Coupler Help

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Play-Doh, May 28, 2006.

  1. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    I am going to buy some couplers so I can replace all my couplers with kadee. I have been looking at some online for HO, but many of them are listed with a number in front of them and I have no idea what that number is referring to. Any idea?

    Thanks ahead of time for your help.

  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    i think your refering to the number KaDee uses to replace the orignal couplers. if you have mostly lionel cars #5's will work according to KaDee.
  3. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Kadee makes couplers to fit all the horrible mounting situations that have cropped up over the years. They have two basic styles -- the box and the contraption.
    (Incidently, these are called draft gear boxes.)
    The #5 coupling drops straight into Athearn kits and many other manufacturers use the same box. Kadee's plastic box fits these as well. Kadee makes them with different shank lengths and with the shank mounted hign, middle or low. There seem to be metal and non-metal versions. There are also "scale" versions where the head is smaller and shelf versions for tank cars.
    The other mounting is the contraption. It's intended more for screwing to floors and has a similar variety.
    There are a set for the NEM European standard box.
    Look at Kadee's web site. They should have a list of which coupler fits which cars. (The list may not include really old cars.)
    They also have a sample pack with some useful tools. I suggest you buy one.
  4. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    As always, your help is apprecieated. Looks like #5 seems like the universal size for most HO cars.

    Thanks again

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