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I have a P/W 900 elite.Works fine but the finished shell drops onto a cheap -flexible ramp that makes the shell bounce and not always where you want it to go. I have seen here that on some other reloaders a pvc tube is placed under the drop die to facilitate the shell going straight down and into the bucket below the table. How can I adhere a similar tube to this machine? Pics are always helpful. Many thanks--Dennis Mastrolia.
 

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Dennis, Here is my setup. I bought it from PW several years ago, not sure if they still make it. The bucket swings out of the way. The shells will rarely end up anywhere but the bucket.





 

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I split about a 12" chunk of 1-1/2" pvc in half lengthwise. Then I made a block of wood with the correct angle (trial and error)and clamped it to the loading bench in front of the machine, with the PVC ramp fastened to the block. It diverts the shells into a bucket in front of the machine.

It was a jury rigged deal to test the idea. So far its been working fine- for about 3 years and 30-40 thousand shells. One of these days I may go ahead and make up the final version.

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Here is my shell catcher. It is a 45 degree 1-1/2" PVC elbow with a piece of aluminum attached to it. The shells drop into the drawer below the bench.

The "clang" when the shell hits the "cheap flexible ramp" provides important feedback to let you know that the shell has been ejected.

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I would buy a PVC elbow to match the diameter of your shell drop tube and attach it to the end of the drop tube pointing into the bucket. You can buy those rubber double ended flexible butt joints with a hose clamp on both ends to join the PVC elbow to your drop tube. Similar to this product below.---Matt

 

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Good ideas --thanks again--I will make up one of these--satisfaction at beating the factory.Dennis.The factory tube should point to the rear of the machine-not to the front--what were they thinking with that??? GRNTITAN__there is nothing to attach to on the bottom of the machine and when the turret is in the down position there is not much clearance.MIT-here we go!!---Jim-your idea looks wonderful--Thanks Dennis. Jim would you please post an add. pic? Thanks.
 

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On my P2000 the slide pointed to the rear before I installed the tube and bucket. Shells were constantly falling off the slide. It should be very easy to design a PVC drop tube in the rear
 

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Dennis---i meant to attach the PVC to the end of the tube that is currently on the machine hanging over the table. I only meant it as a more precise direct into the bucket. Just a quick thought. There are some pretty darn good designs on here especially Jim Skeel's idea. Tough to design and solve over the internet. LOL---Matt
 

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I raised the OEM chute up 3/4" with a block of wood and a piece of sheet metal and then cut a wedge of dense cushion foam to fit snuggly under the chute between it and the cross shaft.

The foam acts to dampen the "clang" and the wood block raises the chute high enough that the finished shells can be collected in a modified plastic tub.

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It looks like you could attach it either for front or back drop. If you use pvc, cut some sheet metal and bend it similar to the attachment cuban cigar shows in his third picture. Put a screw-band type hose clamp around the 1 1/2" 45 or 30 degree elbow and the thin part of the sheet metal. Tighten secure. Screw the base down on the plate of the loader. Bend for adjustment. Done!
 

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Jim(Whiz)--Nice post. If you can't design and build your own from those plans, you are not mechanically inclined at all. I don't have a P/W so it was hard for me to help him.----Matt
 

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If you locate the hole too far behind the loader you will not be able to use it when you add the AutoDrive!

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Here's some dimensions that may help in locating a hole.





Prior to the PVC tube, I did have a metal "fence", hence the bolts showing.

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I bored a 4" hole in my loading bench behind the press, then screwed a PVC toilet flange to the underside of the bench with a 45 degree elbow and a length of 4" PVC pipe pointed at a 5 gallon plastic bucket....works like a damn!
 

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Ljutic73-Where does the other end of the PVC (closest to the machine sit)??I can visualize the part that drops into the bucket. Does the other end just come close to the reloader??
 
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