(Topic ID: 89889)

Pinball dolly question

By Pinsforfun

7 years ago

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  • Latest reply 7 years ago by DallasPinball
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    #1 7 years ago

    Has anyone used a hydraulic/pneumatic screen door cylinder to replace a dead hydraulic cylinder on a pinball dolly?

    #2 7 years ago

    A door cylinder is designed to regulate the closing of a door so it does not slam. It is designed for a much lower weight capacity than a pinball machine. In addition, it is not designed to hold the door in place(with the exception of the metal slide lock) and is highly likely to fail in the application you require.

    #3 7 years ago

    Screen door 5lbs, pinball machine 250+...I wouldn;t cheap out on this one

    #4 7 years ago

    Save yourself some work and tip your pin over on the ground now.

    #5 7 years ago

    Sounds like the worst idea......

    #6 7 years ago

    Not trying to cheap out. My hydraulic guy said he can't fix mine so I'm think of alternatives.

    #7 7 years ago

    I've seen posts that recommend this as a replacement for a Wico dolly. You'd need to have brackets fabricated and welded on to make it work as it's thicker than the original. I picked one up for mine but haven't installed it yet, so I can't comment on how well it works.


    #8 7 years ago

    I recently bought two old Wico pinball lifts missing the hydraulic cylinders. In the next few weeks I was going to have a friend fabricate new brackets and do the required welding to change over to the pneumatic cylinder mentioned above. I will also be replacing the old beat up casters with new ones. Still trying to figure out which ones I want to use that will hold up and work well on a variety of surfaces without leaving marks or wearing out too fast.

    Pinside user MikeO posted about doing this upgrade in a thread from a few months ago.

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