Digger project

Building a slot machine from scratch? You're not alone in your madness.
User avatar
yaksplat
Posts: 104
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:53 pm

Re: Digger project

Post by yaksplat »

Any pictures that you can provide of cabinets with a ruler or tape measure on them for scale will help immensely.

I'm in the process of making a proper trip blade as mine didn't have the original.

Pictures that Jim Roller sent me years ago:
Dragline trip-to-start assembly.jpg


Dragline trip shows re-set blade.jpg


Dragline trip shows off blade and re-set blade.jpg

My recreation:
trip_blade.JPG
trip_blade.JPG (17.76 KiB) Viewed 4973 times

User avatar
pennymachines
Site Admin
Posts: 5319
Joined: Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:12 am
Location: The Black Country

Re: Digger project

Post by pennymachines »

I'm watching your progress with interest but sorry I can't contribute. Erie Digger's are rare in the UK. I think I saw one cabinet and one mechanism over the years. Maybe Ddstoys will come to the rescue. Anyway - good luck!
User avatar
ddstoys
Posts: 332
Joined: Sun May 12, 2013 4:48 am

Re: Digger project

Post by ddstoys »

Sorry mate, I went out to get you the photos but they're buried on a shelf well above my head and I’ll need a second pair of hands to help. I’ll try get them down on my next days off.
Attachments
6D94EA4C-F4A9-4061-9D50-7564B10A201Ca.jpg
User avatar
yaksplat
Posts: 104
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:53 pm

Re: Digger project

Post by yaksplat »

No worries. When you get there, you get there. I've got plenty of things to occupy me in the meantime. I'm trying to teach myself to use AutoDesk Inventor to model some of these mechanisms.

Side note: I got a response from my email the other day to Jim Roller:
I wish I could help you but, sadly, I have little to offer. I sold out everything I had pertaining to the mechanical diggers a few years ago and the buyer has died and I have no further way to know what happened to the materials including about 60 digger mechanisms.
It's really quite a shame, but I was really glad to see that Jim's still kicking. He also gave me the name of someone that may have a copy of the cabinet plans.
User avatar
ddstoys
Posts: 332
Joined: Sun May 12, 2013 4:48 am

Re: Digger project

Post by ddstoys »

Mine looks to have a completely different setup than yours. Let me know if I can do any more.
Attachments
DAE9FF13-166A-4756-9974-4370190F41D0a.jpg
6F9A7D35-1B8C-429A-A88E-D370474C60DAa.jpg
29FC6FB0-D871-423F-9C82-242B587E00C3a.jpg
266E85C1-7784-47EB-B1E6-B2EC39E8A140a.jpg
User avatar
yaksplat
Posts: 104
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:53 pm

Re: Digger project

Post by yaksplat »

Wow, it looks like there are many variations in trip mechanisms on these diggers. I've seen about 6 of them now. I'm going to have to figure out what will work with my setup. Mine is similar to what I posted above.
User avatar
yaksplat
Posts: 104
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:53 pm

Re: Digger project

Post by yaksplat »

Thanks for the cabinet plans DD. They're pretty rough with a few errors in there. I'm going to model them up with some changes made and then I'll send you a set back. (in metric :HaHa: )
User avatar
ddstoys
Posts: 332
Joined: Sun May 12, 2013 4:48 am

Re: Digger project

Post by ddstoys »

😂😂😂😂 I’m not very smart but I can lift heavy things.
User avatar
yaksplat
Posts: 104
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:53 pm

Re: Digger project

Post by yaksplat »

Heavy things always need to be lifted. No one can ever decide where they should be placed the first time, resulting in moving them around 3 or 4 times. That means we'll always need people to lift heavy things.

I'm hoping that I can fully documented how one of these digger mechanisms works so that anyone can always get one up and running again, even if they need to fabricate a few pieces. Once I get this complete, there should be a good record here, with details of each part. I haven't done much 3D CAD in several years, but so far this is turning out pretty good.
Attachments
main_assembly.JPG
User avatar
ddstoys
Posts: 332
Joined: Sun May 12, 2013 4:48 am

Re: Digger project

Post by ddstoys »

Looking good so far. I can’t begin to understand how these computer drawings are done.

My older digger mech is different again. I might drag it down and post some photos of that if you like for reference.
Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 6 guests