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Rodger, hope your feeling better. My whole family was sick over the holidays and just getting back to normal. I was hoping you could answer some additional questions regarding my late 30s Mills bursting cherry quarter machine. I experienced a coin jam where it appeared that 2 coins partially overlapped each other just as they were falling down the delivery chute ahead of the coin tube. It was time to advance my understanding of the system. I pulled the escalator, disassembled it cleaned/brushed/degreased and dried it. My questions are about some 'modifications' that were apparent on the escalator. It appeared to me that the final tooth on the lower coin holding bar was bent downward and somewhat rounded off. It also appeared that a horizontal cut was purposely made on the escalator faceplate near the coin drop off end just below the normal horizontal escalator opening. This cut piece was then flared out a little. I could see no reason for this and was wondering if you have seen any escalator modifications like this? I also noticed that the internal surface of the faceplate was quite worn/scored from what appeared to be from movement of the coin edges of the quarters. That being said the escalator was pretty dirty and cleaning certainly made it operate more smoothly. No coin jam after about a 100 coins or so. Are the parts available for these escalators and can you recommend a parts house if that becomes necessary? Thanks, Robert

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Hi Robert,
I am feeling great, thank you. Sounds like you coin escalator has been modified at some point in the past. Most likely because it has a lot of ware and maybe was doing just as you describe, called shingling, where one coin slips past the teeth of the advance bar and ends up on another, and once that happens they all do the same thing until it jams all up. Some of this is caused by the coin groves you see inside the front of it. You can pull it apart and try to have these coin groves milled out of it and that might help, or just replace it with a good original or reproduction coin escalator and you can get one from antique slot parts company, they are still in business but maybe not for much longer and you can reach them in the morning, at 1-920-622-5959, if you call too late you will get just an answering machine, and don't expect a return call from you message, so just try earlier. This coin Escalator might just be the most important part in you slot machine as when it acts up, everything goes wrong including mechanism jams. I'll include a nice break down of the Mills coin escalator for you here and hopefully that will help you some.    
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I am an expert on old coin operated machines, slot machines, trade stimulator's, jukeboxes, old arcade machines, etc. I have been identifying these for people who respond to my web site listed below, for a few years now. In almost all cases I am able to tell them about their old coin operated machines, the year, the value, and other general information about their machines. I do not know much about soda vending machines, coin banks, or scales, but I will try to help you with these if I can. Please email photo's to: My web site is at:


I bought my first slot machine, a .50 Cent Mills Black Cherry in 1969 and have been hooked from that time, I still have that Slot machine! Before that I found a open barrel full of old scraped jukebox wall boxes behind a restaurant, I wanted them all but never took a one of them. Anything that took a coin drove me nuts!

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Many, the Coinslot magazine, always juken, Coin Slot Journal, Slot Box Collector, and others that I don’t remember at this time.

Graduated from Ballard High School in 1969, went to Edison Technical Collage for a couple of years taking welding and metal fabrication, tig, mig, heliarc, also arc and gas welding and fabrication. Then Apprenticed under a slot machine technician who worked in the slot machine industry Reno Nevada, and set up bar poker progressive machines in the casino's, and repaired machine and did the repairs on slot machine circuit boards there. He also was involved in the 2 hand dealer's market and bought and sold machines at the casinos auctions for the secondary market, which includes selling used machine overseas. I learned a ton from this man; he always had the correct answers and took the time to teach me the business. My interest and knowledge in other and older coin operated machine is for the most part, self-taught. It's been my passion from back in 1968 and before, my thirst for knowledge about these machines has kept me more interested over the years, and keeps me searching for more information even today. I have meet and talked to book authors on these machines, attended hundreds of coin operated shows and auctions, and I stay with that to this very day.

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