Increased output and versatility, with decreased manpower demands, are the first year contributions of an intermediate striper added to the equipment fleet of St. Louis Park, Minnesota. The new striper, Model 260 from the M-B Company of Wisconsin, remains in constant use between April and October as the community maintains its 152 miles of city streets. The striper satisfies the city's needs for an intermediate sized unit with a large paint capacity and heated paint spraying capability. With 100 gallon tanks, the striper is able to work at speeds to 10 to 12 mph. Applying paint at 140 deg F enables a skin surface to form in just 20 to 25 seconds. Lines are completely dry in two to three minutes. The new striper has enabled the city to reduce its road striping requirements both in terms of machinery and manpower. A follow truck and operator have been eliminated. The unit carries a changeable arrow board on the back, enabling the unit to alert and route trailing traffic during striping. Direction arrows are controlled from the operator's cab. In addition to marking center lines, applying no-parking yellow on curbs, and painting center island markings, the two-person operation provides an efficient means of handling railroad crossing, directional arrow, and other road messages. The unit can move up to 35 to 40 mph. A vacuum pump on the striper allows the loading of reflective beads from a storage drum in a matter of minutes. Pumps also replenish the paint supply in ten minutes. Tanks are refilled during the noon hour at the district station. Striping operations run off of a digitally controlled microprocessor that monitors spray distances, length, and paint cycles. St. Louis Park has realized reduced labor and maintenance costs and more efficient use of paint and materials.

Media Info

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00491768
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1990 12:00AM