Home






These field anchors are looking for a home!

They are construction grade steel anchors that have been protected from rust by being zinc plated. What they enjoy most out of life is permanently marking intersections of fields or buildings  so that you never waste your time looking for those locations again. They are 5 ½ inches in height with a 3 inch diameter top that contains a ¾ inch diameter hole in it that can contain a whisker plug, practice corner flags, or really anything else that you can think of. They are loners by nature so they prefer to be left in the ground for years.


If anyone is interested in adopting these anchors please contact us by phone at 800.553.MARK, by email or visit us online at www.trumarkathletics.com!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Field Intersections; Tricky Business


Perfect intersections are the cornerstone (pun intended, sorry about that) of a perfect field. No one wants a field that looks like this à




To help you make sure that you are creating perfect 90 degree angles at each and every location we recommend using marking whiskers to quickly and accurately locate your intersections.

The marking whiskers are bundles of brightly colored nylon that are hammered into the ground after being attached to either a 60 penny nail or a composite nail. (the composite nail gets bonus points for being less of threat to your mowers. It will break instead of damaging the mower blade if the mower ever pulls the whisker out of the ground).  You trim the whiskers to the height of the grass and can leave it in there all season. After your whiskers are in you will easily be able to find and string the lines so that they will be perfectly straight every time.

Some other items that will help you out:

Eazy Crease – circles are a pain to paint, this tool will make it the easiest part of painting the field

String winder – string gets tangled and takes a long time to rewind, let’s use a power drill and take an early lunch.

Stake-Alls – another form of whisker for those that love options


Field Anchors – versatile construction grade anchors. These go in the ground and will never come out marking permanent locations. (take a look, we make whisker plugs for them as well!)

Visit our website www.trumarkathletics.com, send us an email or call us at 800.553.MARK for more information.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Easily Mark the Circles and Arcs for any Sport!


Everybody knows that painting the circles and arcs on a field is a chore! The Eazy Crease was designed to save you time and effort so you get perfect lines without the hassle of measuring!





The sports offered are soccer, softball, rugby, field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. To give you an idea of how it works, here are a few videos:

Men's Lacrosse
Watch a video here of the men's lacrosse crease being marked in less than 60 seconds.

Women's Lacrosse
Watch a video here of the women's lacrosse goal crease, 8 meter and 12 meter arc in less than 3 minutes.

Basketball
Watch a video here for how to mark a basketball court in your driveway!

Find the Eazy Crease on our website at www.trumarkathletics.com or contact us via email or by phone at 800.553.MARK!

Friday, June 12, 2015

2015 College World Series Baseball Championship back in Omaha

We have a special place in our hearts for the NCAA College Baseball Championship, the College World Series. Omaha is our home base and we love hosting the 8 best teams in the country each year. Do you want your field to look as good as the championship field at TD Ameritrade Park? Here are some ideas to spruce up your field to make a lasting impression with players, fans, alumni, recruiters and more.

We offer Aer-flo's Tuffy windscreens that are second to none in the industry. Made of a Vipol mesh material, these windscreens are super durable. Protect and preserve your fence while making a statement with your team name or logo.



Protect your turf and teach players how to visualize bunt zones with this product. Made from an industrial grade vinyl and coated with a polyester mesh, it is spike resistant and virtually tear-proof. 




Wind-weighted Rain Cover
Protect your field from the elements with a wind-weighted tarp. Triple-patented and virtually wind-proof, the galvanized steel chain around the edge will make these tarps stay put.

TruMark EZ-70 Field Marking Machine
This battery powered marking machine is perfect for baseball fields because the low voltage design won't blow away the dirt as you are spraying! And with 2 hours of battery life you can mark your field quicker than ever.


One of the ways to make the most impact is to paint your team logo on the field! Our stencils are made from an agricultural grade plastic that can be rolled or folded for storage and when properly cared for can last many years. The quoting process is as simple as sending us a high-resolution file of your logo and we will get a quote to you in 2-3 business days. 




Looking for more ways to improve the aesthetics of your field? Give us a call at 800.553.MARK or send us an email and we can talk about your specific needs!



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Get Ready for the 4th of July with a Ribbon or Star Stencil!


Do you have any events around the 4th of July? A game or even a party at your house? 

The star stencil is 12' from tip to tip.




Use a patriotic ribbon or star stencil and red, white and blue aerosol paint or chalk to show your spirit and respect! Order now to get it on time!'

