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Coin Mechanisms... safecracker token

By ryan1234

7 years ago

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    #1 7 years ago

    I have some general questions about coin mechanisms....
    After all this time working on pins, I have never worried if the coin mech works. In home use, never used the coin mechs. I am now looking at getting some tokens made and want to get ones that work(size/material)
    -What does a coin mech look for when accepting a coin- is it diameter, thickness or both? which is more critical?
    -How close does the size have to be? Could it be adjusted to fit a slightly bigger or smaller token?
    -Does material type matter? Could it be plastic, brass, steel and still be accepted?
    Really appreciate any thoughts and experience. Thanks

    #2 7 years ago

    Your average mechanical coin mech looks at size- thickness and diameter, weight, metal properties, bounce - US coins are struck multiple times and sound different if dropped on a flat surface than tokens stamped once. etc. etc.

    Some can be slightly adjusted but usually not much. You need the same size cradle as a token you'd consider.

    Everything it looks at is critical. Or it jams, or gets rejected.

    Check out Suzo-Happ for tokens and mechs. You'll find them other places too.

    LTG : )™

    #3 7 years ago

    Thanks LTG, could the diameter be smaller by .050" and still work?

    #4 7 years ago
    Quoted from ryan1234:

    Thanks LTG, could the diameter be smaller by .050" and still work?

    You'd have to try and see.

    LTG : )™

    #5 7 years ago

    You can buy IOMEX mechs and adjust them for coin diameter. Suzo happ mechs require more adjustment but it can be done.

    #6 7 years ago

    check this out:



    Sometimes you can get quarter mech lots cheap on Ebay, or elsewhere, so you can save some money by modifying them to take your tokens.

    #7 7 years ago

    I ended up modifying mine. I bought some small nuts, bolts and washers, and cleverly placed them on my Quarter mech, all without permanently modifying it. I was able to make it accept pretty much any size of coin larger than a dime and smaller than a 1/2 dollar.

    Coin mechs are super cool. Love taking things apart and playing with them. I spent probably an hour tinkering with mine to just figure out how it worked.

    #8 7 years ago

    I recently bought a Safe Craker and it has no cool tokens. The original owner never had tokens. You can see that the coin tubes and slide mechs have never seen a coin. (The machine is really nice)
    Now I need magic tokens......
    I found some on-line that are the right size, but have Japanese writing on them(I don't want that)
    I also found some with cool designs (and gold) that are slightly smaller- .050 smaller. Kinda hoping they would work. And they are cheap enough I wouldn't worry about loosing some.
    Any thoughts would help.

    #9 7 years ago

    Has anyone tried 1.125 diameter tokens?

    2 weeks later
    #10 7 years ago
    Quoted from ryan1234:

    Has anyone tried 1.125 diameter tokens?

    You'd have to replace or modify the slots and chutes on all your machines to use tokens that large. Most people probably don't want to deal with that, especially if they have a lot of games.

    The largest token you can get away with without enlarging the slots and chutes is probably the QST (.984" quarter size tokens), although they are slightly larger than a quarter, and some games may need slight slot or chute enlargement to pass the token.

    The QSTs also work in pachislo slots, and are the size Chuck-E-Cheese uses.

    #11 7 years ago

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