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(Topic ID: 279726)

Pinball erection device.


By pinballslave

2 days ago



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  • Latest reply 1 day ago by pinballslave
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    #1 2 days ago

    Here's something I dreamed up while I was recovering from a back injury while vowing to never strain my back again by putting a pinball on its legs... I've put around 20 games on their legs using this, and it's still going strong...

    materials:
    1 hydraulic trolley jack
    1 sack barra
    About 0.5m2 18mm ply
    0.5 bicycle tyre
    Wood glue
    Screws, various lengths
    Nuts and bolts as seen fit

    Tools:
    Angle grinder
    Jig saw
    Screw driver
    Spanner
    Welding machine

    I actually made this over 15 years ago, not sure if I made drawings for it, but the below pics show it in action...

    Not only does it get the game from vertical to horizontal with enough height to get the legs on, it can also be used to wheel the game around into its slot in the line up... obviously you can therefore also use it to wheel games out of a line-up to work on them...

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    #2 2 days ago

    Great idea.

    I saw a commercial version of this that costs a lot of money.

    Yours looks as good if not better and a fraction of the cost.

    Thank you for sharing !

    LTG : )

    #3 2 days ago

    Very cool!

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    #4 2 days ago

    Yup read title and expected something totally different. Think shaker motor attached to a flesh light.

    #5 2 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    I saw a commercial version of this that costs a lot of money

    Would be interested to see this, curious what it looks like! Do you recall where you saw it?

    #6 2 days ago
    Quoted from pinballslave:

    Would be interested to see this, curious what it looks like! Do you recall where you saw it?

    I believe there was a link on Pinside at one time. I haven't been able to find it.

    Looked like a pinball cart. You placed it to the upright game like an appliance dolly. Put a strap around it. It would lower itself to the ground, and then pull the game on top of it. Then you could raise the game up to put the legs on and remove the cart.

    Around $5K as I recall.

    Maybe someone else will remember it or have a link to it ?

    LTG : )

    #7 2 days ago

    There were guys at Expo that sold these for years, like what LTG is talking about. I don't recall them being $5K though, maybe less then $500? It's been years.

    John

    #8 2 days ago

    I tend struggle getting the legs on and the game upright without assistance. On occasion I have a waited a few days for help. The mere thought of hurting my back is enough to override the excitement to get the game setup. I would consider buying one of these if the price was right.

    #9 2 days ago
    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    There were guys at Expo that sold these for years, like what LTG is talking about. I don't recall them being $5K though, maybe less then $500? It's been years.

    That was the pinball lifter guys. A lift table modified. Bruce Knightingale and his Father. I don't believe they sell them anymore.

    What I saw on line was fancier and had more hydraulics and stuff.

    LTG : )

    #10 2 days ago
    Quoted from Dayhuff:

    There were guys at Expo that sold these for years, like what LTG is talking about. I don't recall them being $5K though, maybe less then $500? It's been years.

    Bruce and his Father made things like this. No longer available. And not what I was referring to. But similar.

    LTG : )

    #11 2 days ago
    Quoted from nicoy3k:

    Yup read title and expected something totally different. Think shaker motor attached to a flesh light.

    I was thinking more like the new JJP GnR- got a woody as soon i saw it

    #12 2 days ago

    In all honestly I just use my pincart the same way. Cart is rebuilt with new grommets and seals so it doesn’t leak. Tip the cart up so the top lines up with the bottom lip of that game. Tilt the game forwards and slowly lower the whole cart and pin forwards. Then use the lift cart in its normal way.

    It would be a bit easier if you install locking wheels on the cart. So far I’ve used my method on 4 games and had no issues or spills with the hydraulics.

    #13 2 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Bruce and his Father made things like this. No longer available. And not what I was referring to. But similar.

    That's a cool device too... probably a touch more expensive than my gizmo, but does the job great! Just like mine, you have to remember to lower the jack fully before putting the game vertical (when taking a game into the storage position) or the whole thing can end up 'on it's roof'

    #14 2 days ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    In all honestly I just use my pincart the same way. Cart is rebuilt with new grommets and seals so it doesn’t leak. Tip the cart up so the top lines up with the bottom lip of that game. Tilt the game forwards and slowly lower the whole cart and pin forwards. Then use the lift cart in its normal way.

    Would be curious to see some pics of that...

    #15 2 days ago

    Take my money!

    #16 1 day ago

    I'm not planning to make another one, but if you, or anyone, want any more details so you can make your own, and feel the relief of pain free erections, just let me know

    #17 1 day ago

    I get an erection every time I see a pinball, so I don't need a device for that

    #18 1 day ago
    Quoted from Lhyrgoif:

    I get an erection every time I see a pinball, so I don't need a device for that

    Even Student Prince?

    #19 1 day ago

    Sorry to hear you needed help with your erections but glad you found a clever solution!

    #20 1 day ago

    I have always wanted a barco-pin-lounger...

    Well played!

    #21 1 day ago

    Nice!! I built a set of these here a few years ago, a real back saver and works beautifully!

    Here is the thread describing all the parts needed, start on page 2:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/how-to-move-a-pinball-machine-alone

    #22 1 day ago
    Quoted from NYP:

    Sorry to hear you needed help with your erections but glad you found a clever solution!

    Thanks Ron, I knew I could rely on you for your support and encouragement.

    Some of the really heavy erections really put a strain on my back, but since using this device, even the heaviest erections don't cause any back pain at all!!

    Quoted from AUKraut:

    built a set of these here a few years ago, a real back saver and works beautifully!

    That's a neat idea... the only snag is that you need space behind the game to use the crank for the jack, and then need to move the game to its final position, usually with the back against the wall... of course a scissor jack type pin-dolly can do this part, so with that as well, you've cracked it!

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