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  1. Intro to Bev Max 4's

    Vendors Tech cover the Gatorade hangup solution here: http://stores.vendorstech.com/blog/tech-tips-bevmax-2346-gatorade-hang-up-solution/ This video is a great primer for working on a Bevmax machine. I found it very useful my first time!
  2. Intro to Bev Max 4's

    I recently battled the picker cup thing... The picker cup has an actuator that opens the gates. The cam is what drives the actuator and a limit switch tells the machine when the actuator is in or out. If your actuator sticks in/ out or doesn't move at all, look here. the cam should rotate smoothly and engage the actuator, which should activate the limit switch. If the cam cannot be turned smoothly by hand, then the gear motor that drives it is shot. If the picker/ actuator seems to be missing the target slightly, make sure machine is level first. Then check the limit switch on bottom of picker. If it is starting to wear or fail or, commonly, it is all goopy with syrup, you'll see it missing selections in the Y axis. Reason being, this switch indicates Y = 0 or 'home' position. The position encoders do not start to count until the home switches open. If a sticky or worn switch takes even a fraction of a second too long to open, the picker will end up slightly off its intended mark. I really like the idea of having a spare picker as suggested earlier in this thread. That said, a rebuild kit is cheap and should only take 30 mins with the proper tools. I haven't dealt with a bad delivery port yet, so I'll leave that for someone with experience. nvb
  3. Intro to Bev Max 4's

    I used a ratchet cutter to nip off the claws on the gates, worked awesome, no mess. Wipe down slides at very least, and then a shot of food grade silicon spray lube.
  4. I'm not nearly as experienced as some other members here.. But for me if a machine isn't worth putting a card reader on, it isn't worth being where it is to begin with. i'd be looking to upgrade or replace any machine that isn't MDB, dual spiral (for snack) and drop sensors are a must. I'm all about LED lights and glass front drink machines too. A glass front will spank any stacker machine in sales and is way more versatile for today's packaging and consumer tastes. i do use nayax but as a small operation I'm not product mapping machines or pre kitting like you probably will.
  5. Intro to Bev Max 4's

    The picker cup has 3 limit switches and an aluminum cam inside. Cam can wear out, switches can fail or get sticky with syrup.
  6. I've had 6 of the Conlux MCM5's in service for the past year with zero problems/ jams. Surprised to hear other folks having issues.
  7. Vandalism

    So that just happened... right in a lunchroom (that's a kick with a workboot)
  8. Vandalism

    I personally have every account signed to a contract, and in my standard contract there is a clause stating the company is responsible for covering the costs of vandalism. Only one customer has taken issue with that clause, and instead offered 24 hour lunch room surveillance. Pretty good deal if you ask me. In reality I would only pursue compensation in the most severe of cases. For minor damage I'd rather suck it up than make a big stink and risk souring the relationship.
  9. Thanks for all the great replies. A little update - this account is picking up steam now and is up to about $150/ week in drink sales which IMO is getting close to where it should be. Here's the kicker and it really illustrates another point that some of you experts have touched on: **Location within a location** While the drink machines are in high traffic spots within the factory, I was forced by management to put the snack machine upstairs (ugh) in a lunchroom that almost nobody uses. The result? That snack machine is still an absolute dog at $10 per week. I often have days without a single vend. Nigel
  10. You've got that right AZvendor. I guess there is no one size fits all answer to the question in main topic. Any more machines for me and I would burn out over the long haul. I'd say 40 machines per week is totally doable for one person, but exactly how many hours that adds up to will depend on a lot of variables like traffic, proximity to one another etc. Again doing all can machines would go a lot faster than what I am doing (5 wide snack and bevmax glassfronts) as far as servicing goes.
  11. I've been mulling the same question myself. I work full time in a job I have no plan on leaving, so vending is a side gig. For me, I settled on 10 machines (4 locations, snack + drink) as a good number to start with. All of these machines are in busy manufacturing accounts and need servicing weekly. My real time commitment here is probably 8-10 hours per week after shopping, driving and stocking. Luckily all the accounts are very close, within a square mile. I am however using all glassfront machines which take longer to stock than a can stacker. Actual gross earnings is around 60k/ year.. but then the cost of goods, gas, taxes, CC fees...
  12. Liability insurance

    Thanks for starting this topic, I was wondering the same
  13. Where to buy Dixie narco front panels

    Thanks, I'll look into that!
  14. Where to buy Dixie narco front panels

    Not trying to thread hijack here, but has anyone tried to customize the glass front of a bev max? Looking at a tourist type location and this would be a very cool thing to offer..
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