13791Re: [z_scale] A Used Set #8871-Ice Train And I Need Help
- Apr 3, 2003In a message dated 4/3/03 1:51:29 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Hello,On a technical note. By all means, go with the 5-pole motor as
> Your experience is certainly not typical of eBay, at least from my
> experience. I'd suggest leaving appropriate feedback for this seller, and
> possibly filing a claim with PayPal (or whatever payment service you used).
suggested. But before installing it, make sure the drive gear turns freely
and is not frozen up or bound anywhere. Just a couple of seconds of a DC
motor not turning under power can destroy the brushes, the motor, and even
the controller. No sense in trashing a new motor if the drive gear is bound.
I would have to agree, this is not typical of eBay. I have made over a
hundred Z purchases, and have none that I have been truly unhappy with.
(there have been a few disappointments due to manufacturing quality on new
items, but never the seller). Don't let this experience prevent you from
finding some real Z-scale bargains or rarieties. If you've never purchased
from a seller before, check his/her feedback. Read item descriptions
carefully. Many sellers will plainly state that they have no way to test
locomotives, so they do not know if they run. Others flat out state "does not
run", some just say that they know "nothing about trains". Don't bid the farm
away on these items, unless the seller agrees up front to let you return it
if you're not happy. But don't let them scare you off, either. I've gotten
some of my best deals on "does not run" auctions. In most cases a good
cleaning has done the trick, on a couple, it was just brushes. On that type
of auction, depending on the engine, the most I bid is $40. But usually $20
or less. So, I am never disappointed. I do a lot of kitbashing with
locomotives, so I base everything on what a shell and tender or diesel trucks
would cost me. Most of the z scale sellers are quite reputable, though. But,
like everything else, there's always exceptions.
Best wishes and best of luck.
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