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  • Getting new Sport edition Kegek machine!

    That's right! I'm getting a new Kegel ION/ Walker Sport. Not sure yet which one, cause the PO from corporate doesn't say. I need a fairly easy house pattern suggestion to start off with. I don't normally ask for help with lane patterns, but it's been several years since I've been around a Kegel machine. and some of the new features are things I've never had to work with before. I've been using the QAMF/Century Summit-S for the last 5 years, and I really can't translate that to the new machine. Plus I'm switching from Reactor ML to Prodigy. I have HPL Lanes, and will continue to use Formula ACC mixed 4:1 as a lane cleaner(for now).

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    Are you trying to make us jealous well you did the best of luck

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    • #3
      Since you are making the change, I would start with one of the easier Kegel patterns that is the same distance you are going now and start there. Is someone coming to install the machine or is it just being dropped at the door? You installer should know the patterns. The 4 to 1 cleaner ratio can probably be cut back with prodigy, save yourself a bit.

      Marty - Pro Bowl West
      56 Jap A-2's Qubica VDB's
      2 Kustodian Walkers
      http://s1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa408/a2mechanic

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      • #4
        60mic stream
        42'
        RBD 35'
        Volume 18.48
        2-2 2 14
        8-8 1 14
        10-10 3 14
        11-11 2 18
        12-12 3 18
        2-2 0 22 22-42'

        2-2 0 30 42-23
        13-13 1 22
        11-11 1 18
        9-9 1 18
        2-2 0 18 14-0

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        • #5
          Boy are you going to LOVE this new toy!!!
          70's MP/PBL/LBS,Q-Score
          Prolane Walker sport

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          • #6
            I Called Kegel today and confirmed that it was a walker they were building for us! It's scheduled to be completed by the end of the month, and delivered the first part of June! I am looking forward to having the ability to do ALL Team USA, PBA, Navigate patterns, or whatever any tournament might request. I am also looking forward to the ability to enhance our PM schedule. Because this machine can maneuver lane to lane unassisted the technician on duty can preform other tasks simultaneously. I takes 2 hours every shift to run our 50 lanes. We run them twice a day. I know I can get a lot done in those 4 hours!

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            • #7
              It takes me 2.5 house with an ION sport on 80 lanes. A walker would never work at this center. We have to bounce around too much.
              Conditioner: Pantene Pro-V Brunette Expressions with Color Enhancer
              Cleaner: Fabuloso Spring Fresh with Bleach Alternative
              Cloth: ShamWow!
              Machine: Johnny 5
              Surface: Melamine-impregnated, phenolic-treated, high pressure pressed craft paper

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              • #8
                It's here! I wanted to just fill it and go, but we must wait for the official install. I am really jazzed about having a walker. I remember the last center I worked at that had a sanction machine. one of the comments I herd many times over was how concistant the lane conditions were.

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                • #9
                  If you thought they were consistent before just wait....I dont know how but they are! Your install person will set the machine will check all of the necessary things like brush crush, duster drop lane caster width how many lanes and so much more.Much like a new car,things that you would not want to be bombarded with all at once Then the machine must be told lane to lane measurements and show you a boat load of info to keep your toy happily rolling along THEN the machine will take its maiden voyage of going across the house "learning" its new surroundings of lane to lane measurements with every bump of the whiskers. Then the Doctor will give you the Enjoy your new friend Mike it wont take long to love it
                  70's MP/PBL/LBS,Q-Score
                  Prolane Walker sport

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                  • #10
                    When my first walker got here, it took the installer 20 minutes to figure out how to turn the machine ON !!! (didnt realize we had to hold the button down for a few seconds)

                    Marty - Pro Bowl West
                    56 Jap A-2's Qubica VDB's
                    2 Kustodian Walkers
                    http://s1196.photobucket.com/albums/aa408/a2mechanic

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                    • #11
                      The New Walker is still "learning" it stalls on the lane because it hasn't lined up on every approach yet. My biggest question so far is regarding a PBA pattern. The 2011-2012 Shark pattern has some weird loads that my machine doesn't like. I know that I can't say too much more than that on this forum, but I let the sport bowling people know that I was having trouble with it.

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                      • #12
                        It has been posted here....it is not recommended to have the machine changing speeds as these butchered PBA sport patterns call for.

                        You need to make the speeds go as all other programs 10/14/18/22/26/30

                        Do not allow them to jump around

                        I would be manually adjusting the values so the machine hits each lane square....and mine was catching on the large rear red guide wheels.....you can move those in for more clearance on foul light covers if needed

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                        • #13
                          I have had one of the very first Walkers and also about the 3rd Kustodian Walker out in the field. I cannot say enough about it. It sure does make life easier even though we still have some bitchin scores have been thru the roof!

                          Dave
                          When I die bury my balls next to the old bag!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tubby View Post
                            I have had one of the very first Walkers and also about the 3rd Kustodian Walker out in the field. I cannot say enough about it. It sure does make life easier even though we still have some bitchin scores have been thru the roof!

                            Dave
                            you'll get that no matter what you do. that's the sad part. always US never THEM :/
                            jsebeny1980@gmail.com | jsebeny <--YouTube | Cell: 309-275-2453

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                            • #15
                              I just wanted to update anybody who was interested: We switched cleaners to Defense-C almost 2 months ago and have gone to a 7:1 dilution ratio! almost double what we had with Formula ACC! Bud from Kegel informed me that ACC can deteriorate the cleaner pump tubing prematurely. I did some tinkering with the "Main Street" program for our house pattern. The scores have been good so far. I even had one customer say that "If the lane conditions were like this for fall league everybody's scores could could be through the roof!" And the machine works flawlessly now that our approaches have been resurfaced. I don't think it has stalled on me in a couple of weeks! I spend 2 hours every morning getting real work done now! I can't say enough good things about this machine, and the fact AMF finally purchased one for MY center!

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