I need to know what is the best selling kadee couplers, as i started a new
job in a train store
and We only sell Kadee no 5 at the moment
I don't know much about trains/ so I need to tell the Owner what ones to
stock up with as it is a new store in our area.
And just want to now which ones you use most frequently
thanks for helping me out
At the store where my repair shop is located they carry almost
the entire line of HO Kadee couplers. These are the things that
get reorder most often.
3 - Assembled #5 in it's coupler box
5 - Medium shank/centerset coupler
10 - 10 pair bulk pack of #5 & centering spring, no draft gear
12 - 20 pair bulk pack of #58 scale couplers & centering springs,
no draft gear
20 - 20 pair bulk pack of #5 & centering spring, no draft gear
28 - Basically #5's with Talgo adaptors (Most folks only need 1
pack for the
instructions. After that they use #10 or #20 bulk backs and #212
37 - Medium/under set shank w/small draft gear box. Needed for
38 - Medium/centerset shank w/small draft gear box.
58 - "Scale" medium shank/centerset coupler
78 - Assembled #58 ("Scale" equivelant to #3)
148 - All metal "Whisker" coupler (self centering)
158 = "Scale" version of #148
308 - Under track uncoupler (EZ-Track users glue it to the bottom
of the plastic roadbed)
312 - Non-delayed uncoupler (Between the rails)
321 - Delayed uncoupler (Between the rails)
334 - HO uncoupler glueing jig.
205 - HO Coupler height gage
230 - Insertion tool for Talgo adaptors (Handy if you're doing a
237 - Coupler trip pin pliers
241 - "Dual Tool" Manual uncoupling tool & Spring Pic
208 - Red washer 0.015" thick
209 - Gray washer 0.010" thick
256 - Acetal Plastic Screws 2-56 x 1/2"
212 - Talgo truck adaptors (12/pk) (For converting old Tyco,
622 - HO Knuckle springs
634 - Centering springs for #5 style shank ends (#3/5/9/58/20 &
Like I said, they actually carry much more, but these items are
on the "Weekly Reorder List".
The first extra coupler to stock might be the #58, a new coupler
intended to replace to #5 but look better. The #58's are closer to
scale size (the #5's are oversize) and the more advanced modelers will
buy them in preference to the #5's if they can get them. On the other
hand, a customer wanting a #58 may well buy the #5 if the #58 is
The good old #5 Kadee fits just about all freight cars, which is the
bulk of the rolling stock on most layouts. With determination, a
modeler can fit a #5 to anything. However, for locomotives and
passenger cars, something from the 20 series, or the 30 series, or the
40 series may fit better with less work. Kadee publishes a "HO scale
Coupler Convertion List" in the big Walther's book and online.
Experienced modelers check this list before buying couplers for anything
except the most common of freight cars. Any demand for 20, 30, or 40
series couplers will come from modelers who have read the conversion
list. To do it right, and make all your customers happy, you really want
to stock the entire line, which is 26 different couplers. If that seems
like too damn much inventory, you might compromise and stock #37's and #
38's 'cause they seem to be the most common recommendation after the
good old #5.
Or, perhaps order a "coupler sample kit" which has one package of
each type. You could retail the single coupler the customer needs at
the time and then order a small quantity of replacements to keep the kit
full for the next customer. Or sell the entire kit for $24 to anyone
wanting something or exotic than the #5.
The # 5 coupler comes in envelopes containing two pair of couplers
and the coupler boxes to mount them to the rolling stock. Most modelers
don't need the coupler boxes, and will be happy to buy 10 packs or 20
packs of just the couplers and springs, no coupler boxes.
Then I would stock replacement knuckle springs 'cause they are
forever getting loose and zipping off to the netherworld. And some
#380-212 Talgo truck adapters for the customers converting train set
rolling stock to Kadees.
Then you could stock the Kadee coupler height gage. Every modeler
ought to have one, 'cause you get random uncoupling if the couplers on
all cars are not all at the same height. A lot of cars will have
couplers at the wrong height. All the Athearn blue box cars will have
low couplers and they will need a washer under each truck to come out
right. You might consider stocking Kadee fiber washers, but if you
don't, ordinary #6 flat washers from the hardware store work fine.
Most modeler's prefer the Kadee coupler to the clones from Bachmann
and McHenry. So unless you can offer the clones for substantially less
money than "the real thing" from Kadee, you probably won't sell many.
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