Received my new Spolar yesterday and set it up and used it today...WOW impressive, with the hydrulic unit I was able to pump out 500 shells in 1/2 an hour not bad for the first time!!! Very smooth and trouble free.
I must say that is very impressive (500 rounds) for just getting the machine. I used mine manually for about two or three weeks before ever hooking up the hydraulic. It was my first hydraulic and I wanted to make sure I understood all the nuances, if any, of the Spolar before I moved forward.
Was that your first hydraulic machine, or had you used another in the past?
Either way, I think the Spolar is the best of the machines. I have two friends with P-Ws, new or near new and both have had a bit of problems with keeping them running. One is very experienced, but has had his back to the factory once. I tried to get him to call Jim or Whiz, but you know what they say about leading a horse to water....
No knock on P-W, just very happy with my Spolar and expect you will be as well.
Straightshooter1, I have used progressives since 1980. This is the first Hydraulic I have used, but I watched the video and read all the material and that really did help. It's just like any progressive, once you get the rhythm you can fly. The spolar also holds 400 primers, 25lbs of shot and 1 lb of powder so you can keep loading. The electric tapper on the primer tray also speeds up the process as you don't have to slow down to tap the primers into the chute. You just keep a shell in 1 hand a wad in the other hand and keep on pushing the peddle. I talked to the Carters about a shell feeder and they advised it may slow you down and after loading with the Spolar I agree as you can be putting a shell in the loader as it lifts.
Thanks Mike, let me know when you have time to stop and take a look. That Carlisle bird was one I punched holes in just for you...Wait till you see some of the doubles I have in store for you, lol...
I agree with you on the shell feeder. It seems it would slow me down. I have the empty in the position before the machine reaches the top.
But, I am willing to wait and see if any posters here buy the shell feeder P-W is making for the Spolar and listen to their opinions. If it made it easier, I might be a customer as long as it doesn't slow me down. $450 is a bit much for me to experiment with, so I prefer to let someone else test it.
I don't mean to say I load for speed and Carter says to pause at the top for half a second to make sure all the shot and powder has dropped. That's what I do and I have been very satisfied.
Creeker sure knows what he is talking about with the One-Shot Dry Lube (there are two One-Shots-one is to lube metallic cartridge cases, don't get it). It cleans and lubes really well.
OK, yo are in love with your new loader... I get that... But tell me why Spolar can do all these things like shell hoppers and hydraulics and not easily make an automatic wad insertion machine and all you would have to do is stomp on the pedal? Better yet, why would it be so hard to make a truly automatic machine that all you have to do is fill the hoppers and/or insert a strip of wads that pulls one off every time from a column of wads? Simple stuff for design engineers. The wad thingy could easily be produced for $500. Adn the first wad company that makes their wads in an attached column will corner the market. For a while anyway.
You Spolar guys are a big "huh?" for me. You feed your own egos and want us to fawn all over your success in life and loading.
I would love to have a Spolar ( they say they are the best?) but my PW P2000 works like a champ and I aint no automatic guy so the hydraulic ones scare me. I want to pull the handle and be able to see that everything is ok each time I do.Thats what happens when you get old
likes-to-shoot has it right, it is a dog food dispenser. Same as a water device for pets but with the large opening at the bottom. Works great, and was easy to build.
As for speed, I guess you could get 500 in a half hour, but I have to ask why? I load so I have great looking shells, only use West Coast shot, Winchester primers, Nitro hulls, and either Clays or 700X for standard loads.
I honestly get ........well I don't know, it really does not matter. I enjoy the process and make sure everything is going correctly. I measure shot and powder drops on a regular basis. I don't see 500 in a half hour being as accurate or clean as I require, may work for someone else fine.
I have done just over 500 in an hour manually if I set everything up before hand and have it planned out. I could do close to 600 if I could get the darn primers to drop every single time without getting hung up on the shoot. 600 in an hour with everything working exactly correct, and planning ahead, would still mean that I am really moving, but its possible. 500 in a half hour with the hydro sounds a bit high but it could be done. Of course it could have been 480 rounds in 34 minutes which is possible, and the numbers were rounded up/down. If you can do 500 rounds in 30 minutes, on the first try out of the box, then I need to talk to my wife. If thats the case I am ordering one right away. 10 hours of loading and I can be done for the year.
I do miss my "box boy" and "refill specialist". One was just assigned to Seal Team 7 down in San Diego, other is still a college student getting a masters in Information Technology.
When they were growing up I used a Mec Grabber, and my kids were great helpers. I did not have to box or worry about refilling. I have some terrific memories of those loading sessions. Of course, we probably loaded a 100 an hour..who knows, and it matters not.
guinner16, I have to believe the primer drop is speed related? Either the machine is vibrating on a surface not as stable as necessary, or short stroking? Or just going so fast it can't drop in straight.
That is the advantage of being old and slow...I can't remember the last time I had a primer issue on either of my Spolar's..one is ED, one is hydraulic.