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  1. I put a couple Seaga combos on a location yesterday... I think it will be a good fit for them...
    6 points
  2. About 10 years ago I had all my prices super low and people loved me. But then I went broke and had to file bankruptcy. While sitting in court I looked around and notice that not one of my loyal low price loving customers were there to support me. So now when someone asks for lower prices I think back to that time and just smile and tell them that ain’t ever going to happen. In fact, prices are going up. Also, vending machines are not a bargain, they are a convenience. Say it to yourself over and over until you believe it.
    5 points
  3. First, read the install guide. https://www.cantaloupe.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ePort-G10-S_Quickstart-Install-guideVVXUD0101912-REV-I-singlepage-3.pdf If you have a spare validator cutout with the blanking plate it's a simple matter of taking an 11/32" deep socket, and removing the 4 nuts. Put the adapter plate on the reader and put it in where the blanking plate used to be. If not, you will have to drill. A couple considerations: 1. Not too high or low. I find somewhere just under 48" ideal. 2. I prefer to mount readers over POS windows, if at all possible. The
    4 points
  4. Your understanding of locks and physical security is lacking, at best. There are two types of attack, destructive and non-destructive. Destructive attacks damage the lock or machine. Examples include drilling, cutting, and popping using impact. This is why the physical strength of a lock matters. And as such, material and design matter. A cheap ebay lock is usually soft brass. A Medeco is built out of more robust materials, and it has hardened steel pins in the face to resist a drilling attack. Non destructive attacks do not damage the lock or machine. This involves three d
    4 points
  5. I went to a convenience store and bought a snickers. It was $1.59. None of them were outdated. So I raised mine to $1.50 and taped copies of the receipt to the inside of the machines. A vending machine is a convenience store but more convenient 😂
    4 points
  6. I strongly urge those who have locations that have gone bankrupt to monitor online auctions for your equipment. Lots of businesses are liquidated in this way when they shutter, and your machines might get caught up in the mess. In addition, try finding live auctioneers that operate in your route areas, and give them a heads up. Search in your area, and be creative with your keywords, lots of folks don't use the "proper term". I've seen soda machines go as pop or coke or pepsi or 7up, and snack machines go as chip or candy machines, among other terms. The sites that a lot of auctioneers u
    4 points
  7. Just do yourself a favor and bypass the ballast, remove the starter, and put in a direct wire LED bulb.
    3 points
  8. I'd say about 50% of the posts you make lead me to believe that you are actually just a troll. I'm not even joking.
    3 points
  9. Well...I think Canadians just deal with looneys and tooneys differently than we do. You guys count and spend them, we elect them into government offices.
    3 points
  10. Too much bread.
    3 points
  11. It could be your lock. I have locks that don't like certain machines. The nipple just doesn't fit right in the t-handle and they'll pop open, particularly if you move the door a bit like shaking the machine. So try another core first and then a completely different lock later. I had an AP 6600 that I scrapped a while back. Machine had seen better days but the locking bar was wore out so you could unlock it by simply pushing up on the door slightly. So try playing with the door too to see if you can make the handle pop open.
    3 points
  12. You should have called up NYcandyman. He'd gladly come by in his minivan and pick them up
    3 points
  13. He's not that angry. Wait until you meet AZVendor.
    3 points
  14. 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.
    3 points
  15. 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
    3 points
  16. So there is still a place for an old S-75 to do what it was best at...returning coins all day
    3 points
  17. If you choose to buy whatever this seller has on location do not pay for the Coke owned machine because he doesn't own it.
    3 points
  18. Make a donation to this forum and I'll send you a harness. Email me: gbruss<at>mmsalescompany<dot>com (enter the correct characters that are in <> ) Disclaimer: I have no personal connection to, or financial interest or investment in TFV. I just know some funds are needed right now.
    3 points
  19. When you buy a replacement mech, put it in a machine right away to confirm that it works and to make good on any warranty that it might have. Then just keep the mech that was in the machine as your backup. Otherwise, you might go to use your replacement and it may not work because you never tested it. Also, when you send a mech out for repair, put it into use right away and don't save it as a backup. Once again, you want to make use of any warranty the repair service might have and you want to make sure it was fixed correctly.
    3 points
  20. we're not willing to touch the old vendors units unless we get a written release from liability from the facility owner. the problem I have is it damages the perception of vending in the eyes of facility owners and management. We run a professional operation and subpar operators damage our future prospects.
    3 points
  21. Card readers generally have to be the first thing plugged in to the logic board. Then the validator plugs into that and the coin mech plugs into the validator harness. If a card reader is installed then disconnect it and see if anything changes. Also know that since its a POS Seaga the issue could be on the board side not supporting what you are putting in the machine. Dumb it down and try a Coinco MDB unit. Seaga put a lot of Coincos in their machines.
    2 points
  22. This type of thing is one of the reasons I visit this site. It's good to know what the "boots on the ground" are stepping in and what it will take to clean up the mess. Making the world a better place one drink machine at a time
    2 points
  23. This scenario is being tested on current firmware. I made it a point to share that operators would prefer a machine keep vending despite the coin mech's payout errors. I will share updates as they come.
