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  1. They may not have been able to keep up with demand and fuel/time costs ate all the profit. Combos require constant attention. If you decide to move forward, I would suggest at least trying to talk the location into drink only. Also, if the laundry is coin-op, set your vendor to "Force Vend" or all your quarters will end up in the laundry machines. You'll have a lot of $1 bills but no product sold.
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  2. To start, I'm going to assume each of the coin tubes have are at least 1/2 full. When the VN flashes twice "disabled from system", is the coin mech dead or just not reporting tube levels? Can you payout change from the CPO menu on the board? Intermittent problems normally come down to harnessing/connection issues. Check the coin mech and DBV harnessing and then I would pull the coin mech fuse and ensure the fuse holder isn't flakey. SII boards should be warm to the touch on the upper right side ((as they hang in the machine) as that is where the transformer is mounted. I
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  3. One of the most validating feelings in the world is being liked by a friend's pet who "doesn't like ANYONE!"
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  4. People get a lot more hung up over a 10c fee than a 25c price increase.
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  5. Most people here are going to tell you to go with the two-tier pricing. I don't do that mostly for the reason you mentioned - discouraging people from using cards. I have spoken to too many customers who complained about other vendor's markup to think customers don't notice or care. In reality, you can raise all of your pricing in stages to help cover the fees and customers will accept the higher prices much better than two tier. Yep, that fee hurts because you see it as an added expense, and it is. But as your cashless sales increase you will also save time in the count room, and the cas
    2 points
  6. Apple leisure posted yesterday about wanting to unload some equipment. Maybe PM him?
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  7. Is that 2 machines in each laundry room or 1 combo per? If it's 1 combo per room, you will likely spend more time and resources keeping those machines filled than the value of your time. Combos don't hold a lot so the have to be filled often. Apts tend to be tough on equipment as they're not well secured and tend to get trash and debris forced into coin slots and bill accepters shutting your machine down. Service calls will be pretty constant for stuck coins and vandalism. Not saying it's an absolute but definitely worth considering. If possible, find out who had the location before
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  8. Oh boy, here we go. The 5 dirty words "..best type of combo machine".
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  9. I was speaking to the link they shared for the used equipment reseller on Craigslist. I saw a lot of branded equipment in those photos.
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  10. Be careful talking to Coke if Coke believes they can make a sizable profit on this account they will sent their Salesman to out bid you. I have seen this happen They are a big company with lots of resources. The way Coke will do this is offer nice new signs and advertising to the fairground. I have been in the vending business for 30 years and have seen the big bottlers take accounts from independent vendors the excuse is while we gave the account all the free signs and the soda machines so we might as while service the Machines our self and please always remember Coke and Pepsi will com
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  11. Coke is getting ridiculous with their prices.
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  12. I firmly believe that vending machines have a long long way to go before they become almost completely obsolete. The issue with micro markets is security. Vending machines are generally more secure and smaller locations just don't justify micro markets. I see crane exiting the market soon (just a hunch) but vending will remain strong in the 20-75 person locations. And, frankly, the 20-75 person locations are my bread and butter. Due to my metro area being the way it is, there's almost exclusively really small vendors with a handful of machines and much larger companies that won't settle f
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  13. See, we’re on this thing called a forum, not a tech questions only helpline. It’s almost as if a forum if a place to discuss things. And it’s almost as if that thing doesn’t have to be a question.
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  14. It uses a drop sensor. So it only shows sold out if you actually try to vend an empty column and nothing comes out. It will detect that no can or bottle has fallen and will allow another selection or a refund, and mark that column sold out. If you select an empty selection and nothing comes out and it takes you money and does not mark it sold out you may need to recalibrate the drop sensor, or replace it if calibration does not work.
    1 point
  15. you probably need a lock collar set and the lock/key. the lock will be a typical sticker vending lock with a threaded rod sticking out of the back of it. You can use a cam lock with an adapter, but it needs to be the right kind that works with it. I can't seem to find a picture of an original lock. adapter: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cam-Lock-Screw-Tip-Attachment-For-Vending-Sticker-Machines-Other-Applications/143374304714
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  16. hey everyone ... I'm new to this forum. been in the biz for about a year ... have 2 ams machines ... one a sensit 2 upgrade and one a 3 ... I'm eager to learn so please share share
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  17. You so what you want, Randy, but I don't think we should discourage the people that are actually responsive about their products, even if he seems to spam irrelevant stuff at times. Personally, I'm glad to have nayax and vendo people active here. Can't say that about crane or USA tech.
