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  • Bad night for sweeps

    Every Saturday night we have black light bowling, and sweeps are always getting hit, seems like par for the course unfortunately. Luckily I have not seen any damage to the pinspotters until tonight when I walked up to this scene.
    Broken sweep.jpg

    Sweep link snapped, gotta love those plastic sweep links. Anyways while repairing this machine some goofballs thought it would be a great idea to give me some more work.

    Collapsed sweep.jpg

    Needless to say I made sure nether lane was operational until the end of the shift. They pay up front for a 2 hour block. You break it, no more bowling for you. Had to shut off a few other lanes as well before the end of the night.

    I haven't seen too many pics like this on bowltech, and I am sure most of you probably have seen this on multiple occasions, but I figured it would be good to show those that have not pics like these.
    If it can't be fixed with a hammer, try a bowling pin! They're heavier and more surface area for whacking!

  • #2
    Ridiculous dumb ass people.

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    • #3
      Man! I am not a violent guy, but that...yeah. That could make me punch a guy OUT! No excuse. Downright vandalism! GRRR!

      Doug

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      • #4
        oh and im sure the customers were probably laughing cause its so funny when the sweep gets hit. at least that is what happens when i see it. cant stand people like that
        watch out, they're everywhere!

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        • #5
          Then when they come out into the parking lot they see me next to their car, laughing because a bowling ball went through their windshield..... oops did I say that out loud?.... lol

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          • #6
            PLASTIC LINKS!!!!
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            This post is not an unpaid promotion of my business.

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            • #7
              "To permanently correct problems caused by the plastic sweep links just follow these simple steps....

              1. Remove all plastic links from all machines
              2. Replace with more durable, longer lasting cast aluminum links
              3. Install removed plastic links into trash handling container assembly

              Then enjoy years and decades of trouble free performance."

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              • #8
                Your sweeps might love red flourescent duct tape!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tablejam View Post
                  "To permanently correct problems caused by the plastic sweep links just follow these simple steps....

                  1. Remove all plastic links from all machines
                  2. Replace with more durable, longer lasting cast aluminum links
                  3. Install removed plastic links into trash handling container assembly

                  Then enjoy years and decades of trouble free performance."
                  4. Require the Death Penalty for those em-effers that dick around in your center, and defy good sense and respect for the center's property.

                  They think it's funny I think it's funny too, seeing their balls cut off and tied around their neck, but...I'm not "customer-oriented" either...

                  Doug

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tablejam View Post
                    "To permanently correct problems caused by the plastic sweep links just follow these simple steps....

                    1. Remove all plastic links from all machines
                    2. Replace with more durable, longer lasting cast aluminum links
                    3. Install removed plastic links into trash handling container assembly

                    Then enjoy years and decades of trouble free performance."
                    I somewhat agree with the above procedure. The only thing I would change is disposing them into a trash handling container. They should be recycled with care as they can always be re-purposed into something more appropriate, like a GSX part.

                    Originally posted by Sves View Post
                    Your sweeps might love red flourescent duct tape!
                    Not sure why they never put anything on them to make them stand out more, I will bring that question up, but would reflective tape really help or would it make them even more of a target?
                    If it can't be fixed with a hammer, try a bowling pin! They're heavier and more surface area for whacking!

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                    • #11
                      Lol!!!

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                      • #12
                        I've used florescent green poster board in the inset. Makes them stand out during cosmic bowling.



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                        • #13
                          I don't care if we put flashing lights on the sweeps, they will still hit them, because they run up there without looking.

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                          • #14
                            ...or they're trying to.
                            I can't even spell Brunsw-ick anymore!!!

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                            • #15
                              For the last 33 years I worked on 82/70 A machines that were field converted to B's. Chassis had stepper relays. I had a few chassis that had slow running steppers. When an oor occurred the stepper would pulse from step 2 to step 7 (2nd ball). A slow running stepper would cause the sweep relay to energize for a tenth of a second causing the sweep to move a couple of inches. With a slightly tilted inward sweep and half blind senior mens league mon, wed and fri, I lost a fair amount of pit lights.

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