The patriotic ribbon stencil is 9' wide x 18' tall.











Stencil Application Tips:
  • Paint a white background under the entire stencil to make the image more vibrant. One way to look at it is like painting the stencil on a wall in your home. If your wall was a green color (like the grass) you would most likely use a primer to prep the area and eliminate the need for multiple coats. Treat the painting of a field stencil no differently!
  • Use an aerosol field marking paint can or spray wand applicator to quickly outline the painted sections of the stencil so the stencil can be removed quickly from the turf. After the stencil has been removed then fill in the respective paint areas.
  • For more tips visit our website!
Have any questions or ready to order now? Give us a call at 800.553.MARK or send us an email.

Monday, June 8, 2015

EZ-70 Field Marker; Easy for anybody to use




Another EZ-70 is going out the door today!


The EZ-70 is a battery powered, walk-behind field marking machine. Its low voltage design is safe for anybody to use and won’t blow dirt away during spraying. It’s perfect for painting soccer, rugby, lacrosse, softball and baseball fields and more!


Some unique features:  • 2 hours of operation per battery charge
• Adjustable width paint shields make it easy to get any field or surface ready for play
• Made of corrosion-resistant powder coated steel, stainless steel and brass parts
• Floating paint shoe assembly ensures line width and minimizes drift
• Paints bright, crisp, straight lines on any terrain
• Handle bars fold down for easy set up and storage
• Easy for anybody to use


Check out some pictures of the EZ-70 in use here!

Download a PDF with additional details or visit our website.


Is the EZ-70 right for your program? We're here to answer that question for you. Call us at 800.553.MARK or email us and we can assess your field marking needs!


Thursday, June 4, 2015

TruMark June Newsletter

TruMark June Newsletter

We make your field look great fast, for less.

Our mission is getting you ready to play with the tools and products you need to play inspired. This monthly newsletter is one way we do that. Every month you can expect to see tips and tricks for getting your field ready for gameday and product demonstrations that show you how to do things like apply paint, spread chalk, mark out fields and more. You’ll also get access to special promotions and discounts on the products and paints you use most.
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Make Your Mark

Find your intersections quickly with convenient marking tools such as whiskers, Stake-All marking whiskers, Anchors or String Winders. To get you started, enter the code:  ICANFINDIT at checkout to save 10% on any field marking tools for the month of June.

Instantly Download Field Layout Tools!

No more waiting to get the templates you need to mark your field with confidence. When we redesigned the TruMark website, we made it easier for you to get free field layout tools. Now you can instantly download free tools that help you make straight lines in less time for:
Visit TruMarkAthletics.com or click here to get these free tools now!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Free Field Layout Tools for Soccer, Rugby, Lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee


Having a hard time squaring up your field using different size field combinations? Looking for a quick method to lay out a field? 

Check out the soccerrugbylacrosse, and ultimate frisbee layout tools using a MS Excel template to input field dimensions where the tool automatically calculates the distances to the different staking points. You'll achieve a perfectly squared field of play in a fraction of the time!

Here are a few user comments we have received regarding the layout tools:
  • Thanks so much for the Lacrosse Layout Tool. I don't know what other people have been using, but everyone from our parents, the other team, and even the referees complimented me on how our field lining looked! Considering I was doing it for the first time, that is pretty remarkable.
  •  The very first time I used the soccer field layout tool I went from four hours to mark a full size field to less than two hours. I have now been using this for about four years and tell everyone how great it works!
  • I have to lay out anywhere from 20 to 30 soccer fields twice each year. The layouts that used to take a team of people hours to complete can now be done in less than 30-45 minutes by one person. I love it!


Save time and effort by downloading your copy here!

Monday, May 11, 2015

TruMark's New Website

We've launched a new website that makes it easier for you to find and learn about the field markers, stencils, paint,chalk, screens, sandbags, marking tools and accessories you need to make your field look great. New features include:

-Instantly download field layout tools
-Get a quick quote on the products you're interested in before you buy
-Find out what you need fast with new product categories
-Research all the information you need about a product in one, convenient place with streamlined product descriptions
-Links to our social media channels let you watch product videos, share photos of your field, ask questions and connect with others who have a passion for playing.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Marking Flags for Soccer Fields and Marking Requirements.

