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Re: [SergentEng] RE: Re: New Sharon couplers

Mike Van Hove
 

I have tried the Neo-Lube, Pencil lead and now, my favorite:

I use the Micro Brushes for various jobs.  Found that dipping the end of the Yellow Micro Brush in powdered graphite, and gently shoving the end of the micro Brush into the open jawes of the coupler and just gently twisting the stem of the Micro Brush really gives the coupler a good shot of graphite.  The Yellow Micro-Brush seems to be the best size for this job.

If you hold the coupler by the shank end with the coupler jaws upright, then flex the movable jaw a few times, the graphite seems to go down into the coupler, quite well.  When you are thru with this excercise, just tip the coupler so the jaws are down and tap it gently on the Graphite container.  The excess will drop out, and you have a well lubricated coupler.

Hope this helps.

Mike van Hove
Columbia, MO


On Nov 29, 2013, at 11:30 AM, <jzook@...> <jzook@...> wrote:

 

Hi Cameron and group members,


I've ordered a set of 6 Sharon couplers, the assembly jig, and the uncoupling wand to try out on some of my Blackstone fleet.  Can you tell me more about using the NeoLube?  Is this the same NeoLube sold through MicroMark?  I had tried out the Sergent EN87 coupler a couple of years ago, but wasn't interested in making all the necessary modifications to my freight cars and locomotives to replace the Kadee 714's.  Do you think the NeoLube is a better option than using pencil lead, as described in Sergent's instructions?


Thanks everyone!  I'm looking forward to trying the Sergent couplers again.


Take care!


Jon




Re: [SergentEng] Re: New Sharon couplers

Christopher Zurek
 

What is Neolube and where do I get it?

Chris Z.


On 11/29/2013 9:32 AM, c_bryars@... wrote:
 

Update on Sharon for BlackStone cars (RNB87K). After building the 6 Sharon couplers decided to mount a set in a BlackStone High Side Gondola. Perfect fit! No filing required and did not need to ream hole out.

They are noticeably smaller than Type D and Kadee couplers.

Operation in limited testing is smooth and no ball drop issues like I had on previous type D without Neolube. when coupling seems to mate more reliably without excessive force.

Have not tried to weather or paint them yet. Thinking neo-lube might present a challenge to paint sticking. Will try Bar Mills or AIM powders to see if these work reliably.

Thanks Cameron

--- In SergentEng@..., "c_bryars@..." wrote:
>
> Just finished 6 Sharon's using neo-lube. All 6 work well without polishing. Assembly time about 1 min each using the jig. These are even easier than the type D I was doing.
>
> So far these are real winners.
>
> Thanks Cameron\Rabbi
>



Re: New Sharon couplers

jzook@...
 

Hi Cameron and group members,


I've ordered a set of 6 Sharon couplers, the assembly jig, and the uncoupling wand to try out on some of my Blackstone fleet.  Can you tell me more about using the NeoLube?  Is this the same NeoLube sold through MicroMark?  I had tried out the Sergent EN87 coupler a couple of years ago, but wasn't interested in making all the necessary modifications to my freight cars and locomotives to replace the Kadee 714's.  Do you think the NeoLube is a better option than using pencil lead, as described in Sergent's instructions?


Thanks everyone!  I'm looking forward to trying the Sergent couplers again.


Take care!


Jon


Re: Building and installing Sergent couplers

Christopher Zurek
 


Hello all,


I've been using Sergent Couplers for about two years now. I also highly recommend the assembly jigs. I have both the Type E Compatible Shank jig and the Type E Narrow Shank jig and they are attached to my workbench with double side foam tape. I can crank out couplers quickly.


I haven't bought the reamer, but I am considering it when I place another order for couplers.


Chris Z.



---In sergenteng@..., <jniemeyer@...> wrote:

Mike

Please do share, as that's what this group is about.

I model HOn3 & HOn30. I have yet to install any HOn30, but have installed
almost 200 pair in HOn3. EN87 (type E), RNB87 (short shank Sharron intended
for Blackstone) & RN87 (longer shank Sharron) I got my first ones a week ago
and still discovering new applications.

John

Hello, group,
I am in the final stages of installing Sergent EC87 and EN87 couplers on 198
HO passenger and freight cars, as well as 15 HO Steam Locos and one HO
Diesel. ( I need one KATO NW2 so I have something that will always run, for
when I get a steamer stuck in a tunnel or in hidden track.)
I really don't much care for Diesels, but I must admit, that Kato NW2 is a
darn smooth and dependable runner. Ir was pretty easy to apply Sergent
Couplers to it, as well.

