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  • AMF 82/95 Candlepinspotter.... the "Mystery Machine"

    The Lanes and games thread got me thinking about this machine. It is extremely hard to find anything out about it, all I can guess is from the following...





    Now if you look closely you will notice a few things. It looks like a combination of a 30, 70, and has buckets like an A2. It has a pit similar to other AMF machines, a distributor, track and what looks like a pin counter similar to a 30, a shorter side frame similar in shape to a 70, and the front end is box like and seems to have a Westinghouse combo motor (to drive the sweep and table) like a 70.

    This is all I have been able to find. I would love to know more about this machine and find a manual or videos..... something. Anybody got any ideas?

  • #2
    I looked on the QA customer portal and there is nothing. I put in a request so maybe they can put it up.

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    • #3
      Hopefully for the people that need anything from these or the entire machine they are not lined up and ready to jump into their fate in front of them in pic 4.
      70's MP/PBL/LBS,Q-Score
      Prolane Walker sport

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      • #4
        The center this is from still has 26 candlepin lanes but I do not know if they have these machines, I would guess they do and saved these for parts.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tablejam View Post
          The center this is from still has 26 candlepin lanes but I do not know if they have these machines, I would guess they do and saved these for parts.
          these were at lanes and games cambridge mass. they at the time had 3 pinsetters, a's, amf82/95 and the jaynes. the janes are the first level with 28 tenpin now upstairs. there is a front end video on youtube, you will notice there are different masking units with these machines.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mikey View Post
            these were at lanes and games cambridge mass. they at the time had 3 pinsetters, a's, amf82/95 and the jaynes. the janes are the first level with 28 tenpin now upstairs. there is a front end video on youtube, you will notice there are different masking units with these machines.
            That's too bad, sounds like they were scrapped. Can you post a link to the video? I might have seen it but want to be sure.

            Are there any other centers in that area of the country that still have them?

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            • #7
              Wow....have never seen one of these machines (can't say I've ever heard of candlepin bowling here in Australia either!), would love to find some more info. I like the way the pinwheels (from behind) look so similar to a 82/70....also the front view of the machine where it seems there's only 1 combination motor....very interesting!!!

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              • #8
                here is a reset from a bowlers perceptive, i dont think there is any with the actual machine

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDgBZlMQP1M

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                • #9
                  Don't mean to de-rail the thread but here are pome pics of the Jaynes Machine...

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                  • #10
                    Interesting.

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                    • #11
                      I'm wondering how they are making it with the Jayne machine. Those things are relics like the 82/95, but I'm guessing that they can get parts fabricated and whatnot.... Wondering why they couldn't do the same with the AMF's
                      Just wondering what goes on behind the pins.

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                      • #12
                        It's the only machine in any form of bowling (I believe) where the setting table is not above the pins. It comes down from behind like a hinge. It makes for some ODD pinaction since the pins can fly up hit the back and come flying back down on the pindeck.

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                        • #13
                          I use to work on this model its almost like an 82-30 and if you keep them up they will run great

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                          • #14
                            Great news!

                            Thanks to awesome Joe Bullis at QA the 82/95 candlepin pinspotter manual is now available on the QA customer portal. It can be found under pinspotter manuals.

                            Thanks again Joe!

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                            • #15
                              Looking through the manual you quickly realize it is a cross between a 30 and a 70...... very interesting indeed! Of particular interest to me anyway is how the one front end motor drives both the sweep and table with two separate and independent shafts..... ingenious! And watching it cycle in the videos I would guess the motor runs in reverse normally.

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