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Date: 01/15/13 11:23
Ballast King - Ballasting track in HO and O guage
Author: brfriedm

I saw this product reviewed in Modelrailroad Craftman. The website has a video showing it ballasting O 3 Rail track. Looks interesting. It was released for O gauge and it looks like they just did a HO version. You have to tell them if you want it for code 83 and or code 100 in HO. $240. Bruce

http://www.ogaugeconnection.com/



Date: 01/15/13 12:35
Re: Ballast King - Ballasting track in HO and O guage
Author: Jeff_Johnston

Wow, that's pretty costly for a ballasting project. I'm definitely not in that $$$$ ballpark, though it looks like an interesting option.

My price point is using an empty spice jar, with a perforated lid, from the kitchen and a few minutes with a soft-bristle brush to do the job. I'm modeling a logging line, so perhaps if I was doing miles of mainline rail I'd look differently at the tool above as a timesaver.

Jeff Johnston
www.trainvideosandparts.com




Date: 01/15/13 13:44
Re: Ballast King - Ballasting track in HO and O guage
Author: PHall

I could see a use for it on something like a club layout where you have hundreds of feet of track to ballast.
But on a home layout???



Date: 01/15/13 15:40
Re: Ballast King - Ballasting track in HO and O guage
Author: WP282

PHall Wrote:
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> I could see a use for it on something like a club
> layout where you have hundreds of feet of track to
> ballast.
> But on a home layout???

I suppose if you shared the cost with several other layout owners, it would be worth it. Great idea, but pricy. Just watch, some outfit will copy it with a cheaper, made-in-China knock-off.

Mike



Date: 01/15/13 15:47
Re: Ballast King - Ballasting track in HO and O guage
Author: tracktime

WP282 Wrote:
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> PHall Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I could see a use for it on something like a
> club
> > layout where you have hundreds of feet of track
> to
> > ballast.
> > But on a home layout???
>
> I suppose if you shared the cost with several
> other layout owners, it would be worth it. Great
> idea, but pricy. Just watch, some outfit will copy
> it with a cheaper, made-in-China knock-off.
>
> Mike

I think it's time to contact our buddies over at Harbor Freight! =)

Cheers,
Harry



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