Okay, so a guy my wife knows through her business has a 14 year old son who's really into paintball.
SO, every year he spends ~$500 renting gear for him and 14 friends and buying 3 cases of paint. He told my wife that if I could get the gear (Gun, hoppers, tanks, BBDs and Masks, he would let me run the field that day and if it went well, I could use his field (5 acres) to play paintball on as long as his son was allowed.
So, my question for the masses, where would one find that amount of rental gear? He said they use Tippmann's and the like so nothing terribly fancy. I figure if I order paint for $30 a case off the interwebz, that leaves $400 for gear.
For that price, could you find one of those deal where old field close? Or otherwise you may have to keep looking and pick up spyders on the cheap? They tend to pop up at $20 bucks a piece every now and then.
We have a field at the base and I may talk to them as I don't think the base actually owns the equipment.
Here's what a commercial starter package looks like...
Pro Star Sports Field Operators Starter Packages.
Tippmanns are more expensive than stbb's, but the stbb's require twice as much maintenance. Of course, the stbb's take half as long as a tippy to maintain, for an experienced guy. The cost ends up being about the same, when it comes to cheap stbbs.
Something I've wondered, though... The number one problem with field rental stbb's that I've seen is that the sears and the hammers wear out. Most field rental stbb's are piranhas. Meanwhile, Spyders have hardened hammers and hardened sears... That's a HUGE decrease in replacement parts. The most common wear part after the hammer/sear is the detent, and then the trigger sear, which may or may not be hardened on spyders.
You can probably find an adequate fleet of either Tippmanns or Spyders for under that 500 dollar investment point... But it might take a bit of time to get them together.
I know Melkson was looking at selling some stbbs, but I'm not sure which brand. And since Spyders are the only ones that I know have hardened components, I would stick to them.
i think you should buy all new ego 11's and geo 2.1's for the renters
jk good luck
PM on the way Josh
That's what I had figured on your budget.
16 (14+2 backups) spyders at around 20/each would be 320 bucks.
You'll be able to find some a little cheaper in bulk, and some a little more expensive. Sometimes the packages that show up on ebay will include tanks and hoppers. Estimate that at about 50% of the guns you buy, and add 10 bucks/ each unit that needs one.
That's 8*10. 80 bucks.
What do you plan on doing for air and masks? And paint. Remember that one huge advantage a field has is all-day air. And that could be a damning investment for you.
I have bought 98's for $20-25. Sure you may only do one here, or two there....but you can get decent markers for next to nothing.
Honestly, I don't think you can do it for that budget unless you get freebies. That's like 32 bucks per setup, with 2 spares of everything and no paint. You're going to spend half of that on just a bare-bones mask, and another 10 bucks on a 9oz for each of them. Even if you find enough beat-to-hell ProLites or even Trracers for 20 bones each, you're already in the hole with no spare parts. :(
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