The Door Knob vs the Slot Machine Handle

Mechanical slot machines operate on a rotating mechanism that can be likened to a doorknob. Here is a look at both systems.

The Door Knob

The standard doorknob works like a wheel and axle system. This is a system that consists of a shaft that passes through a large wheel. It would be difficult to twist the axle alone, which is why a wheel is attached to make work easier. The doorknob (wheel) has a spindle (central shaft) passing through a series of bolts. The spindle also runs through a latch in a perpendicular direction. The latch protrudes out of the door to engage the frame and close the door.

With minimum force, you can twist the knobs on either side of the door. This causes the spindle to rotate and retract the latch hence opening the door. The spindle is usually loaded with spring such that the latch bounces back to the original position when you release the knob. The latch is the mechanical fastener that connects the frame to the door. The positioning of the latch depends on the door handle. Normally, a clockwise movement of the spindle forces the latch into the internal surface of the door. It slides into the door frame’s receptacle hence shutting the door. In the absence of a knob, a lot of force would be required to rotate the spindle and consequently retract the latch.

The Slot Machine Handle

The handle of a slot machine spins a hook system that grasps the kicker to pull it towards the casino player. When the player on the opposite side catches the control cam piece, they pivot it forward and a series of gears that are linked to the control cam. There is a spring that pulls back the control cam to its initial position. The gears act as a mechanical hindrance, reducing the speed of the spring. The control cam generates a spring-mounted cam plate when pivoted forward hence spreading the plate across the back of the slot machine. The stoppers are also pulled away by the control cam from the notched discs. As the kicker continues to move on Unibet slots, stoppers are pushed against catches on the plate. The reels and the disc can now revolve freely when stoppers are held in place. The handle keeps on moving the kicker, and the discs briefly move forward. When pulled back again, the handle releases the kicker again. The jerking mechanism of the kicker spins the reels at a speedy rate.