Part 3 Troubleshooting / Tech:
Where can I get parts for the DX Drone?
Talk to your Macdev authorized dealer or visit Macdev.net. Some parts will be compatible with the VX Clone, other are specific to the DX Drone.
How do I break it in?
Shoot it. It may take up to about 10 cases to break in nicely, but you will be rewarded. It will get smoother, more consistent, use less air, and become quieter with use.
What kind of lube do I use, and how much?
Consult the manual for proper lubrication, and use only a DOW33 lubricant like MilitiaLube. A “wet” look on all the drive train components is best. Just wipe each o-ring with a small amount on your finger, and then gently wipe off the excess. You don’t need any globs on any of the components. The o-rings on the bolt and valve are the most critical, because of the moving bolt. There is a maintenance video here:
Should I use a low pressure or high pressure HPA tank?
It will work fine on both.
What pressure should I be running my regulator at?
Most Drones achieve 280 fps at about 95-110 psi. Again, your results may vary…..
My DX Drone is getting horrible velocity consistency. What’s wrong?
Try a fresh, high quality battery first. If the marker is brand new, you may need to give it time to break in. Inconsistent paint can also be the culprit. You also may have a dirty bolt tip o-ring- usually shell or paint stuck from a break in the breach. Clean them, re-lube, and try it out. One other thing to check is the regulator. It may be dirty or have a damaged o-ring, or the valve seat (the little red plastic thing) may be gouged. It can be turned over to get some more life out of it, or replaced. Usually this isn't a problem unless the regulator has been opened up.
Another tip to help velicity consistency is to underbore your barrel. If you have a sizer kit and have say .688 paint, try a .685 bore.
I aired up my Drone , fired it, and it popped and now just leaks air down the barrel. What happened?
You have way too much pressure entering the drive train. Replace the valve o-ring (which is now missing), zero the regulator and adjust up until it cycles and then gets the desired velocity. The regulator is very sensitive to adjustment. ¼ turn can move it up to 30 fps. Most DX Drones like to be at about 95-110 psi, pressures over 125 psi may pop the valve oring . Your regulator may also be having "reg creep" and in need of maintenance, lubed improperly, or have a damaged seat.
My DX Drone has very bad first shot drop off (FSDO). What do I do?
First, make sure you have a fresh battery. Then check the drive train for cleanliness and proper lubrication. Any buildup, piece of shell or a glob of paint on the bolt tip or on the bolt body can make it stick. Your dwell may also be too low. As a last resort, you can adjust the anti-bolt stick setting in the board if the drop is consistent and predictable.
It is freezing out, and my DX Drone doesn't seem to be working right! What do I do?
Ensure you have a fresh battery (batteries don't like cold) and have a good lube with only Militia Lube. Then try raising the dwell to 10 or 12. The dx drives do work in cold weather. I've personally used them in temperatures into the low 20s F, and they work fine. Sometimes the first shot will be weak, but that is because of the grease turning to jelly on the drive, and happens on any paintball gun. Shoot it a couple of times, and it should be fine for at least a half an hour.
My battery post fell off or broke. What now?
Contact your Macdev Repair Center for a solution. You CAN re-solder it on yourself, but you have to take responsibility if you ruin the board. It helps if you make sure that you remove both sides of the grip when changing the battery, and then PUSH the battery from the right side of the grip out of the frame. Do not pry it out from the left side of the grip. You can also solder a standard 9v harness to the terminal spots. You will need a little foam to keep the battery secure in the grip.
How can I keep my DX Drone from breaking paint?
Like any spool valve marker, the Drone likes a clean breach area and barrel. Get the gentlest loader you can, use the best paint you can get/afford, and clean the barrel and breach completely as soon as possible after a break. The DX drive has been very gentle on paint, especially when using the stock green detents.
Is there a tech video for the DX Drone?
The velocity in the first shot in a string is fine, then the velocity starts to drop during rapid firing of my Drone. What is wrong?
Shootdown can be caused by an number of things. First, ensure that you have a fresh, high quality battery. Second, ensure that you do not have a problem with your air supply by swapping the tank and/or air adapter with another and trying it out. Third, you may have lots of grit in the filter on the regulator. Pull the bottom portion of the regulator and inspect the screen for debris, then clean if necessary. As a last resort, you should perform maintenance on the regulator and drive train as the manual describes.
My new DX is only getting 4 pods and a hopper off a 68/4500. What can I do to make it more efficient?
Shoot it. They need to be broken in. Setting the dwell at 8 and shooting it should be all the dx really needs. You might try cleaning and lubing the drive, but don't expect any miracles right away. Some of them do great on efficiency out of the box, and others need more breaking in. After about 10 or so cases, it should be noticeably more efficient. It's all about the minor variances in orings that make the seal.
If you aren't patient enough to wait to break it in, do this:
Set the dwell to 6. Clean and lube the drive (using Militia lube), and see if it cycles fully. If it does, it should pick up efficiency a little. Lowering the dwell actually helps efficiency in this drive. All the drive needs is for the solenoid to stay open long enough to cycle the bolt forward, then all the excess gas is vented. Lowering the dwell limits the amount of gas that vents, increasing efficiency. You just have to ensure that the bolt is cycling completely and consistantly. The colder it is, the thicker the grease, which makes it more sticky and needs a higher dwell to cycle. Theoritically, if it is hot out, you could lower the dwell. I have a dx that works fine at 5 ms when it is over 80 degrees.
How do I maintain the regulator?
The Clone uses the same regulator as the DX Drone. Here is a maintenance video from Sumorai
I tried screwing in my tank into the ASA and it won't go! Is it broken?
No, the tolerances in the ASA are really tight and some bonnets won't thread right. DO NOT FORCE IT. If it does not want to thread easily, try another tank or change the bonnet on your tank regulator. Forcing it will cross thread the ASA or tank and ruin both.