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Old 03-07-2006, 05:19 PM #1
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Alright, while a million other ideas spin in my head, here's one I'll share for free.

As it's just off-the-shelf parts, I figure it would be wrong to profit from it if it was a good idea anyways.

How do you pick up paintballs or reballs? Most seem to use rakes or scrapers to get them all together and then shp-vacs or shovels to pick them up.

How about an automatic way?

You'll already have compressed air at the field, so look into purchasing an "air operated conveyor". (Here's one manufacturer) Essentially, once provided with a flow of air, you have an open-ended central vacuum cleaner.

Build a basin to sweep all the balls into below the intake, or use a flexible hose like for a central vac.

For reballs, direct them into an appropriate container.

For paintballs, a trash can. Or, for a niftier idea, direct them into a funnel.

Top of the funnel, a hose/nozzle. Bottom of the funnel, a sink garbage disposal. When the air operates, have the water and disposal run. Everything flushed down the drain.

Good Idea? Or bad?
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Old 03-08-2006, 10:37 AM #2
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No replys? No interest? Dumb idea?

Maybe I'll go down to the local indoor and try and sell them on the idea...
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Old 03-08-2006, 10:42 AM #3
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I like the idea for a reball field. I'm not so sure how it'd work on broken paintballs.
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Old 03-08-2006, 10:51 AM #4
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I'm not so sure how it'd work on broken paintballs.
It's just like a vacuum. Think not having to empty the Shop-Vac when it's full....
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Old 03-08-2006, 11:45 AM #5
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I guess my question would be how it does moving liquid paint a distance of 200'. I could see the paint pooling in the lines.
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Old 03-08-2006, 11:50 AM #6
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I guess my question would be how it does moving liquid paint a distance of 200'. I could see the paint pooling in the lines.
Perhaps. Install all lines with a gradient, occasionally flush lines with water/cleaning solution, ocasionally put a wadded up paper towel or two through the system...

Doesn't seem insurmountable.
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:49 AM #7
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Would like to know if anyone is interested in a machine capable of picking up paintballs out of the astro turf. Collecting them into a bin that will hold ~4000+ rounds once the balls have been collected you would dum them into a garbage dumpster. The machine moves 150ft per minute and is operated by one person. I have my prototype built and had tested the machine last Tuesday. With alittle tinkering here and there to work out the new machine Murphy's I believe I should have a resolution to your paint collection needs.

Please email me at cdionne@floridapaintballers.com or leave me a private message. I would like to know how many people would be seriously interested in this machine.
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:38 AM #8
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Hey guy, you're posting EVERYWHERE. It's bordering on SPAM.

Get out of my thread unless you want to compare methods.

How is your prototype better than a shopvac, or a carpet extractor, or my idea? << But start a new thread to discuss your product!
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:19 PM #9
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Sounds good in theory, but it would be really tough to actually get up and running.
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:32 AM #10
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Sounds good in theory, but it would be really tough to actually get up and running.
Tough?!?!

PVC piping, one fitting, and a regulator is tough?!?!

Donít understand how you can think getting it up and running would be complicated.
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Looks inexpensive and may just work. I just roughed it at $1500 or so for my field. I may try this and report back
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Old 03-10-2006, 10:43 AM #12
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I may try this and report back


Best of luck! Hope to hear from you.
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