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Rough running Walters crane

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Rough running Walters crane
Posted by jwar41 on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:02 AM

Anyone here that has or has worked on an Walters Powered American Crane to make it run smoother. Moter is fine, the gearing is very rought, lube helped a bit but not much.

There is no adjustment. Removed trucks and was about 50% better which leads me to belive its the compleat gear train 

Eions ago I use to lap the gearing in with tootpaste mixed with bon-ami, which work pretty good.

I dont know if its just mine or the product in general that has problems. Now after installing the decoader, lights and detailing if its was worth it.

 Thanks in advance for any info   John

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Posted by mlehman on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:28 AM

Jhn,

Not specific to this model, but have you visually inspected the gears for a piece of flash or other obstruction or defect? If it's always been rough, that is a possibility. If the rough running developed after some use, then probably not the issue.

Mike Lehman

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Posted by SouthPenn on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:38 AM

Sounds like you should start with your tooth paste / bonamy solution.

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Posted by jwar41 on Friday, August 11, 2017 8:52 AM

I did roll all the rears togather and no flash or debrie.

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Posted by Paul3 on Friday, August 11, 2017 10:47 AM

Be advised that these Walthers self-powered cranes can have the infamous cracked gear problems, just like a P2K loco (and others).  Take a very close look at the axle gears on this crane and look for a split.  My guess is that you'll find one on each axle.

I have no idea what a solution would be other than talking to Walthers as I don't think NWSL makes a replacement for this.

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Posted by jefalcsik on Thursday, November 16, 2017 6:29 AM

I have the Walthers crane model from the original release in the early 2000's. Never out of the box until this week. Both axle gears were spilt, binding so bad the motor would stall. Walthers reports no parts are available for this crane. 

However, NWSL does make a replacement gear for the loco crane. Copied from the email they sent me:

 
 
We also make the 8T gear if you need it. Thanks!
 
It is NWSL part number 2257-6. I ordered two at $9.95 each. We'll see how it goes. 

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