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(Topic ID: 275336)

What was the first pinball machine with powered bumpers?


By paulace

65 days ago



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  • Latest reply 64 days ago by chas10e
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#1 65 days ago

I know some of you folks out there can enlighten me - I'm trying to find out what the first pinball machine was that had powered bumpers - jet/pop/thumper bumpers. I think the first one that had dead bumpers was "Bolo" in July of 1936, followed a few months later by Bally's "Bumper". But which machine had the powered variety of bumpers first?

#2 64 days ago

Williams Saratoga 1948

Saratoga' was the first machine to feature an active bumper of the type that used a metal ring to repel the ball, identified in the manufacturer's flyer as a thumper bumper. This style of active bumper would soon replace the ones using a compressed spring to repel the ball, found in other games at the time. The earliest spring compression bumpers were found on Stoner's 1938 'Super-Zeta' and Stoner's 1938 'Zipper'.

#3 64 days ago

Was looking at a video before checking IPDB https://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?name=Saratoga&sortby=name&searchtype=advanced#2055

They didn't mention Saratoga but was still fun to watch

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