A mint condition high end Pachislo with all the bells and whistles will cost about the same as a low end Vegas Slot. A low end basic Pachislo model will cost about the same as the hopper alone from a Vegas Slot.
Vegas machines are more difficult to repair than Pachislo machines, and more costly to repair as well. For example, Vegas machines require a battery. If the machine is not used for a long period of time that battery will need to be replaced. It can cost as much to replace that single battery as you will spend on a low end Pachislo.
Pachislos can sit in storage for years and have no issues… plug it back in and play. They have no batteries.
By law, a Pachislo machine can only be used in a casino for one year, after which time it must be retired. Vegas machines are played in casinos for as long as they are working. The end buyer never knows the amount of time a particular machine was in a casino, and casino use is HARD on a slot machine.
Getting in the Machine Without a Key
The most common problem for any slot machine owner is a lost door key. If you own a Vegas slot you will need to have a good drill, knowledge of how to drill out barrel locks… or the name of a good locksmith if you lose your door key. If you lose your door key for a Pachislo there are several way to access the inside of the machine and pop the latches to the door. Once inside it’s just a matter of removing two screws, sliding out the lock and replacing it with a new lock/key for around $20.
Vegas slots can weigh upwards of 250 pounds. The average Pachislo weighs only 85 pounds. That means once you do manage to get a Vegas machine into you home and into the room you want it to stay, KEEP IT THERE. They are very difficult to move, which makes them difficult to take anywhere for repairs, to move from room to room of even from one end of a room to another. And when it’s time to sell the buyer can’t just lift it, set it in a car and drive off.
Pachislos are lighter and have built in handles, making them much easier to more to any location and set on any table, cabinet or stand.
Power cords on Vegas machines come from the bottom of the machine. Power cords on Pachislos come from the back. To use a Vegas slot you will need a special stand that can hold the weight of the machine and has holes in the bottom and back to run the cord. Pachislos are just set down, plugged and played.