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anybody else break the handle on their mec press?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Psycho, Jul 7, 2010.

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  1. Psycho

    Psycho TS Member

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    Am I the only one to break the handle on their 9000 press? Please let my know if you have, what model, how many times? Thanks
     
  2. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    Years ago, I broke the handle off my old Grabber ... replaced it with a PW 800C !
     
  3. Quack Shot

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    Sure did. 9000GN and 8567 Grabbers. They crack at the bends. Seems to be a common problem if you use the press a lot. I keep a couple on hand, since they are only around ten bucks. Never had trouble with the older presses, but didn't put the volume through them either.
     
  4. oz

    oz Active Member

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    I broke mine on a 9000g. I now have a ponsness warren. oz
     
  5. shannon391

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    I just replaced mine, tried welding it but was to much out of line.

    I did not know but it was bent before it broke, hitting the top of the turrent, causing all my problems.

    When you order your new handle get new linkages also.
     
  6. short shucker

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    Ahhhhh, the difference between stamped parts and machined parts! My 366's are just getting better by the day.

    ss
     
  7. psfive

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    I never let the gorilla load on my press. When it hits the bottom of the stroke I stop pushing. Thousands and thousands of rounds never had a problem. Paul
     
  8. 1oldtimer

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    Never use that much force. Stop & check your loader,don'k keep forcing it. Somethings out of kilter.
     
  9. hmb

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    When you meet resistance when operating your press, stop, find out what is wrong. Correct it, and continue reloading. HMB
     
  10. Texshooter

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    It's not a good idea to drink while reloading. AJ
     
  11. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

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    Nope, never broke a handle......but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express once!!

    Curt
     
  12. snglfoot

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    Yep,,shor' did,,broke one, MEC replaced it, broke that one had that one welded, and a friend gave me one, so now I have a spare. over about 2 yrs, about 35,000-40,000 rounds.
    Norman
     
  13. Frank C

    Frank C Well-Known Member

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    you mean like this one??
     
  14. Quack Shot

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    Frank C

    Zacklee!

    Notice the sharp bends and the possibility of stress risers. I've never "forced" my presses, but the newer ones seem to break, eventually. My older presses never had this problem. Maybe a design or material change? Flex a cheaply made handle 50,000-100,000 times and lets see if it stands up. Mec might need to investigate this and see if it warrants some redesign. If a new handle cost five bucks more, but lasted 500,000 rounds, I'd gladly pay the difference. When they fail, I change the pivot hardware and appropriate linkage parts.
     
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