Quoted from PanzerKraken:
So been working on my skills and nudging still is a tough one for me, but notice that it also depends on the machine. Newer machines are lighter and easier to move around, but older pins like my Tales from the Crypt feels super rock solid and heavy, and it takes a ton of force to do any type of nudge at all with it. So I got tile floor and wondering if a problem I'm having is the type of foot protectors I'm using? Using these simple plastic moving sliders, doesn't feel like I got a ton of give on the tile: amazon.com link »
Besides putting wheels on the machines (lol), is there better more responsive feet option that would work well with getting the machine to nudge easier, or am I just terrible at this lol. Seen the rubber feet that are meant for the bottom foot bolts, do those have more slide to them? Or going to straight felt pads?
I agree 100% with everything jackd104 already wrote: the machine doesn't really need to move on the floor for a good nudge to work, but if you do want low friction, a nylon foot is probably the best you're going to do, short of one made of PTFE (Teflon).
That said and for what it's worth, I used those "super sliders" in the 3.5" version on carpet, and they work pretty well for sliding the machine around. My main objection/problem with them is that the leveler foot squashes down the middle of the foam and the plastic, which concentrates the weight more, reducing their effectiveness.
I fixed that problem by designing and 3D printing supports to put between the leveler and the slider. They spread the load evenly over the whole foam rubber part:
Pinball leveler foot lift
This might also improve the performance of those sliders on hard floors. Alternatively, you could probably use furniture felt on the bottom of those sliders to get them to work better, or you could modify that design to eliminate the recess on the bottom and attached furniture felt directly to the 3D printed part.
I made two kinds: one adds a full 1" to the height of the leg, which I used for a couple of games that for some reason I couldn't get the playfield angle correct without putting the leveler right at the very end of its range (I don't like them extended that far...seems too rickety); and another that adds just 1/4", which IMHO is the minimum I could do and still get the leg's weight distributed well over the foam part.
Anyone interested can download and print them themselves from my collections on Printables and Thingiverse: