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Spitlebug Thursday, November 27th, 2003
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month18 of 20 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Similar
Products Used:
9v Revvy, 12v Revvy, HALO TSA LCD Backman, Quantum (Not really similar, but still motorized).
Marker Setup: Zap ZXS 1000::E (Black Dragun Clone), 12v Revvy, 12" J&J Ceramic Barrel, Black Dragun High Compact Grip Frame, 14 ounce C02 cylinder.
JT Excellerator 5.0 w/ new style bolt, 14 ounce CO2 cylinder.
Strengths: Cheap (pricewise)
Durable
Holds a lot of paintballs
Agitated
Uses a single 9 volt battery
Weaknesses: Sensitivity
Ping ponging balls
Review: The Zap Mach 404 is an agitated hopper that works on sound activation. I found the sound activation to be a great improvement over the electronic eye system of the Viewloader Revolution. On a blowback marker the Mach 404 would agitate with every shot, however I could see the hopper not agitating when used with an Autococker or similarily quiet marker.

As far as the agitating mechanism of the Mach 404 goes, it's not as nice as a paddle driven loader, but it works none-the-less. The driving force behind the loader is a vibrating pillar in the center of the hopper that hovers over the feedneck. This vibrating pillar jiggles the balls around so they don't get a chance to bunch up near the feed neck. This is a really big improvement over a standard gravity feed hopper such as a Viewloader 200.

Speed (this is what you really want to know right?) - This loader is fast. It delivers a constant stream ranging anywhere from 9 bps and bursting up to 12 bps. I found this hopper to be faster and more reliable than a 9v Revvy, but a little (and I mean just a little) slower than a 12v Revvy.

Ping Ponging - When the loader gets to about 10-15 balls left in the hopper, it has a tendancy to ping pong the balls. It just slows the feed rate a bit, but because the Mach 404 holds more balls than a Revvy, this isn't that big of an issue.

This loader has an amazing battery life. It also holds quite a few more balls than a Revvy, which is good if you play woodsball and you don't want to bother with a pod harness.

Zap makes the Mach 404, I have had some great experiences with Zap paintball customer service and I will definately deal with them again. They do make some cheap products, but the Mach 404 is definately not one of them.

Conclusion: So what does all this mean? It means that the Zap Mach 404 is a great hopper for a great price. Although it is a little slower than a 12v Revvy it is certainly a contender. I would recommend this hopper to anyone who has a mechanical marker or is just starting out. I wish I could give it a 7.5 out of 10, but I guess I will have to settle with an 8 because it probably deserves much more credit than it gets.
Rating:
8 out of 10Last edited on Thursday, November 27th, 2003 at 9:10 am PST
 

Review Comments
ibeeberz Tuesday, December 21st, 2004 | 9:01 am PST
very very very nicely done. Your review is well written, very informative, very organized and it's clear and helpful. Thanks!
   

copelandanyone? Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 | 3:34 pm PST
by mechanical do you mean semi-auto or will this hopper do for an electric?
   

Spitlebug Saturday, October 7th, 2006 | 1:23 am PST
This hopper will handle any semi-automatic marker without an electronic trigger.

Newer Spyders (with electronic gripframes) will outshoot this hopper big time.
   

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