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jhorgan Monday, April 12th, 2010
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of
Product Use:
3 months2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Prophecy, Halo/Reloader B, etc
Marker Setup: Cyborg RX, Droid and 06 Cyborg

Strengths: Simple, sturdy, small, easy to assemble/dissasemble
Weaknesses: Jams, picky with paint
Review: I have had the Rotor for about 3 months and it has been a decent loader. I've used it in just about every type of paintball game. Here is my review:

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Rotor has a very nice finish. The shell is very sturdy and looks like it is made of quality materials. The loader is small, simple, and sits well on the gun. I put 3 AA batteries in the Rotor and went out to the field to get some game-time in.

ON FIELD PERFORMANCE: After putting the Rotor on my Droid I went to the chrono to check my speed and shoot a little paint prior to my first game. I was using XBall Bronze (or whatever they call it now) and the first stream of paint went out without a hitch. The rotor did not miss a beat. Then I tried a second barrage of paint...I had my first jam of the day. Pulled the lever and it seemed to unjam the paint. Ripped off another string and no problems. Time to hit the field. During my first game I had a jam right after I slid into my first bunker...pulled the lever and nothing. I took the loader off to try and get the jam out...I had to empty all the paint out. Poured in another pod and played the rest of the game without any problems. It jammed off the break on my next game.

BELLS & WHISTLES: The Rotor does not have any bells and whistles in it. The only adjustment that you can make is the tension. This can help with jamming issues (which it did for me to a point). It pretty much has 2 modes: on and off.

TOOLESS: The Rotor is completely tooless and can be completely taken apart in about 5 seconds. It is a really nice feature and it is pretty much idiot-proof. The only thing I did not like about the design is that if you do not put the shell top back on right (and in some cases even if you do put it on right) it can pop off if you dive or hit the loader. The happened to me during a game (I had the shell top on correctly) as well as other people at the field I go to.

BATTERY LIFE: The Rotor absolutely shines in terms of battery life. I have had the same set of batteries in this loader since the day I bought it and they show no signs of wearing down.

OVERALL DESIGN: Thr design of the Rotor is exceedingly simple. Just add batteries, paint, and a gun and go. The shells are durable, the internals are idiot proof, and when it does not jam it works very well. The Rotor is extremely picky when it comes to the kind of paint put through it. I have personally found that it likes pretty much premium grade paints. Anything less and it tends to jam.

THE ONLY DRAW-BACK: I see 2 draw-backs to the Rotor:
1. The Dye label makes this loader $160 when in reality it should be about a $60 loader at the most. But just like anything else when it comes to the Dye name brand you will pay for the name plate.
2. The Rotor is very finnicky with paint. If you plan on using field-grade paint or Wal-Mart paint forget about it. You will have nothing but jams all day long. If you use primium-grade paint you will be pretty much jam free.
Conclusion: The Rotor is reliable as long as you have primium-grade paint in it. And even then it was reliable about 85% of the time. Jamming has been a very common thing for me. I would only recommend this loader to people who can afford the paint to feed it.
Rating:
5 out of 10Last edited on Monday, April 12th, 2010 at 2:58 am PST
 

Review Comments
Vertigo_07 Friday, April 30th, 2010 | 5:08 pm PST
Very on-point review, though after having had mine for over a year, I've yet to have it jam, even with relatively low grade paint.
   

jhorgan Saturday, May 1st, 2010 | 3:38 am PST
Thanks for the compliment! You are not the first person to tell me that theirs has neve jammed. One of my friends has a Rotor for about the same amount of time you have had and it never jams on him. Mine is only a bit over 3 months old and it seems to jam quite frequently, no matter what type of paint I use. So this leads me to believe that it comes down to quality control issues for the Rotor.
   

TinyCuts Friday, November 26th, 2010 | 5:06 pm PST
Dispute:
The Rotor does not jam. I have used everything from the most football shaped, dimpled, crappy field paint all the way up to marbalizers. I have not ever had had a single jam.
   

heresturtl31994 Thursday, January 6th, 2011 | 12:52 pm PST
like the guy above me the only thing that can jam it are reballs but that is the only thing that can possibly jam in a rotor and that like a once in a blue moon problem
   

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