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  • Pit cushion hitting lift rods!

    Just curious if there is a way to stop the cushion from hitting the lift rods on Model A pinsetter. Sometimes when the ball hits the cushion...the cushion will hit the lift rods. What is the best way to prevent this from happening?!? All the shocks seem to be OK. Install thicker cushion facings? I just don't want the lift rods to get out of adjustment or break apart. Please help!

    Brandon Adams
    Imperial and Twin Oaks Lanes
    Toledo, Ohio

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    Re: Pit cushion hitting lift rods!

    Hey A2. It sounds like something is very worn out I don't have As but A2s are clos. I have been doing some extra work in a house that has As. The first thing I would do is a complete rebuild of the follower link assms. and new shocks. Sometimes the shocks seem good but are not. Also check your adjustments on the rod going to your triplates that might be a problem. Sorry couldn't be more help to you. Hopefully a rebuild might do it.

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      Re: Pit cushion hitting lift rods!

      HEY EVERY ONE
      THIS IS JEFF AT TWIN OAKS WHERE BRANDON WORKS.
      WHAT WE HAVE IS A REBUILD MODIFICATION WHERE THE CUSHION FASTENS TO THE HOCKEY STICKS HAS BEEN CUT OFF AND FASHIONED BACK TOGETHER WITH 2 LARGE HINGES.
      YA, ALOT OF PRESSURE TAKEN OFF THE COMPLETE CUSHION ASSEMBLY BUT NOW THEY CAN WACK THE LIFT RODS.

      JEFF KUHNLE
      TWIN OAKS LANES
      TOLEDO OHIO
      WE ARE NOW REALLY TWIN OAKS LANES.

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        Re: Pit cushion hitting lift rods!

        So...that is what the "hockey sticks" are. I was always wondering what were those things. I was looking at the Zot catalog and they make these springs or something that mount to the cushion and the other side to the back of the pinsetter I think...there was only a diagram and no picture. Can you install those on A machines?

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          Re: Pit cushion hitting lift rods!

          Do they have a couple of air shocks coming from the back of the cushion to the elevator frame? If you do, what you have there are the original Zot conversions for the A pinsetters. I worked on those once a long time ago. I think you can still get manuals from Zot. I'm not sure, but I think the shocks limit how far back the pit cushion pivots when the ball hits it.
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