The Skee-Ball Machine: Part 4, The Ball Release

After about a week of working on the Skee-Ball Machine the scoring and ball counting parts of the machine are working. The code is stable and most balls count correctly. One of the major functional parts that is very important is the ball release. The balls are normally released by a solenoid underneath the ballContinue reading “The Skee-Ball Machine: Part 4, The Ball Release”

The Skee-Ball Machine: Part 3, The Code

The old control board for the Skee-Ball machine come in a metal case and fits in the top of the machine with the score board and lights. It comes form a time long ago before modern micro controllers and computers were available. It works fine for what it was for but uses a lot ofContinue reading “The Skee-Ball Machine: Part 3, The Code”

The Skee-Ball Machine: Part 2, The Switches

The Model H Skee-Ball machine uses Cherry micro switches for scoring and ball counting. These switches are E51/F51 switches: datasheet. You can still buy them from many places here for example. While they work they are horribly bouncy and prone to missing a score or ball and counting a score or ball twice. You canContinue reading “The Skee-Ball Machine: Part 2, The Switches”

The Skee-Ball Machine: Part 1, The Beginning

This all started sometime in the early 2000’s. I was either 19 or 20 and someone told me American Adventures was getting rid of their Skee-Ball machines for new ones. They were selling them for $100 a piece or $75 if you took more than one. Of course being young and stupid I convinced myContinue reading “The Skee-Ball Machine: Part 1, The Beginning”