Not being content with the trivial problems I ran into with the Lee Pro 1000, I decided to go for the gold standard of problem reloading machines. Lee had a factory reconditioned Loadmaster for $180. I couldn't pass that kind of deal up! So I now have a Loadmaster. Mounting was trivial. The mounting hole locations are identical between the Loadmaster and the Pro 1000, so I didn't have to change a thing. The Pro 1000 (and now the Loadmaster) is mounted to my bench with a steel plate sandwiched between it and the bench to more evenly distribute the load. The bench is 1.5 inches thick and mounted solidly to the back wall, so the press doesn't move at all when I operate it. I was a little disappointed to find that the mounting plate used for the bin that holds the finished rounds is attached to the bench instead of being attached directly to the press. I was hopeful that the entire thing could be moved as a unit, but that's not the case. Oh, well... The bracket for mounting the casefeeder had sheared off either during or prior to shipment from the Lee factory, so I called them up. They sent another shellplate carrier immediately, no questions asked. It helps, though, that I ordered the press from them because they were able to look up my purchase order, and that may be why they didn't ask any questions (except "do you know how to replace the shellplate carrier?", to which I answered in the affirmative). In the meantime, while the replacement shellplate carrier was coming, I set up the press and started playing with it. After studying the indexing system I figured out exactly how and why it works, and therefore exactly how it should be set up. People complain that the indexing system doesn't have a positive locator, but they don't realize that the Loadmaster doesn't need it: the indexing rod is the locator and the shellplate locking mechanism all rolled into one. It's a much cleverer design than you'd expect, and certain small details (such as the fact that the bevel on the indexing rod needs to be to the right) are important. When I ran some spent primers through the priming system (after taking it apart and sanding some areas smooth), I had a couple wind up sideways/crushed and I did manage to break a primer slider (I bought 10 spares when I bought the press, so I'm set for a while) for reasons I still haven't determined, but they were used primers and as such a bit dirtier than usual. Getting the primer seating depth just right takes a bit of trial and error. It's one of the things spent primers are really good for. Once I received my replacement shellplate carrier, I removed the old one and put the new one into place. The instructions tell you to align the shellplate carrier to the turret via the indexing rod, and while that works well enough to get it approximately correct, I took it a step further and aligned it by locking the shellplate into place with the indexing rod, placing a case into station number 2, and running the case into the sizing die with the shellplate carrier slightly loose (enough that it could rotate a little if necessary). I then tightened the carrier up enough that it would stay put, lowered the assembly, and torqued the carrier retaining bolt to 11.6 ft-lbs (139.2 in-lbs) per the instructions. Of course, I had to readjust the primer seating depth from scratch at this point, since the new carrier had a new seating lever that probably has slightly different dimensions than on the other carrier. Setting up the casefeeder was an interesting experience but I managed it. I transplanted the case collator I modified for 9mm duty from the Pro 1000 to the Loadmaster. Once I tested the casefeeder's operation against a number of empty cases and had all my dies set up, I decided it was time to try the press for real. I managed to produce 200 rounds without any hiccups or issues whatesoever. Towards the end, though, the casefeeder was starting to exert a significant amount of pressure when lowering the ram, enough to cause the friction rod to start bending. It turns out that despite what others have done, in my case the casefeeder friction rod does require some lubrication. I've since lubed it with silicone oil and readjusted the friction slider tension screws and it now functions very smoothly and reliably (I've since run another couple of hundred cases through it without any primers or powder to test its functionality). A few observations: 1. The shellplate locknut doesn't stay put worth beans. Lee's solution of using an o-ring to keep it in place doesn't work at all. I'm still working on a good solution to it, and will probably use something like a wave washer or some other type of spring washer to keep it in place. 2. I've avoided the entire problem of the chain by using the spring return and "F" arm on the powder drop. This is the same solution I used on the Pro 1000 and it works flawlessly. I'm not concerned about a double charge because I peer into each case prior to seating the bullet to check for a proper powder charge, and I'm using the press for 9mm. 3. It is much easier to seat the bullet with the Loadmaster than with the Pro 1000, because there isn't a support in the way. 4. I get to use my Redding competition seating die (though for the first batch I used the standard Lee seating die for both seating and flare removal). I have both the FCD and the standard tapered crimp die, so I can use whichever proves more suitable. Since all the rounds I examined case gauged just fine, I will probably stick with the tapered crimp die for my 9mm setup. 5. Making use of the last few primers in the system is easier with the Loadmaster than with the Pro 1000. With the Pro 1000, you have to use something (I use a tie wrap) to push on the primer stack with just the right amount of force as you're operating the handle of the press, so that the primer can slide into and then drop into position. With the Loadmaster, you still have to use something to push on the primer stack, but you can operate the primer slider by hand in order to arm the priming system for the next round, and you can do this with the ram all the way down, the shellplate locked into position, etc. The Loadmaster's priming system is better than the Pro 1000's, but it's still not tolerant of junk in it. 6. Unlike the Pro 1000, I had absolutely no powder spillage on the shellplate or elsewhere as a result of powder jumping out of the cases or anything. I was surprised. Even my 650 has some problems with that. It'll be interesting to see how long I can run the press before I start having persistent problems, but if I do run into problems that are unresolvable, I've always got my Pro 1000 to fall back onto.