Hi all, Rocky, can you go into a little more detail on what this controller will do. I know you said you can use anything from pancake motors to full blown neo's but I have seen guys use a low ohm controllers and on/off buttons for both, never seen one give out yet.. My understanding is an on/off switch is closing a circut instantaneously and with a controller your giving the car a softer start as you need to go across the bands of the resistor. All I see on the dragtroller is a sensitivity pot. I assume this is to control how hard/soft of a start you want the power to be applied to your car. Not trying to be a problem here but since you were instumental with the developement, I thought you could clear some of this up. Also, how much does one cost?
Sam, Jim and I spoke for several hrs. on the needs of the H.O. dragracer back in 2001. This dragtroller unit works well for bracket racing as well as heads up racing. This original H.O. design comes with plug in "personality chips" for adjusting the feel of the non-linear stroke. In other words how quickly the power comes on to full power and with reactivity and responsivity adjustments via the chips. Full range sensitivity pot - complete control over run speeds. Super high amperage power transistor - our testing showed that one powerful transistor was more reliable than two low amperage units in parallel! Transistor design - means no high power on wiper bands, no arcing, virtually maintenance free! A Short stroke nickel plated circuit board won’t tarnish and gets you to full power fast! Overkill? Yes. Adjustable for the aforementioned? Yes. Effective and popular? Yes. Available direct from DiFalco or from T.S.S. Hobbies? Yes. Price: anywhere from $75.00 jobber to $100.00 retail last time I checked. Rocky
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Thanks Rocky, Sounds reasonable enough. I heard they were costing over $200. At a price of around $100, it could take a lot of guess work out of what ohm controller to buy if you go with this adjustable one.
I have 2 DiFalco HO Dragtrollers at my track. I really like them. Jim put them together for me for 140.00 each. A little overkill for bracket racing......YES. But if your going to do it, do it right. Thanks again to Jim for a great product.
Sounds like a neat controller. Don't really know if it will make me any better. Anybody want to send me one to try out .
I just wanted to say one thing about this controller to any beginners lurking here. You don't need a $140 controller to drag race. I've been drag racing HO's for a year and have drag raced 1/24 scale for a few years in the 90's. I never had anything other than a Parma controller. I've never had any problems with it. I've cut .0000 R/T's several times. The difalco controller looks like a quality controller with some great options. I'm not saying that I'll never own one. I just wanted it to be clear for the beginners that it doesn't cost a bunch to get into this hobby.
I agree with you Psycho Sam. When we raced 1/24th scale back in the 90's, my controller was my remote starter switch for mechanical work on full size cars. My daughter's were made out of neutral safety switches from some old junk cars at the high school auto mechanics shop. They worked well too! My son's was an on-off plunger switch that I gave him and I have no clue where it came from. It the switch looked heavy duty enough and had about 12 gage or bigger wiring, it was used! Currently we use the Parma 45's just so we don't have to have wheelie bars on all the cars. the "wiper time" makes the hit soft enough it's not needed (along with our lower 18 volts.) However, if I get into the higher voltage, higher performance cars I'll have to have me a DiFalco as I have heard they are really good. Currently I'm more interested in getting as many interested people into HO drags and I want their startup experience and expenses to be as easy on them as possible.
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Sam WOW you probably learned more about controllers,and MPH than you wanted. At a certian level I love to see HO slot cars become a missile it's very cool to watch for a couple of weeks, but soon gets old. I think those who push the envlope should be appluded, it is what makes this country great. I think NASCAR and NHRA realized you can't sustain an unlimited program. I hate to agree with those guys, but if only the folks willing to throw unlimited cash on TOY cars rule,than there is no room for the rest of us to enjoy the hobby. This race Psychoslots is hosting is a perfict example, how many of you would be here if you all had to come uo with a "100 MPH car" to compete. Enough said I an tired of beating this dead horse. Kevin