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LCT sure is squeaky

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Fwdftw, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Fwdftw

    Fwdftw

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    So ive probably loaded over 6000 rounds on my LCT and the ram is starting to squeal when it goes up and down. Whats the process to clean this thing?:wavey:
     
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    Oil the ram with some motor oil. You don't clean it per-sea.
     

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    I would disassemble the entire press down to bits and pieces. Then I would clean all the parts with some kind of solvent. I would probably use Mineral Spirits although even WD40 would work.

    Dillon recommends 30 wt motor oil for the ram and grease for everything else. I would use either axle grease or some kind of moly grease on the pins and cross-bolts.

    Dillon says to avoid using Break Free or WD40 for lubrication as it might contaminate the primers or powder.

    Richard
     
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    Jezz, it just needs lube. The contaminants will drip right out with the design of the LCT.

    Actually, oil all the linkage parts as well.
     
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    10-4 i tried a little clp still squeky lol. Ill pick up some cheap motor oil when i get out. Steve does the ram even come off the lct

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    It's probably not the ram that is squeaking. Based on my Pro1000, which has a similar bottom end, it is the pivot pins on the lower linkage. Take the handle and linkage off and put a dab of grease on the pins before putting it all back together. You can just wipe down the ram without disassembling it and put a drop of oil here and there.

    Also, and I'm not sure what all is in there, there are plastic gears for advancement. Plastic gears can squeak. If it is the plastic gears, I would just ignore them. They will wear out one day. That day may be tomorrow or twenty years from now. When they do wear out, replace them with a $5.00 new set.

    I'll be standing buy for the usual "If you spent $1,000.00 more on the Dillon it wouldn't squeak." responses that will be along shortly.
     
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    I have some high Zinc 20w-50 synthetic motor oil in a bottle with an oiling needle on it. This bottle only lets out small amounts of oil and you can put it where you need it. Bought the bottle from McMaster. I oil the ram every time I use it and put some oil on the pivot points as well. Oiled it more often when new so the cast iron soaks up the th eoil. Cast iron holds oil well and will last a a very long time with a little oil. If you want to take it apart look at the parts diagram on Lees site and take it apart for cleaning. The ram can be taken out no problem.
     
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    I just wipe the exposed surfaces of the moving parts down with a patch soaked in alcohol, then put some sewing machine oil on, cycle a few times to spread the oil making sure the entire surface has a thin coat of oil, then take a clean patch and wipe off the excess.

    if the above dosn't smooth things out or something is binding, I'll dismantile and inspect the parts while cleaning with alcohol, correct any problems I find, oil and reassemble.

    sig357fan
     
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    Yes, but I would soak the parts in oil and let it sit with a bucket to catch the drippings. Why dismantle if you don't have to. I do prefer grease on the pins but I just oil mine often and don't worry about it.
     
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    Happy to oblige! :wavey:

    In fact, the Dillon presses have grease fittings so you don't have to take them apart. Just grab a grease gun and give a squirt. The minor pins have an oil hole. Add some oil to the surface of the ram and it's all done.

    And they don't squeak - EVER! They just tweet like a little bird. Kind of pleasant, actually.

    Richard
     
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    Only the 650 and 1050 have usefull fittings. The 550 is missing the grease fitting in the upper links. It has a hole and you can get a needle grease gun. But it's still a PITA. LnL has nice fittings but it puts grease on the ram which is a complete PITA in another way. Makes the ram all sticky and nasty slow feeling when you pull the handle.
     
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    Because i load in a spare bed room with carpet. My wife would freak out if i started puttin oil on everything. Lol

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    Maybe pick up some kind of rug or one of those plastic mats for under desks. Will keep the carpet clean and is cheaper than getting rid of the wife.
     
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    We bought a new house and I use the spare BR as my gun room. It has carpet. The carpet got ruined prolly the second day I used the room. When my wife said something I told her she should be in the kitchen baking me a pie.

    Seriously, the carpet was a write off from day one. If I cared about it enough to overcome my laziness, I'd put in one of those Home Depot laminate floors like they do on DIY network.
     
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    Put the trash can under it, let it sit for a day and then wipe it down.
     
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    Now if Jack was here he'd say "Kroil is all you need, damn flatlanders!"
     
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    twas the linkage Thanks guys!
     
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    Please tell me you will take better care of it now. Lube it every couple months. Something more then "every time I hear it scream in pain".
     
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    Yes sir steve! lol Thanks again.
     
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    If you used grease on those pins it should be good for a long time.