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    Pokie reels not spinning

    I'm guessing this will be a pretty dumb question but can anyone help. I've got 2 mechanical pokies that have been sitting around. I tried them last night and both have the same problem - pull the handle and the reels barely spin. Any advice on fixing this?

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    Dried up oil. Depending on machine some you can pull the handle till just before it releases then manually spin the reels to free them up


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    Yer, it will be old solidified grease in the wheel mechs. Work the machine as you have been doing with the tray that holds the machine inside the cabinet in the out position, (they usually have a knurled bolt holding them in the closed position so you need to remove that allowing the tray to pull out). Just make sure the tray can slide out on a secure surface or the machine will tip over potentially crushing you.
    Work the mech as you have been doing but this time now that you can see the back, you will notice a number of spring loaded fingers that slide down engaging the gears on each wheel to start the wheels spinning. Inside the gears there is grease. Clean it out and apply new grease. The problem should be gone.
    If you use degreaser, be very careful not to get it on the wheel faces as you will "never" get it off them.
    Just manually scrapping out the majority and replacing it with new lithium grease is usually all that is required.

    If the time the reels spin is to short, you will notice something that looks like a gyroscope. This is the timing mechanism that determines the wheel spin time duration. Again, clean out the old grease and put in new thinner grease and this will have it spinning much faster and for longer.
    This will make the reels spin for longer before they are allowed to stop.

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    Easy to fix engine de-greaser, water rinse & warm air dry, then re-oil with machine oil. DO NOT USE GREASE ON THE REELS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2544 View Post
    Easy to fix engine de-greaser, water rinse & warm air dry, then re-oil with machine oil. DO NOT USE GREASE ON THE REELS.
    thats a neat looking bandit. How does the jackpot reels in the top box work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rod71 View Post
    thats a neat looking bandit. How does the jackpot reels in the top box work?
    Iím pretty sure that they are manually set by the operator


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    Quote Originally Posted by rod71 View Post
    thats a neat looking bandit. How does the jackpot reels in the top box work?
    Alternates 1 cent for every 10 cents pulled. Controlled by a simple relay PCB.

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    About 3 cans of Yield will do it.
    After that a bit of a spray with Lanolin will help stop the yield drying out, and yes heaps of working the mechs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob1966 View Post
    Iím pretty sure that they are manually set by the operator
    Nup! it's more or less just a counter. 1 cent for every 10 cent pull.

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    Inox spray can fixes everything

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