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Cpt. Morgan Saturday, October 14th, 2006
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Product Use:
1 year8 of 11 people found this review helpful.

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Experience:
2 years
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Marker Setup: Woods - Urban Camo Tippmann A-5, Super Response Trigger, Adjustable Trigger Stop, 12 Inch Smart Parts Progressive Barrel, Modded Stock Barrel, Palmer's Male Regulator, Crossy 68/4500, and a 20oz CO2 Tank

Speedball - Diablo Wrath LTD, VLocity, J&J Edge kit, and a Crossy 68/4500
Strengths: See review
Weaknesses: See review
Review: Well, I have decided to write a review obviously. I don't own a 98 with a cyclone feed nor have ever. BUT the cyclone feed on the A-5 is exactly the same as the cyclone feed you can buy for your 98. Same hopper, same five start loader, and the same exact principal of operation. On the account I own a A-5 and have for a long time, I feel I can cover 90% (which is more than many review writers can say can say) of the pro's and the cons of the cyclone feed. So here it begins.

Pro's:

- Speed - Fast for the price (60$ online, add a 15$ QEV and you will rival many 100+ loaders). Stock out of the box can achieve 16-bps (varies by 1 bps or so depending on the loader, how well its oiled etc). For 16-bps and that price (only eggy's sit in that price range, and they are bad for many reasons) I give the cyclone feed a 10/10.

- Upgradeability - Well, add a good QEV (15$ or so) and this hopper will be able to rip at 20bps or so (some people report upwards of 22-bps with a QEV others about 19). So for 75$ you have 20bps. Do you like that? I do! I give it a 9/10.

- Chops - Well, stock this hopper will not... I say will not chop unless you are firing above 16-bps. A qev will fix that. In theory this hopper can not chop but only will if there are one of two factors. One, its cold out and your running CO2 (causing your marker, overall to slow down). Or two, your shooting bad paint (paint that is moderately to above defective). For that I give it a 10/10.

- Care - Very easy to take down, understand how it works. No need for replacing batteries. 10/10

- Durability - Original stock cyclone feed hoppers had problems (would break when shot etc) but those have been fixed. Will take direct hits at close ranges with no problems. Hopper is a very tough plastic, same with the actual base of the loader. Will work in any condition (unless its cold and your running O2 or your shooting bad paint etc) and never fail you. Only thing is you will eventually need to replace the feeder ratchet (it is made out of some kind of cheap plastic, you can get a tech t vortex mod though to fix that). For that, it gets a 8.5 outta 10 (had my cyclone cease working because of a worn ratchet).

- Profile - Your hopper now sits much lower and the gun. It sits to the side, increasing your guns width but your height is cut down by a bit. It also allows you to use your sites (which I do with my A-5 because it is usually freakishly accurate). 9/10

- Support - Got a problem. Tippmann is good with 99% of all problems. You need your ratchet replaced? They will ship you a new one for free. 10/10.

Con's

- Pressure - The cyclone requires a lot of pressure to operate. It stops functioning at lower pressure (sup 400's without LP hoses) which means, your gun may cycle but nothing will be shot. It can be very annoying in the middle of a game for your loader to stop firing cuz your tank is at 25%. 3/10.

- Hopper - Stock hopper has one hell of a bulls eye on the front. Big profile to shoot at. 3/10.

- Compatibility - Well... you can't put this on any other gun. Its a investment. If your gonna stay with a Tippy for awhile and are keen on it, buy it. But outside of that if your gonna switch up guns soon (within a year) forget it. Get something else. This fact just gives it a dead zero percent.
Conclusion: Buy it if your keen on it, if you have a hole to burn in your pocket or are going to be with your tippy for awhile. Outside of those 3 reasons, get something else.

Other than that, it is a reliable loader.
Rating:
8 out of 10
 

Review Comments
pork wiz Sunday, December 24th, 2006 | 8:03 am PST
good review, keep it up
   

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