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    Our A-2s are now 22 years old and I think that they were refirbs when we got them. Is there a systematic approach to what parts are suspect for replacement at this age? Also, is there a recommendation on the spare parts list one should have for a 32 laner? We seem to be needing to replace the deck lowering hook at this juncture with 3 missing the pick-up on the way up. Thanks for reading my posting.

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    Re: our A-2s are now 22 years old...

    Howard...Wether a machine is 4 years old or 40 years old makes no difference. If it has been well maintained, you will have very few problems. If your machines have been neglected...the list can be long and expensive. Your best bet is to institute a comprehensive inspection routine that looks at every part on the machine. Make a list of the things you find wrong and prioritize everything based on what is critical and what is not. If you need such a program, I could send you or fax you a copy of a program I use on a regular basis. It is a proven program if used properly.

    As far as what to keep on hand for a 32 lane center, I would have to respond with the same basic answer for your first question. If the machines have been maintained, a simple inventory would suffice...if they have been neglected...many parts would be advisable. I have a list you can have if you wish and you can modify it to suit your needs. There is no single simple answer for this question. Sorry I couldn't be of more help in this area. Let me know if you want what I have...
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      Re: our A-2s are now 22 years old...

      For best results, you should have at least 1 or two of almost every part of the machine. Of course, I don't mean gearboxes, or detectors, but oilite bearings, cam followers and related parts, cables, springs, etc. Anything that can break should have a replacement part in stock. When we buy pinsetters for a new center, we try to get a couple extras, and strip them down for parts. A 1:1 or a 4:1 is always helpful to have on hand. And of course a good pm schedule will help make your machines last longer. In our 3 centers, a down machine is a hugh loss of revenue, Especially on the weekends with 40 to 50 reservations and open play at $20.00 per hour. We try to keep assemblies on hand, built up, like turret clutches, guide rollers, pin release assemblies, etc that can be changed out rather quickly. Then we rebuild the bad assembly later, and a machine is not down while the assembly is being worked on. We have had years and years of success doing our parts in this manner, but it can be hard on a budget getting started and stocked up. :p


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