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Spiral Roadrunners

Hillbilly

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I got a Roadrunner spiral in a deal a couple years ago for free, and have had it sitting in my garage taking up space. Then last summer, a deal on 3 of them landed in my lap one day. I bought all 3 for $75.

The first one is just the body parts and the globe. The last 3 are complete except 2 burned globes, no locks, and 2 coin doors missing. 2 had rope lighting down the spiral which did not work. The time came to get them ready for the route or sell them for profit. So I disassembled all 4 of them and started the tedious task of removing petrified gumballs and cleaning them.

This is what I have learned so far.

1) Spiral gumball machines are a pain in the ass.
2) Locks are expensive for spiral machines.
3) Take pictures of things before you take them apart.
4) 2 special screwdrivers are needed for the spirals. Square bit and spanner screws. Cost $40 (Good HD quality tools)
5) Spiral locks are expensive. 8 locks cost $102
6) Spiral gumball machines will make you cuss.
7) All Roadrunner spiral gumball machines are not the same. 4 different machines with 3 different globes and plastic pieces that goes over the hopper. You can't simply take a globe from one and put on another.
8) Spiral gumball machines suck.
9) Spiral gumball machines have a lot of parts.

So here I am a few weeks later and I have 1 machine ready to go. I still need 2 more globes, but will be taking a crapshoot chance that they will fit even if I order them. I made 2 money doors but still need to paint them. 1 of the bases has a chunk broken out of it that I will have to fix with a fiberglas repair kit.

I still need to find 2 globes, mech and hopper Beaver style, chute and door. Got $217 in 4 machines so it still might work out..............


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How come you cannot just use an a&a lock? I have a spiral that did not come with the top lock and I was able to use an a&a lock. I know what you mean about all the parts inside though. There are a lot of parts holding it together.

 

Not sure why you bought 40 dollar screwdrivers. I bought a spanner bit to take apart my bounce a roo for about 3 dollars and same goes for the square driver. These cn be used in  normal nut driver.

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I stored the machines about an hour from where I currently live and didn't know the regular locks would fit.  I have a few other brands of spirals and they would not accept the regular locks.

 

As far as the screwdriver bits, I broke 2 of them on earlier spirals and wanted a heavy duty version that would not break and has a warranty if it does,. Both these are lifetime warranty.

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Oh wow, sorry to hear that. hopefully you can get these onto location and earning. I like to use them as fillers.

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I got a mech and mounting plate, I'll send you a pic when I get to my shop in a little while. If its something you can use you can have it just pay shipping.

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I feel ya bud when it comes to the pain these machines can be. I only run like 30 of them though. When I first started full time these were the it machines. I too by them really cheap all the time along with the other fad machines.

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You got 217 bucks after having them out a month from 4 of them?? Thats good for gumball machines!!!!

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How come you cannot just use an a&a lock? I have a spiral that did not come with the top lock and I was able to use an a&a lock. I know what you mean about all the parts inside though. There are a lot of parts holding it together.

 

Not sure why you bought 40 dollar screwdrivers. I bought a spanner bit to take apart my bounce a roo for about 3 dollars and same goes for the square driver. These cn be used in  normal nut driver.

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How come you cannot just use an a&a lock? I have a spiral that did not come with the top lock and I was able to use an a&a lock. I know what you mean about all the parts inside though. There are a lot of parts holding it together.

 

Not sure why you bought 40 dollar screwdrivers. I bought a spanner bit to take apart my bounce a roo for about 3 dollars and same goes for the square driver. These cn be used in  normal nut driver.

where did you buy  spanner bit    square driver  can they remove coin mech and have you remover removed metal exit door. where can you get manual just to see how to maintain ect. thanks...

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I got a mech and mounting plate, I'll send you a pic when I get to my shop in a little while. If its something you can use you can have it just pay shipping.

just looking at the 8 special screws stopted me cold. what does the mounting plate look like. I would like to see your picture of parts. if possiable ... have managed large arcades new to sprials

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