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Is there any way I can measure the power of a magent using a more precise method than my own judgement?

If not, are there classes of magnets? I'm just thinking, once I get club racing, I'll probably want a bit more or less magnet. Is there any way to do this without trial and error?


Fly magent is too strong, but I don't want to be sliding all over the place. I want a magent less powerful than a fly but more than say, a ninco.

Just an example of course, but I hope you get the idea.

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QUOTE easy and accurate tool to measure your magnetism

I usually use a lady for that!

....sorry.... couldn't resist!

Tropi, I too have never heard anything of substance re the DS unit. Makes me wonder.....

Most guys I know use a home-brewed system like the ones previously described. Absolute measurements really don't matter if you have a system in place that is consistent - relative measurements are all you need!
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Nep, I understand the dilemma when rules state specific values. My comments were geared more toward the typical racer who simply needs comparative readings.

To get accuracy, you need a proper gauss meter, properly calibrated, and good ones can be a bit expensive for most racers. Even the calibration of a good unit can be a problem unless you have access to a very accurate reference, or access to a reference that will be used in enforcing the rule.

One trick used in HO racing was to specify that the magnets could not pick up a specific metal object - if they did, they were illegal. Choosing a cheap, common metal object allowed everyone to have access to a "measuring device". One such object was a hitch pin for a John Deere tractor! Crude solution perhaps, but it served the purpose.
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He laughs!

Yes, Diff.... cause the HO cars often have MORE magnet than 1/32!
Neo motor mags, neo traction mags, added neo button mags..... wild rewinds with 32G wire! Tough stuff!
Not my cuppa tea (if I drank the stuff
) but pretty wild!
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