Switch Machine Recommendation?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by ebaines, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. ebaines

    ebaines New Member

    Wondering what the collective wisdom of this forum has to say about switch machine manufacturers. I'm returning to model railroading after a hiatus of 20 years or so, and so am a bit out of touch with who's good and who's not. Who do you prefer for switch machines, and why? In searching the archives there seems to be a consensus regarding Caboose Industries ground throws, but nothing on remote switch machines. Any experience with Switchmaster, Circuitron Tortoise, or American Limted? Anyone else to consider?
  2. sams

    sams Member

    i believe among the stall motor switch machines, the tortoise is (by far) the best selling.
    everyone i've asked "which switch machine do you recommend and/or use"...
    has told me the circuitron tortoise.
  3. tillsbury

    tillsbury Member

    Seconded. Very little question here I think...
  4. seanm

    seanm Member

    This is true if you want slow motion... but it is expensive. I have had really pretty good luck using Atlas HO switch motors mounted under the table with a linkage made from a brass tube and music wire. I also do not have to drill holed other then a 1/8 (or smaller) for the linkage tubing and it can be done after the switch is installed... where the Torti needs to have the hole set up beforehand.
    I can get the motors used on Ebay for about $2 each and they work well... though they are pretty old technology. I think the Torti are in the $10 each range or more. On the plus side, the stall motor machines can use a simple SPST toggle switch to throw them... and the coil type need a push button for each side.

    Ya pays your money and ya takes your chances... (smile)

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