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gunigoogoo
1st May 2006, 01:09 PM
Just wondering what everyone uses to lift and move pinball machines around? I've seen a few dollies on the net but they are rather expensive. Does anyone have any ideas for a home made one?

pescefritte

catty
1st May 2006, 01:41 PM
2 mates.

hamish_nz
1st May 2006, 01:42 PM
I use a hand cart, it was $39 dollars from bunnings.
It is not the best solutions but it is cheap.
Modern pins can weigh 100+ kgs and you have to be very careful not to
damage the cabinet when shifting them.


It is a mush have for anyone with arcade machines.

gunigoogoo
1st May 2006, 01:54 PM
I was thinking more along the lines of something to slip underneath and raise and support the machine so you can take the legs off.

Ric
1st May 2006, 01:58 PM
you can get these

They are called pinball dollys

From memory they are between $250 - $400 dpedning upon quality and whether you getting new or second hand.

I have seen them used at auctions and they look like a pretty sweet contraption. However for the cost (and they only go on flat surfaces) I have used the mates and 1,2,3 lift system

For older machines, a hand trolley from Bunning, super Cheap auto or other such outlets works fine. Just nee dto be careful when putting the machine down so it doesn't fall over or hit the ground suddenly and breka the backglass or playfield glass.

Ric

The Pinny Parlour
1st May 2006, 03:03 PM
2 mates.

:046: :045:

Wotto
1st May 2006, 03:32 PM
Get ready to laugh.

I got a set of flat topped castors from Bunnings ( about $15.00 ), they have a yellow flat spotted circle that is the perfect size for the round foot on the bottom of the leg leveller.

I climb under the machine on all fours and I lift the machine with my ( now broken ) back.

I slide the castors under each back leg ( being careful not to allow the machine to wobble to one side and fall off my back which is currently supporting the whole weight).

I then back out of there on all fours and stand upright, I can then lift the front of the machine and slide it straight out of where it was. I then repeat the process to aim it in the direction I need to go and repeat and repeat until it ends up where I need it to be.

It actually does work quite OK, if I could find flat topped castors that swivelled it would be easier.

I know , I know ..............cut your applause..........I am a genius!:lol

rottenpig
1st May 2006, 05:10 PM
my dong

Ric
1st May 2006, 05:21 PM
i thought you used that to pick the locks?

Virgil Tracy
1st May 2006, 05:41 PM
i thought you used that to pick the locks?

:046:

pocketmoney
1st May 2006, 06:41 PM
turned this

879



into this....


880

didn't take too long to do.. especially the painting :P

works very well at making a cumbersome job into as easy 1 man operation.

gunigoogoo
2nd May 2006, 09:57 AM
Hey, great job! You don't have any plans for it or interested in making another one by any chance?

Savage
2nd May 2006, 11:15 AM
I'm with catty, 2 mates while I have a beer and watch :D

Ric
2nd May 2006, 11:36 AM
it took five guys to mnove my Dredd down a flight of 20 stairs round the side of the house, up about a metre to a ledge then inside the gamesroom

a dolly wouldn't have helped at all

gunigoogoo
2nd May 2006, 01:26 PM
Would this kind of thing be suitable: eBay link (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Hydraulic-Scissor-Lift-New-in-box-Industrial-300Kg_W0QQitemZ6046667477QQcategoryZ11701QQssPageN ameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem)

humpalot
2nd May 2006, 01:38 PM
Yeah I looked at them too, but the handle would get in the way.

gunigoogoo
2nd May 2006, 01:47 PM
Couldn't the handle be removed or angled back further?

humpalot
2nd May 2006, 01:59 PM
No doubt you could modify it, but for $300 I'd expect something that does the job without modification. It might pay to have a look at motor bike lifters, I remember seeing one about 2 years ago that would of suited a pinball application. This isn't the one that I was thinking of but it might give you an idea. http://cgi.ebay.com.au/MOTORBIKE-LIFT-BIKE-LIFT-HARLEY-YAMAHA-HONDA-BSA-NORTON_W0QQitemZ4635025298QQcategoryZ32628QQrdZ1QQ cmdZViewItem

Mickey Juice
2nd May 2006, 02:42 PM
No doubt you could modify it, but for $300 I'd expect something that does the job without modification.

