Xuron® model railroad wiring tools are designed for the hobbyist, whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out.
From wire stripper to pliers, flush cutters and track cutters, Xuron Corp. offers what you need to make your layout look great and be fully functional.
Tools and Skills Required for Model Railroad Wiring
Tom’s Corner: Tips, techniques and commentary from Master Model Railroader Tom Piccirillo
In recent years, the most-exciting model railroad innovation has been in the field of electronic control. Micro-size components allow the installation of incredibly sophisticated circuits inside small-scale locomotives. These circuits not only allow individual control of trains on the same track, but also provide realistic sounds that emanate right from the locomotive itself. The resulting realism creates a whole new dimension to model railroading.
Installation and/or maintenance of these micro-circuits still falls to the model railroader, and he finds himself having to deal with micro-size wiring and component replacement when something needs repair or replacement.
Full-size tools for house wiring are simply too bulky for use on models, but Xuron Corp. manufactures small precision hand tools to help with model railroad wiring and layout tasks.
Cutting & Stripping Model Railroad Wire
Wires need to be cut to length and stripped of insulation at the connection point. To avoid nicking the wire strands, precise control of the cutter opening is required. Only a precision tool will do the job correctly, and Xuron Corp. has just the right one for the job . . . the model 501 Adjustable Wire Stripper/Cutter.
V-shaped, razor-sharp cutting edges are controlled by a thumbwheel and take the guesswork out of setting the right size for the wire being stripped.
This is a toolbox staple for all hobbyists. It quickly and easily strips and cuts wire sizes 10-26 AWG (2.56 mm – .405 mm) and includes a full bypass cutter for added versatility.
Model railroad wiring is a delicate and precise process that requires careful attention to the smallest of details. It’s also an ideal match for precision instruments like Xuron 450 (smooth jaws) and 450S (serrated) TweezerNose™ Pliers. The extra-fine tips of these pliers grab component leads without disturbing adjacent components and reach into tight locations, making placement easier than ever before.
Component leads protrude from the solder-side of the printed circuit board and usually need to be trimmed after soldering. The Xuron #410 Micro Shear® Flush Cutter does the job quickly and easily.
This all-purpose cutter is rated for soft wire up to 18 AWG (1 mm), and is a perfect choice for cutting electronics wire.
Wiring a Model Railroad Includes Desoldering
Removing electronic components from printed circuit boards requires “desoldering” component leads. This is best accomplished by soaking up melted solder with a copper braid designed specifically for this task.
Model railroad wiring and electronics do not have to be complicated or difficult as long as you have the correct tools and some helpful direction.
Xuron Corporation has a wide variety of model railroad tools to help you make your layout look great and be fully functional. Download our hobby/craft product brochure to see our full selection. Xuron® tools can be found at your local hobby shop or online through your favorite hobby retailer.
Subscribers Always Win!
You’ll never miss another informative blog post AND be automatically entered to win Xuron® products offered in our periodic giveaways by subscribing to our Model Railroader’s Toolbox newsletter. Subscribe today, using the form in our sidebar.