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Old 27-02-2018, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default CMX v Sharge Track Cleaners

I have decided to purchase a track cleaner but cannot decide whether to get the CMX or the Sharge. Both get good write ups. The CMX costs £149.95 and the Sharge costs £93.00. Is the CMX worth the additional £57.00?

I spoke to a colleague in my club who said that the CMX came fitted with Kadee couplings but was also supplied with tension lock couplings, but someone else said they were not supplied. Can anyone comment on this?

Lastly, I have seen sites that recommend using Goo Gone. Has anyone used this and can comment on its efficiency?
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Old 27-02-2018, 04:14 PM   #2
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All I can say is I have a Sharge and it is very good once you get the IPA drop rate to the cleaning pad sorted. I donít use it very often, about once a year, my track doesnít get very dirty for some resaon.
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Old 27-02-2018, 04:28 PM   #3
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Can't comment on the CMX but my Sharge works perfectly well.
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i have neither, but borrowed a CMX, from a mate. It needed a massive loco to pull it. Was about 10 years ago. I thought it was quite heavy. john
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Couplings supplied with CMX depend where it is purchased from, some suppliers will supply tension locks but Kadees are standard. With NEM mounts being common today its easier to fit a Kadee to a loco than a tension lock to the CMX. It does need a model with good weight loco to move it - I use a Heljan 33.
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I have used GOO Gone to clean up track after ballasting etc, it works well but for routine cleaning IPA is a cheap and effective cleaner. To clean inside tunnels and inaccessible areas I Use IPA in a Dapol B800 track tanker.
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Ive used Goo Gone and I would recommend it, its effective and you get a decent size bottle and it goes a long way. Ive recently brought a Bachmann HO track cleaning wagon from TMC, it has NEM pockets fitted with Kaydee as standard. Ive not used it yet but I got it at a reasonable price with extra pads. Ive attached link to their webpage. https://www.themodelcentre.com/16304/

Edit here is a better link to the selection https://www.themodelcentre.com/searc...vance&brand=37
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I have a CMX as the Sharge unit wasn't thought of when I got the CMX! If buying today I would opt for the Sharge purely based on cost.

My CMX has one ends coupling replaced for a Tension lock for UK OO use.

It is very heavy due to is all brass construction. But it does exactly what is needed. I fill mine with Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) push it around in front of a large diesel loco. In front as this applies the IPA to the rail head and the loco wheels get a clean then too!
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Ive used Goo Gone and I would recommend it, its effective and you get a decent size bottle and it goes a long way. Ive recently brought a Bachmann HO track cleaning wagon from TMC, it has NEM pockets fitted with Kaydee as standard. Ive not used it yet but I got it at a reasonable price with extra pads. Ive attached link to their webpage. https://www.themodelcentre.com/16304/

Edit here is a better link to the selection https://www.themodelcentre.com/searc...vance&brand=37
Interested to hear how well it works.
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It will be OK if it is heavy.
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