Dimensions, Weights, Materials, and Security
As you review these dimensions, keep in mind that our proprietary design with the ramps mounted OUTSIDE the circumference allows the coins to roll on the ENTIRE surface of the funnel without having to be launched on a reduced path that misses the ramp on the opposite side. This INCREASES the effective diameter as much as 12 inches and the number of revolutions. It allows us to keep a relatively small foot-print which stores, restaurants, and other retail locations really like, but with more spirals than past models...a great combination.
To help illustrate the significant benefits of this new innovation, notice the "effective diameter" and coin-rolling time of an old 5' diameter Well compared with our new 3' diameter Well. You will notice in the old 5' model that the ramps are mounted "inside" the funnel and the effective rolling surface is no larger than the new 3' model which is less than half the overall size and cost...both very important factors. You will also notice on the new 3' model that the coins use the entire surface with the first revolutions all the way around the perimeter. The coins actually roll longer in the new 3' than in the old 5'. Of course, our Seven-Footer is even more spectacular and includes EIGHT COIN LAUNCH RAMPS mounted outside the funnel!
Also, because the ramp-mounting surfaces are toward the back of the Two and Three-Footers, and in the "corners" of the Seven-Footer, they do not increase the side-to-side width of the Well. Said another way, when we place the funnel into a box, the ramp-mounting surfaces occupy the otherwise unused "corners" which means they do not increase the foot print floor size, or the shipping cost.
Click here to compare our new Wells with other models.
The following details are about the Two and Three Footers. Click here to skip to the section about Seven Footers.
Easy to Carry: So these two sizes are relatively light and easy to handle. When fully assembled, they will fit into a mini-van laying on their side, or standing up with the sign removed (two screws). You can even transport a Three-Footer in a small car, but you would need to separate the funnel from the base (three screws).
Security: Because the Two and Three-Footers are relatively light, we recommend that you place 3 or 4 zip-lock bags of sand or gravel inside the base to give it make it heavier and give it more stability. This reduces the risk of someone taking it. If you want an even greater level of security, you can run a small chain from the padlock around a post or other permanent object. Or you can drill a hole in the upper portion of the base, insert a chain link through it, and then put a bolt through that link to secure the chain to the base and around a post.
As a practical matter, we know that most of our customer do not add weight or chain it to a post. Most of them rely on the fact that their Wells are placed where there is an adult nearby such as a cashier, greeter, or other employee. However, if you place a Well where it is not under someone's watch, we recommend some security.
Another important recommendation is to remove the money often enough that it does not build up too much of a temptation. As odd as it sounds, affixing a business-card size note to the Well just above the padlock that says, "Coins are emptied regularly" helps. No one will see it unless they get down on their knees and look at that area, and those are the people you want to see it.
Thankfully, in the more than 20 years that we have been selling Spiral Wishing Wells, there have only been two reports of theft.
Coin Slot: The slot in the Two and Three-Footer coin ramps accommodates a coin up to 1.700 inches (4.318cm) in diameter by .115 inches (.2921cm) thick. We have not heard of any common coins in any global currency that do not fit through that opening. Of course, some coins are multi-sided, and they don't roll as well since they tend to “bounce” from edge to edge, but they still perform an enticing show. Seven-Footer coin slots are "open-top" so the size is unlimited. You can even drop balls down the chutes. There is more about coins, sizes, edges, and the physics of coins and balls in our Student Guide.
Two and Three-Footer sign frames are 15 1/2" (39.36cm) tall and 16" (40.64cm) wide. They are made out of P.E.T.G. plastic which is folded in half to create a "sandwich" into which the poster sign is placed. We supply a generic sign, but you can make your own if you prefer. Click here to see exact dimensions.
Seven-Footer signs can be any shape you wish. You are not limted to the arc of the fiberglass rod. You can make signs in the shape of animals or any other shape that you wish. However, if you want to use our standard arc shape, click here to view a PDF of the exact dimensions.
Crating and Packaging: Two and Three-Footers are packed in boxes that are considered "oversized" for purposes of shipping. The Wells are not heavy, but they take up more space than their weight normally requires, so they ship at oversized rates. Packaging includes padding around the rim. There is NO additional cost for the oversized packaging for the Two and Three-Footers.
Three-Footers ship in two boxes. The smallest box contains the base and weighs 12 pounds (5.5 kg) and is 20" x 20" x 18" tall (59cm x 59cm x 46cm). The largest box contains the funnel, sign frame, and launch ramps, and weighs 26 pounds (11.8 kg). It is 35" x 35" x 13" (89cm x 89cm x 33cm).
Two-Footers ship in one box that weighs 35 pounds (15.9kg) and is 24" x 24" x 22" (61cm x 61cm x 56cm).
Multiple Quantities: Fortunately, we can nest the parts to reduce the shipping cost of each additional Well ordered at the same time. For instance, a second funnel adds 4.5" (11.4cm) to the height of the funnel box, and 2" (5cm) to the base box. To commercial addresses in the Continental USA, each additional Well only increases the shipping cost $25 each for Three-Footers, and $10 each for Two-Footers. We will gladly quote the international shipping for any quantity you need.
BONUS: There is "open space" in these large boxes, so if you want to order some Miniature Well Vortx's, up to 25 of them can be fitted into The Three-Footer packaging, and 20 into the Two-Footer packaging at no additional shipping cost.
The following image shows the line-drawing detail of the various dimensions of the Seven-Footer.
There is no limit on the size of coins that can be launched in the Seven-Footer because it uses an "open-top slot".
Click here for more photos and details about Seven Footer Options.
Shipping Size: The total dimensions including the pallet are 72"x72"x46" high (182.8cm x 182.8cm x 116cm). The total weight is 240 pounds (109 kgs). It ships as Class 250 freight. When one Seven-Footer is ordered, the packaging is a "DO NOT STACK" format. We can include 1 Three-Footer and up to 50 toys inside the Seven-Footer at no additional shipping cost.
Padded Crating Charge: There is a $95 crating charge for Seven-Footers. They are padded and strapped to a custom pallet.