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How to move a pinball machine alone


By PinballTilt

3 years ago



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#101 1 year ago

A long time ago I bought a truck with a liftgate. Money well spent.
But there have been times when I don't have the truck or a dolly
handy.

In those cases I've found two items very helpful. A wood stool
a couple inches higher than the distance between the floor and rear. bottom
of the cabinet. Put the rear of the cabinet on the stool, remove rear
legs (and backbox if possible, or lay it down and strap it), then
remove stool and set back of machine down. Lift front of machine
up and remove front legs. Then the next tool comes into play:
a large skateboard. Get back of machine on skateboard to
position it next to tailgate of truck/suv and set it in. Works
good on hard surfaces but not lawns or dirt.

Easy-peasy.
Steve

#102 1 year ago

I have moved my
Whole collection myself. Do I do it by myself anymore ? No! Because my alien le fell on me and broke my leg. Don’t let it happen to you !

#103 1 year ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

I have moved my
Whole collection myself. Do I do it by myself anymore ? No! Because my alien le fell on me and broke my leg. Don’t let it happen to you !

#104 1 year ago

OK last question to people who have used both. Which is better for moving pins up stairs Escalera or PowerMate? Or are they both about equal?

Thanks again everyone!

DSL

#105 1 year ago

It has been my experience that moving a pinball machine on your own isn't really that bad, but I'm 6'4" and 220 pounds. I've never moved one up or down stairs on my own, but I could see taking one up or down a flight.
My biggest tip if you read nothing else is not to remove the front legs until it's in the vehicle.

With that said, the steps I use are as follows.
-Use a dolly with big inflatable wheels if you have to move through grass... a refrigerator dolly will sink
-Remove balls, tilt bob, coin box, and other loose items inside machine before moving.
-Fold down top box, and strap to cabinet leaving cardboard or blankets in sensitive areas.
-Pick up rear of machine and slide a bar stool under the rear of machine
-Remove rear legs and LABEL for next owner.
-Gently set rear of machine on ground.
-Tip machine onto it's bottom.
-Slide dolly under bottom of pinball machine, with handle between legs.
-Strap pinball machine to dolly (with lots of padding)
-You can now hold the machine by the dolly or by the legs when moving.
-If you need to rest you can rest the machine on it's front legs/dolly wheels while moving.
-Wheel machine to vehicle.
-Rest machine on dolly wheels/front legs.
-Remove straps keeping machine on dolly
-Lift rear of machine into rear of vehicle (with padding).
-Push machine into vehicle until you can let go.
-Remove front legs.
-Label front legs.
-Secure pinball machine.
-Do steps in reverse at final destination.
-Pinball!

#106 1 year ago
Quoted from sataneatscheese:

It has been my experience that moving a pinball machine on your own isn't really that bad, but I'm 6'4" and 220 pounds. I've never moved one up or down stairs on my own, but I could see taking one up or down a flight.
My biggest tip if you read nothing else is not to remove the front legs until it's in the vehicle.
With that said, the steps I use are as follows.
-Use a dolly with big inflatable wheels if you have to move through grass... a refrigerator dolly will sink
-Remove balls, tilt bob, coin box, and other loose items inside machine before moving.
-Fold down top box, and strap to cabinet leaving cardboard or blankets in sensitive areas.
-Pick up rear of machine and slide a bar stool under the rear of machine
-Remove rear legs and LABEL for next owner.
-Gently set rear of machine on ground.
-Tip machine onto it's bottom.
-Slide dolly under bottom of pinball machine, with handle between legs.
-Strap pinball machine to dolly (with lots of padding)
-You can now hold the machine by the dolly or by the legs when moving.
-If you need to rest you can rest the machine on it's front legs/dolly wheels while moving.
-Wheel machine to vehicle.
-Rest machine on dolly wheels/front legs.
-Remove straps keeping machine on dolly
-Lift rear of machine into rear of vehicle (with padding).
-Push machine into vehicle until you can let go.
-Remove front legs.
-Label front legs.
-Secure pinball machine.
-Do steps in reverse at final destination.
-Pinball!

Leaving front legs on tip is a good idea. Thanks!

#107 1 year ago
Quoted from pickleric:

Leaving front legs on tip is a good idea. Thanks!

Unless you have to make a tight turn.

#108 1 year ago

Last year I moved to a house with a walkout basement, so now I can easily move pins on my own! My days of removing back boxes are over.

#109 1 year ago
Quoted from floyd1977:

Last year I moved to a house with a walkout basement, so now I can easily move pins on my own! My days of removing bax boxes are over.

Walk outs for the win!

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