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  1. That's a Beaver wheel, set up for 1.1" capsules. To convert to a gum wheel, you just add another spring to the remaining empty hole on the brush off plate. Or you can replace the entire set with an Oak set (wheel, riser & brush off plate).
  2. I bought a pallet of used Beavers from them this past summer, and about a month ago asked about buying more. They told me they were no longer taking credit cards and I would have to use pay pal...that plus the poor service scared me off from ordering again. It seemed to me that they might not be around too much longer - but I have no idea of their current status.
  3. “If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers, <vendors> and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others. Neither to serve nor to rule: That was the American dream.” - Edward Abbey
  4. That's a Triceratractorus...
  5. One thing to check is to see if the product wheel is turning easily. Sometimes the brushoff plate will press down on the wheel with too much force...the machine will still vend, but the friction between the wheel and the riser under it may lead to stress fractures on the riser 'prongs' after a few hundred or thousand vends. If you take the Vista service head off the base while assembled but empty and try to turn the product wheel gears by your finger you can tell if it moves easily or not. If you think it takes too much force to turn the wheel, you can remove the brush off plate and add a gasket before replacing the plate. The gaskets that Oak uses are cork and rather thin....but that may be all you need. The gaskets that A&A has sold in the past are rubber and about 3 times as thick as Oaks. The whole gaskets tend to block the screw holes when we try to re-assemble, so we always cut them into quarter sections and just use one section up at the 12 o'clock position and the other down at 6 o'clock area. You are trying to create just enough space to free up the turning of the product wheel without adding so much space that the product wheel gears will ride up and over the coin mech drive gear. It may be that you have ended up with unmatched sets of wheels and plates where one side is just a thousandth or two of an inch different than the original. We have all our wheels and plates in a box together....Oak mixed up with A&A, and parts from every decade from the 80's on (the real old guys are made of metal).
  6. For the third year, Oak Manufacturing did not attend, and for the first time in over 50 years, Beaver did not attend. Compared to 20 years ago, the show is about one third the size it once was. No matter the spin, the trend is not a happy story. With all the info available on the net, there is not the real need for the operators to go. But if you want to have a business big enough to support your family, the info from the other operators attending is where the value is. At one dinner the guy on my immediate right has a business with over 10,000 machines out, and directly across the table was one whose family has over 80,000 machines on routes. When you have a room full of employees who's only job is to keep track of all the route service guys....that's a big operation. Next years is in Dallas, easy and cheap to get to from almost anywhere in North America. I would hope Vendiscuss could get at least one big round table full of folks to show...
  7. Thanks a lot, Musser. My wife read your post and threw me in the dumpster....
  8. Perfect locations to use old Tomy Gacha machines (Japanese style bulk machines).
  9. But if the machines are already welded to the first shelf....
  10. We are often asked if a Texas LLC can be owned by a single member. Single Member LLCs (SMLLCs) are allowed in Texas and they are very common. For tax purposes, the IRS considers a Single Member LLC a “disregarded entity.” In other words, the IRS will tax the business just like it would tax a sole proprietorship. The profits or losses of the business are simply reported on the member’s tax return. http://texasllcpros.com/single-member-llcs/
  11. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fini-Chicle-Bubble-Liquid-filled/dp/B00BWTANFU
  12. Solid color 27mm are 4.50 per gross (3.125 ea) and their mixed batch is 4.65 per gross. Add in free shipping and your are looking just over $8 landed per 250 equivalent price. For some reason, the balls packed by the gross are cheaper than the 250 per bag options at RIN. 12 gross per case, we just got in 20 boxes - so looks like Pete's got us beat, at least in the itty bitty balls department... Looks and quality are better than the next cheapest ("Fred" from Blue Bar)...
  13. TNT has been bought out by A&A...was announced at the show... "A&A Global Industries, Enters into Historic Arrangement with Top Notch Toys Rachel Rosenberg & Michael Applebaum join A&A Global A&A Global Industries and Top Notch Toys (TNT) announced that effective Monday a signed a definitive agreement has been implemented for A&A Global to acquire TNT’s current inventory, website, customer list and a variety of other goodwill assets. The agreement calls for the immediate hiring of industry veteran Rachel Rosenberg. TNT founder Michael Applebaum will provide consulting services to A&A Global."
  14. How about just mixing with good ole inexpensive 850 asst?? Maybe one Dippin-Dot for every 5 of the assorted. Either use both displays or start with the basic 850 assorted and add 'Now with Dippin-dots'... Most folks just want a piece of gum, but every once in a while a somebody will walk by who loves dippin dots and will put in 3 or 4 quarters until they get one.
  15. Dear Abby, My husband hasn’t worked for the last 14 years. All he does is get dressed in the morning and hop in his fancy car to visit his cronies. I know he’s cheated on me many times with young girls who could be his grand-daughters. I know this because he brags about this to me. He smokes fancy cigars and drinks the most expensive champagne day and night. We sleep in separate beds because he tells me he knows I am a lesbian and my varicose veins and fat behind turns him off. Should I clobber him with a frying pan, or should I just leave him? Your advice would be appreciated. Sincerely, Mad as hell ******************** Dear Mad as hell, You don’t have to take that kind of treatment from any man. I suggest you pack your bags and move out ASAP. Don’t resort to clobbering him with the frying pan. Try to act more like a lady. Remember…you are running for President of the United States, so try to act like it! Best of luck to you. Signed, Abby