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Does this already exist? Ball stop for when lifting playfield...


By RetroGamerJP

4 months ago



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    #1 4 months ago

    Issue: I forget ... my "friend" forgets to remove balls before lifting playfield for service and they come crashing down.

    I don't know if a product already exists for this issue or I feel like I may have even read about machines that had some sort of mech that would lock the balls in place when lifting the playfield.

    I've only forgot to do this once or twice but still, pulling the balls out prior is always a pain. Seems like it would be easy to design some sort of 3D Printed "plug" that you could pop in to keep them from tumbling out.

    What clever methods does everyone have to keep balls in place while the playfield is up?

    #2 4 months ago

    It exists. JJP has had a solution in place for years. Basically, a hanging flap swings down to block the ball triugh when the play field is lifted. Just a square piece of metal with a pin in the corner. Others have similar.

    #3 4 months ago
    Quoted from Manimal:

    It exists. JJP has had a solution in place for years. Basically, a hanging flap swings down to block the ball triugh when the play field is lifted. Just a square piece of metal with a pin in the corner. Others have similar.

    Ah, it must have been JJP that I was thinking of. 99% of my machines have always been newer Sterns so I'm without that elegant solution.

    #4 4 months ago

    I’ve talked about this for years to friends. I think it needs to be something like those wine bottle stoppers that expand when you pull a lever. Doesn’t have to be as tight a fit of course. But every time I think of designing something like this i realize the rag I’ve been using for years to plug the hole does the same thing for much cheaper.

    #5 4 months ago
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    #6 4 months ago

    Just shove a microfiber cloth into the area the ball ejects from. Heck of a lot cheaper than the $125 trough thingie!

    #8 4 months ago

    EXACTLY!! This is nothing new, first introduced on Pin 2000's back in 1999.

    John

    #9 4 months ago
    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    EXACTLY!! This is nothing new, first introduced on Pin 2000's back in 1999.
    John

    Didn’t Capcom do something first?

    #10 4 months ago

    Ya know Hilton I think your right but I couldn't remember for sure so I just went with it....LOL.

    John

    #12 4 months ago

    Yeah it was done way before JJP came along. Not sure why it is not on every game though. As others have said, I just use a rag.

    #13 4 months ago

    It existed at least as far back as the 50s when a spring loaded flap kept all five balls from embarrassing the operator.

    #14 3 months ago

    I think I posted my invention, the 'troughpon". Check the DIY thread...

    #15 3 months ago

    I just wad up some paper towels. Works great. Unless I forget to remove it when I put the glass back on

    #16 3 months ago

    I use a sock

    #17 3 months ago
    Quoted from GorillaBiscuits:

    Just shove a microfiber cloth into the area the ball ejects from. Heck of a lot cheaper than the $125 trough thingie!

    That's what I do, pair of microfiber cloths stuffed in the lane and outhole.

    #18 3 months ago

    Is there one that works for Stern games? I like to add these to every game as a precaution - and the only game that doesn’t have one is TZ, and any Stern game.

    #19 3 months ago

    For $6k - $9k+ and yearly price increases for over a decade I've wondered why Stern doesn't put a ball stop on their games. Every modern game should come with a trough ball stop.

    #20 3 months ago

    HA! I see what you did there. Sinner...

    #21 3 months ago

    Piece of a sponge

    #22 3 months ago
    Quoted from PanzerFreak:

    For $6k - $9k+ and yearly price increases for over a decade I've wondered why Stern doesn't put a ball stop on their games. Every modern game should come with a trough ball stop.

    If I pay you $6k-$9k, will you stop your six-times-a-day reminder that you think Stern should give you a bunch of free shit because their games cost $6k-9k?

    #23 3 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    If I pay you $6k-$9k, will you stop your six-times-a-day reminder that you think Stern should give you a bunch of free shit because their games cost $6k-9k?

    Sure, send it to my PayPal Crazy I don't want free shi* but rather for Stern to justify their asking prices by including a similar number of features and quality as other manufacturers. I guess a thin piece of metal to stop a ball is too much to ask!

    #24 3 months ago
    Quoted from PanzerFreak:

    Sure, send it to my PayPal Crazy I don't want free shi* but rather for Stern to justify their asking prices by including a similar number of features and quality as other manufacturers. I guess a thin piece of metal to stop a ball is too much to ask!

    Does -anyone- even make one that fits a Stern?

    #25 3 months ago

    I like the sock idea.

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