Bachmann EZ command

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by alexander, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. alexander

    alexander Member

    just what can this system do?

    If i wanted to get a Lenz System, seing as there both lenz products, can i use the EZ command as another throttle on a lenz system? (how about programming?)

    can i then use the power supply? or, is it not worth it (ebay it i suppose)

    more wacky questions as i think of them

  2. alexander

    alexander Member

    well? anyone???????
  3. Thoroughbreed

    Thoroughbreed Member

    From what I've read about the Bachmann system, it wont program the decoders any further than address. It will only address 10 locos and 10 features. It is a basic entry level system for the novice to dcc or the hobby.
    I have to say though, for roughly the same price, you can get a Roco system that will address 100 locos and offers full programability. I got 1 off ebay for $75 inc shipping, but haven't tried it out yet. I only have 2 engines with dcc installed currently, have 2 decoders awaiting installation.
    I built an Athearn Blue Box dash9 MRC 50yr unit and ordered an new drive train for it to include the dcc board. I did that for a couple of reasons. The new motor system w/dcc board has 1.5 v bulbs for forward and reverse lights, which I installed instead of the lenses. Then I put a set of ditch lights for an sd70 on the front porch, drilling through the deck and into the center between the mu hose sockets to get the wiring thru to the board. It works great on dc without a decoder in it. Hopefully it will be as impressive when I put a decoder in it and can have it sitting on a siding with the ditch lights lit up, as that was the overall objective.
    I chose to go with the Roco power maus instead of the Bachmann because of its programmability and functionality for about the same price.
    Most folks say they will never have 10 locos to run, so it will be enough. But ask any collector, truthfully we all are, and you'll see rather quickly how fast your roster grows. I started collecting 25+ yrs ago. Moved quite a few times, lost alot of items that cant be replaced. I bought 4 dash9's 5 yrs ago on vacation in FL and they were stored for awhile. Now my roster is above 50, and I will slowly put decoders into them all, even the most difficult ones.
    Sorry for rambling, back to the thread, in my honest opinion, the Bachmann system leaves alot to be desired for seasoned as well as the hardcore-to-be hobbyist. I believe the intended market was for entry level, just bought the trainset at the store type. No offence meant to anyone that has 1, just my opinion.:D
  4. alexander

    alexander Member

    hmmmmm, that didnt really answer my questions, but thanks for the advice

    the Roco system is a Lenz based system right
  5. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

    I was thinking of getting the Bachmann EZ command, do a search for mor info.

    I know that Bachmann can only handle 2 loco's and 5 if you buy the additional power adapter (available in January, at my LHS). Bachmann power cord is different then everyone else's I don't think they are compatiple with the Lenz system.

  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    The Atlas system is Lenz under the cover. I am not sure that the Bachmann system is...

    If you have any future needs for DCC, like additional locos, bigger layout, signalling, advanced programming, train detection, then the Bachmann system is not for you. Look for a "starter" from Lenz, Digitrax, or NCE. They are all expandible and have more advanced features.

    Yes, the Bachmann is easy to set up and get going, but that seems to be about it.

    As for your specific question as to whether it can be a throttle on a Lenz system, you'd have to check with Lenz if they do indeed make the Bachmann. If not, chances are good that it is NOT compatible.

  7. Thoroughbreed

    Thoroughbreed Member

    Bachmann isnt an lenz built system. The decoders, while only single function, are compatable. The Atlas and Roco are the only "undercover" Lenz systems I know of.
  8. jeffrey-wimberl

    jeffrey-wimberl Active Member

    The Bachmann system can handle a max of three locomotives on the 1 amp power supply. It can address 9 locomotives (all separate addresses) as well as consist up to three locomotives (more on the 5 amp booster). It can also access up to 8 sound functions. The system uses single function NCE decoders. As far as I know, it cannot be used as an additional throttle for the lenz system, though it is designed by Lenz.

    BTW, I use the Bachmann system myself and I'm happy enough with it, though I want more power, so my next acquisition will be the 5 amp booster.
  9. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Jeffery, I think the same way about it, when I go over to DCC on the 2nd track I'm going with Digitrax I think....that will allow the "kids" to run DCC on their trains.

  10. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    It looks like you've gotten some answers to your questions, Alex, but you might get even more info if you re-post in the DCC Forum.

  11. alexander

    alexander Member

    ummmm, actually, my real questions arent answered, i still dont know if i can use it in the way i sugguested

    and, yes, the Bachmann is a lenz product its in the first line
  12. alexander

    alexander Member

    whats the atlas system able to do?


  13. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Try the manufacturers' web sites for info on the capabilities of each system. Also, Tony's Train Exchange, Litchfield Station, and others may have additional information. I know Tony's is highly respected for their DCC info.

    Check out the resources thread in the DCC forum.


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