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Old 11-08-2019, 03:48 PM   #11
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Well Done Sir! Excellent work and excellent advice! Once you see what metal wheels can do you will never go back. Good couplers a truck tuner tool an metal wheels yer jammin!
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:52 PM   #12
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As an additional note, consider this:
Bachmann locomotives are widely considered to be generally underpowered.
The ones I have are no different.
As an example, my Bachmann S4 would normally pull 9 to 11 unmodified cars before quickly overheating.
But it'll handily pull 15 to 18 TruckTuned cars with metal wheelsets.
Doesn't take much to turn a so-so freightcar into a curling stone.
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Old 11-08-2019, 04:02 PM   #13
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BTW, Walthers Proto models (and current Mainline) are equipped with ProtoMax couplers, which are as good as Kadees.
No need to change them out.
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Old 11-08-2019, 04:36 PM   #14
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FWIW, more and more RTR brands are now equipping their cars with metal wheelsets.
Athearn, Bachmann, Con-Cor, and recent Rivarossi are now shipped with them.
At this point in time, all but the cheapest 'toy store' brands have them.
Most are fairly good rollers out-of-the-box, but are made even better with TruckTuning.
If you use a TruckTuner you will notice a difference.
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Old 11-08-2019, 04:51 PM   #15
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Tangent, Kadee, and MTH are the only brands I've not had to TruckTune.
Even some Proto and ExactRail cars are occasional "stickers" out-of-the-box.
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:34 PM   #16
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Be advised that Accurail offers Bettendorf, Andrews and roller bearing trucks in packs of 12, 50, & 100.
The roller bearing type are available in black, silver, gray, and mineral red.

Tichy offers archbar trucks in gray, with Delrin wheelsets for $3/pr. They're very nice.

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Old 11-08-2019, 07:58 PM   #17
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This ExactRail car was a "sticker" & "clicker" out-of-the-box. Wouldn't roll without a noisy intermittent limp... (burrs in the journals).
A quick TruckTune fixed it good as ever.
Just goes to show -- even the premium brands can use a little help now and then.

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Old 11-08-2019, 09:21 PM   #18
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Bulk?
In 2014, I got 304 packs of #5's at a bankruptcy sale for $50. I think that works out to about 40 cents per coupler.
Try about 24 cents per coupler.....can't beat that!
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Old 11-09-2019, 12:43 AM   #19
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No matter what brand, or how 'vintage' a car is, it can be made to perform.
Varney, Mantua, Silver Streak, whatever.
This old MDC/Roundhouse kit is truly a great roller, thanks to a TruckTune and metal wheelsets.
Note the Tichy archbar trucks.

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Brass trucks are a different story...
I'm bashing a tender for a friend.


These Precision Scale Commonwealth tender trucks are brass castings, and their journal cups were out-of-the-mold 'ingot raw'.
A roll characteristic could be described as 'gritty'.

I tried the TruckTuner on them, but made no progress.
Eventually I spun some wooden dowels to a point, and dabbled auto polishing compound in the journal cups.
After several hours of spinning the dowels in the cups, (replacing them repeatedly) smooth shiny journal points were evident.
Problem solved.
They roll like a dream.

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