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@yamawho posted:

Mine just came in ... the front roller assy was loose but thankfully the screw was also in the bag.
When I turn the power to the track no sound.
When I turn on the remote, no sound ... checked volume is all the way up.
Crew talk, horn and bell are working.
The pilot barely clears the center rail.
The big issue I have is a death wobble on the front trucks so bad  that it derails.

Check the on/off switch located on the bottom of the engine. Mine had a wobble on the rear truck…but haven’t experienced a derailment.

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I took the front truck off the engine and used pointed nose vice grips to grab the wheel and work it true ... took many attempts. Then I noticed the wheel set was too far apart. The wheels with traction tires were 1.630" and the others were almost 1.700". I made them the same at 1.630" and with the wheels true it's fixed. I noticed the rear trucks also have a wheel set with wobble ... interesting the it's the same set (without traction tire) might be a pattern there.

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@Allegheny posted:

Having read all of the comments to date concerning the 3.0 version, what I've come away with is that approx 30% of the respondents are experiencing coupler and engine wobble issues.   

Versions 1.0 and 2.0 did have coupler issues but they didn't have any wobble related issues.

Thus something changed at the factory while producing Version 3.0 - either there may be a bad assembler or quality control of the gauging of the wheels has slipped.

Additionally what I found concerning - one individual who was experiencing wobble also didn't have enough power to pull an average consist.  It maybe that there was to much friction at the contact point of the wheels to the track which then reduced the remaining available power to pull cars.

The engine now starts smoothly but may coast a bit to much, especially in reverse, when trying to conduct coupling maneuvers causing minor crashing.

Also the horn sounds need to be addressed as they are anemic along with upgrading the Nylon gears to being metal.

Overall many of the respondents found the engines' ability to pull excellent and were quite pleased about its ability to pull consists on a grade without any issues.

Nearly all of the respondents seem to agree that some form of conventional control would make this product a homerun.

Overall Menards has done an excellent job considering this is their first attempt at releasing an engine with remote control capabilities.   

I and I imagine many of you have found these Beta releases very intriguing.

The excitement that it has created on this site is amazing and fact that 200 units sell out within a couple hours also goes to show how broad ranged and powerful this site truly is.

Let's hope that the shortcomings will be fully addressed and the improvements implemented prior to a full blown production release.

Great summary and analysis of the feedback to date!  Fully agree with your assessment and commentary!

OK ... got the 2nd wheel set to about 1.660", all I could get with 6" clamp but it did the trick.
This wheel set was not out like the other just too wide.
Couplers hard to open like others have noted.
Horn and bell sounds could be improved.
Does not run at low speed very well, I'm at 17 volts on DCS layout.
Really like that the truck side plates can be removed from the bottom.
Love the look with the chrome trucks.

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@Sam Jumper posted:

Didn't someone figure it was 20-ish days between release of 2.0 to 3.0? Is it about 20 days again from beta 3.0 to 3.5? Are any of the problems being addressed and/or “feedback” being listened to with releases coming out this fast?

Assuming the factory isn't working weekends, (maybe they are, who knows...) it's more like 14 days...  Personally, I find it hard to believe that such a concerted effort is being put into something that has so little effect on the bottom line of a 10 Billion dollar company.

Rusty

I have been reading these threads of the Menards locos and it dawned on me that Menards is doing there own testing and modifications to a new product. They have a minimum of units that the factory will run. They take a few for their test team to look at and offer the rest for sale. They have a good thing going on as they are being sold out immediately upon being offered, paying for the next order for their team to test. I don't believe the 2-1/2 weeks between offering these is adequate time to receive feedback and implement any changes to production of design changes. My opinion.

@yamawho posted:

I'm glad I was able to get one shipped to me in Canada and that I was able to fix the issues.
I'm not planning to buy another beta.

When the new announcement was made yesterday, I immediately thought of our Canadian friends like you because you all were just receiving the beta 3.0 version because of long shipping times. 

I would think version 3.0 feedback is still wanted by Menards -- so I am going to pass my thoughts to them whether they want it or not.  I can't imagine 3.5 is that radically different based on the time between versions.

@Dan Kenny posted:

I have been reading these threads of the Menards locos and it dawned on me that Menards is doing there own testing and modifications to a new product. They have a minimum of units that the factory will run. They take a few for their test team to look at and offer the rest for sale. They have a good thing going on as they are being sold out immediately upon being offered, paying for the next order for their team to test. I don't believe the 2-1/2 weeks between offering these is adequate time to receive feedback and implement any changes to production of design changes. My opinion.

Dan,

You're generally correct, but software can be changed relatively quickly.  2-1/2 weeks isn't a problem.

Mike

3.5 will be the first one I didn't order.  I always seem to be on the forum when they become available, but I passed on 3.5.

I know there were forum members who thought it was a good idea for Menards NOT to say what was improved or changed and to leave us guessing when we order the beta samples, but there was no difference between 2.0 and 3.0 so I fail to understand the point.  If we are beta testing trust us to have the intelligence to beta test the changes unless there actually weren't any.

John

@Craftech posted:

3.5 will be the first one I didn't order.  I always seem to be on the forum when they become available, but I passed on 3.5.

I know there were forum members who thought it was a good idea for Menards NOT to say what was improved or changed and to leave us guessing when we order the beta samples, but there was no difference between 2.0 and 3.0 so I fail to understand the point.  If we are beta testing trust us to have the intelligence to beta test the changes unless there actually weren't any.

John

You get better feedback when you don't prime the pump.  I don't think Menards expected the same 200 people to get all the betas.

Brendan

@Dan Kenny posted:

I have been reading these threads of the Menards locos and it dawned on me that Menards is doing there own testing and modifications to a new product. They have a minimum of units that the factory will run. They take a few for their test team to look at and offer the rest for sale. They have a good thing going on as they are being sold out immediately upon being offered, paying for the next order for their team to test. I don't believe the 2-1/2 weeks between offering these is adequate time to receive feedback and implement any changes to production of design changes. My opinion.

I think they are shooting for more of a cumulative updates as they go, the production engine will have all the improvements.  I have seen this before, a dozen fast releases each one with its own quirks and then all the info is gleaned for what they require.

Finally got a chance to put some real runtime on my 3.0’s. Ran for an hour with no issues.
My earlier initial look over revealed some wobble in the wheels but it had no affect on operation. Also, one of the two had remote issues I had to fix. FYI, I bought the second one from a buddy. In a few weeks I will do some more long running with a load.

Steve

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