Tag "pinsetter"
Automatic Pinspotter (Jun, 1946)

If you’re looking for a more thorough explanation of how a pinsetter works, this Pop Sci article from the same year is handy.

Automatic Pinspotter invented by Fred J. Schmidt, of Pearl River, N.Y., is shown here with its inventor. The machine employs mechanical, electrical and suction methods in its operation. It performs all phases of pit work, including setting pins, sweeping “deadwood” off the alley and returning the ball to the bowler. After the first ball is delivered the machine picks up the pins left standing, “sweeps” the alley and then returns the previously standing pins to their exact positions for the second ball. The photo at the left shows the intricate mechanism of the machine.

Ten-Pin Boys’ Work in Bowling Alley Done by Machine (Sep, 1929)

Ten-Pin Boys’ Work in Bowling Alley Done by Machine

A BOWLING alley with essentially no difference from a regulation type is in operation in Germany equipped with a machine that not only does the work of the ten-pin boy but also registers the count of the games and keeps the players’ scores separate. The machine is mounted under the ten-pin platform. It stands the pins up after they have been knocked down, returns the balls and tabulates the count by an illuminated indicator. It is electrically operated, and no further attention need be paid it after the current has been turned on. The pins are attached to the platform by knuckles which allow a ball to topple the pins if it strikes or grazes them.

Electric Pin Boys Never Go Home (Mar, 1946)

Electric Pin Boys Never Go Home

A MAN who wouldn’t give up after everyone else had failed has produced what bowlers the world over have wanted ever since the game was invented a machine that will “spot” tenpins on the alley.

Machine Speeds Pin Setting (Sep, 1949)

How Bowling Pinsetters

Machine Speeds Pin Setting

Pin setting is speeded by a new electric machine that completes the operation without supervision. As soon as the pin boy pulls a lever, he can moce to an adjoining alley without waiting to lower the machine and set the pins. Loading is made easier and faster by specially designed pin-spotting collars. A safty release which disengages automatically when there is interference with the downward movement of the pin-setter deck protects the operator and prevents damage to off-spot pins.