Quoted from Frax:
Are people -really- paying 800+parts for a PF swap?
I may SERIOUSLY have to reconsider offering my services out to our local groups if that's the case. At that point, it's definitely worth MY time, and if people can be considerate of delivery timeframe....psh. Bring me your game, I'll do the swap in my living room. I think you guys are talking more about like restoration than just a straight up swap at those prices, yeah? You're talking about crazy talk stuff like washing the bloody harness and re-wrapping coils that don't even have toasty wrappers to start with, and making dimple templates. That's not something I'd normally do on my own games.
A PF swap by my book isn't a full shop job, but lots of that stuff IS easier to do with the PF pulled out and parts off the board, and I naturally do things that make sense like cleaning guide rails, rebuilding pop bumpers, replacing star posts.. I've done it both ways with my games. Crescendo got a full rebuild of damn near everything during the swap... so did Space Shuttle (including resoldering every...bloody....wire. Oops.)....but Jackbot, not so much. PF swap was done in the cabinet and everything was dropped in the cabinet connected to the harness, and put back on in the cabinet working from the bottom up.
I don't get down to wrapping coils, but yes, washing the harness, cleaning and rebuilding all mechs, cleaning or replacing switches, new bodies and skirts for pops, replace broken posts and lane guides, polish metal, tune game after assembly. Lamp sockets are the one thing I don't normally replace. New ones sure look nice and are more reliable, but I've had issues with new sockets too. Depends on the condition of the originals, I guess. It adds a lot of cost to the swap.
There's no way I'd do a straight swap from one playfield to another with no servicing of the mechs, especially for someone else. Even if everything works after the swap, it won't be long before something fails, then something else, and something else. It'll be a neverending battle and you'll have one pissed off customer.