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    how good are bachmann ez mate maek 2 rollerbearing trucks with couplers

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpygrouch78 View Post
    how good are bachmann ez mate maek 2 rollerbearing trucks with couplers
    If it's what came on my Bachmann 50' boxcars, they're OK. The couplers are a little clunky looking with a noticeable external spring, but they work. They come with metal wheels which is generally a nice upgrade, but these look a little...odd. Not quite sure what is off about them. Overall, not top of the line but not terrible either.

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    I recently upgraded all of my rolling stock to these from the old Rapido-style couplers. I got a bunch of them on Amazon (trucks and couplers, no wheels) for less than I could buy just couplers for. From that perspective, they're a nice upgrade. They couple up much better than the old Rapido style, look more realistic, and make the space between cars more like the prototype. I know there are better couplers, but I don't have any complaints. I know that body-mounted couplers are more realistic, but I like the truck-mounted couplers because (for me at least) they couple up better on curves.

    I have one boxcar that I left a rapido coupler on one end to use as a conversion car, as I have one loco with a rapido coupler body-mounted on the tender, and I haven't ventured into replacing that one yet.

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    I use a razor saw to cut the "chunky" off. Lay the saw on shank and cut. Match them up to some MTL's to see what to cut off. Now they look like dummy knuckles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iggy809 View Post
    I use a razor saw to cut the "chunky" off. Lay the saw on shank and cut. Match them up to some MTL's to see what to cut off. Now they look like dummy knuckles.
    could you please post a pic of that for me. i would like to see what it looks like . i have a bunch of cars to change out or maybe do what you did.

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