I'm back in operation, and I have a couple of switch motors to send back to Dennis. Given the fact that I think I followed all the guidelines for these, I'm not sure why they should continue to croak. I am supplying them with 14VAC to limit heating from a separate supply for just the switch machines. I feed all the serial data with the DZ-2001 Data Driver.
The one complication is the four turnouts on the second level have extended leads to get down under the main level, when I have to swap those out, it's a much larger PITA.
I was hoping the BBs would fix this.
Those are really targeting the issue with the non-derailing inputs getting a spoke and killing the board I believe. The serial data just goes directly back to your serial data driver.
This confirms my decision to go with DZ-1000. I had read about DZ-2500 problems. I love technology and would use the DZ-2500, but I don't need this aggravation. It's enough that I have to replace Atlas switch machines. I was hoping that the DZ-2500 problem was outdated information.
I read about the DZ-2500 issues as well, I just figured I was smarter than all those people. Just shows you how wrong you can be!
@3rail posted:For me, in hindsight, I just should have bit the bullet and installed Tortoise motors under the layout. They are much more difficult to install for me, but once done, they will work forever.
I did think about using Tortoise switch machines, but it's so much more work to install them, and I also would have to add all the wiring and controls for command operation, I decided to go with the DZ-2500. I may yet regret that decision, but that's water over the dam at this point.