that is exactly what I have been using for track and for the wheels. I agree they work great but wear fast!Dremel has a quck release madrel, and several items that connect to it.
I believe the illustration was of something similar to this:
These are about 3/4" in diameter, and come in several grades of "scotchbrite" material... like the green stuff on your kitchen sponge.
The quick release mandrel fits into the "Butterfly" opening... these are scratch free. but they wear very quickly, so I am back to the small wire brush for my dremel... held at an angle with the wheels turning, do a very good job and no scratches I see...
Again 3/4" in diameter...
HELP!!! I have a beloved STAINZ #2 -sound version (Modern plastic rods #20212 ) that used to run great, but I started to clean the rear wheels that had lots of guck with the LGB cleaning block (abrasive pad). After doing this several times, that wheel gets dirty even faster now and the loco barely has pick up, lots of stops and jerks. I think the abrasive has ruined the wheel, put little nicks in it for good.I wouldn't use any powered tool or abrasive to clean wheels. Instead, I use meths (wood alcohol), or Isopropynol, on cotton bud sticks - don't overdo the application of the liquid it might splash elswhere!
I just turn the loco over, cradled in a suitable cardboard box and apply power - either to the pick-up skates or wheels.
I have also found that the multi-surface wipes (for kitchen use) are very good also. For the latter, make sure the bulk of the wipe is in your hand - a finger tip is sufficient to get the wipe on the tyre tread - otherwise, if it's loose and dangling down it might get caught in the motion (don't ask how I know!).
I with you on your last sentence! The trouble with wheels picking up current when the plating is getting worn away is exceedingly common. Even polishing something is a process of scratching! I have no experience of the modern Stainz and can only make the suggestion that you keep your track's railhead clean and bright at the same time as you clean the wheels. Others, with greater experience of LGB locos will be along soon to enlighten you (and me!) - so good luck.HELP!!! I have a beloved STAINZ #2 -sound version (Modern plastic rods #20212 ) that used to run great, but I started to clean the rear wheels that had lots of guck with the LGB cleaning block (abrasive pad). After doing this several times, that wheel gets dirty even faster now and the loco barely has pick up, lots of stops and jerks. I think the abrasive has ruined the wheel, put little nicks in it for good.
Note the front axle has a traction tire on one wheel, so the back wheel is the main track power pick up. I thought of replacing the rear axle, but I have to purchase a pair of Stainz wheelsets instead of just replacing the wheel, and its at least $50 bucks. I've seen 20212 type wheels (without the axles) being sold on ebay, but there is no screw to screw them on? How do you replace the modern Stainz wheels? Can you? Or are you forced to buy the axle/wheel set complete?
Any help appreciated to get this STAINZ back running up to speed for Christmas!!!
(the cheaper $ the better solution)
You can only change the full Axle on a Modern Stainz that is it. Perhaps a Battery Conversion will sort your Stainz, more expensive but will make it a great runner. Ge_rik has done one then changed things all about but basically it is possible. Much more expensive than that replacement Axle though.