M-4 FAQ’s

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Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Where can I operate my SX-2 units.?
2. Are these ride systems safe?
3. How easy is the SX-2 to operate?
4. What type of Electric Power is required?
5. What costs would I plan for in addition to the purchase?
6. What type of Insurance will I need?
7. Are there REALLY NO HYDRAULICS?
8. Its easy to move, but How easy?
9. What about the maintenance issue?
10. OK ! So how much MONEY can I make?
11. Are there Financing and Lease options available?

1. Where can I operate my SX-2 units.?
The M-4 or SX-2 units were designed to operate in virtually any leisure setting. Theme Parks, Family Entertainment centers, Arcades, Shopping Malls and of course, Fairs, Festivals, Air Shows, or any Catered and Special Events.
2. Are these ride systems safe?
Safety has been a main design feature and improving on the basic safe unit is an ongoing requirement. The Standard M-4 unit has computer diagnostics tests being run while operating which monitor power supply, panic systems, interior smoke alarms and safety stop systems. All units are equipped with both interior Panic Stop switches and exterior operator Abort Stop ability at the computer. New designed features include higher voltage power systems and larger battery back-up models. Door Open Stop switches and much improved Passenger restraint systems are in service and improvements for older M-4s are available. Simworx has several improved versions of Perimeter Fencing which meet most safety requirements and ensure a safe operating environment.
3. How easy is the SX-2 to operate?
The first M-4 units were designed to be simple and fast to seat and buckle each rider and then start the ride with one touch on the monitor/touchscreen. As the M-4 evolved into the M4-SX improvements were made and faster /easier was the goal. With the Pulldown restraint system option, the operator needs only to CHECK the rider security then push a ride choice on the touchscreen. Its almost too simple. The tough part is pocketing $10 to $14 every 4 to 6 minutes !!
4. What type of Electric Power is required?
Most M-4’s and SX-2 units operate on 110 Volts AC current with a 30 amp circuit. The SX-Interactive runs on 110 Volts unless installed in a country using 220 volts/50 hz. With the improved drive systems used on the SX-Interactive, a 20 Amp power supply is all that is needed.
For mobile units an optional AC generator (5500 watts-single 8500 watts-double) can be used.
5.What costs would I plan for in addition to the purchase?
General Liability Insurance is required in all states. Most locations will charge either a flat fee or a percentage for rent. Promotional advertising (ads, fliers, discounts, web sites, graphics, banners, extra tv, ) of course will cost as much or little as you care to invest. Many owners hire employees to actually operate the rides and offer incentives in addition. A large percentage of owners feel it necessary to purchase Custom Concession Trailers to have advantages of Mobile Operations and Static Indoor settings. (Talk to your sales Representative)
6. What type of Insurance will I need?
General Liability which covers day to day operation and additional coverage for trailer/simulator transportation. Typical costs run between $1500 and $3000 per year for the minimum $1,000,000 coverage. (Talk to your sales Representative)
7. Are there REALLY NO HYDRAULICS?
YES !! Even though most other simulators use noisy, messy, high-maintenance hydraulics, the M-4, and SX-2 DO NOT. The SX-Interactive requires even less maintenance than standard M-4 and SX-2 units. Quiet dependable electric servo motors are the heart of our units.
8. Its easy to move, but How easy?
One of our earliest operators recently informed us that even though he had been to more events than most operators, he had run and moved and operated his M-4 unit for the past 6 years all by himself. Suggest at least 2 enjoy moving and operating these money makers.
9. What about the maintenance issue?
Preventative maintenance is paramount and because so many M-4 and SX-2 units are in service, Simworx can provide both Technical and Parts support from the first day forward. Maintenance manuals are provided with training available on-site as an option. Simworx information site
10. OK ! So how much MONEY can I make?
MONEY YOU ASK !! We have designed an entertainment unit thats easy and fun to operate and in addition can generate up to approx $1900 a day. Of Course all operators are not created equal. The more successful owners will own many units and have learned from experience (thats right there is some learning involved) that the BIG BUCKS happen when a great business is duplicated over and over and over. (here are some revenue charts we have compiled)