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Baseball Field Equipment Guide: DirtDoctor Tow Behind vs. DirtDoctor 3-Point Hitch Infield Drag & Groomer

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Baseball fields are iconic sports landscapes that require meticulous care and maintenance to ensure they remain in top playing condition. The quality of the field can significantly impact the game, influencing everything from player safety to the overall enjoyment of the sport. This is where the right field maintenance equipment becomes crucial. At Newstripe, manufacturing the best field maintenance tools for the job is a priority.

Among the plethora of options available, Newstripe’s DirtDoctor Infield Drags & Groomers stand out for their efficiency, design, and performance. This article will delve into a detailed comparison and list the key benefits of each, helping you decide which DirtDoctor model best suits your baseball field maintenance needs.

DirtDoctor Tow Behind Infield Drag & Groomer

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For those with any type of vehicle and seeking flexibility without sacrificing performance, the DirtDoctor Tow Behind Infield Drag & Groomer is a stellar choice. Here’s why:

  • Flexibility: Capable of being towed by a wide range of vehicles, this model is ideal for facilities that may not have access to a tractor with a 3-point hitch, offering broad applicability.
  • Convenience: With its user-friendly design, it is perfect for quick maintenance tasks or regular grooming routines, offering exceptional convenience without the need for specialized attachments.
  • High-Performance Grooming: Despite its convenience, it doesn’t compromise on performance, ensuring the field is well-groomed, which is vital for the safety and playability of the baseball field.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: It presents an economical option for smaller facilities or those with budget considerations, delivering professional-grade maintenance without the need for significant investment in specialized equipment.

DirtDoctor 3-Point Hitch Infield Drag & Groomer

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Designed for precision and control, the DirtDoctor 3-Point Hitch Infield Drag & Groomer is an exceptional piece of baseball field maintenace equipment for those with a 3-point hitch tractor. Here’s what makes it indispensable:

  • Precision and Control: By attaching directly to the 3-point hitch of a tractor, this model offers a direct transfer of power and unmatched control over the grooming process. It excels in creating a level, debris-free playing surface, crucial for the infield area’s performance.
  • Durability: Constructed with premium materials, the 3-Point Hitch model is built to endure the demands of rigorous field maintenance, ensuring longevity and reliability.
  • Versatility: Featuring adjustable grooming depths and drag angles, it can adapt to various field conditions and maintenance needs, making it a versatile choice for different types of baseball fields.
  • Ease of Operation: Its design emphasizes ease of use, with a straightforward attachment process that allows for quick deployment and operation, reducing downtime and increasing productivity.

In-Depth Comparison and Contrast

The key distinction between these two models of baseball field equipment lies with the vehicle used — the 3-Point Hitch model requires a tractor with a 3-point hitch, catering to those who require precise control and power for intensive field maintenance. It’s particularly suitable for larger or professional sports facilities where field conditions must meet exacting standards.

Conversely, the Tow Behind model is designed for versatility and ease of use, catering to a broader audience. It can be employed by schools, community centers, and small sports clubs where access to specialized tractors may be limited or nonexistent. This baseball field equipment model offers a practical solution without compromising the quality of field maintenance.

Who Should Choose What Baseball Field Equipment?

  • For Large or Professional Facilities: The DirtDoctor 3-Point Hitch Infield Drag & Groomer is the go-to choice for larger facilities or those requiring the highest level of precision and control in their maintenance routines. It requires a 3-point hitch tractor. Its robust construction and precision capabilities make it a worthy investment for maintaining a professional-grade baseball field.
  • For Smaller Facilities: The DirtDoctor Tow Behind Infield Drag & Groomer offers an excellent balance of performance and convenience. It is especially beneficial for smaller facilities that still seek to maintain a high-quality field while using any vehicle to attach it to.

Conclusion

The maintenance of a baseball field plays a pivotal role in the safety and enjoyment of the game. Choosing between the DirtDoctor 3-Point Hitch Infield Drag & Groomer and the DirtDoctor Tow Behind Infield Drag & Groomer baseball field equipment comes down to the vehicle you will be using to pull it. Each model provides distinct advantages, with the 3-Point Hitch model delivering precision and durability, requiring a 3-point hitch tractor, while the Tow Behind model offers unparalleled flexibility.

