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    I was wondering what the easiest way to adjust the rake so it doesn't smack the rake stops. Some of our machines hit them too hard, and some are perfect. We have 60 lanes, and most of them need to be adjusted.

    I never had to adjust these before, but it's something that needs to be addressed.

    I looked in the pinsetter manual, but they don't seem to specify that exact adjustment. Maybe I just overlooked it??

    Pay attention to what your doing, and always do a clean and neat job!

  • #2
    Re: Rake Stop Adjustment

    There is supposed to be a gap of 1/8 inch between the rake sweep hook and the front edge of the rake sweep block,pretty sure it's 1/8,but that's in the book.
    Me....i use some good dense foam with tape on the backside(or i can glue it on)and install it onto the sweep stops,both sides,heck....i never hear a smack out of them when the rake returns to the stops now,also cushions the rake arms.
    Cheating?,maybe but if ya get them to hold on they work great,maybe have to change them but with the right foam density it sure makes for a wisper quiet rake stop!I played with the idea because i just wanted a way to cushion the rake arms better.
    Use what you have to,to get it through the shift then fix it right.Do it right and live through the night...Safety first!


    • #3
      Re: Rake Stop Adjustment

      The closer your rake crank rod is at 135 degrees the smoother the rake releases.I set mine at 1/16",but our machines run at A speed,or slower.


      • #4
        Re: Rake Stop Adjustment

        Thanks guys!!! I'll give it a try.

        I'm still learning all the adjustments on these machines as I go.

        Thanks again,
        Pay attention to what your doing, and always do a clean and neat job!


        • #5
          Re: Rake Stop Adjustment

          Seems to me that with months, even years of the rake stops being hit that any adjustment to them would be towards the rear of the pinsetter. The further out they get, the less room the rake hook has to get up and out of the way. I've had instances of rake hooks slightly grabbing the block when it isn't supposed to...and to fix this Ive bumped the rake stops in a bit. That gives the hook more "time" to raise. Also...Im wondering....wont the rake arms still hit the stops with the same "bang" even if the stops are moved a bit? There isnt that much adjustment on them....even moving them an inch wouldn't mean they wont bang...but thats just my opinion...not fact. I've also moved them in just a bit to lower a rake thats too high when it first comes down...but very close to the deck when it sweeps. Doing that affects rake height in the down position, but doesn't affect height when least thats how it appears to me. HA.

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          • #6
            Re: Rake Stop Adjustment

            The big thing is that the rake shaft doesn't hit the frame cross member when fully back @ i80. When the rake comes forward @ 225, it should be almost fully halted in forward movment because the 4 to 1 crank arm and sweep link will be in a straight line and circular motion of the crank arm will halt the rake shafts forward motion. Unless the forward stops are to far back, then you get a bang.
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            • #7
              Re: Rake Stop Adjustment

              phil...this adjustment is actually a combination of adjustments. If you are going to make this adjustment, it is better that you perform the ENTIRE rake adjustment to be sure everything is correct. Look here:

              Rake adjustment link
              TSM & TSM Training Development
              Main Event Entertainment
              480-620-6758 for help or information


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