I have an old 900 with great success, but time is more valuable now so I am thinking of making the jump to automatic. The electric is $800, the hydraulic is $1300. Pro's and con's if you have either or both. How did you make the decision?
I own the electric drive and would not have it any other way. It flat shits and gets with never a hick up. It is also very quiet. With that said I have never used a hydro unit so can't comment on them.
I have used the P/W Auto-Drive electric for over a year now. I have used the hydraulics. Besides never leaking the electric is easy to control and quiet. I like to listen to the radio (oldies) when I reload. Not possible with the hydraulic units. P/W has a real winner with the Auto-Drive.
Actually, the hydro is now $975 and I have a couple here for $750.
I worked on the development of the Automate for the P/W and Spolar, and played with the very first version of the P/W Electric Drive. In fact, I pushed to have the foot switch made available.
I, personally, use two hydros here at the shop. In fact just this weekend I unisstalled one to set up a new 800 Plus, and then today sold the Plus. I will now install a new Patriot on thi hydraulic unit. Both hydros are P/W hydraulic units. The one that runs an 800 Plus and I have had this unit for almost 20 years - it has never, ever caused me one problem - NOR HAS IT EVER LEAKED A DROP OF FLUID. The other run a fairly new Spolar. I prefer the hydro.
The noise can be abated with the use of an old dot-matrix printer enclosure with the convoluted foam. The control with the foot switch is superb.
thanks for all the input and varied opinions will always prevail. I must admit the foot control would be a real plus for me. It seems like the speed and ease of being able to use both hands for empty and wad would be hard to beat. Why does the electric not have a foot control?
The Electric-Drive now does have a foot control option. It sells for $850.
Initially, Brian (no longer at P/W) met with me and told me that their lawyers argued against it for liability reasons. I responded that that avenue of debate was moot because they had a foot switch on the hydraulic, a much, much more powerful unit.
Finally, after requesting many of my customers and inquirers to call/email the company requesting this, the company finally acquiesced.