By selecting the right baseball field equipment that aligns with your maintenance goals and operational capabilities, line striping and field maintenance companies can ensure their baseball fields are not just visually appealing but also provide a safe, high-performance playing surface for athletes and enthusiasts alike.

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Newstripe’s Operations Leader Promoted to Lead Growth Initiatives

Newstripe is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Keith VanOrman to Vice President of Operations.

Since joining the company over three years ago, Keith has been instrumental in implementing many important enhancements to improve the company’s manufacturing efficiencies, business infrastructure and product development process, while at the same time, managing increased demand for Newstripe’s products.

“Keith is a real dynamo and has been a great addition to our team. He continues lead our most important projects that will support our future growth,” said Newstripe President Ralph Newman.

Looking ahead, Keith has his sights set on restructuring the company’s Aurora, Colorado factory, strengthening its employee development and cross training efforts, and exploring new technologies and processes to make the organization more flexible to take advantage of market opportunities.

As leader in manufacturing equipment for field and pavement striping, baseball field maintenance, and industrial waste recycling, Newstripe is a case study in local manufacturing that is done the right way.

“I’m looking forward to what the future holds for Newstripe and happy to play my role in delivering for our customers and dealers,” said Keith. “We have an incredible team in place and we’re excited to continue moving our business forward.”

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Taking Care of Customers by Taking Care of Our Employees

One advantage of being in business for over four decades is that we get to build great relationships with our customers and dealer partners. Yet, these relationships don’t just happen. They grow over time through daily interactions with dedicated Newstripe employees who take pride in what they do.

Since our founding in 1981, Newstripe President Ralph Newman has stressed the importance of empowering employees, giving them what they need to take care of customers, and treating each employee like a member of the family.

This strategy seems to be working as over 65% of Newstripe employees have been with the company for over 10 years, 30% over 20 years, and several have been with us over 35 years. When asked why he’s worked at Newstripe for so many years, one longtime employee stated “I really enjoy what each day brings and working with the team to make great products right here in America that help our customers get their jobs done. It’s just fun and everyday is an adventure.”

Our customer loyalty metrics are equally impressive. In fact, many of the organizations that first purchased a line striping machine from us in the early 1980’s are still buying from us today. In other cases, loyal customers have taken Newstripe with them as they’ve moved from job to job.

At the end of the day, our team loves working at Newstripe and wearing their Newstripe gear around the office, because our company stands for manufacturing great products here in the USA and delivering great service to our customers and dealer partners around the country.

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Newstripe Promotes Casey Newman to Executive Director

Newstripe, a leader in manufacturing equipment for field and pavement striping and industrial waste disposal, recently announced the promotion of Casey Newman to Executive Director. In this new role, Casey will lead Newstripe’s customer-facing team responsible for sales, marketing, dealer partnerships, and customer service.

Casey has a long history with Newstripe that started when he visited customers as a young boy with his father and company founder Ralph Newman. Since joining the company on a full-time basis in early 2014, Casey has worked in multiple roles of increasing responsibility across every area of the company. He also led Newstripe’s expansion through industry-specific dealer partnerships, enhanced eCommerce capabilities, and selling through the Amazon Seller Marketplace.

“Having Casey in a leadership position to help us to grow Newstripe to the next level is a father’s dream come true,” said Newstripe President Ralph Newman. “He continues to bring fresh ideas about how we can help customers solve their problems through product innovation.”

“I’m excited for the opportunity to leverage Newstripe’s long history of success and help shape how the company will grow into the future,” said Casey. “I look forward to working with a team that continues to make great products here in Aurora, Colorado, and take good care of our loyal customers.”

As a successful family business, Newstripe looks forward to having Casey in an expanded leadership role to help drive customer-focused growth and innovation.

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PolyTough™ Stencils: Elevating Performance with a Lifetime Warranty

When it comes to pavement, floor, and field striping equipment, quality and durability are paramount. That’s where Newstripe’s PolyTough™ Stencils come into play, revolutionizing the industry with their exceptional performance and unbeatable lifetime warranty. In this article, we will dive into the world of 1/8″ PolyTough™ Stencils, highlighting their benefits, the wide range of stencil types they offer, and why they are the top choice for pavement, floor, and field striping professionals.