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  18. The class of citizen does not make any difference. Theives are theives and when they see a target of opportunity you will get theft. It will be the mayor's son, a homeless person, a transient passing through, or a customer of the car wash. It will be someone.
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  19. I originally asked because there used to not be a combined manual, but just found one. https://rc.cranems.com/Uploads/E-Model%20Series%2090%20Single%20Price_SIID%20Service%20Manual%20760.11.pdf For more detail on the single price electronics (not this particular machine but single price is pretty much the same no matter the machine or brand) https://vendiscuss.net/files/file/114-dixie-narco-series-90-service-training/
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  20. Some people never learn how much easier it is to just be nice to other people, because it never crosses their mind to try it.
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  21. Set the rod for small products.
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  22. Dixie Narco 600e models are tall, won't fit in some places - as far as price, machine prices vary by location, so it depends where you are
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  23. Avoid any of the imported combos, such as Seaga. Poor quality with no parts or tech support, often using non standard components as well. AMS or Crane combos are OK, but be aware as was already posted capacity is poor, especially drink capacity. That is unavoidable when you shove two machines into one cabinet. Spending too much time restocking machines hurts your profit margins deeply. As for apartments in general, some can be good locations and some are terrible. Mostly depends on the types of tenants they cater to. College age or family oriented can be good; but locations that cat
    1 point
  24. Don't be surprised if Coke says no though they will generally be more willing the more machines you need to install. They will also like the idea of replacing Pepsi. Keep in mind there will be minimum product purchases to meet and maybe a lease fee per machine. This could also be a boondoggle if Pepsi ignores them because sales are real low or very up and down. You have to assume that they began by giving better service, so why aren't they now? That's the $64,000 question. Also, that CL ad is spamming everyone all over the country.
    1 point
  25. That sounds really good. Don't try to be the discount vendor, set reasonable prices that will be profitable for you. (Those food trucks will charge sky high and will hate you if you undercut them too much). Congrats, that should be a nice account! As for the craigslist ad, I don't know anything about that reseller, maybe someone west coast will have some feedback for you.
    1 point
  26. I Think they mean they are trying to get equipment loaned from the bottler, not buying used equipment.... but that is good advise for anyone buying. And for loaned equipment, it's always good to keep your own records of what machines you receive and especially what machines you return. I have seen bottler records get messed up and they come to you trying to get you to reimburse for a missing machine that you turned in, but if you have good records they will be OK.
    1 point
  27. Check everything closely and do your due diligence when it comes to bottler equipment. Take the serial number and call the manufacturer to find who purchased the unit originally. With that you can call that bottler and determine if it's legitimate or if that unit is "missing" from their inventory.
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  28. So I was approved by the fairgrounds board, and now they're just waiting to mutually terminate the contract with Pepsi. They're upset that Pepsi isn't delivering product frequently enough (the fairgrounds is stocking the machines, they also no longer want to do that) and the machines are constantly staying empty for long periods of time. I won't be paying a commission. They have events with food trucks, and without. They want the snack machines for when they don't have food trucks, that way they'll still have some sort of food there (like during gun shows or precious metal shows etc.).
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  29. Yes that is STA. I don't know what they still have but is worth a call since, to my knowledge, there is no option for new parts for Lektrovend equipment? Maybe Georgia Bulldog's buddy can help.
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  30. I second finding a gun safe mover. That's essentially what my movers do.
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  31. https://www.dsvendinginc.com/images/pdf-manuals/bevmax4manual.pdf Pages 83 and 84 show them and the parts. Screws are all that hold them in.
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  32. RTFM I did that, I could not fine anywhere the replace of gate assy
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  33. There was a company in TX that worked on these until they got out of vending repair some time back. It's possible that they still have some parts as they worked on Lektrovend regularly. Try 972-445-1358 and ask Stacie. She can tell you one way or the other. Worth a try at least.
    1 point
  34. Don't worry about it. The machine is older if it has a normal door with buttons down tbe sides. Unless the seller has no key for it you will be fine.
