We know that many of you are hobbyist and are probably not too concerned about whether or not your coin mechs are working. If you’ve ever thought about owning your own arcade or starting your own route, however, this will be absolutely essential to your success. Here are some tips for adjusting a coin mech.
Adjusting A Coin Mech
You want to start off by first removing the coin mech from the arcade game. This is accomplished in a variety of ways depending on how the coin mech is positioned. For instance, a Ms. Pac Man cabinet has the front of the coin mech positioned opposite the door. There are two metal latches located at the top of the coin mech that you have to push down, pull the top of the coin mech towards you, then slide the bottom out of the holder.
Another common configuration is where the coin mech is positioned with the front facing the right. In this position, a metal bar typically holds the side of the coin mech with a clip at the bottom. Undo this clip and remove the metal bar holding in the coin mech. After removing the clip, you should be able to slide the side of the coin mech held by the bar to the right. Once this side is free, pull the other side out of the holder to successfully remove the coin mech.
Now that we have removed the coin mech from the arcade cabinet, we can move on to adjusting the coin mech. Most of the coin mechs that you encounter are going to be configured for quarters (25 cents). Find the screw located at the top of the mech that controls the tension of the coin mech on the coin. Tighten this screw all the way down by turning it to the LEFT. Then, place a quarter in the coin slot at the top of the mech, the quarter should get stuck. Now, slowly turn the tension screw to the right until the quarter falls through. Give the screw an extra 1/2 turn to the right to make sure that it will fall through smoothly in the future.
Once you have adjusted your coin mech, place it back in the arcade cabinet in a similar manner as you removed it. Now, test it with a quarter and see if it works. If it does, you’re good to go.
There are several other types of coin mechs that you might encounter as well. Another common type is a double or dual coin mech. These are usually signified on the cradle of the coin mech with the letter D. These coin mechs can take quarters or 0.984″ tokens which are the most common token size.
Our favorite coin mechs are made by a company called Imonex®. These coin mechs are extremely fast, extremely accurate, and hardly ever jam. They do cost more than a standard coin mech but they will save you a lot of time in the long run. Imonex® coin mechs are available from Happ Controls.
Knowing how to adjust a coin mech will get you well on your way towards owning your own arcade or route location. Coin mechs, when adjusted properly, will make sure that you don’t miss out on a sale just because someone couldn’t put a quarter in.