(Topic ID: 255267)

How much would you pay to have your playfield replaced?


By Gotman

6 months ago



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“How much would you pay to have playfield replaced?”

  • I would pay $0 to have my playfield replaced! 25 votes
    48%
  • I would pay $1,000 to have my playfield replaced! 25 votes
    48%
  • I would pay $2,000 to have my playfield replaced! 2 votes
    4%

(Multiple choice - 52 votes)

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#1 6 months ago

A local Pittsburgh pinball dealer quoted me $2,000 to replace the playfield on my LOTR, and he really did not want to do it. What are people to do when Stern or JJP gives them a new playfield because the original was defective?

#2 6 months ago

$0
I would do it myself
I would do it for others for $1500

#3 6 months ago

LOTR is a bitch to shop. But honestly I’m thinking 1000-1300. That’s what I would do it for. Hoping it was dimpled and drilled.

#4 6 months ago

Update... Yes the playfield on LOTR was dimpled and drilled. The quote for $2k assumed it was not dimpled or drilled. Thanks.

#5 6 months ago

So what did they quote you after finding that information out? Thanks.

#6 6 months ago

Sell the machine with the new playfield and buy another with a decent playfield. I’m sure the difference will be less than 1500.
Good luck
Al

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#7 6 months ago

I ended up changing the playfield myself. It took two weeks working a few hours each day or about 30 hours. It was my first attempt, and it took another two weeks to fix the fuse blowing problem. Turned out it was the staple holding the light under the flipper assembly. This light is fastened with a staple on the light’s wire lead. The positive wire staple was touching the light socket, so add another ten hours. It took 40 hours on first attempt. Plays perfect now!

#8 6 months ago

Not sure I understand the purpose of this thread? You state you were quoted a high price and they didn’t really want to do it yet you started 2 Other threads offering a Playfield swap paid service? For more as it seems. Just trying to figure out if this is another complaint thread or a solicitation.

#9 6 months ago

Greetings to The Mod Couple, I am just trying to come to terms with my situation which I volunteered for, and other who didn’t. In other words, I choose to do the playfield swap because of the economics of having another $2k invested in a pinball machine, which I will never get back. Now compare that with someone who did not volunteer for the job, but simply shelled out six to 12 grand, and has the task of swapping a playfield. This is my passion not my business.

#10 6 months ago

Do the prices in your poll reflect just the work to do the swap, or do they include the playfield too? Because playfields alone are around $1k USD.

#11 6 months ago
Quoted from Gotman:

I ended up changing the playfield myself. It took two weeks working a few hours each day or about 30 hours. It was my first attempt, and it took another two weeks to fix the fuse blowing problem. Turned out it was the staple holding the light under the flipper assembly. This light is fastened with a staple on the light’s wire lead. The positive wire staple was touching the light socket, so add another ten hours. It took 40 hours on first attempt. Plays perfect now!

If you bought a new machine and the play field was damaged, I would think Stern should also pay for the labor to replace it. If you buy a car with a defective motor, the car company doesn’t give you a new motor and leave you to install it. I know I’m dreaming given how the pin industry handles these things. But I’m also right.

#12 6 months ago

Agree, playfieldS are expensive, so this is a bring your own playfield (byop).

#13 6 months ago
Quoted from jackd104:

If you bought a new machine and the play field was damaged, I would think Stern should also pay for the labor to replace it. If you buy a car with a defective motor, the car company doesn’t give you a new motor and leave you to install it. I know I’m dreaming given how the pin industry handles these things. But I’m also right.

Stern hasn’t sold NIB LOTRs for a long, long time. I don’t think this one was going to be covered by warranty regardless of the circumstances.

#14 6 months ago

On modern Stern's you're always going to be better off selling your game and buying one with a better playfield. There isn't a market for this service.

#15 6 months ago
Quoted from fosaisu:

Stern hasn’t sold NIB LOTRs for a long, long time. I don’t think this one was going to be covered by warranty regardless of the circumstances.

That’s why I’m confused, did you get stern to warranty a 13 year old playfield?!? Or did you
Buy a LOTR playfield made by someone else and wanted to swap it?

#16 6 months ago

The LOTR play field was new old stock. I purchased it on eBay for approx. $860.

#17 6 months ago

Depends on the game, the new playfield and other factors. Newer pins are eaiser bc of the way the gi and light boards are. So many factors but usually between 750-1500 just to do a basic swap.

#18 6 months ago

At 30 hours of time to do it yourself, 1k would be worth it to me. Thats $30 an hour plus aggravation. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to mess with something like this. With my luck I’d probably make more work for myself when the machine doesn’t work correctly anyways. Time is too valuable at this point, maybe when I’m retired I would think differently.

#19 6 months ago

I called around and was quoted $1500 by most and a two to three month lead time. One guy said, "yeah I'll do it but it won't be cheap". When I asked how much he said, "$800".
Needless to say I asked, "when and where can I bring it to?" He up sold me on a few things for the cabinet and then I also tipped him an extra $50. Total bill was $1150.
This poor guy, he went through absolute hell dealing with the shitastic Mirco playfield only for us to eventually decide to pull the plug and I bought a NOS pf cleared by Kruzman. So all the prep work he did on the Mirco he graciously offered to eat.

#20 6 months ago

Over the years, I’ve had six Wade Krause playfields swapped out for me. Average cost, about $1200. At least, it was done correctly. Many thanks to Brady! PinballShark

#21 6 months ago
Quoted from jackd104:

If you bought a new machine and the play field was damaged, I would think Stern should also pay for the labor to replace it. If you buy a car with a defective motor, the car company doesn’t give you a new motor and leave you to install it. I know I’m dreaming given how the pin industry handles these things. But I’m also right.

Now you have me in a tizzy!!! How do you know? Please tell?

#22 6 months ago

1,500 sounds like a fair price. Lot of work and time goes into changing those, taking everything appart in the right order and re-assembling everything correctly. It looks like something that can be done in 3 or 4 hours but it never seems to go that way for me. Once I start, I decide to tumble or polish stuff while Its in pieces. And if it has those stapled in lamp sockets, I need to limit how much time I work before I go insane.

#23 6 months ago

Completely matters on what PF/game.
LOTR has much more wiring and is a more complicated swap than a new Stern with Spike.
I would almost say a NEW game swap would be twice as easy as a Playfield swap/shop job on an older game.

#24 6 months ago

Agree spike systems are much more playfield replacement friendly.

#25 6 months ago

On “continued playfield issues” forum, I have read about populated playfield replacements. Wondering why I am also seeing games for sale that come with an unpopulated playfield. Which one is it, or is Stern settling the pooling issues differently?

#26 6 months ago

This is how you can label the different sub assemblies.... measure and mark off one inch increments, then label, long side dash short side. This method makes reassembly easier.

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