These pictures and descriptions are a guide. There are many manufacturers of pachinko machines so yours may look different. However, almost all Pachinko machines operate in much the same fashion.
Play Tray – this is where you receive balls when win and where you put your balls in order to play.
Play Tray Slider – if your Play Tray gets full, move this to the left and balls will flow to the Receiving Tray.
Receiving Tray – if you launch a ball softly it will roll back down the Launch Track and return to you here. This is also where you store extra balls when your Play Tray gets full.
Play Lever – This is how you launch balls onto the playfield.
Finger Rest Bar – You may want to rest your index finger underneath this bar while using your thumb to flick the Play Lever.
Lock – There is no key and you do not need one. This was used by pachinko parlors to open the machines which were mounted in a wall.
Pin Hole – You may have this on the side or top of your cabinet. It was used by pachinko parlor attendants to empty the Feeder Tray without opening the machine.
Launch Track – when you flick the Play Lever, the ball will shoot up and out of this track.
Win Pocket – when a ball enters a Win Pocket, the machine will payout approximately 15 balls. Win
Pocket with Gates – gates toggle open and closed. When a ball goes in a closed gate, it will open. When a ball goes in an open gate it will close. Sometimes when a ball goes in one Win Pocket, it will open the gates on another Win Pocket.
Lose Hole – when a ball misses all the Win Pockets, it leaves the playfield through this hole.
Ball Return – On some machines, depending on how hard you shoot the ball, it will enter this outlet and return to your Receiving Tray. I believe this was an attempt to discourage people from abusing the Play Lever.
Feeder Tray – this is where you put your balls so that the machine can payout balls when you win.
Feeder Tray Empty Lever – most machines have a lever that raises when the Feeder Tray is empty. This usually does one or two things. It may turn on a light to let the pachinko parlor attendant know the machine needs to be reloaded. It may also prevent you from launching balls by activating a lever that prevents balls from moving into the launch area. Or it may activate a lever that sends balls you launch directly to the Receiving Tray.
Feeder Line – balls roll down this line to fill up the payout assembly. Feeder Line Stopper – if you push this down into the Feeder Line, it will prevent balls from rolling into the payout assembly.
Feeder Line Slide – To empty all the balls out of the Feeder Tray and Line, move this to the left and all the balls above the slide will exit the Lost Ball Outlet. Feeder
Line Ball Restraint – Above the Feeder Line Slide, there is a restraint mechanism that keeps the balls in the track.
Playfield Door Release Lever – Usually you will need to lift up on the lever to open the door on the front of the playfield. I usually lift up on the lever while gently pulling open the door. To close the door I also gently lift up on the lever while pushing the door closed.
Machine Release Lever – this was used when the machine was mounted in the wall. The lock on the front would open the lever. You can open it manually without the key. There are usually 2 levers that operate together. You should never need to use this lever.
Payout See-Saw – as you are looking at the back of the machine, the right side of the Payout See-Saw must be up, otherwise the machine, cannot payout when you when.
Payout See-Saw Reset Plunger – if the Payout See-Saw right side is down, gently push this plunger up to reset it in the up position.
Won Ball Outlet – when you win, a ball will exit here, make sure you put something under it to catch the balls. Lost
Ball Outlet – when you lose, a ball will exit here, make sure you put something under it to catch the balls. This is also where balls exit when you empty the Feeder Tray.