    2 points
  24. I had a sneaky thief skimming cash out of a couple beverage machines we had in an apartment complex - wasn't tracking the cash/inventory close at the account but for months, things seemed off.... Finally came in for service one week and found one of the locks screwed up - it was offset and would not accept the key. This time both machines were completely cleaned out, suspect he/she was using a tubular pick and finally screwed it up and couldn't get it back to center. Fixed that with T-handle hasp covers and Abloy puck locks - no problems since
    2 points
  25. I sell a lot of locations and while it does seem more professional to let the location know first , I don’t do this because believe it or not some people panic because they don’t know if they’ll get good service or if the prices will increase. I have an agreement with the buyer that I’ll introduce him and tell the contact that he will be their route driver and that he’ll be their contact person from now on but they can still contact me if needed ( if they do contact me , which rarely happens of course I call the buyer because I want everything to go smoothly). After a month or so I’ll
    2 points
  26. Has it remotely occurred to you that 3 standard refrigerators would use less power than this one vending machine?
    2 points
  27. 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
    2 points
  28. 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
    2 points
  29. The TRC6010 you installed is likely burned out because you unknowingly supplied it with 110 VDC. If it didn't pop when you plugged it in, it will as soon as an acceptor or payout solenoid fires. That issue was pretty common at the time and is why the 15 pin versions of coin mechs were created. Below is an overview of those basic options. Mars TRC6000 or Coinco 9300L = 110 VDC - 12 pin harness Mars TRC6010 or Coinco 9302L = 24 VDC - 12 pin harness Mars TRC6010XV or Coinco 9302LF = 24 VDC - 15 pin harness
    2 points
  30. Let us have a moment of silence for those stuck in traffic on their way to a gym to ride a stationary bicycle.
    2 points
  31. Try to program the cassette. Press <menu> then <cassette> then D C A, then <accept> I'm assuming the unseen tube E is nickels, making it a DCA setup. If that doesn't work, send for repair
    2 points
  32. To accept more than 1 bill you will need to set a "phantom price" of $3.00 on selection A-10 (it doesn't exist in that machine). You need to fill the coin mech with change.
    2 points
  33. No, it reads them in any orientation, also sorts and can be used to face and orient the bills. I had a Semacon and would run each machine's take for count, then run the entire batch for sorting, orientation and banding. Cut my counting time by more than half. Also have a Jetsort coin counter and between the two counting is a breeze.....
    2 points
  34. People won't buy gumballs en masse for 50 cents. I have been doing the 2 for 25 for years in locations with competition or slow sales with great success and I haven't had issues with profitability running gumballs in this manner. If I can take a machine that is doing $3 per cycle and bump it to $15 or $20 bucks per cycle while still making 70-80 percent gross profit I think that's a no brainer. Like I said above.....to each his own. I will add this piece of advice.....Bulk vending isn't going to get any easier going forward so don't be afraid to experiment with different setups especially when
    2 points
  35. The use of lead paint was banned in 1971 and I have never heard anyone convey that lead paint was ever used on vending machines even before that. Oak was always an industry leader and one of the best selling machines since 1948 so if there was ever a lead issue with the paint I am guessing I would have heard about it in the last 20 years. I don't think you have anything to worry about. If you are going to sand it and are still concerned then use a respirator and do it in an open, well ventilated area (like outside in the yard). Here is a link to a story on this website that gives a little
    2 points
  36. CS 1 is a "chute sensor error" There are vend (impact) sensors (2 redundant sensors) mounted to the chute that detect when a product is dropped on it. They are calibrated to a specific range. I generally find that someone takes a delivery chute out to work on something in the evap area and fail to reinstall the chute correctly. There are 2 "ears" on the back of the chute that insert into receiving slots in the rear wall of the machine. These slots are hidden by foam tape meant to keep noise down so they can be hard to find if not looking for them. Once those are in place and th
    2 points
  37. Yeah,just tell them you'd like to redeem your rewards for cash.
    2 points
  38. A rare glimpse at a sentimental AZVendor.
    2 points
  39. read LACanteen's post
    2 points
  40. Just broke my personal record for consecutive days lived..Going for the record again tomorrow.
    2 points
  41. Most likely a loose wire or connector. Possibly bad switches.
    2 points
  42. You basically have two wires powering the lights...a black hot wire, and a white neutral wire. You would cut the wires going to the ballast and group the wires so that the top sockets are getting the hot (black) wire and the bottom sockets are getting the white (neutral) wire. LED bulbs have a hot end and a neutral end...so when you put the bulbs in, make sure you are putting the hot end up to the top sockets. Each machine is slightly different, but this is the basic procedure for rewiring the machine. Take one of the old bulbs to an electric supply place and have them order you the correc
    2 points
  43. That is a bad compressor. Time to get the cooling unit rebuilt. You will need to rebuild that unit because it's sized for that tiny cabinet.
    2 points
  44. Ladies and gents, I present to you, the world’s first AP 7600 euro door. aka I have too much time on my hands due to Coronavirus.
    2 points
  45. The recommendation is to not, unless you really, really have a space constraint. Otherwise you will work yourself to death trying to keep it filled. If you really insist on a combo USI, AMS, and Crane make good stuff.
    2 points
  46. I don’t know of anyone who would look normal doing that in public.
    2 points
  47. Let's name it Fred. It looks like a Fred.
    2 points


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