I have the Lionel version. How big of a bite does it take out of the coal pile? I let the clam down until it’s touching the pile; the I press the red button. The clam snaps shut and is lifted into the tower. When I let go I don’t see much of a payload.
Hey Bob. I don't have the same loader as you have but I have the MTH flyer coal loader and it depends on the coal. With Lionel coal it will not pick up much. It's too big for the bucket. I started using HO coal and it picks up a lot more but the smaller coal will jam the trap door if the coal is drop in, left to sit and then dumped into the car. My work around is just to open the trap door at the same time I open the bucket. The other thing is, the coal will get formed in a way that the bucket will not pick the coal up. So I have to move it around so the coal is flat. That's the tricks I've figured out. Hope its some help.