I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a digitrax 8 amp system for $356. I would buy the NCE if it was a little less. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places. Anyone get a smoking deal on a 10 amp set up? I cant find it for less than $500.
Thanks Greg. The total cost for either set up is just a little bit below what I had previously found so most likely I will be buying from them. However I really don't have a preference for either system except that nce has 2 more amps. I will be here asking questions I'm sure reguardless which system I buy.
That being said, the difference is not just 2 amps. The Chief 8 amp unit will trip at 8 amps plus just a little. The NEC 10 amp booster will trip at just shy of 20 amps. There is a good side and a bad side to both.
The Chief is less likely to melt something down in a derailment. The NCE will run more trains before crashing. IF you use the NCE, be really careful to make sure that if you short your track anywhere, it will still trip. This means you need to use more copper when connecting the NCE to your track.
don't let greg scare you the digitrax system is a piece of cake to run ....... I have sold quite a few to people with no technical ability and they where running in no time
as for programing..... digitrax supports all 4 types of programing so you can choose what you feel works best for you and that includes on the main program if you want
the DT400 throttle has a lot of good features including direct keys for loco direction and the first 13 fuctions ..... it has two throttle controls so you can control two trains with the one throttle direct switch machine control buy just pressing the switch buttion and typing in the switch number on the keyboard .......plus has a emergency stop buttion that will kill the whole layout if you send two locos heading toward each other .....
one of the other good things about digitrax is that it is all plug and play so if you want more throttles you just plug them into the loconet and they work ...... this lets me take a loco and a throttle so someone elses digitrax dcc layout and drop it on the track and plug in and I am good to run .........
I do it all the time. One handed without looking at the DT400R. it's not difficult at all, the knob for the loco I want will fall under my thumb depending on how I hold the throttle. Just flip it over to get to the other one.
You guys crack me up. I went with the Digitrax 8 amp from litchfield station. Less than $360 to my door is pretty good. The concern of the system being too complicated was not a factor in my decision. What was is the fact that digitrax has a lager number of accessories for the system and the sysyem looks clean. At least my boy wont grab my throttle thinking its the tv remote and send our trains a flying. I do like the nce throttle though.