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Lee Zip trim

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by norton, May 1, 2010.

  1. I have about had it with my current case trimmer. I am looking for a new one.
    Who has experience with the Lee?
    I use a Lee hand primer, and have loaded thousands of primers with it.
    I only prep .17 and .223 cases. Not that many at a time, usually less then 100.
    Opinions on the Lee?
     
  2. Kentucky Shooter

    Kentucky Shooter NRA Life Member

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    Mine did not last a year until the cranking apparatus went bad.........I just never got around to calling Lee to see if they would replace it. I wrote it off as a bad investment. I prefer the Lee hand trimmers now----slow, but dependable and I don't usually trim cases in heavy volume anyway.
     


  3. hoffy

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    I like the Lyman lathe type, it has a universal case holder, no collets or shell holders to deal with. I believe you can get an adapter to hook up a cordless drill to it. I have an older RCBS(well my Lyman is 30+ years old) that uses collets, the new ones require a different shell holder for different cartridge bases. I have a drill hook up for that and it is great for big batches, I run 500 223s at a time and the drill is a god send. The problem with collets is variations in the size (roundness) of the case head will vary the case length, a problem avoided by the lyman, and newer RCBS.

    I think, but am not sure the zip trimmer uses some of the trimmer parts you have, but I have not had much luck with Lee over the years except their dies. My Lyman and RCBS trimmers have served me well having run tens of thousands of cases, replacing cutter heads with carbide ones when they dull.
     
  4. RustyFN

    RustyFN

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    I love the Lee case trimmers but I use them in a battery drill. Very fast and easy to use.
     
  5. dudel

    dudel

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    Wilson trimmer. Works great, very reasonable cost, will last forever. The Lee is a toy.