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What is the actual weight of all pinball machines?


By Rush2112

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    After having 50+ machines rotate in & out of my three pin lineup, I was very curious to know the actual weight of these machines. It seems as if the Stern Spike Systems are a meager 50 lbs., in comparison to the tank-like weight of a 500 pound JJP. Of coarse, I am just exaggerating to make a point ~ but not by much. There is also an obvious difference in the comparison to a Williams vs. Data East. Pound for pound, what is the actual weight of all Sterns, Gottlieb system 80's, Spooky, all Bally/Williams including system 11's, Sega's, Capcom & EM's, etc.? >>>"In this corner, weighing ???? pounds is the heavy weight champ ~ JJP!!! & in this corner, coming in at a paltry 31 pounds is ~ Mr. Zizzles!!!

    #2 1 year ago

    More or less most standard width games are 250 lbs. my bsd manual says 285 in the box.

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    #3 1 year ago

    I'm going to estimate there are 3.5 million pinball machines in the world, and at 250 pounds each average, that would be 875000000 pounds of pinball machine in the world.

    #4 1 year ago

    Just imagine the weight if they were all sttng! The earth would collapse in on itself in a black hole!

    #5 1 year ago

    Exactly! A buddy of mine has a STTNG & it's a wide-body beast! Obviously the Williams WPC machines tip the scales of fine quality, as w/ TZ & STTNG one could add another 50 or so pounds to the actual weight. Possibly 325 lbs. ???

    #6 1 year ago
    Quoted from Electronmagic:

    I'm going to estimate there are 3.5 million pinball machines in the world, and at 250 pounds each average, that would be 875000000 pounds of pinball machine in the world.

    Did you factor in Bingos?

    #7 1 year ago
    Quoted from Chuck_Sherman:

    Did you factor in Bingos?

    The heaviest Bally bingo was Hawaii weighing in at 443 lbs.

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    #8 1 year ago
    Quoted from Ockeyhead:what is the actual weight of all Sterns, Gottlieb system 80's, Spooky, all Bally/Williams including system 11's, Sega's, Capcom & EM's, etc.

    It depends on the title and era. Early solid state are fairly light.

    Alphanumeric & DMD games are usually 300+

    Modern games vary, depending on how packed they are. Last I heard, woz was the heaviest, although POTC looks pretty packed too.

    #9 1 year ago

    Pin2000s hurt my back

    #10 1 year ago

    I think I heard that Hobbit was like 400lbs but I could be wrong it just feels that way when I had to get it into my basement!

    #11 1 year ago
    Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

    Pin2000s hurt my back

    This !!!

    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

    Pin2000s hurt my back

    Yeah RFM is like 265-270Kgs must be one of the heaviest later pins, it seemed heavier than STTNG also and that thing is a lard butt

    #13 1 year ago
    Quoted from DrWaz:

    I think I heard that Hobbit was like 400lbs but I could be wrong it just feels that way when I had to get it into my basement!

    350 pounds.

    LTG : )

    #14 1 year ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    The heaviest Bally bingo was Hawaii weighing in at 443 lbs.

    You can Bank on Bally

    #15 1 year ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    You can Bank on Bally

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    #16 1 year ago

    The Stern Spike Systems are a breeze to move compared to anything else. Did Stern literally thin out the cabinets, or did they simply change the type of wood used? With a miniature CPU behind the backglass & several "micro" driver boards underneath, you could minus a few extra pounds.
    Also, RFM's was mentioned as being a machine that tips the scales. Slugfest was another bulky monster that had a similar cabinet design in comparison to RFM's. My wife & I picked up a Slugfest last year & I assured her that it wouldn't be too heavy. Boy was I wrong & I heard about it on the way home. After that, I really-really try to keep her out of moving these machines. I prefer peace in my life!

    #17 1 year ago

    Iron Maiden in box 269lbs

    #18 1 year ago
    Quoted from Jeewiz13:

    Iron Maiden in box 269lbs

    I dont believe it... impro was the lightest and easiest pin ive ever moved.....

    #19 1 year ago

    Fireball home edition was damn light

    #20 1 year ago

    If I never have to move an STTNG again I'll die a happy man. The Stargate I used to have was also very heavy for some reason.

    #21 1 year ago

    TZ ain't light, either. Never want to move that up a set of stairs again...

    #22 1 year ago

    With Iron Maiden & all related spike systems, I'm convinced that the box weighs more than the actual machine itself ~ ha-ha!

    #23 1 year ago

    Also, those Gottlieb 80b's are solid & built like a brick potty house. I've read several incidences where Pinsiders had dropped their 80b's during transport & there was absolutely no damage whatsoever.

    #24 1 year ago
    Quoted from Ockeyhead:

    Also, RFM's was mentioned as being a machine that tips the scales.

    I just brought one to pintastic, and it sure is a beast. It's unwieldy mostly because of how heavy and large the backbox is by itself. I can barely handle it on my own. The body cab isn't any worse than most other games.

    #25 1 year ago

    JJP Hobbit took 3 guys to move. All the JJP machines are VERY heavy.

    #26 1 year ago

    What is the actual weight of the quadruple lineup of an individual JJP? Can anyone verify this?

    #27 1 year ago

    All i know is pinball 2000s are fucking heavy haha

    #28 1 year ago

    DI is the heaviest thing I have ever carried around in my life. I had to disassemble it to maneuver it down my stairs. (mind you, ,I was alone..). I thought it was 350lbs, but if Hobbit is 350 - this game is easily 50 pounds heavier. Oy.

    #29 1 year ago

    Spike has no transformer, no light fixture/ballast, metal portions of the backbox, much less wiring harness, simpler lock down mech, slide rails, and other things that make them nice and light (relatively)
    It's like a racecar, lean and mean!

    #30 1 year ago

    A few of the later and more complex EMs can probably push towards the upper 200’s but as mentioned prior.... the bingo category rules. I just picked up a 1950 Bally Turf King and had to add to this thread. There is no way that was coming off a trailer with the head off, without three people. We were thinking about it and almost tried but saner heads prevailed and we added a third. Those damn machines are made like a brick. I don’t even know if my nudging skills will transfer- I think the force required to nudge that game would tilt anything but for another similar game.

    Bally build a few with cow like weights.

    #31 1 year ago

    Had to move my 1976 Gottlieb Surf Champ the other day and I think it has, like me, gained weight over the 10 years I"ve owned it.

    Damn - those 4-player EM backboxes are heavy!

    #32 1 year ago

    I have a converted 2500 in 1 Street Fighter 2 machine that I believe is pushing 250 lbs. This machine is relatively easy to maneuver w/ a slow steady pace & a hand truck. Then I acquired a project Golden Tee cocktail machine that I converted into a GT complete. This unit is solid oak & easily tips the scale at 300+. The GT has a low profile & is extremely heavy. If events continue to escalate w/ N. Korea, we could simply drop this machine on that dysfunctional country & game over!

    #33 1 year ago

    Is everyone moving their pin2k’s with the heads on? My sttng by far the heaviest I’ve had. It had to be 350lbs

    #34 1 year ago

    Dialed In has to be 400lbs at least, 200 of it in the head.

    #35 1 year ago

    Haunted house was killer for me. The head was light though.

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