Bartman, I think it is like cars and women...we all have opinions and the one we have is the best.
It seems there are loyal fans of all the various loaders. I am partial to a couple of different brands, used just about all of them.
Do a search, I believe this has come up in the past, and the majority of those who chimed in thought it was a great unit. I know a couple of guys locally have them, and Randy Albertson in particular here in central CA loves his. I think he uses a Mec hydraulic due to pulling the handle got to be an issue, but otherwise he loved the finished product.
I'm fairly pleased with mine, but being the owner of a Spolar also, it makes the Grand seem like a Model T compared to a Lexus.
Biggest problem I've had is the less than reliable primer feed. I complained so much to RCBS they even sent me a whole new primer feed assembly at no charge, but it is no better than the first one. If you religiously check on each and every primer drop, you'll be okay, but if you miss one the shell check won't stop you from spilling powder. Also, you will eventually wear out the plastic shell holders and have to replace them.
You can go to Utube.type in Video of Grand reloader,you will see one in operation,with an instructer to point out all the features!
I like the start and end feature,with no shell in the turret,when the shell gets to the powder drop and shot it turns them on!
The wad feeder stands out for wad insertion,pull the lever and away she goes!
I'm impressed,enough that I would trade 2 Mec Grabbers for one Grand!
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1 POWDER SYSTEM - Hull activated, no hull, no powder.
No need to manually turn powder on and off. No spillage of
powder can occur.
2 SHOT SYSTEM - Hull activated, no hull, no shot. No need
to manually turn shot on and off. No spillage of shot when
3 CASE HOLDERS - Easy removal of hull at all stations.
Universal 12 and 20 gauge case holders allows cases to
be sized down around the rim.
• The combination of the Powder System, Shot System and
the Case Holders allows the user to reload one shell
without fear of spillage.
4 PRIMING SYSTEM - Allows only one primer to feed at a
time and is an extremely reliable primer feed system.
5 STEEL SIZE RING - Provides complete resizing of high
and low base hulls. Not found in most presses.
• AUTO INDEX - Simple and very reliable automatic indexing
system that can be easily removed for manual indexing.
6 TILT-OUT WAD GUIDE - For easy and convenient feeding
• MASSIVE FRAME - With compound leverage for smooth
7 QUICK DRAIN SYSTEM - Both powder and shot hoppers
have three locating positions. Off, on, and a forward drain
position for quick and convenient removal.
8 QUICK CHANGE - Of powder and shot bushings. Changes
over in less than one minute.
9 POWDER CHARGE - Is easy to check because the powder
station is directly in front of the press and it is easy and
convenient to remove the powder charge hull.
10 LARGE OPEN FRAME - Designed for convenient easy
access to all 8 stations.
• EASY CONVERSION - Changing from 12 gauge to 20
gauge is quick and easy with our convenient conversion kit.
11 SHOT & POWDER HOPPERS - Holds 25 pounds of shot
and 1 pound of powder.
I have had one since they first came out. I am very pleased with the Grand. The Grand is precise in the settings; therefore, take your time in setting it up. You can get a Hornady to MEC adapter for the shot and powder bar. This allows you to use inexpensive MEC bushings to fine tune your powder drops. (I use Promo so I always have to weight the powder drops and make adjustments for the varying densities of Promo.)
Replace the plastic shell holders and springs each year.(They are free and customer service is fast.) I put a little piece of a mirror under the powder drop station that shows if a primer is in place. I just don't have spilled powder anymore.
About the primer feed. Aside from an occasional waxing of the primer tray(makes it slicker than snot)on the 1st down stroke on 1st shell with lever down I pull the primer release tab a few times to drop 5 or so primers into the primer tube.In the event a primer is not released by primer tray there are few in the tube already. No primer miss.No issues. I rarely look to verify if primer has been dropped. Walter