I finally got around to ordering some of the brush aluminum flipper bats from PBL. I know they've been out for three years now and I was wondering if anyone who has had them on a machine for years has any comments. Obviously they are tough and accurate as heck. My only concern is that they don't flex a little like the plastic ones do and that could be hard on the bushings and links. Has anyone noticed a difference in flipper parts breakage who has used these bats for a while?
I ordered a set for the IMVE that I just got. As usual before I even played my first ball on it, I opened it up to get rid of the Competition Bands from the flippers and install real rubber. First thing I noticed is that both bats were broken internally with less than 400 total plays! You could easily flex them and hear a clicking from the broken internal ribs rubbing together. The game plays ok, but wimpy limp bats effects accuracy.
That leads me to a second question. Has anyone used these on a Monster Bash yet? Back when I had an MB, I rebuilt the flippers and it improved the Phantom Flip accuracy a little bit. I was messing around with tweaking the flipper alignment and realized both bats were broken internally, so I replaced them with nice new stiff ones. Within a couple of games the Phantom flip was so accurate it was almost no fair! You could watch it make shot after shot as smooth as silk.