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Should I get the compressor and take the plunge into basically free air for me?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Paintball Compressors

Okay so here is my situation. I am driving further to get my HPA now than ever before. The only field near me shut down because the guy was corrupt and now I have to drive roughly 50miles to get a fill.

Now that being said I have found a couple of places that have small 5000psi(breathable air)compressors with a tank and fill station for about 4500-5000. Do you think it would be worth it to do this or am I just going to have to go on the drive.

I plan on selling air on weekends and my wife already ok'd it but I have reservations about my knowledge of the product. I am an avid reader and I am sure I can teach myself how to do upkeep them but I don't know if it is worth the trouble.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Paintball Compressors

I picked up a couple of 3000 psi scuba tanks to use as extra air, since we play on mostly private land with no air compressor. I get it filled at the local scuba shop (fyi, they usually do fill paintball tanks directly as well).

The tanks where a lot cheaper for me then trying to maintain a compressor.

Have you looked at the Shoebox compressor?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Paintball Compressors

I would definately look at the shoebox. that, or do what I do. We have a volunteer fire department that I support via small donations thoughout the year. In exchange for the donations, they let me fill my scubas off their compressor (many fire departments have them), so I'm never low on HPA.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Paintball Compressors

I have looked into the shoebox but it says it fills a 45ci tank in 3 hours and then I would still need another air compressor on top of that. That isn't really what I was looking for. Also there aren't any scuba shops around here. Could check the fire dept but I don't know that ours would allow that for me.

Not shooting you guys down but I don't usually have three hours to wait on a small tank let alone three 68/45s and the guys running the volunteer shop over at the station and I grew up together and don't exactly have a positive past. I'll just leave it at that. Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Paintball Compressors

Okay, I understand where you are coming from. I would find out what long term maint costs you can expect and go from there.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:14 am    Post subject: Re: Paintball Compressors

yes, the shoebox requires a shop compressor. its great for home use in that you have a bulk tank like a scuba, and you fill your bottles off that. but, the shoebox does require a lot of maintenance from what i hear. no, shoebox compressors are not for field or renegade use.

what you are looking for is either a scot pack compressor(what the firemen use) or a Bauer Compressor.

also, instead of the compressor, look at welding or gas shops. you can either buy outright or rent bulk tanks that are rated at 6000psi. this is what my local field did. granted, he had his tank filled by National Paintball(now KEE), but gas suppliers can and will pick up the tanks from you, exchanging the empty for the new one. you will just need a tank reg, to take the bulk tank down to usable tank pressures. you then just fill like a scuba tank. just as long as you don't try to fill up dead tanks up to 4500psi(keep the output pressure around 3000psi, i know it sucks), the tank will last a good number of uses.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:17 am    Post subject: Re: Paintball Compressors

Well if you have enough interest and can justify spending, was it (really?), $5,000 as an investment in the local paintball community, then I'd say go with it.

But it seems like a compressor like that is something you would want to really make sure would get the use and you have backing from other friends on. It seems like that would be something only a dedicated team would be doing. Heck, if I mentioned anything about throwing down that amount of cash on a paintball device my gf would up and leave.

And think about it. Do you want to be only guy in the area with air for sale? Do you want to deal with a bunch of little kids and all the riff raff that might want their tanks filled for purposes unknown to you?

I don't know though. If all you wanted was some more air to tinker around the house with and play pickup ball every month or so I'd just recommend a scuba tank. That's how I get by.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:40 am    Post subject: Re: Paintball Compressors

I'll third or fourth the scuba tank and fill station option. Costs should be under under $300 for a scuba tank and fill station and only $8-$15 per fill.

Although, I will admit having your own compressor is extremely convenient. My team was lucky to have found a cheap, old 3k compressor that suited our needs for the two years that we were around in our bad location.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: Paintball Compressors

i like the scuba tank idea. you could even get a small conventional maybe a 10 gal compressor and a shoebox to keep the scuba tank filled and have ready air from the scuba tank anytime you need it. maybe get a couple of tanks. would be cheaper than the High pressure unit you're talking about. the high pressure units i have seen seem to take up quite a bit of space too, wich i think is kind of a drag.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Paintball Compressors

I thnk the scuba idea is probably the most viable. The only thing it doesn't allow me to do is sell air. This is actually something I wanted to do. You see there aren't alot of kids around who play but there are quite a few adults who play w/me and at other fields. Besides I would impose an age limit. If you aren't 18 I won't fill unless Mom or Dad are with you.

@Crash The HP compressors I am looking at are only about 2ft by 3ft so they don't take up much room at all. I did find a nice one that is $3450 without a scuba tank that can fill a 68/45 in about 1.5 mins 4.2scfm and 5hp honda gas engine. It can be electric but that takes the hp down to 4.2 but they are the same price. It costs about 1-1.5KWh to fill one tank for electric but the gas can run all day with one tank of gas.

Still the most viable solution is the scuba tank. It would also hurt less on the wallet side of things. Thanks for the input. I won't be able to do any of it till about November so I'll swallow my pride and speak with the guys at the firehouse to see if they can help me out.

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