Originally Posted by ih8ipods
Hey so i just started working at a paintball field, Its only been up for a few years now, They have 2 fields and are working on adding more. That being said, they are running c02 with the classic 98, Heres my questions so i can answer for the owner when they ask my opinion and where to find the things they want.
1)What are the benifits of switching to compressed air from a field owners perspective?
2)How much does a compressed air system cost from low end to top of the line and where do you get them,
3) Do i need a fill station or can i just tie 3 tanks together and use a serries of valves?
4) How much does an airball setup cost, and where can you buy them, new or used?
5) where would i find a large amount of air tanks for rental, do some places offer packages or bulk orders?
1) Compressed air tanks are, in my opinion, more stable and consistent. They are also easier on the internals of the parts, requiring less maintenance. A 47/3k aluminum tank is about the same amount of shots per fill as a 20oz. The tanks themselves will also last longer. The cost per fill using a compressor with compressed air tank is lower per tank, so you net more profit vs CO2. The CO2 filling cycle also 'wastes' more air than compressed air, and you cannot produce it (therefore you need more supply chain management, which will bite into profitability of CO2 if you use cost accounting methods).
2) I'm confused by what you mean by compressed air system... I assume you mean compressor? Between $10,000 and $35,000 for the units I've seen. Shipping is usually a big cost here, keep that in mind.
3) You need both.. a fill station will regulate the filling pressure, the bulk tanks are either setup in a single tank setup, multi-tank setups (which act like a bigger single setup), and cascaded. You connect your air supply (the bulk tanks) to the fill station, and use the fill station to fill paintball tanks.
4) The air ball bunkers themselves are relatively cheap - between $5k and $8k plus shipping for the brand new ones. You can buy them cheaper by buying used or off tournament producers. The grounds keeping, maintenance / upkeep, that is the expensive part.
5) Air tanks as in the bulk tanks? Or the 47/3k paintball tanks for use on guns? I don't know of a place that rents the paintball tanks, but bulk tanks you should contact an air supply company near you.
Hope I helped