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How To Adjust a Gumball Machine Dispensing Wheel

Dispensing Wheel Instructions

When setting up your first bulk vending machine, you will need to equip the machine with the proper dispensing wheel. The type of dispensing wheel you will need is determined by what you plan to vend. You will need a gumball dispensing wheel for 1" gumballs, 1" ROUND toy capsules or 27mm bouncy balls. A candy dispensing wheel is required for smaller candies like M&M's, Skittles, Mike & Ike's, chiclet gum, nuts, smaller gumballs, etc. Some machines might also have an acorn toy capsule option. One cool feature of a bulk vendor set with a candy dispensing wheel is that the openings on the wheel that the candy passes through can be adjusted to dispense more or less candy. Before filling your candy machine to the brim, you might want to experiment with the different dispensing wheel settings to find the one that works best for you and your business. Remember that candy comes in different shapes and sizes. A setting that works for one candy might not be the best for another.

How to Adjust a Dispensing Wheel

Following are simple instructions on how to adjust the openings of your candy dispensing wheel:

  • Remove the lock, key and lid of your machine.
  • Using a Phillips head screwdriver, remove the screws are that are holding the globe down on the machine. In some cases, the candy machine might have two long hold down rods that are at the top of the machine's globe, or there might be four screws on the inside the globe in each of the bottom four corners. Once the screws are removed, lift the globe off the machine's hopper. You now have access to the candy wheel assembly, which consists of a brush plate and the dispensing wheel.
  • To get to the dispensing wheel, remove the brush plate (usually a plastic piece with vertical springs.) DO NOT loosen the screws that hold the springs onto the brush plate.
  • Once the brush plate is out of the machine, you can access the candy dispensing wheel. Some machines have a metal wing screwed into the dispensing wheel. To adjust the openings, remove the screws that hold the metal wing onto the dispensing wheel. Quantities are adjusted by lifting and removing the metal wing out of the candy wheel and replacing it using one of the other settings that is visible inside the candy wheel. Some candy machines have a plastic wing that can be lifted off the wheel without loosening any screws. Plastic wings have tabs on them that fit into grooves on the edges of the dispensing wheel to create the different settings. You can lift the wing up and rotate it slightly, lining up the tabs with the grooves to make the dispensing wheel openings larger or smaller.
  • Once you have the desired setting, replace the screws that hold the metal wing onto the dispensing wheel and then place the adjustable wheel back in the machine's hopper, centering one of the three holes over the hopper opening.
  • Next, replace the brush plate on top of the adjustable candy wheel. The brush plate is usually marked with the word "front" to make sure that you line up the springs so they cover the opening over the hopper.
  • Replace the globe, lid, lock and key and you are ready to vend!