Yeah, may aswell buy a pinball trolley!

pocketmoney
2nd May 2006, 06:48 PM
Like most trolleys mine is scared of stairs. No plans really just made it up as I went along.

If you are going to embark on a DIY then all you really need is measure height from floor to bottom of pinballs you want to move around <found EM sit lower than 90's machines>.
Have enough width to be stable whilst fitting between legs.. <will be leaving this one alone>.

The hydraulics were courtesy of supa-cheap.. can get them on special for $29 at times.

With a welder, tape measure, and cut off saw all you do is make it sturdy without too much weight.

I can document the dimensions of mine if you like.. but lots more fun to wing it.

Paul.

gunigoogoo
2nd May 2006, 07:41 PM
Anyone know what the average weight of a pinnie is?

The Pinny Parlour
2nd May 2006, 10:07 PM
Anyone know what the average weight of a pinnie is?


Heavy
Man, that's heavy
Bloody Heavy
That's really Heavy
That's really, bloody heavy
Shit that's heavy
****! that is heavy
****, no way dude, that's way to ****ing heavy


I'm sure it's one of those. lol sorry. :lol

terry007
2nd May 2006, 10:08 PM
About the 100 - 120kg mark I reckon. Probably closer to 120.

rottenpig
2nd May 2006, 10:10 PM
i normally say '**** this is heavy'

Ric
2nd May 2006, 10:12 PM
I usually get "there is no way that is fitting down those stairs"

humpalot
2nd May 2006, 10:13 PM
i normally say '**** this is heavy'
I'd reserve that for the bingo machines :D

Ric
2nd May 2006, 10:19 PM
i here bingos are the motherload of heavy pins

although try moving an old rock-ola

they look ok but they are HEAVY!

garuda
2nd May 2006, 10:22 PM
I'm used to lifting heavy things. I have to lift my dong many times a day.

The Pinny Parlour
2nd May 2006, 10:29 PM
I'm used to lifting heavy things. I have to lift my dong many times a day.

Prevent prostate cancer huh? :lol

http://webhollis.com/albums/Funny-Forum/OldExcitingStuff.jpg

Ric
3rd May 2006, 12:53 PM
I'm used to lifting heavy things. I have to lift my dong many times a day.


a few mates, beers and lifting Garuda's dong is just another fun weekend at Garudas:lol

judgeboz
3rd May 2006, 01:20 PM
I just put roller skates on my wife's hands and knees and ask her (nicely) to get on all fours under the machine and I just do the steering from the front of the machine. She is a human pinball trolley.

gunigoogoo
3rd May 2006, 02:17 PM
I'm not going anywhere near that one.

Mickey Juice
4th May 2006, 03:43 PM
Mate hurt his shoulder moving my pinny!

The Pinny Parlour
4th May 2006, 05:05 PM
Mate hurt his shoulder moving my pinny!

Glad it wasn't you then. Could have hurt your own shoulder. heh :lol

Savage
10th May 2006, 05:08 PM
Glad it wasn't you then. Could have hurt your own shoulder. heh :lol

Could have been worse, could have been me hurting my shoulder :D

NMD
10th May 2006, 05:29 PM
Me and the oldman move them in and out of the house. I noticed my WCS felt ALOT heavier than a 92 Gott and 94 DE.

Ric
10th May 2006, 05:48 PM
black hole, for anyone who has moved one is a VERY heavy 80's pin

but the 90's WMS are the killers

The Pinny Parlour
10th May 2006, 10:05 PM
Tried lifting a pinball 2000 machine?

NextWish
21st February 2007, 09:09 PM
black hole, for anyone who has moved one is a VERY heavy 80's pin

but the 90's WMS are the killers

STTNG - holy christ.

I'll be investing in a trolley for sure.