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Lee load Fast

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by emufriedchicken, May 16, 2007.

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  1. emufriedchicken

    emufriedchicken TS Member

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    I have been given a Lee Load Fast by a relation that hasnt shot for 10 years now. He only used it once and then went back to buying factory ammo. Does anyone know much about these reloaders and their inherent problems or what to watch out for.

    Cheers from Oz(Australia not Kansas)

    Tim
  2. TOOT

    TOOT TS Member

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    I have one...it has been retired.

    It had several problems relating to the plastic part wear and those long machine screws along the sides that were used as tracks for the plastic parts to ride on.

    Lee still has parts available and even offered to re-build mine just a year or two ago.

    Give them a call:


    http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi/faq/index.cgi

    Here is the link to the manual:


    http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/LOAD%20FAST.pdf
  3. ANTRIM UDF

    ANTRIM UDF TS Member

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    I suggest that you spend your time with another loader.
  4. rjdden

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    Besides my MEC Jr. I have a Lee Load All II. Does a great job. It is a little slower because you have to put the ring on the shell before you deprime it then it is knocked off when you reprime it. This ring resizes the metal base. Other than that it's just as fast and much easier to teach on because I just started teaching my Grand Daughter, who is 12, Trap shooting and all the intrical things needed to be done to do the sport. She looked at the MEC when I set it up and said it was to big for her and to intracate as well. She loves loading on the Load All II. And if need they, the factory will rebuild it for 1/2 of what it cost to purchase. If is if it is over two years old. Up to ane everything is free except shipping. Yes it is made of a kind of plastic. They make the clame it is made of a type of nylon. I payed about $35.00 for it new and it comes with 20 some bushings for powder and bushings for shot. It got me back into shooting at a very nominal price. I have been told it was a relic. Well, I have about 3,000 shells reloaded through it and my Grand Daughter has about that many as of now. She refuses to use the MEC Jr. because as I posted before. It's to much. The shells work great out of her 1100. And I never had any problems with them going through my 870. Rich.(inPeoria,Az.)
  5. TommyTEREX

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    Lee loading products = JUNK! Just my opinion.

    Tom R.
  6. emufriedchicken

    emufriedchicken TS Member

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    I got this Load Fast reloader for nothing and just want to tinker around with it to load some game loads with it. For my competition reloading shells I use a MEC 9000GN with a Automate II. I had noticed there is quite a lot of plastic used in this reloader which is why i asked the problems question. I have used a friends lee load all and they are a great machine to learn on but not a shell volume producing machine though like a progressive machine. I tend to agree with a lot of people and dont usually go for the Lee reloading products for the plastic reasons. Even for my metallic reloading i use a RCBS Rockchucker. I will never be able to break that. Built like a brick dunny!!!

    Cheers from Oz

    Tim
  7. Gregor

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    Tim,

    I bought a Lee Load Fast around 10 years ago directly from Lee as a factory reconditioned unit. Up until that time, I had good luck with Lee equipment, but since the Load Fast, I gave or threw out ALL my Lee stuff and bought replacements from company's that stand behind their products. There is a reason that Lee no longer manufactures this poorly designed progressive press. There is a reason that Lee states in the instruction manual not to use every station when loading. I gave up on it and used a MEC 600 JR. that I picked up in a trade as its replacement. The single stage MEC loaded shells faster and with no rejects that the "progressive" Lee.

    Off the top of my head, watch out for the following:

    "Black Plastic Indexer" (thing that rides on the center tube and index the shell plate) would jam and severely distort. This resulted misloaded shells and you cutting out the hulls from the machine to fix it.

    "Automatic Case Sensor" this thing pivots when a hull is in the powder or shot station to allow the powder and shot charge bars to move and fill the hull. Well, if the shell mouth is not fully extended outwards and is more angled in, the "Sensor" will not be moved enough to drop the powder- result- blooper load. By the time the hull makes it to the shot station, the wad has moved the crimp out enough to drop the shot. I had alot of no powder shells due to the fact that the machine requires you to focus your attention to the primers not feeding, spent primers jamming, indexer jamming, hulls jamming, finished hulls not dropping free and jamming...

    "Primer Feeder" does not feed.

    I ended up giving the Load Fast to a friend of mine who is a Mechanical Engineer when I asked him if I should burn it or crush it with my CJ-7. He wanted to "tinker around with it" too.

    At least you got it for it's true value.

    Regards,

    Gregor
  8. The Rock

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    Had a lot of good ideas. Like no shot or powder drop without a hull in the station. But just not quite built well enough to make it. Too much corner cutting and bottom end pricing strategy. (Translation) Good idea made too cheaply.

    Rock

    JHIm
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