Field Marking Flags
After a long back order we now are offering marking flags for soccer fields and other marking requirements. These reinforced vinyl orange pennant flag with an orange 1/4" fiberglass pole are outfitted with stainless steel spring that fits the Field Line Anchor. There are now packaged deals to include sets of 4 Stakes and Whisker Plugs.

You have several different options, 6 foot training marking flags, 5 foot corner flags with stainless steel spring, sets of 4 five foot marking flags and field line anchors, set of 6 marking flags and field line anchors, sets of 4 marking flags and field line anchors with stakes, and sets of 4 marking flags and field line anchors with stakes and whisker plugs.

The Whisker Plugs add to Field Line Anchors help quickly identify the intersections when the field is not in play. The Stakes can be used with the Field Line Anchors to set string line for line marking.

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Tru Mark Volunteers to Paint NCHS Sports Activity Complex for Football

Each fall Tru Mark personnel volunteers to mow and paint the Norfolk Catholic High School's Sports Activity Complex football field that is used for practice, JV, Freshman/Sophomore, and Junior High games. Here for the photo album series of images.

This is an excellent opportunity for Tru Mark to demonstrate new equipment and supplies as part of our offerings. In this case we brought out a new Snapper mulching mower from Riegle Implement, Madison, NE, along with the Titan Powrliner 850 field marker equipped with the Tru Mark Titan Spray Shoe Assembly implementing the Tru Mark's Terrain Following Paint Shield technology, Embark Plant Growth Regulator, and the SwitchBack MVP field marking paint.

This is the second field marking activity following 11 days after the first field striping where Embark plant grow regulator was used 1/2 ounce per gallon of diluted paint. The lines were remowed, then repainted using SwitchBack MVP diluted 3 to 1.

In one of the first images Embark PGR shows the grass growth retarded from an paint field striping application 11 days earlier using Embark. The white grass line is about an inch shorter than the surrounding grass.

A second image sequence shows the lines mowed before repainting. Looks good without paint restriping.

A third image sequence shows a goal line repainted using SwitchBack MVP diluted 3 to 1, a goal line with a 6 inch wide line using at Titan Powrliner 850 and TR2 spray tip.

The final image sequence shows NCHS complex completed, mowed and restriped in less than two hours, only the 10 yard lines.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tru Mark E-100 Field Marker Used for Pavement and Synthetic Turf Striping

Tru Mark Model E-100 3-in-1 Sprayer
We received a recent questions from a current Tru Mark Model E-100 12-volt battery operated diaphragm pump field marking unit on the use for pavement striping. "We have a E-100 sprayer and would like to use it to mark our parking lot. What tip is needed for paint to exit."

Early on Tru Mark investigated on whether the Model E-100 could effectively apply pavement striping paint. Through experimentation we came up with some 'rules of the road' so to speak when using this unit for pavement striping operations. If given an option use white versus yellow pavement striping paint.

You can use the same spray tip that you have been using for field marking (80-04 Spray Tip, 80 degree spray fan, 0.4 gallon per minute output at ~40 psi).

However there are couple E-100 operational considerations to take into account for pavement striping.

- First we recommend plugging one of the output spray nozzles (preferably the front nozzle body). If you don't have a brass plug you can use a circle piece of thin cardboard to fit inside the front cap on spray nozzle, just remove the spray tip and check valve.

- You might remove the check valve from the remaining spay nozzle assembly to minimize any back pressure this requires (5 psi). Unfortunately this will result in some dripping from the tip. I always plug back on the unit about 6-12 inches at the end of the line before I move on to allow for some of this dripping.

- More importantly when using pavement striping paint you'll need to dilute the paint to get it to flow through the system. For white I recommend diluting up to a half gallon of water to one gallon paint. For yellow you will need to get half to one gallon of water to one gallon of paint You may have to experiment a little to achieve the optimum dilution. Normally pavement striping paint is not diluted however the 12-volt diaphragm pump technology will not effectively work without dilution.

- Instead of water you can use16 ounces of latex paint conditioner for every gallon of paint used. This especially helpful when the temperature get colder.

- You will likely need to clamp off the return line going back into the 5-gallon tank to increase the pump head pressure. A small adjustable Vise grip tool works well.

-  The height of the nozzle bracket assembly needs to be lowered as you don't want any of the paint touching the paint shield assembly.

For synthetic turf striping we've expanded on our tips to include the following.

