Groetchen Mercury Trade Stimulator HELP

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Groetchen Mercury Trade Stimulator HELP

Postby Newbie35 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:08 pm

Hi folks, hoping someone might be able to help with a penny Mercury trade stimulator. The machine I have works very well, however, I can't figure out how the "token" part works. There is the tube inside that would hold tokens and then dispense on the right side when three of a kind come on the reels. I've put quarters in this tube (they fit perfectly), and played the machine for hours getting three of a kind of the various cigarette reels, but the token part does not seem to work when a combination is hit. Doesn't appear to be missing any parts. If anyone can explain how this feature works, it would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Re: Groetchen Mercury Trade Stimulator HELP

Postby rosekiller454356 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:58 am

Buy tokens designed for use in the machine If that does not solve the issue, you most likely have a problem with the slide that engages the token, e.g., spring is missing or the slide is rusted. You can buy the proper tokens on ebay. Hope this helps.
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Re: Groetchen Mercury Trade Stimulator HELP

Postby radiorich123 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:24 am

I repaired these and your spring or your token trip lever is bad.

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Re: Groetchen Mercury Trade Stimulator HELP

Postby Newbie35 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:08 am

Thanks gents! I can get it to work by pushing the slide manually and it will release a quarter into the little compartment. Perhaps as you said the spring is the issue. I am not seeing a spring attached to the slide, but also don't see where one would attach to? Is it possible to post a photo on here?
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Re: Groetchen Mercury Trade Stimulator HELP

Postby neocoinops » Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:49 pm

It's also possible that the feel strips are not synched correctly to the payouts notches in the reels.
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Re: Groetchen Mercury Trade Stimulator HELP

Postby Newbie35 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:06 pm

Thank you all for your suggestions! I have found the simple answer. I purchased a Daval Gusher Trade Stim, and it was full of original tokens. I thought one night, hmmm I wonder. So I took out some tokens from the Daval, and put them in the Mercury. The tokens are thinner, and much lighter than a quarter. I played the machine until a winning spin came up, and boom, there comes the token out just as it should. Nothing wrong with the machine, it was apparently the dumb operator all along! :-)
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Re: Groetchen Mercury Trade Stimulator HELP

Postby nvmos2 » Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:19 pm

IMO it's just silly to put quarters in trade stimulator token tubes; it MAY work, but quarters, as you discovered, are not the right diameter, thickness or weight. Proper tokens are not that hard to find; you will see crazy prices online, but should be able to find them for not more than $1 each. Recommend you check coin collectors /coin shops; coin collectors usually consider these tokens as "junk" and sell them for 10 to 40 cents each.

Also, recommend you put the correct tokens in your machines; Gusher tokens have the machine name "Gusher" on them; your Mercury should have the generic Groetchen tokens that match the award plate.
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Re: Groetchen Mercury Trade Stimulator HELP

Postby Newbie35 » Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:58 am

Thank you all for your valuable information!! Much appreciated! :D :D :D :D :D :D
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