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the slot handle disengages,Was told to pull down hard to reset.It is not resetting any help would be appreciated Harry Coyle

Hi Harry,

Is this on the Columbia slot machine again, I can't be sure this is the same machine you're asking about but if you just asked a prior question that I have just answered, I am thinking that this is the same machine? If so, here we go: Pulling down hard could clear something, but there is a much bigger chance that it could bend and disable the machine and does more damage if you are having a coin jam, and that could do some real damage. These Columbia's have a coin carousel on top, coins need to enter that one coin at a time, if you see two coins in a slot or two coins trying to go into one slot on that carousel then you have problems. I see them jam right under where the coins leave the coin head and enter their index place in the carousel to be moved along on the next play. Often it is a bent index plate that will now be too wide and two coins will try to go into the same slot and that is it, the carousel will be jammed by a coin in the area where it leave the coin head and enters the carousel, it will try to fit in there with another coin already in it and it can't, so the coin being stuck between the coin head and the carousel is what james the mechanism so it can't move. Look between the head and carousel and see if you see a coin stuck there. If so, forcing it will only damage the machine more, and you have to remove that jammed coin somehow and then fix the bent slot in the carousel so it lines up perfect under the coin head again, if now, it will just happen again.

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Rodger Knutson

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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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