Due to the playing rules of candlepin bowling allowing fallen «dead wood» pins to remain on the lane between each ball’s roll, no provision has ever been made for «spotting cells» in a candlepin pinsetter’s spotting table, simplifiying the machines’ design. The weight of the pin’s body makes it drop into the pan base-first, so that the pin’s base is facing the bowler. Once the turret is full, and the empty deck reaches the top of its travel, all ten pins are simultaneously dropped from the turret into the spotting chutes of the table, which lowers them onto the lane to set the new rack of pins on the pin deck. Some of these units are still in service, with at least one bowling center in Japan having continued to use them.
Since there is no table, collision damage is not possible with a string pinsetter, but they can suffer from string entanglement when the pins are being picked up, that prevents pins from aligning with the pickup holes. The ball, being heavier, travels to one of the side kick-backs where it enters the ball return, shared by adjacent lanes. Several types of bowling make use of different designs for machines due to the different size and shape of the pins and balls. Candlepin pinsetters The most common candlepin pinsetters were made by a Massachusetts company named Bowl-Mor (no relation to Bowlmor AMF), which was founded in the 1940s by two attorneys, Howard Dowd and R. Lionel Barrows. Used Bowling Equipment Packages Occasionally, when an older bowling center is closing, we contract to remove the bowling equipment from the location. Five-pin pinsetters Five-pin bowling is a popular variation in Canada, and pinsetters fall into two categories: string and free-fall.
Duckpin pinsetters Duckpin bowling is played in two varieties. The Bowl-Mor company also made a duckpin pinspotter for a time, using a similar sweep device to its more famous candlepin machines. When the player pushes their «Reset» button, the machine lowers a guard, lifts standing pins and sweeps away the downed pins. If it does not recognize any standing pins, it will set up a new set for the next frame.