PointForm Filing Jig

What is the PointForm tool used for?

The PointForm tool is used to hold the rail at a very precise angle while being filed to form both Frog Points and Switch Points.

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Do I need to purchase a PointForm tool in order to use the Fast Tracks Assembly Fixtures?

No. The use of a PointForm tool is totally optional. However using it will make it much easier to form the frog and switch points and will always yield more precise results. We do include a PointForm tool with ...

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What is the difference between a PointForm tool for turnouts and one for crossovers, slip switches, three-ways or dual gauge?

To build "special trackwork" such as crossovers, three-way turnouts, slip switches and dual gauge, additional frog points may be needed that are a different angle than the standard size. These PointForm tools ...

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What is the projected life span of the PointForm?

A single PointForm tools can be used to construct hundreds of points. Used with care they will last a lifetime. Carefully follow our documentation for the PointForm tool to get the most from the tool.

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Can I use a belt sander to file the points using a PointForm tool?

While it is possible to use a belt sander, we do not recommend it as a power sander will prematurely wear out the tool. A hand file is recommended instead.

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What are PointForm tools made from?

PointForm tools are cut from mild steel and are not hardened. We prefer to not harden to tools to extend the life of the files used on them and to keep the cost of the tool down. Used properly they will last fo...

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How heavy is a PointForm? What will it cost to have one shipped?

Each PointForm tool weighs approximately 1 pound (.45kg). You can determine exact shipping costs by adding the item to the shopping cart and then checking the shipping options that apply.

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My PointForm tool has rust on it. How do I clean it off, and how do I prevent it from rusting again?

The PointForm tool is manufactured from mild steel and has unprotected surfaces that will require a bit of maintenance. When you are finished using the tool, a thin coat of oil on the ground surfaces will help ...

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There are no switch points on a crossing, do I still need a PointForm tool?

Yes. Building crossings require many angles to be formed onto rail. The crossing PointForm tools will produce both the acute and obtuse angles needed to form a properly functioning crossing.

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Can I hold the tool in a vise while filing?

Yes, the tool can be handheld while filing, or clamped into a vise to allow two hands to be used to guide the file.

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