hi there on mercari there is this person making 3D ballast setters for $6 i just bought one he other day will let you guys know how it works when it gets here.
Same here. After running the spreader along the track I find I have to even it out and get it off the ties with a soft 1/2 inch brush. Gave up and went back to using a spoon to drop the ballast and then the brush to even it out and trim beyond the outsides of the ties.I think you're going to find that you are going back over the ballast to tidy things up with a tooth brush before ya spray the wet water.
I've tried every type of ballast spreader that's out there and they are all basically the same. They put ballast on the roadbed but ya need to go back over it all to fine tune it.
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