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Thread: HELP!! My Trick Tracks magnet zapper Is broken

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    HELP!! My Trick Tracks magnet zapper Is broken

    Hi, I know these zappers are still around (I have one) (Shown below) The zapper is about the size of a modern car battery. The resister was originally green with at lease one red stripe after that I don't know. Could anyone help me please?
    Mike
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    I know this is an obvious question but have you measured the value? It's been my experience with resistors that they lose value when they are burnt like that. But some keep their value .
    Next question, what brand is it and have tried to find the maker?

    John Andersen
    DR Racing Products

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    Hi John,
    I do not get a reading when I measure the value. I believe the zapper was maid by Trick Track Inc. in Moline IL. as far as I can tell there is no listing under that name on Google.(The reason for listing the problem here) I was hoping someone who has one of these zappers would be so kind as to remove the top of the zapper and take a picture of the resister ans send it to me. Right now I'm dead in the water.(I need to know the three color lines on the resister,) once I have that I can make it work. I don't want to use the zapper with out the resister, Its there for a reason. The zapper charges without a problem, it wont zap the magnets.

    Thanks again,
    Mike

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    Try a high ohm potentiometer in line. Adjust the pot until the thing zaps a magnet and read the value of the pot at that point.It looks like the resistor was too low and got fried. What is the current going thru that wire?

    John

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    Mike, Scott at PCH had one for sale last year. If you did't get yours from him, you might give him a call and see if he still has it or he might give you the name of the guy who bought it.

    John

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    That does not look like one of John Sojak's TrikTrax zappers. He became allergic to the machining fluids he was using and I was going to take over the zapper business before he quit the biz... I never saw one with those tip plates or a Capacitor Discharge model. It likely is one of MONTY's (RIP). Also John painted his coils RED not yellow.

    I have a hunch it would be better to put a much larger WATTAGE resistor inline. It is more of an induction choke. Might even want to use an old 100 watt resistor from a retired controller.

    I have internal photos of my old Triktrax zapper and it had no resistors, just coills, rectifier and switch. The large watt resistor would buffer the system to avoid point burning of the switch.

    Thanks for the internal photos. Can you ID the capacitor size and other parts? I have wanted to make a CD zapper and that one has all/most of the 'right parts'....
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    Mike that is not a trick trax it is a best of the west zapper.
    Michael Mazur
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    I also know that is the resistor that is used to fire the SCR. I am not sure of the value. what model is the SCR that it is connected to. also what is the voltage at the cap when it is fully charged. If you can give us this info we might be able to figure it out.

    -Mike
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    Mike when can I call you? I got your number from Roger.
    Mike

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    Later to night that is fine.
    Michael Mazur
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    What you asked for (I HOPE)

    I hope this is what your looking for Mike.
    Mike
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    is that a SE
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    The rest of the pictures

    The other two pictures I took are above in response to Mike Mazur. There should be 5 total.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramcatlarry View Post
    That does not look like one of John Sojak's TrikTrax zappers. He became allergic to the machining fluids he was using and I was going to take over the zapper business before he quit the biz... I never saw one with those tip plates or a Capacitor Discharge model. It likely is one of MONTY's (RIP). Also John painted his coils RED not yellow.

    I have a hunch it would be better to put a much larger WATTAGE resistor inline. It is more of an induction choke. Might even want to use an old 100 watt resistor from a retired controller.

    I have internal photos of my old Triktrax zapper and it had no resistors, just coills, rectifier and switch. The large watt resistor would buffer the system to avoid point burning of the switch.

    Thanks for the internal photos. Can you ID the capacitor size and other parts? I have wanted to make a CD zapper and that one has all/most of the 'right parts'....
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    The green resistor is the buffer. I am confident in Mike's opinion on the little one.
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