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  • repairing a "G" scale Shay

    Hi All

    Any suggestions on how to repair the cracked gears in the power truck.

    Thank you

    Mike M

  • #2
    I would just spend the $50 and send it back to bachmann and let them fix it. If they can'y fix it they will replace it.

    Ty

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    • #3
      Hi Ty

      my understanding is that B-Mann will not replace these with the newer metal power trucks unless you pay for them. Discounted but you must pay. The issue here is that it costs about $30 buck to ship as well as the $50.00 service charge. So that is already $80.00. On top of that you have to pay for the trucks. I scoured the B-mann forums and all the topics end up saying the same thing . "Buy the metal power trucks". Not one says send back to B-mann for repair. Now the newer 3 Truck is different. The B-mann "MAN" does recommend sending back for warranty work. I can buy a new set of power truck for $155. plus shipping from a few dealers.

      I'm pulling the covers off the trucks today to see if a temp. repair with ACC or epoxy will work.

      Thank you

      Mike M

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      • #4
        They must have changed their policies. I asked Bachmann service department about a problem about a year ago. They said just send $50 and they would repair or replace. You should look into shipping with FEDEX. I can ship a shay for about $15 or less...

        If you are able to pull your gear out. If your gear from the second truck is good you could make a mold from it and pour one out of resin. I had one of the universal joint plastic pieces break. I was able to take the good one and make a mold. The new one is work well for now.

        TY

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        • #5
          I know this may not be the answer you want Mike, but I have an Athearn 2-8-2 Mikado that was known for cracked gears. Athearn use to replace them back in the day, now they no longer have that part as the locomotive was discontinued.

          I just ACC'd the cracked gear onto the shaft, and have been running it for over a year now. So you decide what you want to pay or play with.


          Louis L&R Western Railroad
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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          • #6
            Good Morning All

            Thank you for all the advice.

            This was flea-bay sale. The auction was supposed to be for a N.I.B Shay that was never run. When it arrived, it had a broken cab step and the front Truck had a broken screw socket. The wheels are black like they have been run on track and nicked up. When I powered it up, both trucks powered up but nothing moved. On closer inspection it was obvious the trucks had been opened before. I had expected to have nothing but problems getting them loose, but the screws opened right up. Both trucks had stripped or cracked gears.

            Louis. I tried the ACC thing. Degreased and than glued. 2 hours later when I fired it up the loose gears slipped after 2 seconds and another 2 cracked. When i tried to take the trucks off the swivel plates they would not budge. The front trucks screws were stripped. Both trucks appear to have been glued in place.

            I can buy a new set of powered trucks for $160 right now. But I think I'm going to send this back to e-bay. Too much trouble for one that was supposed to be NIB and never run. The seller has a 100% rating and insists this was never run. Only removed for picture taking. He has a $60k, yes $60k collection of "G" scale that he bought for a few grand. He talked to the guy he bought this from and he insists it was never run. Who knows.

            Again, thank you for the advice.

            Mike M

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            • #7
              Yeah I would send it back also. Too much trouble..

              You could always check to see if the Ebay protection would pay for it if you think it was damaged it transit. I bought a bachmann Shay. It was bought only test run. It came in and had the rear lamp and one other part broken off . Easy fix but talked to guy about sending it back to him. he filed a claim with ebay protection plan. It covered the entire purchase price.. He then refunded me back half my purchase price and I kept the Shay. It is fixed and running well..

              Ty

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              • #8
                Hi All

                Unfortunately the seller has turned nasty. Claiming I'm trying to scam him after damaging the locomotive myself. Another example of why I hate buying larger items on e-bay. . I now have to wait for e-bay to mediate this issue.. Also waiting to hear back from B-Mann. Sent a service request in on Saturday.

                Thanks All

                Mike M

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                • #9
                  Mike, sounds like you got a case of the nasties all at your expense. Sorry man. I hope you black-ball the guy on the comments.
                  Frank

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                  • #10
                    Hi All- Happy New Year early.

                    Frank.

                    It's almost impossible to leave negative feedback on e-bay. If you let e-bay resolve it for you it's considered retaliatory and against their terms of service. If you don't go through e-bay resolution, than he comes down to he said, you said. It's just a case now of sending it back and eating crow on the fact this guy could not handle possibly making a mistake. The truth be told, I really did want to keep the loco, if he just admitted It may have been used. He did have a climax and heisler to sell and I would have probably just asked to make a deal on the additional two loco's.

                    Mike M

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                    • #11
                      I just for info . I did find a Bachmann Heisler NIB not long ago from a dealer. So there are still a few still out there. I really like the Heisler. Good looking loco..

                      ty

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