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Safety Notice: ACI Bulldog Air Systems!

#1 User is offline   WardenWolf 

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 10:19 PM

Safety Notice: The ACI Bulldog series regulators and air systems are considered highly dangerous. If you have one of these air systems, do NOT attempt to sell it! Take it out of use immediately! If you notice one of these systems being sold, please inform forum staff! These products were manufactured recently enough to still be in their original hydro period. They were not recalled, but present a potentially LETHAL safety hazard.

Paintball Review reports multiple instances of serious problems with these air systems! These air systems and regulators are simply NOT safe to use! There are reports of regulators blowing off, insufficient Loctite on the threads, and burst discs randomly blowing off with extreme force. If you have one of these systems, discontinue use immediately! A new reg is $70. Your life is FAR more valuable!

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 01:27 PM

Do you have any specifics?

A note on safety: Don't loctite a new reg in unless the manufacturer calls for it. You can clog the emergency bleed holes. I don't want anyone confused by your comment on their possible lack of sufficient loctiting.

Also, with bulldog tanks, have a professional airsmith install it. Tank threads can be easily crossthreaded, and some bulldog tanks don't use standard HPA regulator threads, so have someone else be sure everything is installed properly
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 04:55 PM

Read, just read: http://www.pbreview....s/reviews/1958/

Specifically multiple instances of burst discs blowing off with excessive force (not just venting air, the actual fitting blowing out), in one case the entire regulator blew off. Also the proprietary fill nipple breaking constantly. "Is going to kill someone" is a comment that showed up more than once.

It is worth noting: Almost ANY HPA system is going to receive at least an 8.5 rating, no matter how bad it is compared to other HPA systems. The scoring is very high-end stacked in systems like this. This system received a 6.8, even with 8 pages of reviews. THAT is very telling in and of itself.

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 06:13 AM

Know where there are any newer reviews on this product? The last ones on this link are from 2004. Have they changed their product any or addressed these problems since then? Just curious, I have one that I bought used back in March and it will need rehydroing in July. I have used it once in a game since then with nothing yet, but am a bit concerned. :P It does look as if it has been "worked on" so maybe the reg got replaced already. I'll take a closer look when I get home.
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 10:51 AM

ACI is out of business.
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:24 PM

Correct. They went out of business and never recalled their regs, which is what makes it so dangerous: there's never any chance of these things getting fixed. If the threads have been Loctited aftermarket, the regulator won't turn into a missile. However, the burst disc assemblies can still blow out, and the fill nipple can break and cause venting. My advice: buy a new reg when you rehydro the tank.

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