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    First rack setup - Need advice

    Absolutely agree.

    Beaver RB16 and rack

    Yes, but why don't you just go with Eagle machines for less than half the cost of the Beavers?

    Flat column keeps jamming!

    Yes, I would say it's a misalignment. Probably a very slight one. I'm not sure what is interchangeable with a bladerunner. I have never owned one. The only ones I have worked with are Northwesterns and Advance. I bought my advance machines direct from Don Lemke years ago. He sold the rights to A&A and then A&A started producing them I believe. Those advance machines are tanks. WAY better than northwesterns tattoo. Never one issue with the advance machines...many issues with northwesterns.

    Flat column keeps jamming!

    I know with Northwesterns tattoo machines, you can sometimes lightly tap on the underside of where the tattoos sit in the machines with a rubber mallet or hammer if it's giving out two or jamming. Tattoo machines can sometimes be extremely temperamental

    First rack setup - Need advice

    Top capsule machines are Northwestern Super 80's.

    Flat column keeps jamming!

    What brand of machine is it?

    Where is everyone?

    Agree, the youtube videos are ridiculous to be quite honest. These newbies are creating these silly videos acting like they've been doing this for years. Then showing the world how much money they are making. The last thing I would be wanting to do in this business is show anyone and everyone how much money I am pulling from my equipment. Serves no purpose other than to stroke their own egos and try to become a youtube sensation.

    Gumball at sams club

    Oak machines, even with a riser, will sometimes give out two 1080ct. Keep that in mind.

    Need locator

    Honestly, do it yourself. Not discrediting Rodney or any other locating service, but if you want any sort of longevity in this business, you will NEED to learn to locate on your own.
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    Eagle pricing

    I highly doubt NEN is going to be making any machines for the public. They probably have stockpiles of equipment right now after pulling all the toys R us stores. I can't imagine them being in a hurry to make any new equipment. I would just go with Eagle before they are gone as well.
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    Eagle pricing

    Call them up (909) 447-7866 and talk to Sharon.
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    Convert Quarters to Cash

    Some banks have the coin counting machines right in the lobby, which are free to customers with accounts at that bank. Check around for any banks in your area that might have this service.
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    Oak branded key needed

    While your still able to unlock the machines with that key, I would get some camlocks made up with your own key code and re-key all the machines. http://www.camlock.com/EN-US/bulk-vending-locks
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    NEN and Northwestern

    I haven't heard anything about NEN selling equipment. I probably wouldn't hold my breath waiting. You won't be sorry in going with Eagle equipment. Most of the parts are interchangeable with oaks and are much more easily accessible on eBay at a lower cost than Northwestern parts. I have Northwesterns, Oak, Eagle and A&A on my routes. Oak would be my first choice, followed by Eagle then Northwestern and A&A.
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    New Machine Thoughts/Questions

    What I personally like about the Eagle panel heads is if the plastic panel breaks you can just replace the one panel. I have many eagle machines and have never had a panel break. If a Northwestern or Oak globe breaks you will have to replace the entire globe...Oak globes are very difficult to find and both A&A and Oak are out of business. Northwestern is a very good machine, but more pricey than Eagle. I like Northwestern's 2" capsule machines and their super 60's for racks. For single head or double head machines with gumballs, Eagle would be my first choice.