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    Bulk
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    2011

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  1. Menards saves the day again! I didn't know they sold Skittles like that, but considering how they've shifted to sell even more "bulk" grocery items I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Thanks for the heads up- I'll take any excuse to go looking at tools I don't need shopping for groceries there!
  2. The U-Turn series of machines are very difficult to fill, service, locate and care for. They share all the weaknesses of smaller multi-head machines with several more tacked on. A search of the forum here will pull up plenty of horror stories from plenty of operators burned by them. Were I in your position, I wouldn't touch them. If you do go forward with them though, we'll help as we're able with any troubleshooting you might need. Whatever you choose to do, good luck!
  3. If you're unsure of the model, post a picture here. Vendstar had a LOT of clones, but I'm sure we can figure out what you've got and where to get any parts you might need.
  4. Now that looks downright impressive! Brilliant work sir!
  5. A 1 in 100 fail rate is pretty good in my opinion. You can get a "bad stack" in any head that'll throw weight around weird inside from time to time, but that's not a deal breaker in my experience.
  6. I've found some good vinyl stickers look great, and unless you're using solvents, are a pain to get off again thanks to the adhesive. A cheap Dremel tool will allow you to engrave your name, number, email address, and whatnot into the back of most any machine. I like the double whammy of engraving then putting the sticker over it. However, when dealing with equipment thieves, the number of tags on a machine isn't much of a deterrent in my experience. Goodness knows where all those machines go. As for those U-Turns, in my opinion you dodged a bullet not buying them. They're notoriously difficult machines to operate.
  7. At a glance, I'd agree on Ahsland though I didn't think they made anything with metal or glass in them at all. I've only ever seen the plastic ones out in the wild.
  8. You'll want a little wiggle room- I like mine to be able to spin at least, but that's a personal preference. You'd be amazed how much performance can increase once you take even a little weight off of the product wheel so it can do it's thing again without jamming. Let us know how it works for you!
  9. Walmart has contracts through large nationwide operators for pretty much everything. I believe NEN has the contract, but I haven't checked lately. Depending on the store's layout and the manager, I have seen some stores that will allow charity candy machines in the waiting rooms of their auto center, but bear in mind I've only ever seen that in one Walmart out of the dozens we have around here.
  10. That does look like a 1.1" acorn capsule wheel. It'll work for this purpose, but even with the heaviest toys acorn caps are going to be a fraction as heavy as bouncy balls, thus the problems. There also aren't any stir springs at all- which are usually a centerpiece in keeping bouncy ball machines running smoothly, so we'll have to work around that. Pic below, with a picture of a manufacturer-made baffle on a 2" machine. Good news, we can fix this one, and there's a number of ways to do it. My "go-to" method has been getting a little container of margarine or butter, then taking the lid off. Spray paint the plastic lid either black or silver, drill a hole in the middle, and drop it on the center rod- usually the stir springs would hold it up, keeping the weight centered on the main rod and not on the product wheel. As we don't have any stir springs to work with, the first thing to do is to find some sort of replacement support. The cheapest method I've found is to head on down to your hardware store of choice and get some 1/2" metal tubing. It's usually sold in longer lengths, but the stores will usually cut it to size for you granted you buy the tube for the $10-$20, and that one tube will last you for many machines in the future. From there, it's a matter of finding something presentable that fits down onto the center rod to work as the "umbrella" to take the weight. While I like the butter lid for the size, you might want to find something sturdier (even something made of metal, like a canning jar or the lid from something like jelly) to give you some uniform strength across the width of the head. From there, it's easy assembly. The tube (cut to between 1.5"-2") feeds over your center rod, resting on the center of the product wheel- feed your lid onto the center rod and it then sets on the wider tube. I've got a graphic around here somewhere from years ago, I'll see if I can find it. After that, you're out less than $20 for pretty much all of your gear- and seeing as the going-rate for baffles (which vary wildly) sits between $5-$20 a piece, you've got more money in your pocket. If that doesn't work, there's another option but that one involves some more serious modding- and with the aforementioned fix you can always take it out if you decide you want to run something else. If you need more help, say the word! Good luck!
  11. I'd buy one. I've got one loc that was always a solid earner until the machinery would inevitably "disappear" and no one ever had any idea what had happened to it. With a GPS tracker, I wonder if I could solve the persistent mystery of the Adams County Triangle once and for all!
  12. Moved that for you, no worries. Combo machines come in a wild array of makes and models. Some are bordering on respectable, others are notoriously awful. If you can, get a picture- we'll be able to identify it, and probably tell you all about it depending on what it turns out to be. I don't know the L.A. area, but I'm sure there's a refrigeration company that can do the work if you need it done. Factor in that the cost to fix the coolant system will likely be more than the cost of the machine.
  13. I'll admit I've never tried, but the prospect of making cold calls or locating trips to talk about a locations bathroom sounds like more trouble than it's worth. I'd suspect there's a reason the seller is offloading the machines as-is, and not as a completed route for a lot more money.
  14. Depends on your machine. Candy triples do okay at hotels, as do toy machines of all sizes. I'd echo the advice of others- a variety toy mix will be a better call here than something like bouncy balls.
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