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  • Thoughts on Polymer Modular Pin Wheel

    I'm wondering what other people's opinions are on the Brunswick modular pin wheels. I have one installed and will be installing more. Just seems to me they aren't all they're cracked up to be (pun intended).

    The one I have installed has been in about a year. Seems every individual piece almost has a crack already down the center, and Everytime the cutouts for the bolts hit the guide rollers the whole thing shifts and comes back to the original position. Seems to be what's cause some pin guide jams I've been having.

    Any one else have and thoughts or horror stories of the modular pin wheels?

  • #2
    Waste of money.


    • #3
      Yeah they don't seem to be as "durable" as the brunswick books makes them out to be. They also don't seem to play well with the guide rollers.


      • #4
        The problem is that the sections for the hardware align at the wrong time with the guide rollers. A fix for this is to rotate one set of your guide rollers so they are on the top of the pin wheel versus the side. This will allow only one set of guide rollers to align with the sections for the hardware at a time which keeps the pin wheel far more stable. I have also been using the pocket stabilizers that Pinsetter Parts Plus sells. These seem to help the pin wheel turn truer, not crack near as fact, I haven't had a new crack appear on any pin wheel we have installed them on...and keeps pins from sticking in the pockets of the pin wheel. This style pin wheel has been known for this problem over the years since '86 or so when they came out but this kit seems to help quite a bit. Just my opinion though.

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        • #5
          I flipped one of the guide rollers. I'll see how it runs tonight. I'll also have to look into those pocket stabilizers. Thanks for the advice. Always good to hear opinions from people who had the headaches long before I did.


          • #6
            holy crap is the mighty Steve
            If its still broken, guess it wasnt in the parts budget.



            • #7
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              • #8
                If at all possible, source yourself some solid one piece wheels and solve the problem permanently.


                • #9
                  House i am moonlighting at has a fiberglass shop repairing cracked/worn through sections, not sure how they wear yet, as
                  they have just started doing this. I like Steves' suggestion of the pocket stabilizers.
                  Always remember rule #3,(Don't forget rule #1).Rule #1,see rule #3......


                  • #10
                    I had 4 of them, bought in different years, that lasted several years with no cracks. I did flip the 10 side guide rollers and used the shorter spacers that came with the wheels. I never got any stabilizers so I can't comment on them.


                    • #11
                      Steve speaks of flipping one of the guide rollers. Other posts I searched on talk about flipping both ??? Which is the better fix ?? The Oak Creek house is having a problem in that the Pin Wheel Belt keeps falling off. One Guide Flange had a chunk missing, replaced it and realigned guides. The wheel sections are so out of round in the center of each section that the flanges on the guides almost loose contact with the side of the wheel. Had to move it in slightly but this will put more pressure on the wheel and possibly cause it to crack sooner ? Too bad someone doesn't make a larger diameter flange. Any one have a pic of the flipped guide rollers ??
                      Everything has to be Somewhere !!


                      • #12
                        If the belt is coming off it could be the tensioner or the belt could be stretched out.

                        I uploaded pictures of the flipped guide roller. I would advise to only flip one side. I do the 10 side but I've heard it really doesn't matter. The way I do it, I use a 7 side roller for the flipped one on the 10 side just so I can have the u bolt facing upward. You can also just flip the one that's already there.


                        • #13
                          Thanks... MGM
                          Everything has to be Somewhere !!


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