I have the new one on my 20ga 9000, and the old one on my 28ga and .410. I've never really had that much trouble with the old style ones, the only real benefit I see is the increased capacity. And went they tell you its a 200 primer tray, they're lying, I get well over 300 into mine... If I could find a deal on a couple more new ones, I'd buy them, but I can't justify 60 bucks a pop just for increased capacity.
Buy one. I wouldn't think of using the old one again. You can actually quit watching every primer fall. When you do install it follow the directions, it will save you a lot of time in alignment of the primer tube.
I absolutely hate the one I bought, I sit down to load shells not fight with the damn primer feed, most frustrating thing I have ever spent money on, except a few rounds of trap I don't care to talk about.
The new style is a direct actuated primer drop. It won't suffer from a broken chain, stretched chain (just enough to cause inconsistant drops but a change of one link is too much), take chain off so I can finish loading out the carasel without dropping anymore primers, etc... I can go on further if needed.
I don't recommend pledge. It softens the plastic and actually makes the problem worse. You're probably wondering how I know this.
The issue, and it's not a big one, seems to be that grunge tends to build up around the throat when the tray is new and the plastic's a little rough. The best way to get the throat to funnel smoothly is to rub it smooth with a dry cloth to polish it a bit. It doesn't take much, and it solves the problem.
I wouldn't install the old one back on my press, ever. The new one lets you dump a full 250 primers into the tray at once, and you always know how many rounds you have to crank out to finish the case.
Anybody want my metal primer tray? Send me a PM. It's yours for the shipping cost.
Mine used to work as flawlessly as a piece of equipment can until I switched back to Remington primers from Federals. Now the primers like to "log jam" at the entrance to the chute for no apparent reason. I have to bump the bottom of the tray every five shells or so to insure consistent primer drops.
I've cleaned the tray with glass cleaner but that didn't help. I then rubbed it with fine automotive rubbing compound including the chute itself using a Q-tip with compound on it followed by a good rub-and-polish with a dry cloth. When the problem persisted, I used glass cleaner again in case the polish residue was making the surface "sticky." The last thing I tried was taking the primer feed apart and cleaning the transfer bar area and the chute again. I still see primers all lined up at the mouth of the chute but "reluctant" to slide into the chute. I even cleaned and polished the underside of the cover, as I see "track lines" on it from the tops of the primers. The tray's floor is now smooth and glossy but not sticky to the touch.
The thought of putting an old-style feed on my loader has crossed my mind! Apparently Remington primers have more surface area that contacts the primer feed tray's floor.