I have not been compensated by Thunder Equipment for my unsolicited testimonial.
Last edited by Raymond Little; 06-09-2014 at 10:15 PM.
I agree, to a point. They are cost effective and durable. Mine have been very reliable for close to 3 years. They are very useful under certain circumstances. However they also cannot replicate the throw of a winger with a real bird live or dead. I am working with 14 dogs everyday and 90% of the time I choose to reload wingers. I just feel it is better for the dogs.
Everyone can make their own personal choices on equipment to buy and how to train. I do what works for me. The Thunder 500 has been very useful for me personally and for our training group. If you don't want to use it, don't... but you don't have to slam someone's livelihood with unfounded statements.
Duckdog's Fast Autofocus
GMHRCH-III WR North Star's Deuce of Diamonds
MHR WR Pondview's Bar None 1994-2006
To each his own and leave it at that.
My experience with the new Thunders is that they are excellent. Back when I was running our
FC AFC Northwind Gale Force
(Co owned with my training partner and longtime friend), we had two Max 5000s that I used daily along with one of the Maxwell retiring men...
With streamers on the bumpers, the dogs reacted as if I were shooting birds. During that time I was traveling a lot, therefore training alone. Nice to be able to set up two quality marks with a retired bird... Walk out and throw the third. Run her and the young dog on it without having to reload anything.
Sure liked that maxwell retiring man... Finally burned it out. Come on Doug, invent something like that... or better
Heaven forbid someone has a different opinion and expresses it. Seems that now days here on RTF that if someone has a different opinion they are just bashing someone else.
I have been on RTF almost since it's conception, before Chris was the man in charge. I initially came on here green as can be and started calling people that used the collar cheaters. Some jumped on me but others such as good ol Unca Jerry were kind enough to point out the error of my ways in a kind and gentle manner. I have the greatest respect and admiration for Chris and his diplomatic abilities to deal with people on this site. (I may even hear from him on this one). I have learned a great deal from RTF in the past but now in the days of Face book and Twitter it just seems to be more of a social media type thing. I still look in on RTF daily but sometimes wonder why.
As for the Thunders they are a fine tool but like everything they have their place I don't care what anybody says. Same goes for wingers, they are a poor substitute for a real (good) bird boy, but then again they are better than a poor bird boy.
My Thunder 200's throw the bumpers about 40 yards - I have TriTronics after the initial button push to cock it I usually wait 6 - 8 secs before launching - For anyones info if you ever have problems with a round not firing and you have plenty of gas flow you may need a new ingnitor - One of mine was hit and miss on firing and I talked with Thunder and they said it needed cleaning, I blew everthing out, still not working - Instead of sending it back I took it apart and replaced the inginitor which is a Bernzomatic TS 8000 you can get from Lowes for $50 - It took about an hour and it is now working great - Give me a call if you need any help with this - Will save you shipping and repair cost - $100 plus
I know my dog does not mark the bumpers from the 500 at FT distances very well, they shoot so fast they are hard to pick out in the sky line.
4500 feet, 20% humidity regards...
Last edited by mitty; 06-10-2014 at 01:16 PM.