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Looking for a nice Skee Ball machine

post #1 of 53
Thread Starter 
IS Ebay the best place to look? My wife definitely wants a Skee Ball Machine and saw one at Sears she liked but it is a cheap facsimilie of a real one. I thought I could get something more decent but don't know where to start.
post #2 of 53
Have you checked http://groups.google.com/group/rec.g...etplace/topics

Also, Criagslist or the Winstion/Salem arcade auctions that come around about every other month. Or, look into a local Skee Ball tournament group and make connections. Ebay is good as long as you can find something local.

Good luck,
Dave
post #3 of 53
I would check with a local vending company. If you can't find out who it is, go to a bar and look at the dart boards. Most of those machines are rented from a local vending company. They will certainly be able to get one for you. Granted, it will be kind of expensive. They sell used machines as well as ordering new ones. The good part about buying a real machine is that it won't be a cheap, smaller version of the real thing. Good luck!
post #4 of 53
The above posters are correct. The other thing to do is call every local "vending" company in the area, and let them know you want a Skee-Ball machine.

Of course you could get lucky like me a find one at an auction for $125.00

Check out my pics too see it.

Reedl
post #5 of 53
Thread Starter 
Man, that is exactly like I was thinking. I can't beleive you got it for $125!

I will start looking around.
post #6 of 53
How did you get that skee ball maching in your basement? Does it break down into pieces? My main concern is the surface the ball rolls on. Does that break down?
post #7 of 53
The commercial units some apart at the place where the ramp ends, and the place where the scoring circles are. That makes it quite easy to move. There are four large bolts that hold the two pieces together. It is also around 28 inches wide so it fits through a standard doorway.

The surface that the balls roll on seems to be very sturdy. In fact I called Skee-Ball Corp and asked them what I should clean it with, and they responded that since they cannot name any commercial products, they recommended cleaning it with a certain cleaning product that has three numbers above 400. (Kind of cute)

I applied the cleaning liquid (409 for the not so fast who read here), quite liberally to the surface, and it came out nice and clean, so it seems to work just fine. When I cleaned the surface, it cleaned up nicely, but does not look new. It looks "broken in", and quite acceptable to me.


The back part (where the balls land) was just as easy to clean, as it had probably 10 years worth of seaside arcade grime in it also.

All in All, worth the money I paid, and I have certainly gotten more than that amount of use out of it.

Reedl
post #8 of 53
As well as your local vending companies make a post on the above mentioned news group and also post to rec.games.pinball.

Mark that one as Off Topic though, they are a little more picky in rgp about off topic posts, but there is a lot of cross over in those groups and you may have some luck with someone in your area.

This is not an item you want to get into shipping with if you can avoid it at all, the things are huge and will cost a pretty penny, local would be ideal.
post #9 of 53
man i love arcades
post #10 of 53
Me to. I may get one soon...
post #11 of 53
I love Skee-Ball. Is it better to hunt for an arcade Skee-Ball machine or are some of the made-for-home-use models any good?

I moved last year and we have a building in the back yard that has room for a Skee-Ball machine, but the building is not air conditioned or heated. Does anyone think that heat and cold would be too hard on the machine?

I also have an $80 Sportcraft Slam Dunk Double Basketball Game set up out there that I got on sale for $15.
post #12 of 53
I love the game made by ICE, ICEball. It has the bright pink rails and uses the frosted white plastic balls.

I live close to where ICE makes the games, and even with the employee discount a friend can get, they are $1200 new EEEKK.

Back when I worked in the arcade at a Kahunaville, We used to use just all purpose cleaner and the armorall on the ramps to keep them clean, worked wonders.
post #13 of 53
yes, skee ball would be the ultimate in the arcade finished basement I have planned. Even sicker than shuffleboard!
post #14 of 53
do not say that as I just spent 4000 on shuffleboard OK
post #15 of 53
I do not think that heat and cold will affect a Skee-Ball machine. There are not many moving parts, so it is not like a pinball with hundreds of little switches, etc.

The electronics in these things are pretty simple, but if you were going to put it in a room without A/C, I would make sure the fan is working well, as you do not want it to get overheated of course.

But in my basement, it is the most popular machine I have..

Reedl
post #16 of 53
May I see a pic or three?
post #17 of 53
this skee ball idea is the ultimate. Just give me a poker table, projector, skee ball machine and a 360 and I will retreat into my lair never to return. Except for snacks and to poop
post #18 of 53
you can poop in lair
post #19 of 53
I can poop in bucket in corner
post #20 of 53
then utilize bucket as....snacks....
post #21 of 53
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then utilize bucket as....snacks....

be right back, pooping in snack pail that guests will use
post #22 of 53
so we lost our posts due to AVS outage, how do we recreate the insanity and why don't they backup daliy?
post #23 of 53
Just posted on Cleveland's Craigslist

http://cleveland.craigslist.org/tag/801753405.html
post #24 of 53
god dammit beta man you rule!!
post #25 of 53
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god dammit beta man you rule!!

I'll tell you what.... if I could get it, I would. I have plenty of room in the basement, but it's not a finished basement, and we have 6 bedrooms and only 1 kid, so I can't really justify finishing the basement (because we honestly don't need the extra space!) I've always wanted one of these though. I have a buddy who I know wants one.... but he's down in Cincinnati. If you don't pick it up, I'll let him know, but I don't think he could transport it that far.....
post #26 of 53
Mine is finished..if I do get it are you coming over to play or something, XD
post #27 of 53
looks like a decent skee ball.
I would like one myself, but I have run out of room due to a bunch of pinball purchases in the last month.

I really really want a 25'+ contact bowler some day. I almost bought one. They are soooo cool.
post #28 of 53
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Mine is finished..if I do get it are you coming over to play or something, XD

Get your money out...... I'm a ringer!
post #29 of 53
that thing would get so much use, much more than any pinball machine
post #30 of 53
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that thing would get so much use, much more than any pinball machine

I agree..... and given Whiskey's signature.... I can conclude with much certainty, that he knows what he's talking about, because he's obviously a genius.......
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