PolyTough™ Stencils: Setting New Standards

PolyTough™ Stencils are designed and manufactured by Newstripe, a trusted leader in pavement, floor, and field striping equipment. These stencils are engineered to meet the highest industry standards, ensuring precision and longevity for your important marking projects.

Unmatched Durability:

1/8″ PolyTough™ Stencils are crafted from premium-grade materials that are built to withstand the harshest environmental conditions. These stencils are engineered to last, whether it’s heavy traffic, extreme weather, or frequent use. The result? Crisp and clear markings that remain intact for years.

Optimal Thickness:

These stencils boast an optimal 1/8″ thickness, striking the perfect balance between flexibility and rigidity. This feature makes them easy to handle and apply while maintaining their structural integrity throughout the striping process.

Precise Designs:

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The PolyTough™ Stencil Collection offers a wide range of designs and patterns to suit various pavement, floor, and field striping needs, including:

  • Handicap Symbols: PolyTough™ Stencils include highly visible and compliant handicap symbols, ensuring accessible parking spaces that meet all regulatory requirements.
  • Directional Arrows: For clear and effective traffic flow management, our stencils include a variety of directional arrows that help guide vehicles safely.
  • “NO PARKING” Stencils: Maintain order and safety in your parking lots with PolyTough™ “NO PARKING” stencils, clearly conveying parking restrictions.
  • Football Field Stencils: Keep your field clearly and attractively marked for safe and fair play.
  • Playground Stencils: Entertain while teaching with PolyTough playground game stencils like hopscotch, 4-square, basketball, and shuffleboard to keep students active and engaged.
  • Custom Stencils: In addition to our standard designs, we offer the flexibility to custom-cut stencils to your specifications. We can create custom stencils to match your specific needs, including design, size, and lettering.

Lifetime Warranty: Peace of Mind for Striping Professionals

One of the standout features of 1/8″ PolyTough™ Stencils is their lifetime warranty. This warranty reflects Newstripe’s unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Here’s why the lifetime warranty matters:

  1. Long-term Investment: When you invest in PolyTough™ Stencils, you’re making a long-term investment. With a lifetime warranty, you can rest assured that your stencils are protected for the duration of your striping career.
  2. Cost-Efficiency: Pavement striping professionals know that equipment costs can add up quickly. With PolyTough™ Stencils, you eliminate the need for frequent replacements, saving you money in the long run.
  3. Quality Assurance: Our lifetime warranty is a testament to the quality and durability of PolyTough™ Stencils. It’s a mark of confidence that Newstripe stands behind its products and their ability to perform reliably over time.

Conclusion

In the world of pavement, floor, and field striping equipment, PolyTough™ Stencils shine as a game-changer. Their unmatched durability, precision designs, and the assurance of a lifetime warranty make them the top choice for striping professionals. When you choose PolyTough™ Stencils, you’re not just investing in equipment; you’re investing in the future of your striping projects.

Upgrade your striping performance with PolyTough™ Stencils for a lifetime warranty and peace of mind. Contact Newstripe today to explore our extensive stencil collection, including custom options, and learn how they can transform your marking projects. Choose PolyTough™ and stripe with confidence!

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Introducing the NewRider 1700

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Oct 08 2013 The NewRider 1700 is the economical ride-on high pressure airless striping machine for marking athletic fields. The NewRider 1700 is designed to quickly spray straighter, brighter looking lines and the 25 gallon paint tank will stripe numerous fields without having to be refilled. Additionally, the fully adjustable spray pump saves money by spraying ‘just the turf’ and ‘not the dirt’ with any paint.

The on-board purge tank eliminates clogging of spray tips and makes clean-up a snap. This model features a hydrostatic drive and a 10.5 hp OHC engine with electric start, and removable gun with 25’ hose for stencils. Newstripe’s complete line of striping machines, stencils and paint may be viewed at www.newstripe.com. Action videos, specifications, pricing and ordering are all accessible from the website or call 1-800-624-6706 for more information.