    1 point
  35. Just checked one in my warehouse, it has a SN decal on the rear of the cabinet (upper corner) and another inside the cabinet on the upper left side wall. Did not see anything on the door other than the exterior metal plate.
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  37. On the front of the Sports Zone machines there is a web address www.bulkvending.com I have never done business with them and know nothing about them but it looks like the website is still up and running. Maybe they can help you track down parts.
    1 point
  38. Thanks Southeast treats. I have raised the query to them. I will update here if I get a solution from them.
    1 point
  39. I always pulled the spring holding the paddle down on the columns I intend to test. This will drop the paddle under it's own weight freeing up your hands. You should be able to check for coin acceptance and at least vend those particular columns. It will not accept bills until you have at least 2" of change in the coin tubes on the coin mech because it needs to know it can pay change. You can dump stacks of nickle, dime, quarters directly into the tops of each tube and then vend once with coins so the mech will take a fresh look at the tube sensors. Don't forget to reinstall t
    1 point
  40. Yes, it is because of the sold out condition. You need 6 cans per column, enough to cover the sold out paddle at the front of the column. Alternately you can test by holding a sold out paddle down, however you have to be careful to not insert your hand in too much as you do not want your hand to get caught in the rotor. If you don’t want to buy a lot you can just buy a 12 pack and test. All it needs is at least 1 column not sold out to work.
    1 point
  41. Update 2/09/2021: I will be moving forward with the Royal Vendors RVCC-660-9 vending machine. I am currently in talks to get the machine transported to where it will live. We got creamed with a massive amount of snow here in NYC. This has slowed the process of getting the machine. When I get the machine I will come back and update. =] This is becoming real!
    1 point
  42. Oh ok. Have you replaced PLCC eproms before? The are simple but, like anything, can be done incorrectly. Find the Eprom on your board and locate the removal access slots on opposite corners. (See below). I prefer people use removal tools as they will help prevent damage to the eprom's socket. Prying against the corners of the socket can split it possibly rendering the board useless. Note the orientation of the eprom you remove and put the replacement in the exact same way. There will be a divot on the chip marking Pin 1 as well as one of the 4 corners of the chip will be cut at a
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  44. If you are going to get refurbished, I recommend a 501E, a Vendo v21, or a Royal 650. There are other good models as well and we can always tell you if a model is a good one or not but those 3 listed models are what I consider to be "future proof" meaning you can probably use them for quite a long time even at busier locations as you move on up. A machine such as a 501T (not to be confused with a 501E) may be single price, it may have an SII board in it, or even an SII-D board in it. Depending on what's in it, the condition of it, and the price of it, it could be a great option but it is NO
    1 point
  45. I personally don't know any vendors who ever got rid of 501Es EXCEPT for those who just wanted to either transition into micro markets or those that just want to trade in their older models for brand new machines. And even those vendors are few and far between. Over the last 10+ years, I went back and forth between the 501E and the Royal 650-10. As time has gone on, I acquired some V21 machines (621, 721, 821) and they are my favorite models but the 501E (as well as the 276E) have become the next best thing with the Royal 650-10 being a close 3rd. The 721 and the Royal 650-10 both have
    1 point
  46. A Single Price coin mech ( Mars TRC 6800H ) should not enable the DBV to accept (or even engage the transport motors in the DBV) without the lower tube sensors for at least Quarters and Nickels covered. If the DBV is enabled, the coin level should not be an issue. If the bill is accepting and spitting it out, that is failure to validate due to bill inserted incorrectly, sensor issues or just a picky DBV. Clean the upper and lower track sensors with alcohol (evaporates and is not corrosive to plastic), make sure your belts aren't so worn that they can't grip a bill without slipping. In
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  47. Call Vendtronics in Phoenix and tell them the model number of coin mech you have and they will fix you up.
    1 point
  48. That depends on how bad you need a 6 select machine. It has a serpentine rack so if cans freeze they are a golpher to get out. The cooling deck comes out the back after you release screws in the front, back and also on the back of the evaporator. When the unit goes back in all air leaks around the rear plate have to be sealed with putty. You do have to know that the thermostat on this and other USI soda machines must be set at 2 and not the normal 3 1/2 of other machines, otherwise you will freeze cans - and you need a USI thermostat not a generic DN thermostat.
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