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WTB Automate

Discussion in 'Want to Buy/Trade Threads' started by GGPOST, Dec 13, 2011.

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    Looking for a used automate to mount to a mec9000. Thanks
     
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    You really need to consider selling your current loader and buying a complete set that is set up at the factory. The fine tuning may take a while otherwise. IMHO Ron
     
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    I don't know that I can agree with that, as converting my 9000GN to an Automate II and actually loading shells with it took less than an hour. But I think Ron's advice is good because finding someone who wants to sell his/her Automate will be difficult. I cannot recall ever seeing one advertised for sale.

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    This hasn't been discussed as often as #7 1/2 vs. #8s but it is up there. Some people think I know what I'm doing here but I would never say I can always convert a used manual 9000 to automatic on an Automate in one hour. Several have stated on here that they wished they hadn't tried. There are a lot of things that have to go just right when removing the handle and installing the proper linkage, etc. If someone is just wanting to accept the callenge, that is fine as long as they understand it may not be easy for everyone. I think we are in agreement on the main points. Ron
     
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    I guess that could be true. I saw the Automate advertised or heard about it somehow and contacted inventor Jim Benn for a test unit. I also needed a loader, as I used an RCBS Grand then. He sent both to me to try and told me conversion would take about an hour if I followed the instructions he sent with them. Then about two weeks later, he called to say he was sending two brackets that attach to the Automate and the top of the left side of the loader to stop the right-to-left flexing of the loader that I had noticed. That was all there was to it - I don't recall any difficulty removing the operating handle's linkage and replacing it with the Automate's rear-facing ones.

    Perhaps I just got lucky?

    About a month after I received it, Jim called to see how I liked it and to arrange for the equipment's return. He got a check instead and I'm still convinced that I bought my last shotshell loading equipment.

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    I converted two 9000's (one 12g, one 20g) to an Automate II. This was when Jim still made them, following his instructions and one phone call I had no problems. If I were to do it again and wasn't being a tightwad I would be tempted to sell the 9000's and buy a complete unit with extra press already setup from Mec. TJ
     
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    I too converted an existing reloader to Automate. If I had it to do over I would have bought everything new. Its been a BIG hassle getting it to work properly. Had to send it back to MEC twice. Buy it all new. You will be happier.

    Tom
     
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