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GoalEze™ retractable spray arm

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Newstripe Inc is proud to announce the introduction of the GoalEze™ retractable spray arm for the NewRider 5000 and 1700 athletic field striping machines.nnNewstripe’s GoalEze™, retractable spray arm solves the frustrating and time consuming job of striping the soccer goal area. According to Ralph Newman, president of Newstripe, “The GoalEze™ totally eliminates the number one complaint when striping a soccer field with a riding field striping machine.” With the GoalEze™ you no longer need to maneuver and jockey the striping machine around the goal posts. The results are that you save time, money, and frustration. Plus, it allows you to spray smaller arcs and circles (10’ diameter circle or 5’ radius arcs).nnStriping the goal area is now as simple as 1, 2, 3. One, stripe up to the goal post and stop. Two, raise the gun to clear post and drive forward six inches. Three, lower the gun just ahead of the goal post and continue striping. Repeat at the next goal post.nnThe GoalEze™ retractable spray arm can be mounted to any Newstripe™ 1700 or 5000 riding paint striper and requires no additional spray gun or hose. The main center spray head assembly remains in place and the spray gun can be switched from center to side in the matter of minutes.nnIt is designed with spring assist so raising and lowering the gun requires very little effort. Additional features include a forward position for clear view of the gun operation and a “break away link” to protect gun from damage.nnNewstripe’s complete line of striping machines, stencils and paint may be viewed at www.newstripe.com. Action videos, specifications, pricing and ordering are all accessible from the website or call 1-800-624-6706 for more information.

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4600™ SP Self-Propelled Airless Striping Machine

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The 4600™ SP by Newstripe features a hydraulic driven .44 gpm, airless pump. Unlike piston pumps, it is pulsation free and produces a crisp, scallop free line every time. Plus the 4600™ SP can be operated at 0-3000 psi giving complete control of the thickness of the line and the amount of paint used.nnThe adjustable friction drive system is extremely simple and easy to maintain. Speed can be adjusted up to 3 mph. Plus, the 4600™ SP’s four-wheel platform provides a new level of striping ease for athletic fields. Balloon tires mounted on a rugged steel chassis provide superior stability and maneuverability. Cleanup of the 4600™ SP can be done in less than 10 minutes. Simply exchange the 5-gallon paint pail with a water pail and flush the pump and lines. A simple, quick-release clamp removes the spray gun to paint stencils with the 25’ length hose. Powered by a 126cc Subaru OHC engine, the 4600™ SP is covered by a 36-Month warranty.nnLike all other Newstripe products the 4600™ SP paint striping machine are PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA.nnNewstripe’s complete line of striping machines, stencils and paint may be viewed at www.newstripe.com. Action videos, specifications, pricing and ordering are all accessible from the website or call 1-800-624-6706 for more information.

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4250™ Airless Striping Machine from Newstripe, Inc.

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nNewstripe, Inc is pleased to announce the introduction of the 4250™ Airless Striping Machine. The 4250™ features a four-wheel platform providing a new level of striping ease on pavement, parking lots and warehouse floors. The high flotation balloon tires, dual ergonomic handles, perfect 50-50 balance and a weight of just 105 lbs. allows the 4250™ to roll over the roughest surfaces while producing straighter lines at an affordable price.nnIt also features a USA made, pulse free, .34 gpm, 3000 psi airless pump powered by a 190 cc Briggs & Stratton engine. Cleanup is quick and easy by simply exchanging the 5-gallon paint pail with a water pail. The removable spray gun can paint stencils, curbs, wheel stops and light poles with the 25’ length hose. An optional rear caster effortlessly paints circles and arcs.nnThe 4250™ is ruggedly designed and built to last. It is proudly “Made in America” at Newstripe’s Aurora, Colorado factory.nnNewstripe’s complete line of striping machines, stencils and paint may be viewed at www.newstripe.com. Action videos, specifications, pricing and ordering are all accessible from the website or call 1-800-624-6706 for more information.

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SportsField Management – August 2014

Aug 01 2014nn nnMaintain your field with Newstripe’s Airless Field Painting & Striping Machinesn

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nFrom a single little league baseball field to a large multiple sport field facility, Newstripe has the right paint striping machine for you.nnCheck out the brand new line of Newstripe Airless Field Stripers, including the economical 4250™, the professional 4400™ model and the labor saving 4600™ SP Self-Propelled.nnPlus, the incredible NewRider 1700 and NewRider 5000 models are the only airless riding field stripers available. Unmatched in value and performance, the NewRider models are designed to produce the brightest, straightest lines on all nuatural or artificial turf.