SPONSORED BY TRULY HARD SELTZER TRUE PREMIUM VODKA SAMUEL ADAMS
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ANTIQUE ALLEYS
Bowling technology may be more advanced than ever, but there are still plenty of opportunities to try out older equipment. The novelty of bowling on non-automated lanes is a draw for some bowling fana ...
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A PINSPOTTER PIONEER
American Machine and Foundry (AMF) was founded in 1900 and began manufacturing bowling equipment in the 1930s. After nearly a decade of experimentation, the company introduced the first automatic pin- ...
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A PRACTICAL PINWHEEL
The AMF Pinspotter used a carpet belt, known as the Magic Carpet, to retrieve balls and felled pins after a roll. The ball would be pushed off the belt to the ball return, while the pins would move in ...
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UNDER THE HOOD OF THE PINSPOTTER
The AMF Pinspotter transformed the bowling industry. While the exterior of a lane equipped with the Pinspotter displayed the AMF logo or Magic Triangle Pindicator, the interior held a complicated maze ...
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A MOBILE WORKSHOP
The AMF Mobile Workshop allowed proprietors to become experts in Pinspotter repair. The cart included tools and gauges necessary for addressing issues with the Pinspotter. A diagnostic visit from an A ...
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SPOTTING A PROBLEM
Part of the beauty of the AMF Pinspotter was providing easy access should repairs be needed. Proprietors often recruited maintenance workers to learn the ins and outs of the machinery, but if a pin or ...
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INTRODUCING THE SPOT-O-MATIC
Long before the proliferation of completely automatic pinsetters, inventors were developing machinery and methods to make resetting pins between rolls and frames much simpler. In 1906, Backus Automati ...
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