If you are new to the Sergent Couplers, as I was, about 1 month ago, I
highly recommend purchasing the Assembly Jigs and the Reamer. That reamer
has saved my bacon on several installs. It cuts the inside of the coupler
very smoothly, and quickly, so just give it a couple of twists, then check
to see how it fits.

I have found that a very small jewelers screwdriver that has become slightly
magnetized is very handy for installing the springs. Of course, the springs
want to keep stuck to the screwdriver, when you remove it, so just use a
sharp lead pencil to hold the spring in place, while you remove the
magnetized screwdriver. Really works quite well.

I have developed several other techniques for assembly. I will be happy
share them as the need arises.

Mike Van Hove
Columbia, MO


Re: New Sharon couplers

Cameron Bryars
 

Update on Sharon for BlackStone cars (RNB87K). After building the 6 Sharon couplers decided to mount a set in a BlackStone High Side Gondola. Perfect fit! No filing required and did not need to ream hole out.

They are noticeably smaller than Type D and Kadee couplers.

Operation in limited testing is smooth and no ball drop issues like I had on previous type D without Neolube. when coupling seems to mate more reliably without excessive force.

Have not tried to weather or paint them yet. Thinking neo-lube might present a challenge to paint sticking. Will try Bar Mills or AIM powders to see if these work reliably.

Thanks Cameron

--- In SergentEng@..., "c_bryars@..." <c_bryars@...> wrote:

Just finished 6 Sharon's using neo-lube. All 6 work well without polishing. Assembly time about 1 min each using the jig. These are even easier than the type D I was doing.

So far these are real winners.

Thanks Cameron&#92;Rabbi


Re: New Sharon couplers

vulturenest1@...
 

Good to hear about the success. Mike Conder


New Sharon couplers

Cameron Bryars
 

Just finished 6 Sharon's using neo-lube. All 6 work well without polishing. Assembly time about 1 min each using the jig. These are even easier than the type D I was doing.

So far these are real winners.

Thanks Cameron&#92;Rabbi


Re: [SergentEng] Building and installing Sergent couplers

John Niemeyer <jniemeyer@...>
 

Mike

Please do share, as that's what this group is about.

I model HOn3 & HOn30. I have yet to install any HOn30, but have installed almost 200 pair in HOn3. EN87 (type E), RNB87 (short shank Sharron intended for Blackstone) & RN87 (longer shank Sharron) I got my first ones a week ago and still discovering new applications.

John

Hello, group,
I am in the final stages of installing Sergent EC87 and EN87 couplers on 198 HO passenger and freight cars, as well as 15 HO Steam Locos and one HO Diesel. ( I need one KATO NW2 so I have something that will always run, for when I get a steamer stuck in a tunnel or in hidden track.)
I really don't much care for Diesels, but I must admit, that Kato NW2 is a darn smooth and dependable runner. Ir was pretty easy to apply Sergent Couplers to it, as well.

If you are new to the Sergent Couplers, as I was, about 1 month ago, I highly recommend purchasing the Assembly Jigs and the Reamer. That reamer has saved my bacon on several installs. It cuts the inside of the coupler very smoothly, and quickly, so just give it a couple of twists, then check to see how it fits.

I have found that a very small jewelers screwdriver that has become slightly magnetized is very handy for installing the springs. Of course, the springs want to keep stuck to the screwdriver, when you remove it, so just use a sharp lead pencil to hold the spring in place, while you remove the magnetized screwdriver. Really works quite well.

I have developed several other techniques for assembly. I will be happy share them as the need arises.

Mike Van Hove
Columbia, MO


Building and installing Sergent couplers

Mike Van Hove
 

Hello, group,
I am in the final stages of installing Sergent EC87 and EN87 couplers on 198 HO passenger and freight cars, as well as 15 HO Steam Locos and one HO Diesel. ( I need one KATO NW2 so I have something that will always run, for when I get a steamer stuck in a tunnel or in hidden track.)
I really don't much care for Diesels, but I must admit, that Kato NW2 is a darn smooth and dependable runner. Ir was pretty easy to apply Sergent Couplers to it, as well.

If you are new to the Sergent Couplers, as I was, about 1 month ago, I highly recommend purchasing the Assembly Jigs and the Reamer. That reamer has saved my bacon on several installs. It cuts the inside of the coupler very smoothly, and quickly, so just give it a couple of twists, then check to see how it fits.

I have found that a very small jewelers screwdriver that has become slightly magnetized is very handy for installing the springs. Of course, the springs want to keep stuck to the screwdriver, when you remove it, so just use a sharp lead pencil to hold the spring in place, while you remove the magnetized screwdriver. Really works quite well.

I have developed several other techniques for assembly. I will be happy share them as the need arises.

Mike Van Hove
Columbia, MO