I want to switch to full cycle drying @ $1.25/35min Most of my machines are older 30lb Dexter stacks. I have done some testing with the computers, and I can do this, but with the older computers I have the display will not count down. It will register each quarter, and the green light will blink, but the start button won't work until the final quarter is added. I am thinking this will cause all kinds of problems. Will signage help enough? I am unattended.
I have slightly older Dexter dryers as well (10 years old), I'm planning a switch over to full cycle dry too. My plan was to put some vinyl lettering on the dryer glass along the top dryers. You can have the price there as well. But also the price will be displayed on the dryer control board.
The one thing that's holding me back is if you notice on new dryers by other manufacturers and Dexter as well have a top off option feature, this allows the customer to add a few more minutes if their clothes are not fully dry. Older dryers like mine and probably yours don't have this feature. If someone clothes are slightly damp after the cycle ends I know they're going to start complaining that they now have to buy a new full cycle at the full price.
My computers allow topping-off. Everything will work, just that the display won't count down as coins are inserted.
We have been at 7/min for .25 for a long time. Natural gas has been so cheap.
First of all, $1.25 for 35 minutes is a really low dry price. That's 7 minutes per quarter. I'm at the equivalent of 4 minutes per quarter. Is your competition that low?
Larry, that was my thought also, I'm at a $1.00 start for 20 minutes.
I switched one of my stores that has 2-30# Dexter stacks and 2-45# IPSO stacks. My price for the Dexters is $1 for 16 mins to start.
Initially you will have some confusion that you can help with signs. I had some stickers made at a local shop that state the price and I put them beside the coin drops.
Flat rate dry is great as it reduces the use of putting small amounts in a bunch of dryers. If they still want to they get to pay the full price.
I tried it in one of my other stores but it was too confusing even for my attendants.
My dryer wall is
Dexter X 4
Wascomat x 2
They all programmed and displayed differently and was a nightmare before I even finished the programming.
My Dexters also allow topping off and most add the second dollar when they start.
It still amazes me when I show up and see 70+ minutes on some of the dryers.
Brian and Ken,
What is the model number of your Dexter dryers that allow you to do the top off feature?
You can top off with the old Dexter dyers as long as the cycle time has not run out. Training attendants and customers to check clothes before the cycle completes is crucial for success, you may have to start a few machines for some customers while they are learning. Lack of countdown feature on the older models can't be overcome, but you can upgrade to the new controls that count down on machines that are 15 yrs old or newer (I think it's 15 years-can easily check either Dexter tech support). Also, every time I have changed over a store to full cycle, I leave 4 or 6 pockets at a quarter. Make the full cycle a better deal and then explain to the customers that they get more time, less cool down etc. when they use full cycle, but they are welcome to wait for the quarter machines. Then phase out the quarter dryers over time.
------------------------------CHRISTIAN LAUNDRYSALES@GMAIL.COMDistributor SalesMandeville LA
------------------------------Brian DeCosterStore Owner/ EmployeeLaundromaniaIowa City IA------------------------------
I have DDTD30KCS-10EC that will turn 10 years old this year. I reviewed the manuals and videos on Dexter's website today and the only model dryer that I see that I can have the top off feature is the current generation C-Series.
How do you set up the top off feature on older generation dryers?
------------------------------CHRISTIAN LAUNDRYSALES@GMAIL.COMDistributor SalesMandeville LAOriginal Message:Sent: 07-03-2016 16:55From: Brian DeCosterSubject: Full Cycle Drying questions
I set the time for 7 minutes at .25, and I set the start price to $1.00. The green light starts blinking after the first .25, but the start button won't function until 4 quarters are inserted. It reads $1.00 until 4 or more quarters are inserted and the start button is pressed. I don't have a machine in front of me or I would tell you step-by-step. These are the computers with the 16-step programming.
If you could do the step-by-step's on how to program it, it would be much appreciated! I can't seem to find anything online.
OK, give me a few days. I will get the manual.
For full cycle drying, I would set the following:
08 @ .25
09 @ 1.25. It would be clearer if directions were "Vend Start price"
11 @ 6 minutes
Hope this helps!
Thank you very much Brian! I'm going to give it a try tomorrow.
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