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Grizzly77 Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
3 months8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
About all high-end markers there are out there, from Proto to SL94.
Marker Setup: Ego09 with Cure3 and Zick2, Shaft3 barrel-kit, Rotor-loader
Etek2 with Cure2, Freak barrel-kit and rotor loader, raguba trigger.
WGP Karnivor, Kaner Kit, VL XSV loader, Tadao Board
MacDev Clone with Shift BarrelKit, Rotor Loader
Recommended
Upgrades:
Shift Kit-barrel upgrade, or other barrel kit.
Strengths: Sufficient. Silent. Easy to set up and maintain.Light!
Weaknesses: Barrel breaks.
Valve keg o-ring shred.
Feedneck coming off.
Review: I finally bought my first own spoolie, and MavDev it was. i looked at Dye NT, PE Geo and the Luxe. After trying them all out, i went with the MacDev. The decision was easy:
Cheaper than the Luxe and Dye NT (and at least as reliable), easier to set up, easier to maintain, and more silent and reliable than the Geo.
Now, I'm not saying that those markers are unreliable or loud, but in my opinion the Clone was the best of these four.
I bought the marker, opened the drivetrain, wiped the excessive grease off, aired it up, chronoed, and hit the field. The marker worked perfectly! even if it was the first time the marker was shot, it was really silent and smooth.Not to mention the weight, it is really light. Can't wait to see how the behavior of the markers changes as it gets shot in. According to MacDev the Clone takes about 10 cases before its shot in. I got a 3000 psi fill, and put 7 pods and a loader trough the marker, and still no need to refill. That is in my opinion a GREAT result for a spoolie out of the box.
This marker really changes my toughts about spoolies. Maintainance is really easy, and require no tools. You simply screw the drive train out of the back, take it apart, clean it, and re-lube. it took me less than 10 minutes to do it the first time, and I really took my time.
The board is made by Tadao, and have all the settings you need. it is possible to ship it in to Tadao and get it reflashed, and thereby receive more settings to the factory board.

I've heared about valve keg middle o-ring shredding, and now it happened to me.
The new keg has now been released, and the new clones have it installed as stock. It is similar to the one that can be found in the droid. The new keg has holes instead of slots, and this is supposed to be/will be more gentle on the o-ring.

I have also heared about feedneck falling off the marker in the middle of a game. I witnessed this happening to a friend at our last practise. MD says that this problem is related to the gloss coloured markers, and propably that ppl haven't screwed the feedneck tension screw in enough. Well, this feedneck was tight enough, but the gloss colour seems to be quite slippery. A new feedneck is to be released, with a bigger and stronger tension screw to fix this problem.

This review will be updated as I get more familiar with the marker, and get things running.

****
Update:
Problems occured with my clone. It started chopping balls like mad. I tried cleaning and relubed the drive train, and it did nothing. Still chopping. I then changed my LP-reg to HP, and gave the ball-detents a rough time. Some ppl have complained about the detents being to stiff/hard, and causing chopping. After softening the detents and changing to HP, the marker started shooting properly again. Some say that Angel and Timmy-detents work, but the Angel-detents wear out really fast...Got to get me some Timmy-detents and try it out, but the stock detents are no good, unfortunately.
Still like the marker, even if I was about to throw it into the sea when the chopping started. The detents are a small and cheap part in a $1200 marker, but still think the stock ones should be softer.

****

Update 12.4.2010

I now noticed that the middle o-ring on the vavle keg is shredding. This is a known issue with the Clone, and they are working on it at MacDev. Hopefully a new keg will come out soon, that will have fixed this issue.

My Chop-fest continued. I now tried decreasin the tension even more on my rotor, and screwed the tension screw out almost 3 turns. The marker now seemed to work better, but I run out of time to play with. But seemed to work better. I also ordered some Intimidator-detents, that are supposed to be softer than the stock ones, but haven't received the yet. They are also supposed to be longer lasting than the Angel ones.
Also the grips seems to wear our really fast. This is also an issue that has been noticed among the users of the clone. The material of the stock grips seems to be too soft.
This review will be updated as I use the marker, and get more familiar with it.

****

13.03.2010

The new keg has been released, and will be shipped out shortly.
MD has also looked into the frame grip peeling problem and the detents. Better grips and softer detents are on their way! Can't wait to try them out.
****

12.5.2010

I received the new keg, and installed it. I also ordered Intimidator/spyder ball-detents (the softer ones) from Ebay, and installed them, and now the marker shoots flawlessly.
If the marker would have been shipped to me like this, including the Shif-kit, I would have given it a 10. But unfortunately it didn't, but still going to raise the rating to 9.
Now I'm just waiting for the new feedneck-screw and grips to arrive =)
Conclusion: Smooth. Silent.Sufficient. Easy to maintain. Light.
Finally MacDev released the V2 valve-keg and feedneck-screw. Still waiting for the softer detents and more lasting grips. Too bad MacDev didn't deliver the marker like this, it would have ben the best marker I've shot.
Rating:
9 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 1:13 pm PST
 

Review Comments
jhorgan Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 | 8:23 pm PST
Good review! This is the first I have heard about the Clone shredding o-rings. I'm sure that MD will get to the bottom of it, though.
Just keep the Clone lubbed and clean and she will treat you right for a long time. I've got a Droid and I love that thing...I can only imagine how much better th Clone is. Please update your review as you play with this marker more and more.

Thanks!
   

Grizzly77 Thursday, March 18th, 2010 | 8:38 am PST
quote:
Originally posted by jhorgan
Good review! This is the first I have heard about the Clone shredding o-rings. I'm sure that MD will get to the bottom of it, though.
Just keep the Clone lubbed and clean and she will treat you right for a long time. I've got a Droid and I love that thing...I can only imagine how much better th Clone is. Please update your review as you play with this marker more and more.

Thanks!


Thank you. I will let You all know how my relationship with the Clone developes. I love the poppits, and I have once said that I will NEVER buy a spoolie. And I wasn't going to, until I tried the clone. I also tried DyeNT, Luxe and Geo, but I wasn't convinced by them. All fine markers in their own way, but no. But then I shot the clone...I bought one right away. Not givin up on poppits, thou. Still have my Ego09 as backup =)
Last edited on Friday, March 19th, 2010 at 11:43 am PST
   

Grizzly77 Monday, April 12th, 2010 | 12:06 am PST
So, I now noticed shredding on the valve keg middle o-ring, something I've heared about, and now I got to experience it. No fun.
Also get a lot of chopping, but seems that you have to use REALLY low force on the hopper, and get softer detents. I'm working this out, and will let you all know how it comes out when I get to play with the marker again. I'll use softer settings on my rotor (hopefully with the seed-kit by then, and softer detents (intimidator detents)).

The marker is wonderful when it works, but unfortunately I've had quite some problems with it.
   

Grizzly77 Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 | 3:05 am PST
Yup, now I'm totally happy with the Clone. It took almost 3 months to get it running.
I still use the intimidator ball detents, they seem to be the best that is out there right now. Angel A1 detents don't seem to last that long.
I played with the marker in 5 to 25 degrees celsius, and in very mois conditions, with almost no ballbreaks. very happy right now, if it just keeps working like this, I would say we have a winner. It is the quietest marker out there, for sure.
   

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