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Whose electric Case Trimmer to buy?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by nnickatnight, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. nnickatnight

    nnickatnight

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    I wanted to get some opinions on a faster case trimmer than the hand crank model. I have a Lyman hand crank but I don't look forward to trimming several thousand rounds of mil brass that I've acquired. I'd appreciate your input on an electric model of good quality, brand and cost is not important as long as it's a quality product.
     
  2. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    RCBS Trim Mate. 105$ on sale at Midways, but they're out of stock.

    dunno the OTD # once you've gotten the add-ons. I seem to remember I spent $160 with everything and shipping too. Have no clue how it works compared to other trimmers, but I wanted an 'all in one' unit.
     
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    mitchshrader Deceased

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    nnickatnight

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    So the trim mate also trims the cases? After I read their description it seemed like a case prep center and that I'd still need a trimmer.
     
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    CajunGlock Old And Cranky

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    I have a Lyman electric. I like it, works ok for what I do with it. Have a reloading buddy who swears by his Dillon trimmer.

    Cajun....
     
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    juswes Team Red

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    I wanna see the new Hornady case prep center in action soon.
    Waiting on ultimatereloader.com to have a video and review.
     
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    I just watched a video on the Hornady, that thing is slick!!!! While I'll have to get a set of shell holders also, that thing looks great. It isn't cheap but cheap usually means junk.
     
  8. ManNamedJed

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    If you are only going to mass reload one (or a couple) of calibers, check out the Possum Hollow trimmer. It mounts in a drill and makes short work of piles of brass - and its cheap.
     
  9. Murphy's Law

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    Since you have the Lyman trimmer already, spend another $20 bucks and get the optional adapter for an electric drill. That's what I did and boy can I ever trim brass at a very fast rate. I also have the RCBS station which is great for other chores in preparing the brass (e.g. deburing, champer, cleaning primer pockets, etc). I also purchased a pocket uniformer for the RCBS which really works well. Anyhow, look into the adapter for the Lyman trimmer.
     
  10. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

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    Giruad hands down.
     
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    IIRC, Lyman, Hornady, Forster (all pretty similar) have a power adapter where you can hook up a drill to it. Friend of mine used an power screwdriver which gave him quite a bit of control and kept the rotational speed down.

    If I really had to get an electric model, and didn't have one I wanted to use the power adapter on, the Dillon would be high on my list. Note that it doesn't do as many calibers as other trimmers.

    Myself, I'm happy with the L E Wilson version that holds the cases as if they were in a chamber. Very resaonably priced, good construction, smooth and quick (no chuck to deal with). It has a power adapter if needed. It's quite a step up from my collection of Lee trimers.
     
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  12. NW-Warlord

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    Has anyone used the Dillon trimmer? I am curious to how well it works.
     
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    <<<<<<<<<<right there
     
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    Another vote for Giraud.
     
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    It works great. Gives a pretty clean cut.
     
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    byf43 NRA Endowment Life Member

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    For .223/5.56x45mm and .308/7.62x51mm, I use a Lyman 'adapter' for my tabletop drillpress.

    Right now it's set up for .223/5.56x45mm.

    Drillpress is turning as slow as it will go (about 300 rpm). Just a 'touch' and the cases are trimmed.

    http://www.gunaccessories.com/lyman/CaseTrimmers/index.asp
    About halfway down. The drill press adapter is in the 'group' photo. It's not really a good photo. They have it advertised for $60.95.
    Their item # LYM7852010


    A good friend has the Dillon power trimmer for .308/7.62x51mm; .30-'06.
    He has them (2) mounted in a single-stage press(es).
    He really likes them.


    ETA: I couldn't find the Lyman 'adapter' photo. Here is the Forster adapter.
    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=721759
     
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    thorn137 Walther

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    The Dillon doesn't chamfer inside and out like the Giraud or turn the case necks like others but it cuts clean enough that it's not an issue unless your going to be shooting cast bullets.

    I only use the Dillon for the calibers I load in mass quantities .223 and .308. As for how it works, I size and trim around 1800 cases an hour. It&#8217;s expensive, loud (you are running a vacuum to remove the shavings), only available for a handful of calibers, and way faster than any other method.


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  19. Maninmirror

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    I know it's 400.00 shipped. But if your going to spend 300.00 or even 250.00 spend the other money and buy this trimmer. It's fast and works great. I had a small problem when I first got mine. It took 4 month's on order to receive.

    When I called with my problem the owner called back that evening and walked me through it. That's service.

    If your looking for a 100.00 trimmer this isn't in your ballpark. If you considering a dillon go the extra few bucks. You'll be glad you did. I sure am.