The Trueline model 250 BP Battery Powered Striper is a 5 gallon parking lot striping machine similar to the model 250N but powered by a battery and pump instead of a high pressure cylinder. The 350BP is the 10 gallon model. The model 250/350 battery powered machine sprays using Trusco’s very simple airless system that takes compressed air and presses down on the paint in the main tank forcing it out the spray tip and into an enclosed spray box. The T-Jet tip puts out a fan pattern spray that hits the edge of the box and is directed downward creating a perfect line. This seems to be a simple concept but Trusco has spent years getting everything just perfect.
I have used the 250 Battery Powered Trueline striping machine and like it better than my Nitrogen powered model. It sprays the same as the nitrogen machine without the need to change out nitrogen tanks. You can spray for days on a charge and power is easy to find. The machines center of gravity is low making it easy to handle and transport. Also, once pressurized it is just as quiet as the nitrogen machine. Since there is a pump there are moving parts but replacement is simple and inexpensive.
All Trusco Trueline stripers lay down beautiful stripes and the battery powered 250BP and 350BP striping machines are no exception. If you are using a good tip, the correct pressure, and have mixed your paint to the proper viscosity you can expect a consistent perfect line. In high winds this will not change because the spray box protects your spray head so lines stay nice even in those conditions.
The model 250BP or 350BP will spray acrylic water based and oil/solvent based paints. I spray only water based acrylic in mine. Water based paints perform just as well as oil and clean up much easier. Oil or solvent paints require mineral spirits or solvents for cleanup which can be a problem. Also, oil based paints do not do well at all in damp conditions. If you are striping with oil based paint and a mist or dew sets in you are in for a nightmare. Plus, oil based paints do not do well with sealcoat. You will get bleedthrough. TIP – When buying paint, remember the creamier and smoother your paint is the easier it will be to spray. Chalky paint does not perform well in any machine.
You can get parts from the manufacturer or in many cases locally. If all you need is a hose there is almost always a company in every city that makes them. The tips are T-Jets and available across the company and also from Trusco. The machine is all high grade steel so frame damage is rare but can be repaired by a local welding shop if necessary.
Overall, I give the Trusco Trueline Model 250BP a high rating. It is recommended for companies on a medium budget. If you have a little extra check out the model T2000.
Here is a video of the machine in use. The video shows the battery powered Trueline Striper with the two box option as well as with one box.
Steven Cole (Economics, MBA – University of West Florida , Graduate Certificate – Stanford University) 22 years in the safety industry.