Pictures and Setup Instructions for a Typical Pachinko Machine

With hundreds of different variations of pachinko machines made over several decades, there aren’t instructions for every variety. But the following cover the basics setup instructions for most pachinko machines.

Step 1

Pachinko machines originally were mounted in the wall of pachinko parlors.  For home use you can mount them in a cabinet or just attach a couple of boards to the bottom (1″x4″x10″).  Next place a board across the legs to support your Ball Bucket.
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Step 2 (optional)

You may see wires, switches and a fuse.  Your machine does not need electricity.  Gravity is all that is needed to play pachinko. You can hook up electricity if you would like the lights to flash when you get a jackpot.  more details >

Step 3

Some machines will have a plastic or metal “fork” at the top of the turn in the track.  Make sure this fork is up so the prongs don’t block the flow of the pachinko balls.

Step 4

On the Lower Track there will be a Supply Tray Ball Drain Lever.  When activated all the balls will drain out of the Supply Tray into the Ball Bucket.  You need to lock this lever before loading balls in the Supply Tray.

For a Nishijin B,  you push the metal tab towards the right until the lever with the notch engages the tab.

For a Sanyo, there is a horizontal wire fits through a hole in the Supply Tray Ball Drain Lever. Pull the lever to the left and the white arms will pivot down.  Then let go of the lever.

This is an older Sanyo. There is a horizontal wire fits through a hole in the Supply Tray Ball Drain Lever. Pull the lever to the left and the white arms will pivot down.  Then let go of the lever.

Step 5

The most common problem with pachinko machines is the Jackpot See-Saw is in the wrong position.  In the pictures below, the white and clear rectangular parts are the Jackpot See-Saw.  The pictures on the left are wrong.  Those on the right show the Jackpot See-Saw in the correct position.  To reset the Jackpot See-Saw, there is often a pin or plunger underneath that you push up.

Step 6

Load 250 to 1,000 balls in the Supply Tray.  The more you load, the less frequently you will have to refill your machine.  If a light comes on and stays on, if you get a jackpot but nothing is paid out or if you have balls in you Play Tray but nothing will shoot, these are often indicators you need to refill the Supply Tray.

Step 7

Load about 50 balls in the Play Tray.  When you need to empty the Play Tray, just push the Play Tray Drain Lever to the left and the balls will flow down into the Receiving Tray.

Step 8

Place a bucket under the Won Ball Outlet and Lost Ball Outlet. It is often good to have some balls already in the bucket, otherwise some balls may bounce out when they hit the bottom of the bucket, depending on what your bucket is made of and how tall it is.

Step 9

Pull the Flipper all the way down and very quickly let go.  The first time you load the machine nothing will happen because it is loading a ball into the Shooter Lane.  Pull the Flipper again and a ball will be launched onto the playfield.  Depending on how far you pull down the Flipper, you can control where the ball is shot; the left or right side of the playfield or the middle.

About Jackpots

When a ball goes in a Pocket, Tulip or the Main Attraction, the lights will flash and you will get a payout of 10 to 15 balls depending on the manufacture and model of your machine.  It doesn’t matter which Pocket the ball enters, the ball payout is always the same.  However on some machines depending on which Pocket you enter, the ball may open one or more Tulips or activate other features.

Flipper Spring

The tension of the spring determines how hard the ball is launched when you pull back on the Flipper.  You can adjust the tension by moving the metal or plastic adjustment to another hole or slot.

Detailed Instructions and Troubleshooting

If after reviewing the above steps, reviewing the original instruction sheets or watching pachinko videos on You Tube you are still unable to get your machine working, you may want to consider commercially available manuals or repair services.