StockAid Filing Jig

What is the StockAid tool used for?

Where the switch points of a turnout meet the outer "stock" rails some of the base of the stock rail needs to be removed to allow the switch points to tightly close up against it. Removing that small bit of bas...

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

No. The use of a StockAid tool is totally optional. However removing the base of the stock rail is a difficult task that is made much simpler by the StockAid tool.

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Do I need a different StockAid tool for each turnout size?

No. StockAid tools are rail size specific, not scale or even turnout size specific. Only one tool is needed for all sizes and types of switches in any scale, as long as the same rail size is being used.

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Why aren't StockAid tools included in the track building kits by default?

You will only ever need one StockAid tool for all the trackwork you will build. StockAid tools are not scale specific nor are they turnout size specific. You will only need one tool for the size of rail you int...

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What is the projected life span of the StockAid tool?

Used properly a single StockAid tool can be used to file hundreds of stock rails.

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Can't I just clamp the rail in a vise to do the same thing?

You can. Rail can be clamped into the top of a vise on the base to allow the base to be filed. However, this is a very fiddly process. The rail will tend to pop out of the vise, especially on the smaller sizes....

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

Each StockAid tool weighs approximately 1.3 pounds (0.58 kilograms). 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 StockAid tool has rust on it. How do I clean it off, and how do I prevent it from rusting again?

The StockAid tool is manufactured from hardened mild steel and has unprotected surfaces that may require a bit of maintenance. When you are finished using the tool, you should always put a thin coating of oil o...

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What is the largest sized rail I can use in the StockAid tool?

We produce StockAid tools for rail sizes up to code 148. Larger rail sizes are impractical to use in a filing jig such as the StockAid tools.

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What are StockAid tools made from?

StockAid tools are made from case hardened mild steel. We chose to harden the tool to ensure the critical dimensions of the tool are maintained during use.

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