Review: Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

Review published: 18th February 2015
Latest update: 20th February 2015


After purchasing a few D&RGW wood coaches from PIKO, I was looking for some knuckle couplers to go with them. Being a newbie to all the US stuff, I checked out different manufacturers but in the end Kadee knuckles seemed the way to go. I figured the #980 coupler height gauge from Kadee would be useful to check the coupler height.

Product Information:

Article Number: #980
Product Name: G Scale Type “E” Coupler Height Gauge
MSRP (2015): $ 20,45 / ~ € 18,00

The coupler height gauge in this review is the #980, which is a newer version of the previous #880. The only difference between the two seems the new type “E” body mount coupler on the #980 compared to the #880.

There is also a 1 Gauge version available, with article number #1929.

Review

Kadee claims the coupler height gauge is a 5-in-1 tool:

  • Gauges coupler height
  • Gauges car underbody
  • Gauges track width
  • Gauges wheel width
  • Uncoupler gluing jig

The package includes all the necessary parts and the instructions.

Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge
Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

All parts included in the package:

Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

The first step is to assemble the body mount coupler (a #900 coupler arm with #910 body mount gear box). Inserting the spring can be tricky, I recommend you to NOT do this outside. If the spring jumps away, you won’t find it back.

Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

Once the knuckle is inserted into the gearbox, it can be attached to the metal arm. You need the two medium sized screws and nuts (only one of each shown).

Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

Mount the small metal base plate to the large metal base with the smallest screw and nut. Finally, attach the coupler assembly to the base assembly with the large screw. Make sure all screws are tight.

Your unit should now look like this:

Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

Let’s place it on the track:

Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

Ready for action…

Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

Here’s a close-up of the track gauge:

Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

… and the wheel gauge:

Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

You can also check if the car underbody is at the correct height to install a body mount coupler. Very useful.

Kadee G Scale Coupler Height Gauge

Verdict

The coupler height gauge from Kadee is very useful piece of equipment, and perhaps a ‘must-have’ for those who are upgrading their rolling stock to Kadee couplers. At $ 20,45 (~ € 18,00), the price seems right.


Link: Kadee #980 G Scale Coupler Height Gauge