1960 Mills Compact Slot

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1960 Mills Compact Slot

Postby MillJen » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:48 pm

Saw this for sale and can't find a lot of information about it.... Ad states that it's "an original 1960 Mills Compact $1 slot machine Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. ...extremely rare DOLLAR machine (probably the only one in existence in this denomination); one of the high roller machines out of the Sahara Hotel. The machine mechanism works and pays perfectly as do the lights.. and will work with Eisenhower dollars, steel hotel dollars or even silver dollars. "
I understand that Dollar machines are usually worth more.... Is it worth $2000 though ? Is it really a "Rare" machine ? There are no pictures of the inside - I am guessing that since it's from the '60's it's a electro mechanical model and that the only things that use electricty are the lights and bell ?
If anyone has more info about this machine and it's real worth I will say "Thank You" in advance !
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Re: 1960 Mills Compact Slot

Postby Imyourcaptain » Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:49 pm

Not an expert on the mills compact models, but I believe this is very similar to this one on YouTube. See link

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SBILs8HfTZM

So yes it's fully mechanical as far as spinning and paying out with using electric for light.

I can't chime in on values on this. Just in my experience compacts tend not to be in demand as much. Dollar machines I believe exploded in numbers during the sixes.

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Re: 1960 Mills Compact Slot

Postby randyvw » Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:16 pm

i would guess less than $1000....and no, it isn't "rare" because it's a dollar....much too late for that. i personally wouldn't pay more than 500 for it....but some may find it attractive...your problem with it is it competed with the bally money honey, and other bally's shortly thereafter, and those are the ones a LOT of people like to play....MUCH more exciting to hear all those coins spewing out, and bell ringing... some people on here tend not to break the bad news to people with less than desirable slots....but i don't have that problem.
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Re: 1960 Mills Compact Slot

Postby sam2002 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:29 pm

It’s a nice entry level machine . Great for your man cave or home bar , kids and grand kids . When tuned up should give hours and hours of fun play .
My first machine was a 25 cent open front thing was near bullet proof !
That was around 10 years ago . Slot machines and coin op have become a cherished hobby to me because of that
ol open front slot machine .
Just my 2 cents .
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Re: 1960 Mills Compact Slot

Postby pachiwall! » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:49 pm

I have a quarter, 1963 Mills Compact slot. It is a mechanical mechanism. My coin acceptor need electricity to play. It activates a solenoid that unlocks the handle. There are some switches attached to the vertical payout arms. they activate the electric bell and "jackpot" portion of the candle. If unplugged, and you hold the hook back that locks the arm...it will play and pay.
I can take some pics of the inside if you like...for some reason...no pics of it on my computer.
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Re: 1960 Mills Compact Slot

Postby MillJen » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:22 pm

Thank you all for the information - I am trying to learn as much as I can on as many aspects of this hobby and machines as I can. It's great to be a part of such a good group of people.
Re randyvw - " some people on here tend not to break the bad news to people with less than desirable slots....but i don't have that problem." .... Thanks for your honesty - As the saying goes -"one man's junk is another's treasure" (or something like that !) - thank goodness we all don't want or like the same things, it would get awfully boring that way. And getting a general feel of how a certain machine or manufacture is received by more than one person helps sometimes on deciding - no one wants a real clunker.
Re pachiwall! - I don't have to post any pics for what I was wanting to know.... like I said, saw it posted for sale and was wondering about it. However, if it's not too much trouble for you, I can always learn more about this type of machine with additional pictures!
Thanks again.
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Re: 1960 Mills Compact Slot

Postby randyvw » Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:03 pm

thank you for the kind words....i used to be called "brutally honest", but in THIS day and age, they call me "rayciss".....LOL....
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Re: 1960 Mills Compact Slot

Postby pachiwall! » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:36 pm

I can't tell by the flash...if the one you are interested in has an escelator, or not. Mine does not.
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The mechanism itself is mechanical. It does have an electrical coin acceptor. Along with an electrical solenoid that unlocks the arm.
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There is a month, then 1963 stamped into the case. The electrical is minimal.
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The mechanism slides out on a tray. Then it rotates on a "Lazy Susan". The connector on the back of the cabinet, lines up with it's mate on the back of the machine.
I understand that they are not as desireable as their antique counterparts. But I can see why they were more desireable to the casinos. Clearly, mechanical things need maintanence. These things made maintenance MUCH easier!
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This shot is downward, because I can't bach up. the machine sits on the ledge of a wall stub of my staircase. The mechanism is fully extended from the case...hovering over the staircase. Very solid! Does not want to tip. You must press down pretty firmly on the very front to make it begin to tip.
I don't think the "coin return" chute is correct! Good thing I got this on the cheap!
If you don't have a "compact" (or "open front"), and want a dollar machine...and you are cool with the price, then this would be great.
Dollar machines in the '30s, were a rare machine for the "high rollers". I doubt that they were "extremely rare"! I am not "unhappy" with the design. I just like the older ones better.
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