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HO Scale 10" Long SweepSticks

SW-HO-S-10
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PRICE : $10.00

33 in stock

Use our laser-cut SweepSticks to aid in precisely forming HO flextrack in a perfectly straight line. In addition to holding flextrack straight, SweepSticks can be used as an aid to track planning. They are also great for determining whether the desired radius will fit as planned before starting any track laying. No cheating with SweepSticks!

SweepSticks can also be used in hand laying straight and curved track; notches provide clearance for spiking. They work great for confidently centering the rail onto the wood ties. No more off-center track!

HO SweepSticks track forming tools are:

  • Precise! - Form perfectly straight lengths of commercial flextrack.
  • Inexpensive - Priced to allow a modeler to build a library of sizes.
  • Versatile - All curved and straight HO SweepSticks are interchangeable.
  • Robust - Don't let the wood construction fool you, SweepSticks are cut from stable aircraft grade plywood.
  • Multiple Use - Can be used to form flextrack, plan a layout, or as a tool for hand laying trackwork.
  • Vast - An extensive collection of radii is available, including custom sizes.
  • Compatible - HO SweepSticks can be used with all types of commercial flextrack.

HO SweepSticks are precision laser cut from 2mm aircraft grade Baltic Birch plywood. The multiple directions of the wood grain in plywood make it very stable and ideally suitable for SweepSticks. Each SweepStick size includes two 10" lengths that can be glued together to form a single, long piece. Additional lengths and sizes can be added to make a Sweep as long as desired.

  • The end of each SweepStick forms a box joint that is interchangeable with any other HO scale SweepStick.
  • Centerline slots are provided for drawing track centerlines onto the roadbed.
  • Clearance is provided for spiking if the SweepSticks are used for hand laying track. Note: Due to limited clearance, HOn2, HOn3, HOn30, N, Nn3, and Z scales do not have notches for spiking.

SweepSticks Features

18 reviews for HO Scale 10" Long SweepSticks

  1. 5 out of 5

    Perry Sugerman (verified owner)

    The hardest part of laying track is getting it straight! I am modeling the CBQ in 1964. Mainline track is pristine. I have relayed the same piece about 3 times and ripped up again, but by using the straight Sweep Sticks I was able to get the track to be straight. Sweet Sticks alone are not sufficient. Getting it straight still requires laying it out well and using a good straight edge, but the Sweep Sticks are invaluable for removing the little waves that are hard to see from aside the track. I had to walk about 15 feet and duck into a piece of the benchwork that I removed so I could look straight down the track. See may review of the #8 Point Form tool for comments on Fast Tracks performance in order filling and shipping.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Kurilec (verified owner)

    I purchased these to use with Micro Engineering's flex track. The Sweep Sticks are well engineered and work great

  3. 5 out of 5

    James Violante (verified owner)

    The rigidity of the sweep sticks helps straighten out flex track and hold it in place in my staging yard along with handlaying my track in the exposed portion of my mainline. Very handy indeed. I purchased a few sets of these for longer runs.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gordon Lennox (verified owner)

    useful in making perfectly straight lines with flex track

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ron De Meyer (verified owner)

    GREAT STUFF

  6. 3 out of 5

    Michael Larson (verified owner)

    I agree with Perry, these are necessary to get decent straight track out of laying flex. I also agree that these alone do not completely do the trick. My mistake was not knowing that. The straight I laid ended up with a slight curve in it. In a home layout setting this would have been a non-issue, but on the interface end of a Free-mo module it is unacceptable. I now have to rip up 12" of straight and re-lay it, paying closer attention to the final alignment. In addition I found that the connection method when using multiple SweepSticks was a bit too flexible to be completely reliable. See my review of the custom 90" curves I bought with these.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Dolan (verified owner)

    Excellent results with the Sweep Sticks. When used with the spacers, I had no problem with the 2" track spacing on a Central Valley 200' Double Track Truss. Also used to assemble 2 Central Valley single track trusses with a Deck bridge. Long span to get the alignment right and without this method it would have been more difficult. Word of caution on assembling together. I used a 4' Rule to make sure they were aligned correctly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Carter (verified owner)

    items worded really well. Will buy more curved items in the future

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Carleton (verified owner)

    Excellent product for track planning and laying flex track and keeping it straight. I Have few different curved and the straight sweep sticks and love them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul Buckley (verified owner)

    I needed something to hold my flextrack perfectly straight and saw the FastTracks advertised in the NMRA magazine. Seemed just what I needed, so I ordered two 10" . Took a while to get them as I opted for regular mail delivery, but they arrived in good shape. I like the slots in the middle that allow you to spike the track down with them in place. I don't feel the wood is as rigid as a metal guide (like Ribbonrail) but the ability to lock multiple guides together is a benefit. Overall I would recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John Vogt (verified owner)

    Great tool !

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robert Roszkowski (verified owner)

    Have tried all four of the radii sweep sticks I ordered. This is just the product you need to get a consistent uniform curvature to prevent derailments and jostling on curves and straight tangents.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Guest Reviewer

    Very nice made! I have ordered straights, and they have fitted perfectly. I am in Brazil and our gage is 16,5mm. Just fine. Good for holding the straights, I need these for curves. Have just ordered three diferente radius curves. I liked it very much. Also the spacers. Alexandre

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Reid (verified owner)

    Excellent product. Did the job just fine.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Theodore Batchman (verified owner)

    I am laying HO flex track and the Sweepsticks are great. The straight SweepSticks allow me to get good alignment between switches and the flex track connected to the switch. I suggest purchasing at least a quarter of half circle of several different radii.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Richard Blondin (verified owner)

    This is one great product and reduces the time to install track.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Baker (verified owner)

    I find track planning with software to be difficult; I can't visualize the final product very well. Using sweep sticks I'm able to mock up the track layout for a module at a reasonable cost. They are durable and reusable, so I can keep rejigging my track plans until I get them right. Recommended!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jon Marescalco (verified owner)

    Wanted to try these out for my straight track runs and yard areas. Haven't started laying the flex track yet, but these work and are helpful. Even helps in drawing track center lines.

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PARAMETERVALUEDETAILS
Radius"The radius these SweepSticks will form.
Full circle!ERROR! C3 -> Formula Error: Unexpected operator '*'
Track Gauge0.66" (17 mm)The distance between the stock rails.
Weight0.023 lbs (0.01 kg)
Material2mm thick 3 Ply Baltic Birch
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