Category Archives: General Pitch Equipment

Buying Guide: Line Marking Paint

Sport Line Marking Fluid (TE401)
Spring is just around the corner and as the days start to grow longer, so does the grass…

As grounds maintenance activities start to ramp of for the season, now is a good time to take a closer look at our range of line marking products and summarise some of the key points to help you choose a marking fluid suitable for your needs.

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Product Spotlight: Ball Stop Netting Systems

Fixed / Portable Ball Stop Netting Systems

 
Steel Ball Stop System (PD200)Ball stop netting systems help prevent wayward balls hitting property or spectators and can also be used to divide pitches or section off certain playing areas. When positioned behind goals or targets, ball stop netting can also save time when retrieving balls from poorly aimed shots!

Last month we talked about the benefits of the new low cost ‘Portanet‘, a temporary ball stop system / pitch divider solution that can be configured in various ways to create a versatile netting system that can be set up in as little as ten minutes.

This month, we’ll take a closer look at some fixed and mobile ball stop alternatives that are suitable for use by clubs, schools and on shared pitches.

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Buying Guide: Boot Wipers and Scrapers

Freestanding Boot WiperAs the weather turns colder and ground conditions worsen, it’s time to take a look at one of the often overlooked pieces of equipment in a groundsman’s toolkit – the boot wiper. Boot wipers and scrapers help remove mud from footwear and keep indoor areas cleaner.

Today’s buying guide looks at the important things to consider when choosing new boot wipers and scrapers.

Boot Wiper Sizes

Boot wipers are available in a range of sizes. The size of the boot wiper unit corresponds with the number of simultaneous users that it’ll support at one time. When buying a boot wiper, it’s important to select a size that will adequately deal with the number of potential users. If you buy a boot wiper that’s too small, will players with muddy rugby boots simply walk straight into the dressing room rather than wait?

Consider how many boot wipers you’ll need.¬†Two or more smaller units may help prevent crowding around walkways or entrances, rather than one larger boot wiper.

Boot Wiper Unit Fixing Methods

Freestanding Premier Boot WiperFreestanding boot wipers tend to be smaller, suitable for use by just one or two people at a time. The size of these boot wipers means that they are reasonably light and portable. Freestanding boot wipers are ideal for locations such as golf courses, or for areas that receive lower ‘traffic’.

Floor fixed / socketed boot wipers are typically larger and suitable for use by up to four people at a time. Excellent for use next to rugby and football pitches, or any team sport pitch. Fixed styles of boot wiper can either be bolted to the ground, concreted in place or placed into ground sockets. Sockets and fixing bolts are not supplied as standard, so please contact us for further information if you require these items. When selecting a fixed boot wiper, choose a size that will match the level of traffic it’ll need to handle.

Boot Scrapers

Many boot wipers are also fitted with boot scrapers – simple pieces of metal that allow the user to scrape off the worst of the mud before using the brushes. Boot scrapers can help extend the life of the brushes.

Boot scrapers are sometimes located ‘internally’, as featured in Harrod UK’s Premier Boot Wiper range – this style of internal scraping plate means metal isn’t protruding from the boot wiper unit. Models that feature external boot scrapers are rounded to help prevent injury.

Replacement Brushes

Boot wiper brushes won’t last forever and will need replacing every so often. When buying a new wiper unit, choose a widely available brand that offers replacement brushes.

Replacement brushes are typically sold in sets to fit the model of boot wiper.

If you would like more information on any of the boot wipers or replacement brushes available from sportsequip.c.uk, please contact us on 01858 545789.