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does anyone have experience with vendall versavend machines? they are canisters that hook together to make a multiple selection machine. they also have monster faces that surround the machines. anyone know anything about these? any feedback would be appreciated.

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Thanks!! That's exactly the info I was seeking. Looks like you could actually add a pole and have a bunch of single head machines, with a small capacity no doubt. That was great information. have you run any of these on a route?

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Thanks!! That's exactly the info I was seeking. Looks like you could actually add a pole and have a bunch of single head machines, with a small capacity no doubt. That was great information. have you run any of these on a route?

 

I haven't run a Vendall machine myself, though I know people who have. I've run my fair share of comparable equipment though- I've run Ultravends, Easyvends, Ever-Vends, Rhino, etc. Enough comparable equipment to know what it's like to service. I've run plenty of junk machines, that's for sure! :rolleyes:

 

If you're looking to put a lot of smaller machines on a stand, bear in mind you can get a triple plate for almost any pipe stand. Then you can take "good" machines and set them up like these. Bear in mind, the machines pictured are "Rhino" machines, which aren't so good- it's just as an example of the configuration, and the best one I could find at the moment.

 

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If you "need" more options this gives you a lot of flexibility, reliability, and ease-of-service. I really can't stress that last one enough- you don't really learn the value of your time until you're on the floor with a dysfunctional machine that's jammed itself up in a peculiar way for nearly an hour trying to fix it. It's even more fun when the machine is older or more obscure so there's no parts, and limited help. I guess the point is, don't kill yourself servicing the thing later to save a few bucks now. ;)

 

Whatever you opt to do, good luck!

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I currently run Uturn and 1800 machines. I love the 1800 machines, not so happy with the Uturns but I got them cheap. I'm looking at some versavend machines that I think I can get cheap. I was thinking even if they weren't the best, they may be ok for the price.

last question is, do you know how they fit together? I haven't been able to figure that out.

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I currently run Uturn and 1800 machines. I love the 1800 machines, not so happy with the Uturns but I got them cheap. I'm looking at some versavend machines that I think I can get cheap. I was thinking even if they weren't the best, they may be ok for the price.

last question is, do you know how they fit together? I haven't been able to figure that out.

 

The "fit" is (as I understand) a bolt or two on the bottom of the machien that feeds into the metal plate on top of the stand that's got the holes lined up just so. The machines have some little bumps (in the first "single" picture above) which I'd expect key into the next machine over- so they're likely locked in a preset series, and I wouldn't be surprised if they have to be removed/installed in order. Again, not terribly flexible or practical.

 

I would not spend more than $30 on one- in my eyes, the most valuable thing there is the stand.

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they look a lot like vendstar machines. are they "related" in any way?

 

They came out around the same time- most companies drew inspiration from each other- if one Biz-Op was successful, they'd copy it as closely as possible. That's why the Ultravend and Easyvends are basically identical.

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Most machines from that era have that sort of "look" to them, but design wise that's about where it ends. The "guts" of the Versavend is lightyears apart from a Vendstar- which is practically a conventional machine by comparison. At least the VS3K has "normal" vend wheels you can control your portions with! Seriously, this is what the "barrel" vend mechanism in these things looks like. It is difficult at best to change/control portions.

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Ain't nobody got time for that. :rolleyes:

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I have a few EasyVend machines. I purchased a location a few years back that had 20 locations, and 20 EasyVend machines. Plus about 5 extra, and a ton of parts. The machines are dated to the late 80's, so they held up well. Until a few years ago there was still a company selling the machines, and parts.

 

I saw 3 of the Vendall machines for sale on Craigslist a couple years ago. One was exactly like the one above, then there was an alien, and something else.

 

I no longer have any on location, having replaced them for other machines.

 

I thought they were actually fairly consistent in their serving sizes.  With PMM's I could get a consistent 7 each vend, with the right setting. But couldn't go any lower then that. Skittles, Hot Tamalies, and Mike 'n Ikes's were fairly consistent.

 

They seemed to take nickles, and slugs too easily. But I was lucky I didn't get too many of those.

 

I sold a few, and tossed a few broken ones, but I could still put together at least 5 of them right now.

 

Technically a used Vendsatar was my first machine, but easyvend were the first I had on location.

 

I think they might be good for starting out, since you can buy them so cheap. Then if you find a decent location, upgrade to something better. As ugly as they are, they paid for all my upgrades.

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When I started out 6 years ago, there was a member on here (kai1836) who sold me 3 Ultravends for like $30 each. I bought 2 more off Craigslist I believe for about the same price. They have all been sold off except for 1.  It is still on a route making money.  It's in an office so it really doesn't get any abuse.  Only thing I have ever done is clean it.  Never had a broken mech or chute door or anything. I buy the little container of 1/2" gumballs from Walmart and have it set to vend 2 or 3 for .25 in one of the cylinders.  It has long ago paid for itself.

 

I think they have their place in bulk vending.If they were made with just 2 compartments they would actually be pretty good machines.  I would buy them again if the price were low enough.  The yellow and black is a little more pleasing to look at versus the dull grey of the Vendstar.

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For those of you bent on a 4-way "triple" styled machine, I was perusing my index looking for pictures for another thread here, and found an old eBay ad I'd saved for an Eagle 4-way machine. I've never seen one in person, so I can't say how many there are out there- though the metal "EAGLE" machines always seemed to be pretty hardy machines- on par with the rest of the metal triples at least.

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Ad is from 2013, so these are long gone. Still, as earlier stated, if one Biz-Op was remotely successful, others would copy them. Which came first though is hard to say.

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I got these machines in my garage of machines that I bought. The grey one looks like the eagle machine that was posted earlier in this thread, but there are no markings on it at all. Does anyone know anything about either of these machines. I bought a garage full of the vendall versa bend machines and these were thrown in as part of the deal.

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On 9/24/2015 at 11:10 AM, jameyh said:

I just bought a bunch of these and they are pretty decent. Do you know if they originally had a coin box inside the individual canisters?

 

On 9/20/2015 at 9:34 AM, jameyh said:

I just bought a bunch if anybody wants to buy one. ive got monstor, robot and vendora faces.  I’d be interested if you still have them.

 

On 9/12/2015 at 11:56 PM, PerformaVending said:

 

Hard to say- if it was in real good shape I can see a person coaxing $100 out of one, but that'd be the upper limit of that though I'd think.

 

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