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brendio last won the day on October 29 2018

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  1. That vending machine looks unfinished. You put the coin in, but need a key to open the door to insert the stick, and then again at the end you need a key to open the door to get the product.
  2. I still need to fill the prizes in the top row. What is popular right now? Her's the rest of my gear there, plus a 60-in-1 cocktail cabinet. Quite a few firsts for me.
  3. Thanks for that. It sounds like it is worth the extra, then, for a key master.
  4. I have a chance for a new venue with a range of machines. Along with the usual cranes, and a basketball game, I am looking at a Key Master style game. Any tips or preferences between Key Master, Balloon Buster or Barber Cut Lite? I can get the Balloon Buster and the Barber Cut cheaper than the Key Master. Just wondering if the Key Master is worth the extra, and are the other novelties or still solid earners. It will be my first such game.
  5. It means the telemeter has lost communication with the server for whatever reason - machine turned off, bad cell signal or something else. Every 20 min or so, the telemeter will ping the server to let it know it's still alive, even if there has been no activity at the machine. You could check the last errors log to see if that shows anything up.
  6. I find this interesting, and after hearing about Twilio, it is on my list to play around with also, but for a slightly different purpose. One of my amusement machines is set up to send me text messages with meter readings. I would like to have that data sent and massaged into a more usable format for long term trends. My other use case was for running prize competitions to engage customers more for repeat business on my amusement (e.g. running a high score competition on arcade or pinball machines). As others have said, operators generally are not run off their feet with service calls, and I find most people are more likely to walk away from a machine than report malfunctions and location owners are too busy running their business. I often get to a location to be told it hasn't worked for days/weeks/months.
  7. I would check the battery on the board. It sounds like it needs replacing.
  8. Along similar lines, I only had a contract when the site required it. For all other sites, I said I am there as long as the site wants me. I had a one page agreement that got the contact details of the person I was dealing with at the site, any access requirements, any commission agreement and stating the I retain ownership of the equipment.
  9. The SD card is only needed for while you are doing the update. You can take it out afterwards. They can be a bit picky on what model cards will work. I had to try a few, but can't remember now which ones were good. On the AMS website are different models for food, frozen, snack etc.
  10. Thanks for the leads. I don't know if the grub screw is removable. It doesn't have a head to screw it with, although I could try drilling it. I'm working my way through your leads. Will see how I go.
  11. A cabinet maker might be able to make one for you if you can't find a used one.
  12. I am in search of a replacement lock mechanism for a Saeco D.A. 8P coffee vending machine as I had to drill it out. It is for the top cabinet. Picture shows what I am after. It has a normal cam lock mechanism, but with a long 130 mm shift to which attaches a plastic catch. The shaft is fixed to the cam (all me attempts to remove it by twisting or pulling have failed). I tried my local locksmith, but they said it appears to be custom made. Any suppliers or hints for alternatives appreciated. I'm in Australia, but willing to look internationally if shipping is reasonable.
  13. I think it depends on the lease and the location. How much is the monthly lease? I am mulling over this very decision with a different machine. All my other gear is percentage based, so costs are proportional to sales. With a fixed lease and large investment in the machine, the investment is a lot more geared to how well sales go, which will depend on the location.
  14. I would think the novelty would wear off pretty quickly. After all, it is still a ca. 40 year old game, just bigger, and there are plenty of more interesting games in people's pockets for free.
  15. It is location dependent, but I had an account where it was outselling coke. They would go through over two cases a week in my combo machine there, and it was priced at AU$3.50 versus coke for $1.60. Energy drinks seems to be a personal (and perhaps regional) taste.
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