Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Mills High Top


I have a .25 Mills High Top that was working well. Recently, it stopped paying out on any hits, including the jackpot. The coin tube has sufficient coins and there are no coins stuck in the payout slides. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Tony

Hi Tony,
I know this machine well, and you explanation here helps a lot so good job there. There are still several things that can cause this none payout condition and one that we need to check next is the vertical fingers. Do these vertical fingers spring forward and are allowed to go into the disks holes at the end of the machines play cycle? Reason is this; most of these machines have an anti-cheat device located just below the vertical fingers, and when the mechanism is played out of the case this device will drop a hook that will go over a pin on the vertical fingers and will not allow any of the fingers to move in and touch the reel disks, it will hold all the fingers back and not allow any of them to move in for payout, thus preventing any kind of payout. So, check to see if at the end of a game cycle that the fingers were allowed to move in and come in contact with the reel disks, and if not, then look for this hook that is locking all them back so they can't move in. Once you find this hook, play the game to release it and then wire it up with tie wire or nylon wire tie so it can never drop down and lock the fingers again, as this is not needed and used only in the old days to prevent cheating. If this is not the problem then we will have to go from here ok? I have available a super book/manual for this machine with tons of photo's, best ever for the mills machines. If you had this book/manual we could use page numbers and photos and work together on this to show you where to look for possible problems. If interested in this manual just email me at: and I will explain further.  
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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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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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