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Old 07-04-2013, 12:34   #1
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550B Maintenance ??

Aside from some 30W oil on the main shaft from time to time, how often do you pump a squirt of bearing grease into the zerk ftg. on the pivot shaft, and how do you grease the other shafts that are pressed into the castings?
Just wonderin??
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:52   #2
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I believe it was Jack (God rest his soul) who suggested a tube of grease you can buy for chainsaws and the like at Lowes and other big box stores. That's what I use. Dillon also now sells a conversion kit that adds zerks. I bought one last time I was in Scottsdale but haven't installed it.

Edited to add-I see you already have a zerk fitting on your 550. Mine is an older model.
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Old 07-04-2013, 16:54   #3
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http://www.harborfreight.com/3-oz-mi...gun-93486.html
For the top of the arms.
Regular grease gun on the bottom arms. I use GM break in motor oil mixed with some Lucas oil stabilizer for the ram. Graphite on the powder measure.
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Old 07-04-2013, 19:15   #4
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I broke mine completely down to clean it up and lube after the first year of use (~40K rounds). Was glad I did, as there was some galling, and it runs much better after some polishing.
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Old 07-04-2013, 19:37   #5
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I broke mine completely down to clean it up and lube after the first year of use (~40K rounds). Was glad I did, as there was some galling, and it runs much better after some polishing.
I hope with some right type of grease and oil also.
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Old 07-04-2013, 19:56   #6
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Old 07-04-2013, 20:25   #7
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I broke mine completely down to clean it up and lube after the first year of use (~40K rounds). Was glad I did, as there was some galling, and it runs much better after some polishing.

Can galling happen even if it is well lubricated?
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Old 07-05-2013, 16:08   #8
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Thanks for the responses.
That little Harbor Freight greaser looks like just the ticket.
Do any of you deal with the pressed-in shafts?
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Old 07-05-2013, 16:48   #9
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Do any of you deal with the pressed-in shafts?
Like what?
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Like what?
Sorry for the delayed response.

Like part # 13830, Main Shaft Pivot Pin
part # 13834 Solid link arm pink, left
part # 13881 Hollow link arm pin, right

I assume these pins are pressed in.
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Old 07-08-2013, 20:18   #11
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Next time you call Dillon and ask for a take down tool. All it is a spike about 6" long with the point cut off. After you remove the main ram you put the spike in the right side with the hole and push it over to the left side. Take a hammer and push the left one out. Put the spike in the left side and push it over to the right side. Put the spike on the link arm pin on the side and hammer it out When putting it back together make sure the solid one is on the left. and the hollow one is on the right. If you put enough oil on the ram it will run down and oil the bottom center pin.
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Old 07-08-2013, 21:15   #12
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Another thing you can do is where the two hole on top of the ram arms. drill and tap and put zirt fittings.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will ask for a take-down tool next time I talk to Dillon.
I also like the idea of installing a couple of zerk fittings.
Thanks again.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will ask for a take-down tool next time I talk to Dillon.
I also like the idea of installing a couple of zerk fittings.
Thanks again.
I would also put a grove around the two pins for the grease to flow. like what is on the bottom shaft.
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Do any of you experience pockmarks on your Primer Track Bearing (#14015)? Mine gets beat all to hell from primer residue (I guess). I polish all the pocks out on a stone every few thousand rounds and it seems to help the powder bar move more smoothly.

ETA: I don't see this pocking when I don't deprime on the press.

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Old 07-09-2013, 18:54   #16
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Do any of you experience pockmarks on your Primer Track Bearing (#14015)? Mine gets beat all to hell from primer residue (I guess). I polish all the pocks out on a stone every few thousand rounds and it seems to help the powder bar move more smoothly.

ETA: I don't see this pocking when I don't deprime on the press.
Car air is you friend. Use often. I don't think I would want to use a stone.
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Car air is you friend. Use often. I don't think I would want to use a stone.
I do a quick wipe with alcohol every hundred rounds.
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Old 07-09-2013, 20:28   #18
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I now do all of my depriming and resizing off press on my single stage.
It keeps the primer slide smooth and it almost never needs cleaning.
I can deprime/resize while watching tv or doing anything else because it doesn't require the attention that charging and seating do.
550 runs smooth and clean.
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Can galling happen even if it is well lubricated?
It can certainly happen (did happen) with factory lubrication. I don't think you will know what "well" is until you take the press apart.
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