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AJPiskel

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« on: March 31, 2016, 07:10:18 PM »

I have some older freight and passenger cars that I have outfitted with Kadee # 5 couplers.
I recently purchased a few new Bachmann cars with the EZ mate couplers.

They couple to each other very well,

I also have a few kadee magnetic uncouplers,, they work well with the kadee's  but not so much with the EZ Mate.

I know the Bachmann also has a magnetic un coupler that attached to the underside of the EZ Track,,,,

Question is,  do I change from Kadee to all EZ mate or just add the second magnetic uncoupler in the same relative place???

Not sure any of this makes sense

Andy

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Len

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2016, 08:05:49 PM »

You probably just need to adjust the height of the "air hose" hanging under the EZ-Mate couplers. I use both Kadee and EZ-Mate and both work fine with Kadee magnets if the pin is adjusted using the clearance flange on the Kadee #205 or #206 coupler gauge.

Len
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RAM

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2016, 10:38:53 PM »

I might add that Kadee has a nice tool for adjusting the air hose.
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jbrock27

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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2016, 07:02:31 AM »

...which can also be found at Micro Mark.
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AJPiskel

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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2016, 02:27:47 PM »

Thank you .


I have orders the coupler gauge and once it comes in I will set about adjusting the couplers.


One more question.. Kadee magnetic uncouplers  placed on the ties as directed or underneath the ez track?

Thanks again.
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Len

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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2016, 05:15:12 PM »

I use a #321 Code 100 Uncoupler between the rails. Sometimes I've had to work the top of the ties a bit with an emery board to get the height right, but not always.

Len
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jbrock27

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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2016, 07:23:59 PM »

AJ, just so you are aware, I was referring to, and I think RAMBO was as well, Trip Pin Pliers. 

Of course, having a Kadee Coupler Height Gauge is a must have.  I always recommend the #206 which is plastic and won't create a short  if on the tracks with the power on by accident. Wink
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AJPiskel

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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2016, 12:30:43 PM »

One more question regarding uncouplers.

As I was searching Micro Mark and other suppliers I came across a Rix Uncoupler....anybody have any experience with them regarding kadee or ez mate couplers??

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jbrock27

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« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2016, 12:51:07 PM »

Yep, have a couple.  They can work, most of the time  Wink  Just have to be within reach to use it.
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RAM

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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2016, 10:44:24 PM »

I like the one on page 68 better.That is Micro-Mark spring cat.
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AJPiskel

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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2016, 04:26:25 PM »

One last thought about the Kadee uncoupler magnets...I watched a few videos of modelers who use them on atlas track
they cut the ties away where the uncoupler is to be placed...
Can I or should do the same with the EZ track?

Sorry for all the questions but it's been years since I've done this.

Thanks !!!

Andy

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James in FL

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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2016, 05:43:59 PM »

Yep, cut or drill.
Trip pin clearance above the rail head is paramount.
Get the gauges (or equivalent) mentioned previously.
Without proper clearances it would be difficult, at least, to be successful with automatic uncoupling.
Stronger magnets will require different clearance.
It is a matter of trial and error, not any known number.

Magnetic strength will vary as to the elements (and % thereof) the magnet is made up from.
Many are using rare earth magnets (SmCo or Neo). Lotís on YouTube.
Some like electromagnets. Lots on YouTube also.
And as you know, some like the Bachmann and Kadee versions.
FWIW
I use MT magna-matics as much as possible, and continue to swap as I can.
My trip pins are not all adjusted precisely.
This is what I use, and where I got it;
http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/Rix-Products-N-Rix-Pick-Uncoupler-Tool-p/rix-628-0024.htm

Your scale may vary.

Good luck
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