It always seems to be something different and always seems to happen when I need to load a few hundred rounds before morning for a shoot. One time the machine wasn't timing correctly, it would only turn half a station vs. going to the next full station. I don't like the priming system, I wish the machine would feed the last 10-15 primers without having to push them in. There hasn't been any major problems but I've had a fair share of annoyances with the machine.
Don't take my complaints as me not liking the machine because when it is running which is 95% of the time it works like a beast and I can pump out some serious rounds, and great looking rounds, in no time. I bought the press used so it may some something to do with a few of my problems but overall I'm happy with the press. The next press I purchase will be new.
If PW does release a new press and it isn't insanely priced like the Spolar I would definitely purchase it. I would like to be able to keep my current PW setup for my doubles load and use another press for single/caps. I don't like changing things out.
My first P/W always had problems. I always had to tinker with it. It was an 800C Silver ST.
I purchased a new on last year and the only problem I had was the crimp. It never produced a good crimp. P/W sent me another under warrenty. It worked about the same. Not great crimps. I knew something wasn't right. After the warrenty I called P/W and asked if the would send me a new one. They did. It cost me. I also asked for the one being shipped to be inspected by someone who knows.
I received the new one, installed it, adjusted it, and it is now working perfect. The crimps are some of the best I have ever seen. Sharp and crisp, and thats on new style AA shells that have been loaded 15 times. There is no hole in the center. The old style AA hulls load just fine to.
I inspected the original crimp and found it to be rough. The new crimper is smooth.
I think P/W needs to pay more attention to their quality control. They are nice to deal with, however I don't think I should have been charged for the crimper.
I've been using the forunner to the 800+ (800B)since 1972. Other than wad fingers it has been a flawless machine. Never did the up-grades. I must have loaded three or four hundred thousand shells with it. If the 800+ is even close, it has to be a fine machine. Jimmy Borum
I'm kinda wondering if maybe PW isn't coming out with a complete turn-key push-button 800+ styled system with built-in auto-drive and complete with hull and wad feeders and hoppers? That would certainly be big and heavyweight? ....Rick