How often do you change your balls?

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By flashinstinct

1 year ago

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1 year ago

Even though I'm bound to get a few wise cracks out of this one. In all seriousness how often should someone change the pinballs in their game...is it after X amount of plays..????


1 year ago

I am curious as well. I just got an ACDC Premium that uses 4 balls in the game plus one ball that is isolated from everything else in the lower playfield. Should I be buying stock in a steel company???


1 year ago

I'm sure you are going to get a very wide range of responses - even the serious ones.

I replace the balls when I get a new (used but "new to me") game.

The amount that I use my games is probably quite less than some folks, and certainly less than a game on location. Since I tend to clean my games periodically, and when I do - I'll inspect the balls for damage or wear and clean them as well. I would say it will be quite some time before I need to replace them again. When you use better quality premium balls and you have many of them to replace (multiple games and a few games that use more than one ball) it's not really cheap to replace them at some regular interval when it is not really necessary.

The other end of the spectrum, if you feel the need - I would suggest replace perhaps when you change the batteries in your smoke detectors or pins.


1 year ago

I keep an eye on them.

If any big nicks or cracks toss immediately. When I clean if they look less shiny, more of a satin finish - it's time.

A ball with issues can be like sandpaper on a playfield. Cheap insurance to keep your game better.

LTG : )
Disclaimer : Had to refrain from what I really wanted to post.


jackd104

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1 year ago

All depends on how much you play. When they start getting visibly scratched and pitted, time to change.


1 year ago

Do you save your old balls or toss them? I've been keeping mine, but they just seem to be piling up.


1 year ago

I change mine every 6 months regardless, sometimes sooner if I see any wear on them(some games seem to beat them up worse than others).


1 year ago

The balls I received with me METLE looked used compared to new balls I bought a month earlier for my other machine.


1 year ago

Usually once a year.

Sometimes more often if it's a multiball game.

Always before taking a game to an expo, and always right after returning from an expo.


o-din

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1 year ago

Oops, wrong thread. I thought it read "how often do you shave your.............."


lladnip

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1 year ago

depends on how nice your playfeild is your trying to protect.

there pretty hard and take a lot of abuse, sadly multiball smashes them into each other.

you can tumble them a time or two and refinish them up, and i wax mine as often as i do the payfeild. it helps fill the smallest of scratches.

look at them admire them, its all in the shine, when they start to haze and go satin your looking at surface irregularities. these irregs will soon contain dirt which is way harder than the ball and anything eles in the machine- your pinballs become wrecking balls.


lladnip

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1 year ago
o-din said:

Oops, wrong thread. I thought it read "how often do you shave your.............."

back?


o-din

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1 year ago
lladnip said:

back?

Yeah, back!


1 year ago
lladnip said:

back?

nice save


1 year ago

Do you save your old balls or toss them? I've been keeping mine, but they just seem to be piling up.

heres what I did with them guess how many are in there for the tie breaker

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1 year ago
Turboderf said:

heres what I did with them guess how many are in there for the tie breaker

That's Awesome!!!!


1 year ago
scollins918 said:

72

close but its not 72


NM

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1 year ago
vid1900 said:

Usually once a year.

+1 (in a home arcade).

Once a year (with your batteries).


o-din

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1 year ago

86


1 year ago

56.


1 year ago

I change my balls after a good shagging. I've got a six million dollar mojo! Yeahhh Baby Yeahhh!!!


lladnip

Pinball addict
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1 year ago

63 and 1/3


1 year ago

Last guess for me, 97.


1 year ago

I am with Lloyd on this. I inspect them everytime I lift the playfield or remove the balls for any tech issues. If any scratches scuffs or general overall milkyness to the luster I just change them all out.

Ill guess 127 on the gumball machine.


1 year ago

69 of course.


1 year ago
o-din said:

Oops, wrong thread. I thought it read "how often do you shave your.............."

LOL!


1 year ago
Pin-it said:

69 of course.

That was my guess originally, but I will go with 91.


1 year ago

does anyone think the "M"cutout in the Metallica ramps will accelerate ball wear?



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