If you're paying $500 for a MTH loco, maybe you'll do better pulling a rabbit out of your hat.I have no idea how to fix it, what am I supposed to do, pull a rabbit out of my hat? I paid over $500 for this thing, it better work...flawlessly.
No I wouldn't, no without some good old fashioned research. But yeah, I'd let someone who knew what they were doing get into it. But I still wouldn't return it to the manufacturer at my expense. I'd either get the store to come get it, and fix it, or come to the house and fix it.So let me get this straight, you go buy a new HD TV at Best Buy and spend $1000, take it home and it stops working, are you gonna fix that your self? Or are you gonna call the manufacturer and have them fix it?
Then maybe your buying the wrong stuff. And yes I'm going to tell you that its part of the hobby, learning how to do minor tweaking and repair. So if a new hopper car has a busted stirrup, are you gonna get on here and complain, or are you gonna fix it yourself and in the future remind yourself to check for this kind of damage.Don't tell me "This is part of the hobby". I spend thousands of dollars on all the high end stuff, and I have to return a lot these items due to manufactures defects. Don't ask me what and how many, but over the past year it's been quite a few. Caboose Hobbies my LHS returns the items with no problems after I show them what's wrong.
Uhh, I expect to get my money's worth as well. But at least if you have spent "thousands" as you claim on these locos and you have to keep sending them back, I would have least have learned which brands to avoid. But if you do keep pouring "thousands" into those locomotives, and you don't learn to tweak them when they are new and repair them yourself when they get older, you'll continue to be greatly disappointed.Sorry, but I expect to get my moneys worth. Talk about what is frustrating with this hobby, is exactly this. I'm new to the hobby (since childhood) for about a year. And yes I buy RTR stuff, and I expect it to work. I can do minor adjustments on rolling stock, replace couplers, etc. No big deal. But when my brand spanking new steam engine derails because of the lead trucks, then shorts out the system, then the decoder fries and goes completely dead. Now I have to wait almost 5-6 weeks before I get it back.
Well, if you bought a TV at Best Buy, and it stopped working after a week, then would you expect them to come to your house to pick it up and exchange it? (I'm using Best Buy as an example because their customer service blows). Of course not. They'll exchange it for you if you bring it back, but they won't reimburse you for gas for your trip back to the store.No I wouldn't, no without some good old fashioned research. But yeah, I'd let someone who knew what they were doing get into it. But I still wouldn't return it to the manufacturer at my expense. I'd either get the store to come get it, and fix it, or come to the house and fix it.
If you can do a better repair than the dealer, then you're still gonna let him do it?...
I just bought a new car yesterday. Now I own a auto repair shop and I can repair it but if the engine goes bad under warranty damn right I will take it back to the dealer.
You buy cheap stuff then I see your point. Some us buy quality high end so that we can enjoy running them, not working on them.
Like comparing a Chevette to a Mercedes
I thought the Best Buy was a poor example, but thats beside the point. But before I buy anything like that I always find out how their warranty service is to deal with, I also go online looking for quality issues of the item, and what the service history is. If the company who makes it says they will come to the house and fix it, but the store says they won't, I don't buy from said store. If the car dealer doesn't have a locally free towing service to their repair dept, I don't buy that car. (There's quite a few dealers here who still do this.) I have bought many things from stores here that still do offer to come out and fix them under warranty. I don't have to worry about transport at all.Well, if you bought a TV at Best Buy, and it stopped working after a week, then would you expect them to come to your house to pick it up and exchange it? (I'm using Best Buy as an example because their customer service blows). Of course not. They'll exchange it for you if you bring it back, but they won't reimburse you for gas for your trip back to the store.
Buying anything online or in a physical store has some risk to it. Whether you're paying return shipping or for gas, theres always a cost involved to return/exchange it.
Answer to that question is YES . I paid for it , they offered it, and they should honor it.If you can do a better repair than the dealer, then you're still gonna let him do it?
Couple of other good "practice" locos, are just about any older Mantua steamers and older Tycos and any old AHM steamer. Junkers of these can be found at train shows, garage sales, estate sales. Whats fun is to pick-up a couple of junkers at a sale for $10-20 a piece and learn how to restore them to running condition. After that sell them for a tidy profit....
I think Im going to buy a couple of Bachmanns 2-8-0s to "practice" on and run that MTH Mikado when I get my sea legs.
What will you do when its time for regular maintenance on your locos, or some detail parts come off?1. Learn to fix them - easier said then done. I don't have 20 years experience in the hobby. Like what was said before, what if fixing and repairing don't interest me? Not everybody in this hobby wants to tear down and rebuild a locomotive, or has an interest in doing so.
2. Don't buy from these company's. - OK I agree, and Digitrax has been on my do not buy list. Now Walthers, sometimes they are the only ones who offer a product I want, even though I'm dissatisfied with them, I will probably purchase more products from them.
I guess I'll have to add MTH to the list here. Depending on how well they fix my Challenger, and how long it takes. The jury is still out.
Oh ya it's very simple, real cut and dry.
Do you have recommended thickness for the sheet (1/32, 1/64, etc.) and about what size section do you recommend pasting?If you want the front pilot trucks to stop derailing, try pasting a section of lead sheeting on top of it. It only takes a little extra weight to get it to stay on the track. This is with anyone's loco's
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