Magic​ Pachinko Restorations

Have  your old dirty, rusty, Vintage Pachinko Machine turned into a family heirloom treasure!

Frequently Asked Questions

I've tried to answer most of the questions I get on a regular basis.  If you have one that is not listed below or require more information, 

 Contact Me.

Can I ask you a question about my pachinko machine?

Absolutely!  I enjoy talking to pachinko owners and am always willing to answer any questions you might have.   "Contact Me"


Do you buy pachinko machines?

I am always looking to buy vintage pachinko machines.  However, with the common variety that most people have, the cost of shipping the machine usually outweighs the value of the machine.  (See "What is my pachinko machine worth?")


Do you sell parts or pachinko balls?

I rarely have to scrap a machine so I don't have any excess of extra parts for pachinko machines.  There are times when I have extra pachinko balls and I'll sell them off, but it's easier to get them on eBay.

I do make my own custom stabilization feet for all my restored machines.  If you'd like a pair, ($25 shipped) just ask!


Do you restore other types of machines?

Yes.  I have restored other vintage coin operated machines.  I'm always looking for a new challenge!


What do you use to clean your machines?

I use a hard surface cleaner called "Awesome" for all the plastic parts.  It's excellent at getting rid of the dirt and cigarette smoke residue that builds up inside the machine.

I use Cleaning Vinegar to loosen the patina on all the brass parts.  I tumble the nails in a rock tumbler and use my Dremel tool to scrub the patina off all the other brass parts.

Very fine steel wool dipped in vinegar will get rid of most of the grime on your chrome frame.

I recently purchased a sonic cleaner to help get rid of rust on the metal parts. Prior to that I used "EvapoRust" and soaked the parts overnight. Now I use a 90/10 water - EvapoRust mix in the sonic cleaner and it only takes 20 minutes now!

EvapoRust is great stuff. Non -Toxic and very easy to use.


How does my vintage pachinko machine work?  How do I clear jams in my machine?

This video will answer both those questions!  


Are there any other sites for general Pachinko Information?

Yes!  I recently came across this great site: Dan's Pachinko Data Page (not MagicDan!, that's me!)


How old is my Pachinko Machine?


Pachinko machines were licensed to be used in Pachinko Parlors for one year. After that most machines were replaced with new. The constant use of the machine coupled with cigarette smoke residue and body oil would make the insides of the machines very dirty. (Your machine is probably still in that condition!)

To determine the age of your machine you need to locate the license sticker on your machine. Look for a very small number in amongst all the Japanese characters. The first number will be usually between the late 40's up to the mid 50's. The second number will be between 1 - 12. The first number is the year the machine's license expires. The second number is the month of that year. To calculate the "Japanese" year to "American" year, you must add 1925 to the first number. This give you the year the license expires. Since they were good for one year, you subtract one from your year and that is the year that your machine was made.

In the example below, the first number (on the blue sticker) is 49 and the second number is 12.

Add 1925 to 49 and you get 1974. This sticker would expire in December (12th month) of 1974. Subtract one year from 1974 and your machine was made in 1973!

License Sticker

Typical of Nishijin Machines