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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

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

New Sharon couplers

c_bryars@bellsouth.net
 

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

Re: New Sharon couplers

c_bryars@bellsouth.net
 

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: 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

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: [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: [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

John Niemeyer <jniemeyer@...>
 

Chris
 
Just a quick web search and came up with this: http://www.micromark.com/neolube-2-fl-oz,8383.html  also available from P.B.L. and Caboose Hobbies.
 
John


What is Neolube and where do I get it?

Chris Z.


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@..., mailto:c_bryars@... mailto: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

Dale Buxton
 

  Jon,


I seem to be the one that started this whole Neo-lube thing. Yes, this is the stuff you can get from MicroMark or PBL. I think it's way better than the pencil lubrication trick. The stuff is microscopic Graphite and it flows into every nook and cranny all on its own! It will go places the sharpest pencil can only dream about. Neo-lube also has the side benefit of blackening the couplers which is pretty great in itself.


 I built 10 of the Sharon types last night for Blackstone cars as a test. You see not all of the Blackstone draft gear boxes are of the same exact dimensions. The only car that the Blackstone specific Sharon's will not drop into is the boxcar. The draft gear box is a bit shallow and the pivot pin is a bit thick. So you need the 4mm tapered reamer to open up the couplers pivot hole and the shank needs to be thinned a tiny bit with a file.


I'm still a little reluctant to get any Neo-lube directly on the little ball bearing. Neo-lube is made of 3 components, microscopic Graphite, a polymer, and alcohol. The alcohol is the carrier and a polymer usually denotes a binder, I.E. GLUE! Not knowing the specific nature of this polymer I am advising not getting on the little ball. This may be nothing but, why take chances!


Dale Buxton



---In SergentEng@..., <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: Building and installing Sergent couplers

John Niemeyer <jniemeyer@...>
 

Chris
 
I’ve needed the reamer for EN87’s in my Blackstone equipment. HOn3 kits from PSC, Grandt Line  Blackstone make their coupler pockets to fit Kadee 714 couplers. The 714 has a slightly smaller mounting pin, so if you are installing Sergent EN87 for anything designed to fit the Kadee 711, 713 & 714, you will need the reamer. Some Sergent narrow shank couplers come with the Accumate draft gear boxes.
 
John
 
I haven't bought the reamer, but I am considering it when I place another order for couplers.
 
Chris Z.

Re: [SergentEng] Re: New Sharon couplers

Christopher Zurek
 

I found that at Micro Mark, but I wasn't sure if it was the same thing.

I probably won't be getting any since I never need to order from any of those places, and I'm not going to order just one item. Too bad Frank at Sergent Engineering doesn't carry it, I could just buy some when I order couplers.

Chris Z.

On 11/29/2013 12:34 PM, John Niemeyer wrote:
 

Chris
 
Just a quick web search and came up with this: http://www.micromark.com/neolube-2-fl-oz,8383.html  also available from P.B.L. and Caboose Hobbies.
 
John


What is Neolube and where do I get it?

Chris Z.


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@..., mailto:c_bryars@... mailto: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 Dale,

Thank you for providing this information.  It's very helpful for what I'm looking for.  I was thinking great care is needed to make sure the NeoLube doesn't get on the ball bearing (a problem I created for myself with a different lubricant when I first tried out Sergent couplers), so thank you for confirming.

I liked the suggestion from Mike of putting graphite onto the tip of a yellow micro-brush to get it into the crevasses of the knuckle.  I think i may try that first before purchasing NeoLube, since I currently have both the graphite and yellow micro-brushes.

Also, reading through Sergent's website, they have good instructions for painting the coupler components first before assembly.  It just so happens I have a can of Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer that I'm using for the anti-foul color of a model ship I'm building. 

Have a great weekend!

Jon


---In SergentEng@..., <the_one_tuatha_ddana@...> wrote:

Jon,


I seem to be the one that started this whole Neo-lube thing. Yes, this is the stuff you can get from MicroMark or PBL. I think it's way better than the pencil lubrication trick. The stuff is microscopic Graphite and it flows into every nook and cranny all on its own! It will go places the sharpest pencil can only dream about. Neo-lube also has the side benefit of blackening the couplers which is pretty great in itself.


 I built 10 of the Sharon types last night for Blackstone cars as a test. You see not all of the Blackstone draft gear boxes are of the same exact dimensions. The only car that the Blackstone specific Sharon's will not drop into is the boxcar. The draft gear box is a bit shallow and the pivot pin is a bit thick. So you need the 4mm tapered reamer to open up the couplers pivot hole and the shank needs to be thinned a tiny bit with a file.


I'm still a little reluctant to get any Neo-lube directly on the little ball bearing. Neo-lube is made of 3 components, microscopic Graphite, a polymer, and alcohol. The alcohol is the carrier and a polymer usually denotes a binder, I.E. GLUE! Not knowing the specific nature of this polymer I am advising not getting on the little ball. This may be nothing but, why take chances!


Dale Buxton

Re: [SergentEng] RE: Building and installing Sergent couplers

Christopher Zurek
 

I actually could have used the reamer on some EC87's that I was putting in standard gauge cars.

Since I already had these, I used them carefully with my cordless Dremel:
http://www.harborfreight.com/20-piece-1-8-eighth-inch-shank-diamond-point-set-40547.html

It worked but I think the reamer would be better.

Chris Z.

