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#1 User is offline   darkhunter582 

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:25 PM

So I've been playing paintball for about four years now and have decided to switch to playing pump. I have been doing some research on the re-released Tippmann SL-68 II, and I'm looking for some advice from expert pump players. So my question is: is the SL-68 II worth it?
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:59 PM

Not personally my choice, but they're definitely reliable and durable- similar to a Tippman 98, they don't have the best efficiency or performance, but you'd be hard-pressed to break one.

Other options are Phantoms, Azodin KPs, and my personal preference for open-class pump, the Sanchez SM-1.
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 05:50 PM

You can usually find one of the original one on eBay or the B/S/T area. I traded for one and have found it to be very reliable and consistent (which translates to accurate). If you really want one look for an older one. They usually come with a converted feed neck so you fit a regular hopper on it. But, as Fly said they are not very air efficient, like all Tippmans (save the Phenom, perhaps).

Maintanence (sp) is easy as well on them.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 07:25 AM

IMO the SL68II is the BEST starter pump around, It will serve you well through your learning curve & provide a LIFETIME of loaning out if/when you upgrade to a more "personal" rig.

I would jump on the oppertunity to buy a new one from tippmann before they end up dropping the model again.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 11:11 AM

I personally don't like the II as opposed to the older version. The new one won't lock back when you pump it and the old one would. Just personal preference. The II still shoots just as nice as you'd expect.
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:51 AM

View PostJarhead2531, on Jan 29 2010, 07:11 PM, said:

... The new one won't lock back when you pump it and the old one would...


I tought the internals didn't change ! Got a new SL coming in the mail.
To bad it won't lock anymore, I guess cleaning through the port on the side won't be that easy anymore?

Now waiting for somebody to offer an aftermarket small bore barrel to take these days small paint. Hate roll-outs ! Untill then "tape to the rescue" :-)
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Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:59 AM

If mine had o-rings in it that weren't dust...It's probably all I'd use. (its one of the original release ones, don't worry about the new ones!)

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 06:44 PM

I love my sl-68II, I love playing with it. Haven't gotten a chance to play with the new ones, but quite honestly, lately I've been disappointed with Tippmanns production of guns. I would say if you are going to get one, buy an old one..you can definitely find one in good condition. However like flyweight said, there are better pumps out there..and if you are willing to invest the money, any of the guns he suggested would be good options.
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Posted 02 February 2010 - 02:50 AM

i say try and find an old one because i know some people dont like how light phantoms are, personally i have three or so, but try an older one out first, they are basically the same thing but with a cheaper price.

thats just my opinion though, but then again the first pump i got was an ss25 :evil:

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 01:05 PM

Hope I'm not going to much off-topic. Think it will give you some more info about new SL.

Aired up my v.2 SL-68 II. Looked like I couldn't get velocity any higher then somewhere in between 270-280 !
This is the first time this Tippy sees paint and I only found time to shoot one 500 bag (are there any others *lol*)
Did anybody else experience this same problem ? Hear that stretching main spring might bring solution here... Any comments ?
(My Inspire Reg on 12ci 3000psi bottle should have output pressure from 800 psi)

Single tape detent with doubled tape inside barrel worked fine to prevent roll-outs and I didn't have the idea it influenced flying path paint.

Have to say I like the pump. Shoots quite accurate, even with stock barrel.

If only I could get the velocity a little higher up !
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 04:49 PM

i saw mike from tech pb's review on it, and i do agree with the pricing on it is just kinda retarded...

170 for a pump..

when there are others cheaper is just kind of dumb..

but the other pump guns i have seen that are cheaper are more tourny looking markers..

check out mikes review. www.techpb.com
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 07:47 PM

View PostSO45615, on Feb 16 2010, 05:49 PM, said:

170 for a pump..

when there are others cheaper is just kind of dumb..


Many pumps cost more than that. Phantoms, arguably one of the most prolific pumps these days, run at least $200 new most of the time, if not more.

Now, it's somewhat silly to be charging that much for a Tippmann that you can still find the old versions of, true, but it's still a decent price overall.

I have to many markers as it is, or I'd consider one.
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Posted 17 February 2010 - 01:44 AM

Agreed Thalion, $170 for a pump is cheap. I've shelled out $600 a pop for two different pumps, and my Mini Comp just cost me almost $1200 when all was said and done. $170 isn't bad for a pump. It's just bad for a tippmann pump...Phantoms can justify that cost cause of the quality of the build and parts, same thing with higher end stuff liek CCM, PPS, and Carter Machine. Tippy stuff though still uses low cost crap parts. That is the only thing i don't like. For $170 i should get a marker with better construction i think.
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Posted 27 February 2010 - 07:31 AM

View PostSO45615, on Feb 17 2010, 12:49 AM, said:

... when there are others cheaper is just kind of dumb... but the other pump guns i have seen that are cheaper are more tourny looking markers...

Or, you just like to have a Tippy of course ! You probably have to be a little inventive to get a good velocity.
For some players it might just be the feel of markers like this that is prefered over some of the "more tourney looking" markers... mpo. But agree with you to some point, no offends ;-)

View PostThalion, on Feb 17 2010, 03:47 AM, said:

Many pumps cost more than that... but it's still a decent price overall....

Amen to that...

Have to admit I also liked sporting the Phantom I owned though :-)
I also had an Up'd AKP at my disposal for a while and I didn't like that at all, but that's an other story...

Why sport an other pump if you can get out there with a Tippy !! *lol* (This is a rhetorical question)
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