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The small motor mentioned above will run on cheaper decoders. At a friend's insistence I hardwired one of the Hatton's decoders into an O2 2-8-0, and it is still going after more than a year. No amount of adjustment could eliminate some 'granularity' in dead slow movement, but that excepted it runs well enough. (The same type of decoder in his old Heljan 47 - he moved to DCC quite recently - lasted about fifteen minutes, no surprises there as the motor wanted around 500mA when running, and a lot more at stall. It then got a Lenz Standard, and is fine.)
Hi Bigmet. I rather suspected the Zimos did have overload protection, but haven't checked the manuals. I have a few Zimo decoders in use and like them a lot.
I deliberately did not mention Heljan steam as I have absolutely no experience with them.
I did cook one decoder's lighting circuits on a Heljan class 47, using a Digitrax decoder. The motor circuits remained fully operational, but the lights just remained on at one end, regardless of the direction or any lighting CV adjustments.
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