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16.9 oz water bottles


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hey guys,

 

All of the sudden I cant find deer park 20 oz bottles.  Do the 16.9 oz bottles vend ok?  Any issues with them getting stuck or dropping through due to the smaller size and seemingly thinner plastic?   Thanks

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Because of the the thin plastic, you need to find the Deerpark in 16.0 oz bottles, not 16.9 oz bottles, as the 16.0's are designed for vending.  These bottles have horizontal ribs molded into the bottle from top to bottom to stiffen it when cold.  You will then physically set your columns for cans and make adjustments to the depth and the motor cam timing for the bottles, depending on the machine.  If you were changing from 20 oz to 16.0 oz then you will still have most of those adjustments to make.  Check Sam's Club, Walmart or Mom and Pop grocery suppliers for that size.  It should also be available from Vistar if you have one in your area.

 

If you need any can shims for your machines, shoot me a PM and I can help you out.

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You can use the 16.0 oz bottles in any USI stack with only having to set your depth to 1 for each column with water in it.  There are black plastic funnel slides that should be used with the water bottles due to their tendency to "bridge," or jam up side by side.
 

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Because of the the thin plastic, you need to find the Deerpark in 16.0 oz bottles, not 16.9 oz bottles, as the 16.0's are designed for vending.  These bottles have horizontal ribs molded into the bottle from top to bottom to stiffen it when cold.  You will then physically set your columns for cans and make adjustments to the depth and the motor cam timing for the bottles, depending on the machine.  If you were changing from 20 oz to 16.0 oz then you will still have most of those adjustments to make.  Check Sam's Club, Walmart or Mom and Pop grocery suppliers for that size.  It should also be available from Vistar if you have one in your area.

 

If you need any can shims for your machines, shoot me a PM and I can help you out.

AZ, seriously, is there anything you don't know about vending?

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Although I'm always learning something new in vending (part of what I like best about it), I have the knowledge about most everything I've seen for the last 29 years in the industry.  From owning 5 machines up to 300, moving machines, managing a business with employees, ordering and pricing my products, to repairing and especially troubleshooting problems, I am well versed in anything to do with full line vending including the newer technologies.  For many years now I've been exclusively a service tech and mover and I sell used equipment when I can.  I stock thousands of parts and can diagnose many problems just from a good description or some well placed questions. 

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