FARGO, ND -- Now available from Mill Amusement LLC is a novel pliers developed specifically to speed and simplify the often-tedious task of removing and replacing the miniature lamps used in pinball machines and many other kinds of equipment. These bulbs usually reside in tight spots, inaccessible to unaided fingers.
The company recalls that pinball machine technicians traditionally have dealt with this problem by expedient means, usually involving a short length of rubber tubing stretched over the end of a stick. Some of these worked better than others, but the new Mill Bulb Tool permits a wide variety of small bulbs to be manipulated with surgical precision, more rapidly than previously was possible.
Assembled from two precisely formed stainless steel members whose curved tips are double-coated with soft, durable rubber material, the tool enables the operator to grasp the bulb gently and firmly for swift extraction and insertion in restricted spaces. It's designed to work with a very wide variety of miniature lamps, including all the popular styles used in pinball games, vending machines, arcade and video amusements and other coin-operated equipment -- as well as airplanes, boats, automobiles and electronic equipment.
The Mill Bulb Tool is supplied in a heavy-duty (4 mil) re-closable bag, with simple instructions for correct use with the most common miniature lamp styles. It is available only from the manufacturer through its network of dealers throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Information may be found online by visiting millamusement.com or calling the company at (701) 232-4217.
Mill Amusement is headquartered in Fargo, ND, where it stocks and ships a select variety of hard-to-find service products, including Mill Wax pinball playfield wax and cleaner; Mill Wipes cleaning, waxing, wiping and polishing patches; and Williams and Bally-style coin entry plates. The company also is the exclusive source for remaining back issues of GameRoom magazine, and offers occasional books and magazines of interest to historically minded operators and home gameroom enthusiasts.