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Unread postAuthor: noname » Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:37 pm

Simple question: could I power a vortex BBMG with a shop vac?
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Sat Jul 08, 2006 6:28 pm

i think so..... but the speed of the BBs would suck.
also, you might overheat the shop vac motor.
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Unread postAuthor: carlbelcher » Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:36 pm

If you think about the velocity of the air coming out of some of those shop vacs. and given that you compress the air flow down to a BB sized air stream I wouldn't be surprised if it works really well.
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:47 pm

Good point. What model shop vac are you going to use?

you would also need to make an adapter to go from a shop vac hose to quick connector size hose/connector.
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Unread postAuthor: Urban Ninja » Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:49 pm

The only problem is shop vacs are pretty big unless you get one of those small hand ones, like dust busters. I would say it would work pretty well, I might try to make a cloud bbmg with that concept.
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:52 pm

You could get even better preformance with a leaf blower.
their output is like 200 MPH with a 2" outlet

leaf blowers are also easier to carry around.
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Unread postAuthor: Velocity » Sat Jul 08, 2006 7:57 pm

My 6.5 HP shop-vac is a beast... its got 175 MPH output out of a 1.5"-2" outlet

Maybe not QUITE as good as a leaf blower... but its no slouch
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:03 pm

just tested on my leafblower, it does NOT work!

my leaf blower is powerful, but with the BBMG attached it had the preformance of a asthmatic smoker's lung.
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:03 pm

Mine is like 10 gallon, and it is LOUD. The output is 1.5" or 2" but I can reduce it down to size. I have the BBMG all put together and it has kind of a vortex block but not really.
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:07 pm

mine is a cloud. I took a 2" cap and put ducttape around the outside and put that into the outlet of the leafblower. i inserted a hose fitting, and ran a 3.5 foot 3/8" hose from the adapter to the BBMG.

http://www.spudfiles.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2545&
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Sun Jul 09, 2006 1:07 pm

That's an easy way to do it. I'll probably use that thanks. :D Except with maybe a fatter and longer hose.
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Unread postAuthor: BC Pneumatics » Sun Jul 09, 2006 7:34 pm

Guys, a Vortex/Cloud BBMG works off the principal of pulling a venturi. this happens becasue the air going in is slightly less than can leave via the outlet. Of you are forceing air in with a leaf blower, this wont happen. I have a 2 barreled BBMG, that uses a 1/4" ball valve as the air inlet. if I open it all the way up, proformance sucks, but when I hit the sweet spot at about 3/5th open, the thing just rips.
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Unread postAuthor: huse_spud » Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:07 pm

guys! joel from spudtech made a ping pong cloud using a shopvac. its on his site.

you could try that.
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Unread postAuthor: noname » Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:30 pm

Yeah and ping pong balls are sooooo destructive. :lol:
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Unread postAuthor: huse_spud » Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:48 pm

noname wrote:Yeah and ping pong balls are sooooo destructive. :lol:


i never thought about that LOL.

oh well you're on ur own then :lol:

you could try shooting them at ninjas then.

cya noname i got to go poop.
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