This may have been covered before but --
I am looking for a timer for my backup motor and was just about ready to get a TW until I saw the roller timer with carbon brush that Lang's is selling (others probably have the same timer)
Are there any opinions about which is best?
I know that was a stupid question - I should say what are your opinions because I am sure there are many opinions among this group
Never any stupid questions
That timer in Lang's catalog is the one and the same, TW timer. Newest style out there.
Lang's sells them or you can order direct from TW
Is it still a roller timer if it doesn't have a roller?
I have heard good things about the TW. I have used both old style New Day, and repro Anderson which is still being sold. Had very good results with both. So take your pick. If I didn't already have good timers on my cars, I might consider the TW.
"Ron the Coil Man" is known to be a "perfectionist" in regard to the Model "T" ignition system, and he highly recommends the "TW"!
The stupid part of the question was asking if there were opinions. something that is not lacking on this site.
My confusion was that Lang's did not say it was the newest TW timer
I will be getting it for the backup motor but will try it on the 19 motor to see if it makes it run better.
The 19 currently has a Dale timer with 4 brass plungers that seems to be bullet proof.
Just re-look at the Lang's link in the post above.
Copied it below and added the bold highlight.
The Timer housing is completely with all new parts & CNC machined for consistent accuracy.
Then the roller assembly is replaced with a Carbon Brush assembly. This eliminates the roller skip & jump which causes an uneven running T. Made by TW Componets
The brush is made of carbon with a copper spring and copper ground strap to insure excellent contact. The brush rides on the inside circle of the timer contacts with constant spring pressure.
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Understand too, that the TW carbon brush timer is good one, and do use the TW Timing Tool, like that thing.
Buddy of mine in Ocala used the new TW and likes it, but had problem of installing the brush, so he developed a method of using a tiny wire to 'pre load' the brush and then release it when fitting the shell. He sent the tip to TW and think now they include the little wire trick.
Some clarification of the TW Timer is in order.
The timer brush is not entirely made of Carbon like Model T generator brushes. It is a composition of carbon and some other material and similar to a Model T starter brush.
This composition type brush increases its wear capabilities.
Ron the Coilman
Back in the day, this "carbon brush" timer was made of Zenite. Sounds impressive. Like Krytonite, the nemesis of Superman!