The Hex Frog Juicer is for use with most DCC systems including Lenz, Roco, NCE (including the PowerCab), Digitrax, Zimo, MRC, CVP, SPROG 3 and more.
The board can be configured to be used as an automatic polarity reverser for six (6)&nbsp;frogs, or a reverser for one to three reversing loops, turntables, wyes, or crossings.
Setup is simple, connect the input to the DCC track bus, and connect the output wires either to six frogs or rails. Two jumpers control whether the two, four or six outputs act as pairs (i.e. an auto-reverser) or independently (i.e. a pair of frog juicer).
Should not be used with boosters over 10 Amps. See the Dual Frog Juicer for 10 Amp boosters.
NOTE: Not for use with Analog DC or Bachmann EZ DCC, SPROG 2 systems as they do not have enough power to reach the 1.7 Amp switching threshold.
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When I got into being part of an On30 module group, Tam Valley Depot Hex Frog Juicers were mentioned by everyone. I have a Hex Frog Juicer on each of my two modules, and they are simple to wire in. I have a Dual Frog Juicer for each of my three modules with turntables. Not a clitch, even in the sound.
This product was installed easily and works flawlessly in insuring correct polarity at turnouts regardless of brand. I use three brands: Walter,s, Atlas and Tillig Elite. No problems at all.
For DCC modelers this is, hands down, THE best device to power insulated frogs and reverse loops. Don't balk at the price: each frog will cost you $11. Consider your options. MICRO SWITCHES: they work great, but you have to invent a linkage from the turnout's throw bar to the switch's actuator arm (ask me how I know). There's design time, fabrication, and material cost here. CABOOSE INDUSTRIES POWERED GROUND THROWS: They work great... until one or both contacts in the throw fail (ask me how I know). You also have the purchase price of the throw, and additional wiring to perform. FASCIA PANEL SWITCHES: They work great, but you have the burden of thinking/remembering as a train approaches, two tasks at which I am not proficient. With the Frog Juicer you have merely one wire to run from the board to the frog and you're done. It makes all the decisions - you run the trains. So, how do those 11 bucks look to you now?!
The Hex (6) Frog Juicer is a great timesaver. My most recent one controls the frogs for three turnouts plus the turntable track. So easy to run one power lead to the Juicer and individual leads to the subject frogs or rails. So much easier than the extra wiring required to use the contacts on a Tortoise switch machine. Couldn't get along without this great device.
Best ever for live frogs. Simple quick easy hookup to Peco and Atlas turnouts. I had started switching my electrofrog switches to insulfrog so as not to mess with required wiring and shorting, but no more, I'm frog juiced!!!!!
I recently rebuilt part of my layout, adding some staging tracks, which resulted in three new reverse loops. My current reverse equipment wasn't up to the task, and cost too much to duplicate. I discovered this thing, and wired it in for the three RL's. It does the job great - very fast, and totally silent. Well worth the money.
This product allows you to power 6 frogs or 4 frogs and 1 track (loop reverser or a wye) in the same card.
The locos run smooth in all electrofrog Peco turnouts. I'm using H0 scale.
One of my frog juicers is powering 4 frogs and 1 wye track section reversing polarity. You don't need to buy a specific reverser for your loop or wye. Simply use the Hex-Frog Juicer an power your turnouts and power the track which needs reverse polarity and look your locomotives crossing the turnouts and how passes the wye.
I'm living in Castellar del Valles, Catalonia, Spain. I have had a faulty card and in one week the card has been replaced by Tam Valley Depot. The service is good too.
Because this is a good product and the post sales is excellent (I'm living so far away from Tam Valley Depot) I'm giving a five stars. Good product!!!
There is nothing worse than hearing a sound-equipped loco sputter and re-start as it hits a dead frog. The frog-juicer eliminates this problem if you are using live frog turnouts. I am using N scale code 55 Atlas turnouts and the use of frog juicers makes them electrically virtually gap-proof. Short wheelbase switchers move through the "juiced" turnouts without hesitation.
Installation is easy and goof-proof. The only soldering is on the end of the wire connected to the turnout frog tab. All other connections have screw terminals.
I have used a couple of these and love the way they change frog polarity without any interuption to train operation.