On 11/29/2013 12:47 PM, John Niemeyer wrote:
 

Chris
 
I’ve needed the reamer for EN87’s in my Blackstone equipment. HOn3 kits from PSC, Grandt Line  Blackstone make their coupler pockets to fit Kadee 714 couplers. The 714 has a slightly smaller mounting pin, so if you are installing Sergent EN87 for anything designed to fit the Kadee 711, 713 & 714, you will need the reamer. Some Sergent narrow shank couplers come with the Accumate draft gear boxes.
 
John
 
I haven't bought the reamer, but I am considering it when I place another order for couplers.
 
Chris Z.
_

Re: pencil vs neo was New Sharon couplers

Talmadge C 'TC' Carr
 

Pencil lead is graphite. Both Kaddee and Woodland Scenic sell powdered graphite in a little squeeze tube. Or grind some mechanical pencil leads

Talmadge C 'TC' Carr
Sn42 and Hn42 somewhere in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest
@dapenguin

Re: [SergentEng] Re: New Sharon couplers

Dale Buxton
 

Chris,


Based on my research, there is only one maker of Neo-lube. It's a trade marked product. There are 2 versions, the one MicroMark and PBL sell is version #2. MicroMark sells its version in the original packaging from the manufacturer. PBL repackages the product that it sells. But, it's all the same stuff, Neo-Lube #2. 


Dale Buxton 



---In SergentEng@..., <zurekc@...> wrote:

I found that at Micro Mark, but I wasn't sure if it was the same thing.

I probably won't be getting any since I never need to order from any of those places, and I'm not going to order just one item. Too bad Frank at Sergent Engineering doesn't carry it, I could just buy some when I order couplers.

Chris Z.

On 11/29/2013 12:34 PM, John Niemeyer wrote:
 

Chris
 
Just a quick web search and came up with this: http://www.micromark.com/neolube-2-fl-oz,8383.html  also available from P.B.L. and Caboose Hobbies.
 
John


What is Neolube and where do I get it?

Chris Z.


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@..., mailto:c_bryars@... mailto: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: [SergentEng] Re: pencil vs neo was New Sharon couplers

Christopher Zurek
 


I bought some of the Kadee powdered graphite and found that it is ground too coarse for my liking to use in Sergent couplers.

Then while digging through my automotive tool box I found a tube of powdered graphite I bought in 1980 when I was in high school...yes, I've had it that long It's called Mr. Zip Extra Fine Graphite made by AGS Co. in Muskegon, MI.
It turns out the company still exists and the website shows that they still make fine powdered graphite, but it is no longer called Mr. Zip.
http://www.agscompany.com/images/stories/photos/downloads/Home-Hardware%20Lubricants/MZ-2H.jpg

It's supposed to be available at Ace Hardware, True Value Hardware and several auto parts stores.

Chris Z.


On 11/29/2013 2:28 PM, Talmadge C 'TC' Carr wrote:
 

Pencil lead is graphite. Both Kaddee and Woodland Scenic sell powdered graphite in a little squeeze tube. Or grind some mechanical pencil leads

Talmadge C 'TC' Carr
Sn42 and Hn42 somewhere in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest
group_list@...

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pencil vs neo was New Sharon couplers

John Niemeyer <jniemeyer@...>
 

Chris
 
What part of the metro do you live in?
 
I’m in Bloomington and have some Neo-lube. Maybe you could come over and try some before you make a decision.
 
John

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

Mike Conder <vulturenest1@...>
 

Be careful with the Rustoleum, a friend recently tried it but it never cured/dried completely.

I got something similar from Home Depot, Krylon brand, that I used on something else. It did take 15-20 minutes to dry to the touch.

Mike Conder
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Subject: [SergentEng] RE: RE: RE: Re: New Sharon couplers

Hi Dale,

Thank you for providing this information. It's very helpful for what I'm looking for. I was thinking great care is needed to make sure the NeoLube doesn't get on the ball bearing (a problem I created for myself with a different lubricant when I first tried out Sergent couplers), so thank you for confirming.

I liked the suggestion from Mike of putting graphite onto the tip of a yellow micro-brush to get it into the crevasses of the knuckle. I think i may try that first before purchasing NeoLube, since I currently have both the graphite and yellow micro-brushes.

Also, reading through Sergent's website, they have good instructions for painting the coupler components first before assembly. It just so happens I have a can of Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer that I'm using for the anti-foul color of a model ship I'm building.

Have a great weekend!

Jon



---In SergentEng@..., wrote:

Jon,


I seem to be the one that started this whole Neo-lube thing. Yes, this is the stuff you can get from MicroMark or PBL. I think it's way better than the pencil lubrication trick. The stuff is microscopic Graphite and it flows into every nook and cranny all on its own! It will go places the sharpest pencil can only dream about. Neo-lube also has the side benefit of blackening the couplers which is pretty great in itself.


I built 10 of the Sharon types last night for Blackstone cars as a test. You see not all of the Blackstone draft gear boxes are of the same exact dimensions. The only car that the Blackstone specific Sharon's will not drop into is the boxcar. The draft gear box is a bit shallow and the pivot pin is a bit thick. So you need the 4mm tapered reamer to open up the couplers pivot hole and the shank needs to be thinned a tiny bit with a file.


I'm still a little reluctant to get any Neo-lube directly on the little ball bearing. Neo-lube is made of 3 components, microscopic Graphite, a polymer, and alcohol. The alcohol is the carrier and a polymer usually denotes a binder, I.E. GLUE! Not knowing the specific nature of this polymer I am advising not getting on the little ball. This may be nothing but, why take chances!


Dale Buxton