Every unit comes with a 1-year warranty covering all components for manufacturers defect or unit failure. If you would like greater peace-of-mind, there is an extended warranty that can be purchased at the time the order is placed that extends warranty coverage for an additional 2-years for a warranty of 3-years total.
Absolutely not! One of the most unique aspects of the main unit is the proprietary and patented air-manifold design. According to one of the lead designers, you could pump water through the main unit without negatively affecting operation.
Anywhere within the train yard. The units require a repeater system and antenna to cover the yard allowing the units to communicate with each other. There is an "extreme" portable unit that requires the use of add-on antennas that allows the unit to be used outside the defined area of the communications network. There is also a cellular option available.
The batteries are rated to last more than an entire day of use without replacement. Batteries are affected by age and operating temperature but with the external power options always available, even the most aggressive use should only require charging once a day.
The units are capable of functioning properly in temperature extremes from -22°F to 120°F for units with the incorporated "Air Slip" printer. Without the internal printer, the units operate within a temperature range of -30°F to 120°F.
Many things. The units are primarily designed to complete Class 1 air brake testing. They are also fully compliant for Class 1A air brake testing, Class 2 air brake testing and Class 3 air brake testing as well as AFM testing. The end-of-train unit can be used as a stand alone, highly accurate air pressure gauge. The main unit and hand held can be used for repair functioning on brake systems to remotely operate brakes.
With the repeater antenna properly positioned, the range can be as great as 10 miles. Typical applications, covering an entire train yard broadcast several miles, far enough to cover all the tracks within the yard with no obstructions.
The hand-held remote unit batteries are rechargeable, Li-On batteries. The Brake-Boss™ main unit and the end-of-train unit incorporate nickel metal hydride batteries for stability and increased low temperature life. Each unit is supplied with internal batteries as well as external power port options for uninterrupted use. The handheld unit uses a specific battery and the end-of-train device and the main unit share the same type of internal battery. In total, the units come with batteries, external 12 volt power options and a high-capacity quick charging attachment to keep all the batteries fully charged.
No. Our radio network is completely separated from anything else and our units actually frequency-hop to get the greatest range and efficiency without interference. Each unit maintains it’s own “address” for error free transmission and reception.