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Zigzag Vending

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Zigzag Vending last won the day on October 27 2016

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  1. Need help on light resto project

    I just got a 9-way chrome "J"-rack (don't think its the sentinel) and a slurry of machines for $160. A total of 4 30" NW80s, 3 worth using and one is only for parts, not complete enough to run (mainly missing a couple panels). And a couple NW60s with one gum and one candy wheel (some dummy ran cotton candy candies in the gum wheel). However, ALL 4 80 mechs are 75 cents, so thats a win in my book, (the last one i got were only 25 cents so when i get around to changing them up ill need the face plates too). Plus I got one 30" cab back in the lot. Anyway, on to the questions... I'm going to want to switch a couple of the mechs from 75 to $1. From what I understand, ALL I SHOULD NEED is the $1 wheel, right? no extra pawls, nothing like that? Also, the wheels have jammed on the rack and have been worn out pretty bad. Is there a way I can get new wheels and replace them? If so, where can I get the wheels? are they something vending specific or are they some run of the mill supply store find? Whats the best way to freshen up the chrome on the stand without painting? Its in pretty good shape, theres some minor rust near the bottom but honestly I think itll clean up with the right product. It looks more like rust transfer than rust through. Has anyone tried the coca cola trick? Thanks in advance! Jake
  2. cant find any machines for sale in my area

    Usually i just type "vending". U get alot of results u wont care about but u wont lose any for being too specific.
  3. do mike and ikes jam?

    I always carry a wood spoon with me to service, and stir those kinds of candies wgether im adding more or not.
  4. How to open sticker machine?

    Or sometimes u can get tube locks that have two insert points, one at top and one to the left or right. U can set the cam stop to turn one to the second opening and one that turns away from it and that will be your handle to pull the box out.
  5. do mike and ikes jam?

    If the spoon thing is too much work, spray a stripe in a hallon freezer bag under the zipper on one side, just a half second spray or so, then dump the bag of ikes or tamales in it and shake 'n bake style.
  6. Northwestern Corp

    I know another 20+ year vendor that swears by the current batch of eagle 50 cent mechs. They were prone to jamming but they have fixed that issue. He doesnt buy oak 50 cent mechs anymore cuz they were bad about quarters jamming up the gears and when they solved the problem they wanted everyone who bought them in good faith to spend more money to fix it.
  7. Calling competitors?

    I would say to just make sure youre nice to him when u go see him. Just remember that he is a fellow vendor, just like any one of us on the forum, and not just an "opportunity to expand". Im buying a partial route from an older gentleman and his wife. Theyve been vending for over 20 years and i think sometimes he just needs to vent. He just had his family dollar contracts bought out by NEN and hes been having to pull machines for the past few months and hes pissed. Our conversations are never quick and easy, but theyre usually full of great insights for someone just starting out like me (in second year anyway). Sometimes the best stories are from when they started vending and why.
  8. How to open sticker machine?

    A picture of the machine would help. On ones i just got, the lock or locks on the bottom have to disengaged at yhe same time, which means if yours is a tubular lock and there are two locks on the bottom, you will need two keys.

    It just depends. When i started last year i offered trail mix as an option in alot of places because i wanted to provide a healthier option. But now i only have it in one place and they empty 3 walmart bags worth in 2 months. Otherwise it just wouldnt be worth it. They have to buy it fast enough to keep it fresh.
  10. bad gumball wheels?

    Make sure u have the hole lined up with the chute at the beginning/end of the vend.
  11. Good deal? What is it?

    You can always get empty 2" capsules and vend another candy. Hot tamales or mike and ikes are good candidates, especially since they are prone to sticking and encapsulating them provides protection from them gumming up the machine but ensures they get the right each time.
  12. How many of you are still selling 1" Capsules for .25?

    And i wouldnt be surprised if nen tried to come back on beaver for making those adapters. Some kinda bogus copyright claim. Doesnt have to stick for them to bleed beaver dry in court costs. Its so annoying to see big companies that emulate walmarts global takeover mantra.
  13. How many of you are still selling 1" Capsules for .25?

    I figured that would happen. But they still look to be using the factory to make parts for themselves. Look under the careers tab on their website and theirs a few that have to do with factory line stuff.
  14. Vendstar chute door springs

    Theres a video on youtube. Its hershey from snack attack vending showing how to do it without tools.
  15. Does Anyone Dummy Lock Any Of Their Machines

    Agreed. You are better off selling out than throwing product away. Save the soft stuff until it gets cooler and cloudier. If the location demands chocolate insist on a safer spot. If they move it, pull the machine.