Quoted from Triguy964:
I am a newbie (I have one EM machine) going to look at a Swords of Fury to buy here locally this weekend. Is there any Achilles heel of the machine I should especially examine?
I have owned maybe 50 machines in my life, now I own Ripleys and picked up Swords for 350 bucks from a person who knew nothing about fixing. GI sockets were burned to a crisp, replaced sockets and pins. Not a hack job and converted LED's where I like them. I really like this game. My ramps were cracked but I have built kayaks so fiberglass and epoxy I am familiar with repairing stuff to a glass finish. The drop targets yes I have taken out several times to adjust. I have one now that drops almost all the way then goes down slowly. Damn! But, it really is a good game. When I am in a pissy mood and he says "Challenge Me!" then it's game on.
One piece of additional advice. There are always problems with this era machine. Like when I bought DE Jurassic Park, I bought it knowing it didn't work. The major problem tuned out to be fuse holders and a wire broken to the Dino. Anyway, It takes time to fix things sometimes, don't hack, fix it right, learn, and don't get frustrated.