Frog juicers.

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  1. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Does anyone here have experience of frog juicers?
    I am looking at using them on my layout rather than the micro switches I originally planned as they wouldn't work in my case. Has anyone any preference on the different products? The Tam Valley Hex unit has 6 outputs where I only need 4, The Gaugemaster type is a single output per unit but 4 would be considerably less cost. Is one better than the other?

    Thanks in advance. Pete.
     
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    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Tam Valley also do single units Pete, not just the 'Hex'. I've both on my garage layout and they work well with my Lenz system, whereas the Gaugemaster relay operated ones don't work fast enough and result in the Lenz control unit tripping out. Coastal DCC in Ipswich and the Lincoln shop (who's name I can't remember presently) stock them though there may be other stockists. As I understand it, the Gaugemaster units work ok with other DCC control systems than Lenz, but personally am unable to confirm either way.
    Keith.
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    I've ordered 3 singles from Digitrains, hope they do the job!

    Pete.
     
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    I use the Hex model with NCE DCC & it works a treat.

    My mate has 3 of the Tam valley duel version, used for reverse loops on LENZ & they too work perfectly
     
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    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    I wasn't aware that they do a dual version Sol, I've used several of the singles and one of the Hex versions. The singles are on a tiny PCB not much bigger than a postage stamp so they're easy to hide on a layout.
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    Nuff said Pete ... always here to help ... ? ... can't believe I jusy spent 10 minutes of my life posting this :facepalm:
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    My juicers arrived on Saturday, really pleased with the service from Digitrains!
    Just need to sort out the servos. The double slip and one point are built from Waverley kits, now long since gone as the owner passed away some years ago. They are a lovely kit to build, however, the point switch blade tie bar has two hollow rivets for soldering to the blades, this gives very little movement. Using slide switches and wire in tube it wasn't such a problem. If I had decided to use servos at the start things wouldn't be a problem as they are now. With slide switches I could use an omega loop in the connection to the points, the connection to the servos is very tight with little movement with the servo arm, consequently I am struggling to use micro switches which is the reason I have gone with the juicers, though I still have to find some method to give the servo arm more movement and that is the next project.

    Cheers, Pete.
     

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