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    hey guys, has anyone got any good recommendations on a good snow machine? I bought the American DJ SM last year and it is junk - I sent it back last year to get repaired and it is still kicking my breakers and is unrealiable - I need a good one that is good for outdoor. It will be safe from the rain where I am putting it. How about the Chauvet? Is it anygood?

    Thanks

    glenn

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    I have some "no name" ones that are tagged as Animated Lighting ones that I purchased 3 years ago, and aside from needing a minor cleanup/out (due to my lack of proper cleaning before storing) they are still kicking. They are not designed for outdoor use, but, have been used as such (and been rained on, etc plenty)

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    I have two of the Chauvet SMX-150 machines and they are great. Not had a problem with them at all. Highly recommend them. They are a big hit in the display and put out a lot of "Snow"

    Marilyn

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    Well Chauvet when it comes to fog there has been nothing but problems and the customer service has not been good either so...I dunno about their snow machines but after hearing about the foggers over and over again i will not ever buy any of their products. I think they sold out and well you know what happens when companies sell out....I know were not talking foggers here we are talking name brand and quality. If i were you google chauvet reviews and see what im talking about. Its not good....people are maaaaaaad! Chauvet quality has hit a all time low... That was about 2 years ago so things can change but i would look into Martin (dunno if they make snow machines though) before Chauvet.

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    I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to activate the snow machines via quarters or something.

    I have them setup on my LOR network as two channels. I could easily setup an input to trigger a sequence to turn them ON but how do I get a quarter-slot thing to trigger the input?

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    I've been really happy with the snow machine that came with the Snow Masters (now Global Special Effects) 1st generation Amazing Snowman.  The one their selling now looks like they just moved some controls and ports around in the case.  I've had it for three years now and haven't had any problems.  It looks great at home and really blew everyone one away when I put it on the roof of the four story office building where I work.  I'm not saying it created a blizzard but it was enough to make a 75 degree Christmas Eve in San Diego special.

     

    I can't remember how much power it pulls, somewhere between 5-10 amps.  It sounds like a vacuum cleaner and I wouldn't be surprised if that is where the blower comes from.  When I was working in theater everyone used a CITC Little Blizzard.  Because I know they work and I know they can survive in a rental environment if I was in the market for a snow machine today I'd try their "The Santa Snow Machine".  A quick Google search found it for $280.   Ooooo, CITC has glow in the dark confetti....

     

    Jeff:  Your best bet is to get an all mechanical arcade coin mech. with a micro-switch.  That way the coin mech is just closing the switch to your input when a coin goes through..  

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    I can't find the manual on that coin mech.  http://na.suzohapp.com/images/pdf/ins_40-1500-05.pdf looks similar.  I've been reading too many coin mech manuals.  The one in the manual has an open collector output.  So when it detects a coin it should ground the coin signal pin which is exactly what the commercial LOR controller inputs want.

     

    I think I'm going to rig a motion detector to an arduino (for time delay) to a  Furman PS15 to run my snow machine this year,  Not the most practical or cheap setup but it sounds like fun.

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    I actually met the owner of Snowmasters. Great guy!

     

    Worse-case scenario, I can return the one I bought and get the one you recommended.

    Thanks so much for your help! 

     

    Add-on:

    Based on the manual, I'm guessing the "coin signal" wire goes to the input :P.

    So many wires that I don't need lol!!!!!

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