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Nip It Gator Solenoid is available


By 85Txaggie

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

I bought a Nip It with a bad Gator Solenoid. It is known to be unobtainium. Chas10e turned me on to the world of laminated solenoids. With lots of googling and reading datasheets, I found a solenoid that had the same mounting locations and the same width actuated arm. It is used on furnaces. When I removed the original solenoid, I found the same part number with a 1973 manufacture date. The part number is 2536-M-1 and currently made by Dormeyer.

amazon.com link »

Attached a picture of the new solenoid installed. Also had to manufacture a new roller since one was missing.

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#2 2 years ago

Awesome! Now just find me the rest of the Gator Assembly since mine is completely missing :p

#3 2 years ago

This is good news for some. The remaining number of games are missing much more parts today. A game without a "Balligator" is not a Nip-It.

Worth a moderator notating for future reference, as this original coil is very hard to find.

#4 2 years ago

Can you post pictures of the original solenoid with the numbers?

#5 2 years ago

https://www.flippers.com/catalog/product_info.php/ball-grabber-p-4055

Coil, outer bracket, and Bally part number only.

#6 2 years ago
Quoted from thepinballworks:

Can you post pictures of the original solenoid with the numbers?

I can't. I already disposed of it. Sorry.

Here is a shot of the unit installed, before the new solenoid and roller. I had to disassemble each pivot and clean with alcohol.

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#7 2 years ago

Those laminated solenoids come in different voltages and duty cycles. What is the voltage of the original solenoid?

The two major solenoid manufacturers back then were Dormeyer and Guardian Electric.

#8 2 years ago

That coil is already looking a bit cooked, unless the soldering was less than optimal before prep and after completion. I agree with Ken regarding voltage checks. The original coil was 32 gauge wire.

I did not realize you were the owner that James Edes was asking for locally. I am quite sure I have one more coil somewhere in my Ted Zale parts inventory, but I could not find it for added reference.

#9 2 years ago
Quoted from hailrazer:

Awesome! Now just find me the rest of the Gator Assembly since mine is completely missing :p

Mine also is totally missing.

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

That coil is already looking a bit cooked, unless the soldering was less than optimal before prep and after completion. I agree with Ken regarding voltage checks. The original coil was 32 gauge wire.

As I mentioned in that post, the 2nd picture is before I removed the old part. The solenoid a 120v solenoid. Same identical part number.

The picture in the link you posted also has the same base part number. (2536)

#11 2 years ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

Those laminated solenoids come in different voltages and duty cycles. What is the voltage of the original solenoid?

Ken, same part number. It is the continuous duty cycle solenoid. http://disti-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/testco-inc/files/datasheets/13220.pdf

8 months later
#12 1 year ago

Just ordered 2 of these from Amazon today, 1 for a project game that had a totally bad coil, and 1 as a back up for the game in my collection.

Thanks for finding these and posting!!

#13 1 year ago

Grainger supply may carry these. I buy a solenoid that looks exactly like that one from them for my Iceballs/Skeeball games.

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#14 1 year ago

I can verify that this is an exact replacement, a relatively easy job to replace, and works 100%

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