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thinking about buying a turntable for my layout which I use mostly big boy engines cab forward challengers  and eventually Nigeria Lionel the new one when they are finally released. don't want any issues when I starting using a turntable and would like one that works perfectly and approximately how much do they cost!  ? thanks for any answers and support!

Alan

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I have the Millhouse River 34 inch and you will not finder a better product. It’s all welded aluminum frame with metal bridges make it practically bullet proof and the indexer is fantastic. The only thing better than the turntable is Al’s customer support. He’s been always willing to help me out on with any question or problems I’ve had

Matt Makens posted:

I have the Millhouse River 34 inch and you will not finder a better product. It’s all welded aluminum frame with metal bridges make it practically bullet proof and the indexer is fantastic. The only thing better than the turntable is Al’s customer support. He’s been always willing to help me out on with any question or problems I’ve had

I also have the Millhouse River 34”   AND  agree with everything that Matt stated.

Al is fantastic to deal with!!

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Just curious, as I built my own 33" (I'll ever do that again!), but I have considered replacing it with one of the manufactured ones, and I notice above that the Millhouse seems to be the crowd favorite, so I am wondering if any of you have any specific objections to or problems with the Ross version. Ross offers quality products, as many or most of us know, and I'm curious about the apparent large preference for Millhouse.

Both appear to be well-made, and I'm not looking to slam anyone, of course. Neither is inexpensive.

D500 posted:

Just curious, as I built my own 33" (I'll ever do that again!), but I have considered replacing it with one of the manufactured ones, and I notice above that the Millhouse seems to be the crowd favorite, so I am wondering if any of you have any specific objections to or problems with the Ross version. Ross offers quality products, as many or most of us know, and I'm curious about the apparent large preference for Millhouse.

Both appear to be well-made, and I'm not looking to slam anyone, of course. Neither is inexpensive.

Ditto.

Here’s my 2 cents as to why, all aluminum construction, weathering option, more detailed bridge as well as diferent bridge options.  The construction is such that you only need to make a round hole, and use the adjustable tabs for mounting.  This is a more compact option than the Ross.

the Ross wood construction is bigger, deeper that the Millhouse.  Ross makes many nice things, and at one point it was a top option, but since millhouse came out, I believe it surpassed the Ross.

Millhouse, hands down. The folks at Ross and Millhouse are both great to work with. I have a 34" Millhouse. The programmable indexing system is awesome and the turntable is far more robust built. It's built like a Sherman tank compared to the rest. It's the single most expensive item on my layout and you get what you pay for.

D500 posted:

Just curious, as I built my own 33" (I'll ever do that again!), but I have considered replacing it with one of the manufactured ones, and I notice above that the Millhouse seems to be the crowd favorite, so I am wondering if any of you have any specific objections to or problems with the Ross version. Ross offers quality products, as many or most of us know, and I'm curious about the apparent large preference for Millhouse.

Both appear to be well-made, and I'm not looking to slam anyone, of course. Neither is inexpensive.

I built my own too; 36" so I could fit the whole scale Allegheny and tender on it. I know it is not as good as Millhouse or Ross, but mine cost me under $100!!!

I used an antenna rotator for the motor and a lazy Susan bearing for stability. I made my own railings and used balsa wood for the skirts and pit walls. The control house is Plastruct. It worked out very well with some tinkering and careful measurement. I do not have an indexer, which makes operating it a little more challenging, but still fun. I could use a brake to lock the motor once positioned. The motor tends to retain some energy after power is cut, and it moves a bit too long. I haven't figured that part out yet but haven't tried too hard.

Enjoy your purchase! The Millhouse unit sounds great.

George

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