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(Topic ID: 100276)

tool for switches


By Raff

6 years ago



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    #1 6 years ago

    whats the best tool to use for ajusting switches

    #2 6 years ago

    Switch adjustment tool

    http://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/77-SWK-B

    Lots of places carry them though

    #3 6 years ago

    that sure will be handy to have , do they come in different sizes

    #4 6 years ago

    That's the only size I've seen. I usually keep two around just in case since it's a cheap thing to have.

    #5 6 years ago

    thanks its on my next order

    #6 6 years ago

    awesome tool... you will love it

    #7 6 years ago

    you want this tool ...but either paint it hot pink or buy two .I leave it in a machine and forget where it is regularly

    #8 6 years ago

    How does the one from Marco compare to the one PBL carries? http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=1518

    I love the utility of the PBL ones, but seems I always manage to snap a tine off every other time I use them. I currently have two in my toolbox, each missing a tine, but fortunately on different ends of each one.

    #9 6 years ago

    This is an Australian reseller Raff

    http://www.pinballspareparts.com.au/tools/l-shaped.html

    #10 6 years ago

    I had that problem too..after 3-4 I stopped buying them.

    A couple months ago someone brought it up here and Terry chimed in and said the 'problem' was fixed.

    I bought another on my last order and so far so good. Although I probably only used it 5-10 times.. I don't think I got 10 uses out of the old ones before they broke

    Quoted from Blackjacker:

    How does the one from Marco compare to the one PBL carries? http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=1518
    I love the utility of the PBL ones, but seems I always manage to snap a tine off every other time I use them. I currently have two in my toolbox, each missing a tine, but fortunately on different ends of each one.

    #11 6 years ago
    Quoted from Blackjacker:

    How does the one from Marco compare to the one PBL carries? http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=1518
    I love the utility of the PBL ones, but seems I always manage to snap a tine off every other time I use them. I currently have two in my toolbox, each missing a tine, but fortunately on different ends of each one.

    I'd bet they are all from the same supplier. No matter where I've gotten them from I always manage to break off a part of one (which is why I always have two around).

    I think no matter what, it's a thin tool and if you put too much pressure on it it's going to break. Normal switch adjustment never has snapped one on me though. It's always when I try to do it from a weird angle or something that stresses it more than normal that grenades one.

    #12 6 years ago

    better to have a couple of this tools

    #13 6 years ago

    I just got one from PBL about a week ago. For anyone who has a need for this tool and never bought one, let me say that I have been really glad to have grabbed one. Adjusting switches is so much easier and more precise now. I have a Williams Space Odyssey EM and I recently completed a flipper rebuild using a kit from PBR. My new flippers felt about the same as the old ones did in terms of power to move the ball up the table until I used this tool to fine tune my new EOS switches. I can't believe how well the flippers work now. The tool made a huge difference. I had been using needle nose pliers to do this previously but these tools are better and make it so easy to adjust switches very precisely. I could make adjustments with the needle nose but the adjuster tool is much better in my opinion. I'm sure some will say that needle nose work just as well once you really learn how to use them for his purpose, but I just find the tool so much easier. The adjuster tool from most places also has different bends on the two ends so that you can work in the confined spaces commonly found in pinball machines. Big bonus there.

    Also, they enable you to make your adjustments down low on the switch where the leaf meets the switch stack which reduces the chances of breaking the leaf.

    I also used the tool to fine tune my pop bumpers. It was very easy to adjust them to a point where they are now extremely responsive. It took a little time and patience to go through the process of really dialing them in, but once I was done I could not believe the difference in the operation of the pop bumpers. They are so incredibly lively (full disclosure - I rebuilt the topside components of these as well and thoroughly cleaned the underside components). Everyone who has played the table before and after this adjustment has been really surprised by the difference.

    I'd say it was well worth the $8.99 I had to spend on a leaf adjuster tool. Get one and find out for yourself!

    #14 6 years ago

    i just finished adjusting all the switches on the second player score reel using needle nose pliers , if i had
    known about this tool before i would have used it ,it looks a lot easier to use

    #15 6 years ago

    Jeebus, how hard are you guys cranking on switches that you're breaking these things?

    I've got one I got from PBR that I've had for years and it looks like the day I bought it.

    #16 6 years ago

    The PBR one is OK, but it's too big to get into the bank relay. WICO made a nice one years ago that was really small and had an offset and a short slot that was perfect, but I haven't seen one like it for sale.

    If you want real quality start hunting the old Bell Telephone tools. They had a zillion different ones to get at all the switches in their switching centers, and they still come up on ebay once in a while.

    ebay.com link » Vintage Bell System 507a Spring Adjuster Tool From The 1970s

    ebay.com link » Vintage Bell System 326b Adjuster Tool From The 1970s

    ebay.com link » Vintage Bell System 325b Adjuster Tool From The 1970s

    ebay.com link » Vintage Bell System R 1760 Adjuster Tool From The 1970s

    ebay.com link » Vintage Bell System 582a Spring Adjuster Tool From The 1970s

    #17 6 years ago

    just order it looking forward to working with it

    #18 6 years ago

    Thanks for the lead on the phone company tools! If they lasted this long, they should last forever!

    #19 6 years ago
    Quoted from Schwaggs:

    Thanks for the lead on the phone company tools! If they lasted this long, they should last forever!

    Here's the Bell System tool catalog from 1931 (later ones are much bigger). Just look at all the different "spring adjusters" they made:

    http://wedophones.com/TheBellSystem/pdf/bsp/mikemagnus/toolsandgauges.pdf

    #20 6 years ago

    when they made tools in the old days they were made to last forever

    #21 6 years ago

    got the Switch adjustment tool today what a great tool ,but to break a tool like that
    you would have to put it through alot of stress worth the $8.00

    #22 6 years ago
    Quoted from Raff:

    got the Switch adjustment tool today what a great tool ,but to break a tool like that
    you would have to put it through alot of stress worth the $8.00

    Just as important Raff is a great light. Looking at those gaps can be deceiving and not always easy to 'get it right'.

    #23 6 years ago

    fully agree as many tools i have the most important thing is a good light and a magnifier glass

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