metal wheels

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by yellowlynn, Dec 25, 2004.

  1. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    I meant to ask in my other entry about metal wheelsets. I can't seem to find many on ebay. I found only one, 240 axles for $95. Seems like a good price, $1.50 per car on 60 cars. Any suggestions?

  2. Hey, Lynn....

    If you can't ,ocate decent wheel sets, talk to your LHS about the Life-Like sets. The come in 33" and 36". I think they're packaged 12 to a card.

  3. kchronister

    kchronister Member

    Are we talking raw wheelsets or entire trucks with metal wheels?

    I've found the Model Power trucks with metal wheels to work nicely for about $2.00 per pair at the LHS (others seem to agree, they sell out real fast once they arrive).

    For plain wheelsets, I've found most "reputable" makers turn out decent ones. I can buy a couple brands of them at the LHS for about $0.50 per axle. So on that basis 240 for $95 seems a decent (but not amazing) price. Just beware of the old Ebay shipping scam - $95 for 240 is a good price... Add $15 for shipping and it's starting to be awfully close to what you can buy them for retail -- using whatever payment method you like, without waiting, with return privileges, etc... I'd have to see the TOTAL price remain under $100 to think it compelling.
  4. Dick Elmore

    Dick Elmore Member

    :thumb: Lynn...You can get 33" or 36" Proto brass wheelsets from M.B. Klein
    for $3.99 per card of 12. Thats 250 for about $84, and you don't have to worry about them cheating you. They're good folks. They have a large add in RMC or you can raise them on the web at I've
    ordered from them many times before and never had a problem.

    Texas Chief
  5. Ditto to what Dick said. I've used MBK several times for the $3.99 price per card of LL P2K wheelsets of 12. Great service.
  6. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member


    Thanks Dick. I looked them up, and $4 for 12 comes out real good. I'll call them tomorrow, and 24 pks should come out about the same as those 20 on ebay. I normally get real good deals on ebay, but there sure isn't much offered on wheelsets. I appreciate the help, and thanx again.

  7. Blake

    Blake Member

    Intermountain now makes a nice nickle plated brass wheelset with metal axle (1 wheel insulated) and the wheels are thinner than RP-25 but thicker than the Proto-87 standard. These wheels operate on commercial track and they look great. Reboxx also has the same size wheelsets with axle lengths made to fit into specific trucks. Both retail for $10 per pkg of 12. Upon adding these wheelsets I have found that the cars roll much better and because the axles have no "back & forth" play they tend to make the use of truck shims a thing of the past.
  8. belg

    belg Member

    I'm sure there's a simple answer for this but I don't see it. What keeps the metal wheels from shorting the track transformer???
  9. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Belg - usually the metal wheels are on a plastic axel. If not, they have an insulating plastic collar around the axel to separate it electrically from the wheel itself.

  10. Dick Elmore

    Dick Elmore Member

    :thumb: Belg is correct !!! P2k, for example, has brass wheels and plastic axles and as a result, you'll find one now and then that has flaws. On the other hand, IM wheels are brass and so is the axle with a plastic collar around one end of the axle. You won't find too many of these that are flawed.
    FYI, about 7 years ago, MR. did a survey and IM wheelsets won top honors, hands down, over all other brass wheelsets. They cost more but if you can afford them, they're worth the extra bucks. They retail for $78 if you buy 100 at a time. You can shop around and find them for $50 to $55 for 100.

    Texas chief
  11. Dick Elmore

    Dick Elmore Member

    Oops...I'm sorry, I meant to say that Mason Jar was correct. Now I'll go back to sleep.

    Texas Chief
  12. belg

    belg Member

    Thanks guys now I can sleep better too. I knew it had to be something simply. Pat

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