Archive for the ‘Knowledge Center’ Category

Learning about EOS Switches in Pinball

The end of stroke switch (EOS) is your pinball flipper assembly’s best friend. The End Of Stroke switch keeps the flipper in check, but it does have a hard job. It gets beat up; many times per game, and eventually, you will need to repair or replace that old end of stroke switch. Which EOS switch do you need, and what is an EOS switch for? Click “Read More” at the top right to read more.

The Bob-Math-Use Guide to Classic Pinball Machines

Did you know that Bob Matthews made a comprehensive guide for playing in those “classics” tournaments? This is one of the most valuable compendiums we have ever seen in pinball history when it comes to game rules, details, and tips!! Check it out and cherish it. If Bob’s guide helps you in any way, he is asking for donations to Project Pinball. Happy Flipping! Click “Read More” at the top right

Coil Substitutions and Equivalents

We get a lot of questions from people asking about coil substitutions.  Let’s preface by saying we always recommend replacing a coil with the same part number as the original. Remember, a weak flipper probably won’t be fixed by replacing the coil with a stronger one, and changing to a non-factory recommended coil can cause damage to plastics, drop targets and ramps. Click “Read More” at the top right for more information.

Fastener Part Numbering System Explained

When dealing with screws, nuts, and bolts, understanding the cryptic part numbers can simplify ordering. The last 2 digits (XX) of the 4 digit fastener part numberprefix (40XX-12345-12) indicates the standard stud size of the bolt or screw. For example, part #4006-01030-12 indicates a #6 stud diameter (.138″) fastener. The 2 digit part number suffix for bolts and screws (-12, -04, -16, etc) indicates the number of 1/16″ length increments of the fastener. For example, part #4004-01003-04 indicates a screw that is 4/16″ long or 1/4″ long.  Click “Read More” at the top right for more information.

How to Stream Pinball by Jack Danger

Stuck at home with your games? Start streaming pinball now! There are multiple outlets you can stream on for free. Twitch, Facebook LIVE, Youtube, or even just using ZOOM to stream with your personal family & friends! Streaming pinball is the latest way to share pinball gameplay, rules, and even repair tips! Don’t know where to start? We have you covered! Jack Danger paves the way for pinball streamers with his professional and entertaining pinball streams on twitch.tv, Dead Flip Pinball Streaming. Always keen about sharing his knowledge, Jack created a comprehensive breakdown on “How to Stream Pinball”.

Buying Your FIRST Pinball Machine

On Saturday, August 1st, 2020 California Extreme will host Tim Showalter’s presentation on “Buying Your First Pinball Machine.” Watch it LIVE on Twitch.tv at http://www.twitch.tv/caextreme Open the twitch link and click “Follow” with “notifications on” to get notified on when they go live! Marco Pinball presents: Buying Your First Pinball MachinePresenters: Tim Showalter, TJ Beyer, Kyle Spiteri all skilled pinball aficionadosModerator: Imoto Harney, Marco PinballJoin Tim, TJ, and Kyle as they teach us “almost” everything you need to know about buying and owning your first pinball machine! Besides our presentation, California Extreme plans to have a full day of digital read more…

Stern Pinball packing guide

Have you ever had to put a game back in the box? This guide from Stern Pinball gives you all the information you’ll need to pack like a pro. Stern Pinball’s guide to re-packing your pinball machine.

Marco Specialties introduces Super-Bands™ high-reliability pinball flipper bands

Lexington, SC — Marco Specialties, a leading pinball parts e-retailer, today announced the new line of Super-Bands™ high-reliability pinball flipper bands. Super-Bands™ are advanced, custom-formulated, polyurethane rings (a.k.a. urethane flipper rings) designed for pinball machine flippers and bumpers. Super-Bands™ are superior to traditional flipper rubber with better durability and better ball control, translating to increased reliability, reduced operating costs, and better player satisfaction for pinball machines in both commercial and collector environments. Super-Bands are available in a wide variety of original equipment and unique colors.

Custom fabricate your own wire gates and wire forms

Pinball machines use many interesting custom wire parts that are often hard to find when they break.  While Marco stocks a huge variety of prefabricated and industrially hardened wire-form parts, inevitably you will run across a rare part that is keeping your game from working correctly. The magic material to use is piano wire, which is strong and will retain its shape. Marco carries several diameters of Piano Wire, including: 0.031in – #12-WS-031 0.040in – #12-WS-040 0.051in – #12-WS-051 0.063in – #12-WS-063 0.080in – #12-WS-080 To make bending wire simpler, try a #77-8593 wire forming jig.  

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