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margamatix
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Postby margamatix » Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:59 pm

OK, just a brief update........

I had a new coinbox lock fitted as the locksmith couldn't match the key. He charged me £10.87 including fitting.

I decided I couldn't live with the Ronseal finish, so I stripped it off and rubbed down the cabinet very lightly, before applying two thin coats of clear varnish. I left the fag burns on the top as I think they give it a nice "pubby" atmosphere. All in all it looks a hundred times better.

I fitted a new battery and at first the illumination of the light was a bit erratic. This turned out to be because of dirt and some light oxidisation on the brass or copper plate fitted to the rear of the green button, so I cleaned it with a cotton bud and some WD40. Works perfectly now.

Then I gave the moving parts (very few) a very light oiling which has made a small improvement to the action.

And now I am on the look out for my next machine. I fancy a Bryan's Clock - for Gawd's sake don't anyone tell the Missus how much they are!
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steinslots
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Postby steinslots » Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:22 am

I bought one of those reaction testers ages ago for £45! (mind you it was rough). They are a pain if you want to change the coinage though. Mine is on old 5p and I had to make a "cash door" for it, otherwise the coins fall out of the bottom!.

Have you ever had a coin jam inside (one behind the other) and tried to rescue it without taking all of the screws out?

I love it because they are British and kind of quaint. I had to get some more instruction labels made because the screen print had come off. I've still got some spares somewhere..........

balcombeite
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Testo Reaction Machine

Postby balcombeite » Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:17 pm

I bought about 80 of these machines approx 20 years ago with many of them installed in pubs & fish & chip shops etc. - it was a bit of a part time job for the wife but she never got on with them and so I took them all out and have been storing them in my shed ever since. I have hundreds of spare parts, keys, glass fronts aluminium decals etc. and I've now had a look at them with a view to (maybe) restoring them or at least cleaning them up. I think that in the past the previous owner must of painted all the cases black but I believe the originals were in a natural wood finish ?? - Question, is it best to strip them down to bare wood and then varnish them or by doing so would I be doing exactly the wrong thing ???

malcymal
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Re: Testo Reaction Machine

Postby malcymal » Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:38 pm

Could we have a photo so we can see what it is?

terry
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Re: Testo Reaction Machine

Postby terry » Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:50 pm

I think I know the machines you mean. Wooden case with a glass front? You insert a penny and stop a dropping element in vertical columns by pressing a button to test your reaction? If so, wooden cases would be more desirable but they are not of any great value so would it be worth the trouble??

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Re: Testo Reaction Machine

Postby balcombeite » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:35 pm

Here goes with attempt number 4 to upload a picture !!!!! - if it works you'll notice this unit has a handle as it was easier to carry it around to prospective sites, - made it a lot easier to carry !!!

From comments so far maybe its best to leave it painted black rather than all the trouble of stripping them all back to bare wood ???? - all comments certainly appreciated.
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terry
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Re: Testo Reaction Machine

Postby terry » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:42 pm

no, still didn't work. Don't you just love computers?!!! :-x

balcombeite
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Re: Testo Reaction Machine

Postby balcombeite » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:58 pm

For some reason when I try to upload a .jpg file the computer just sits there for ages saying "uploading file" , - I did manage to upload a picture in Word format which you can access in the previous postm - click on testo.doc and a picture should open up !!! - hopefully.

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Re: Testo Reaction Machine

Postby slotalot » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:15 pm

Balcombeite wrote:For some reason when I try to upload a .jpg file the computer just sits there for ages saying "uploading file"
Hi, :D welcome to the forum, think the problem could be that your jpg file is too big :oops: , Try it with a reduced file size and it should work OK,
Rgards Stuart. :tarah:

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Re: Testo Reaction Machine

Postby pennymachines » Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:05 pm

Balcombeite - I've inserted your image. As Stuart said - the size of your original jpeg picture file needed reducing. See How to Upload Images

This thread is now merged to include details of the maker and patent.
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