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  • Pinsetter heigth after synthetic lanes installed

    Has had to reset the pinsetter height after getting new synthetic lanes installed? I've never had to this but I believe all the pinsetters where I work were never raised up and I would love to do them all. Should I start with what the Brunswick manual says and what else will I need to do after raising them on the kickbacks? How long does it normally take to do each pinsetter? This will be my next project to do this summer. Any help or input would be great thanks

    Chip

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    Yes you should go by the Brunswick specifications. Do your height first (rake shaft height above the pin-deck). Machine level front to back. Then check your pin-spotting and the deck height at 270 new pins. Might want to do a rake adjustment also.
    (Psalm 37:29) The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.

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    • #3
      Check your current measurement for your deck lift shaft height and rake shaft height. I personally want to see 1/8 inch more than the book states...but this is due to the way I set my deck height. Bottom line, if you need to raise the machines you may not have enough "throw" in the hardware you currently have on the feet. Depending on what style of kickback you have...there will be options in how to raise them. If you have A machines (I know your profile states A-2's but there may be others with the same question)...it will be relatively easy as the hardware you will need is pretty straight forward...but A-2's are a different animal. If you have converted kickbacks (A kickbacks that have been cut to fit the needed plate for A-2's) then you can simply lift the plate and fit a "shim" under the plate. If you have Armor Plate kickbacks, you can shim the kickback itself up by inserting shims under the kickback feet. You can also install longer hardware in the feet...if you end up needing the part numbers, we can get those to you.

      Let us know.
      TSM & TSM Training Development
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      480-620-6758 for help or information

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      • #4
        When I raised my A-2's I bought longer set screws and I took the big washers the feet sit on to the machine shop and had them make ones that were 1/2 inch thick. But I had to raise them up quite a bit. The installers totally redid the foundations for the pin-decks. and for some reason they ended up higher than the thickness of the lane that was added.
        (Psalm 37:29) The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.

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        • #5
          Popeye...the reason that can happen is when a synthetic lane is installed, the installers will level the pin deck relative to the part of the lane just in front of the pin deck. This pine section of the original lane usually did not get sanded much...usually just enough to remove the finish. The pin deck however was never that lucky. Once the last panel is installed onto the lane...the pin deck is setup so there is no drop off from the pine section to the pin deck. This is why the pin deck would usually be much higher than just before the synthetics were installed.

          Hope that makes sense...
          TSM & TSM Training Development
          Main Event Entertainment
          480-620-6758 for help or information

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          • #6
            Thanks for all the info guys! This will be one of my summer projects after I do liftrods and 1hp motors

            chip

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            • #7
              We are half way done doing our synthetic lane install, and so far so good, I have 2 different styles of kickbacks. Lanes 1- 8 are the shorter style; so I did the shims under the track. Lanes 9- 40 are the tall kickbacks with the metal plates w/ V channel for the set screws. I got 1/2 inch longer set screws and replaced the old ones; did not have to change any large hex bolts. Finally I had to fine tune rakes, detector rods, and the levelness of the decks.

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