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Old 08-31-2006, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ricochet Apache LED - impeller question

I have two Apache LED loaders and am very pleased with them.

Occasionally the impeller will split or crack a paintball while loading. This usually leaves a small about of paint in the loader (very small) and causes a break in the barrel when that ball is fired.

I've not been very successful finding aftermarket parts for the Apache, but did locate an article about swapping the stock impeller with one from a different loader. I can't find the article now, and don't remember what loader.

Are any of you aware of a softer impeller that could be installed in my Apache loaders?
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Old 08-31-2006, 06:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've heard of people modifying revvy impellers to use weedwacker-style wires. That might do the trick.
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Old 08-31-2006, 06:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Apache is a force feed loader correct? If that is the case most people notice the same problem with other brands and generally except it as a problem caused by the violent action being put on the ball when loaded. Agitating hoppers on the other hand wont break any paint beacuase they dont phisically load the paint into the gun.

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Old 08-31-2006, 11:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The apache is not a force-feed loader. It is simply a revvy type with a cup to make it load a tiny bit faster. What year apache do you have? The newer ones have a white plastic impeller with 4 blades. I've been using my newer one and havent had a breaking problem. Try getting a new impeller from ricochet.
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Both Apache loaders are new - within the last year or so. They both have the white plastic 4-blade impellers.

This isnt' a constant problem, just something I don't enjoy dealing with.
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sounds like it is much like the evo2 loader. Might want to see about one of those impellers, they have rubber or silicone arms that flex if they hit too much resistance.
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Old 09-01-2006, 12:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You sure the impellors not just hitting a bad/old weak paintball? Bad paint will tend to break in normally operating loaders sometimes.
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I think the impellers in the older style richys and even early apaches were made out of weedeater/wacker string. You may be able to go with a thinner diameter string that would bend easier. If it has a different style impeller you could cut the paddles off and make your own out of weedeater string. You could use heat shrink tubing to cover and increase the size of the paddles, this would need many layers of course.

just because I like to show off, though this beast took a solid hit that wrecked the pocket hopper. This is weedeater string. fold, clamp with plyers, apply heat via bic lighter.



it had to be a little long so it could get the balls out of the nose/cone in the front but it worked pretty well. I tried many different materials for paddles but the best/funniest had to be the spyder main springs. You've heard of revvys pop-corning balls, they don't compare to something like a paddle with a spring on it that can build up tension and then shoot it around in your hopper.
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