Kadee 705 to 714 compatibility?

Ed Tibbetts

A couple of months ago I mounted Kadee 705’s on the pilots of all 6 of my HOn3 brass steam side rod locomotives. I use a pick to assist coupling and to uncouple. I find the 705’s mated to the 714’s to be very difficult to pick open, and not much easier to get them to mate (couple). I have not experimented with 705 to 705 uncoupling with a pick.
Is anyone else having similar issues? Solutions? I do not want to install 705’s on all my rolling stock.
Ed T.

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