- Each time you use field marking paint you should ensure the paint is will mixed due to settling and separation of some of the ingredients.  We like to use an electric drill or cordless drill with a paint paddle mixing accessory to help mix the paint thoroughly. Most hardware stores selling paint will have a paint paddle.

- For the low pressure low volume 12-volt diaphragm pump operations you should dilute the paint at 1 gallon of water for every one gallon of paint (1:1) to ensure a well defined spray fan from the spray tip(s). When diluting the paint pour water from and existing filled pail into the pail of paint. Do not inject air into the paint mixture (e.g., filling the paint pail with a water hose while the water flow is exposed to the air).

- When applying synthetic turf paint (or any bulk water based paint) (less dilution) you need to prime the pump by using water first before putting the intake line into the paint tank with paint. You can use a 5-gallon tank with water next to the unit to help with this process. We recommend using a small pan or container to catch the water and paint before spraying the solution on the turf.

- If you are using synthetic turf paint you may not want the paint shoe guard/shield touching the turf surface and collecting paint.  Rotate the shoe guards by adjusting the set collar with the Allen head hex wrench for this adjustment. Loosen and then rotate the set collar and retighten the Allen head hex bolt.

- You will likely need to adjust the spray head clamping block to ensure the width of the spray line based on the mowed height of the grass/ synthetic tuf. You'll need to experiment whether to rotate the clamping block or extend or retract the spray nozzle bracket. Once again you'll use a hex head Allen wrench to make this adjustment.

- Since there are two nozzle bodies on the E-100 it may be appropriate to block one of the nozzle bodies. Remove the spray tip and check valve from the front nozzle body and replace it with a brass disc or other circular disc and retighten the brass nozzle cap. This will increase the pressure to the remaining tip to improve the width of the spray fan on the remaining spray tip.

- After completing the line striping operation ensure that the unit is thoroughly cleaned by rinsing the unit with clean water. Also remove the check valve with screen and spray tip for cleaning and then reattach.  You should run water through the system for several minutes. You can use a diluted solution of Simple Green biodegradable cleaning agent in the rinse solution to help remove the paint residue. Also very helpful is a generic product called "Pump Protector" normally sold in paint supply stores.  This product is used by commercial painters to clean their pump compressors. The product helps keep the latex paint from building up in the unit and can be left in the unit until its next use.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

2014 Fall Specials--Graco Field Line Stripers (S90, S100, & R300)

Graco just released their Fall 2014 Specials which included the Field Line Striper line to include the walk-behind airless battery operated S90 and the fuel operated S100 and the riding R300.  You can download the coupon here (2.9 MB PDF) which covers purchases made between August  1st and November 6th, 2014.







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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sports Field Marking Receiving a Facelift


Iowa Sports Turf Managers Association
2009 Summer Workshop
Besides providing safe playing sport field surfaces many field managers, coaches, facility managers, and youth sports association volunteers are incorporating a variety forms of "facelifts". Several trade journals have been increasing the coverage on "tips and tricks" on field marking operations to including painting standard boundary lines, field distance identification, and custom logos and advertising.

The July 2014 issue of Sportsfield Management Magazine has an extensive article with a number of contributors sharing the expertise and lessons learned. Dean Angelo, owner of Sports Lines, highlighted the use of the Pythagorean theorem to establish square corners on sports field. TruMark Athletics has developed several desktop tools using MS Excel functions to produce squared playing field intersection distance calculations for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate frisbee which can also be utilized for other sports.

Pulling string lines almost ensure consistently straight lines no matter what field marking equipment you might use, e.g., 12-volt battery or gasoline powered airless line stripers. Dean also emphasized that putting down a base white coat is effective in making subsequent color applications more vibrant for logo including another coat of white on boundary lines.

He also mentioned that on synthetic turf fields he would use aerosol chalk as the preferred solution for very temporary field marking.

A July 2014 issue of SportsTurf, the official publication of the Sports Turf Managers Association includes a extensive series of interviews of 4 sports turf managers. They were asked what 3-4 factors do you consider most important for efficient and successful field and logo painting. They were also asked about their worst field paint disaster. Almost to every contributor they emphasized good quality paint and paint sprayer and keeping your equipment clean.

In the same SportsTurf issue an article covered field marking technology for synthetic turf sports fields. Written by one of the industry leaders in synthetic turf field marking products Jim Brady highlighted that importance of understanding the paint and removal agents for the temporary marking solutions as well as recognizing that the synthetic turf fibers change adherence qualities as the fiber ages.