Dillon RT-1200B case trimmer ????


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Randy1911
January 22, 2010, 07:38 PM
Because of a bad shoulder, I have had it with my manual case trimmer. Therefore, I am considering buying a power case trimmer. I am considering the Dillon RT-1200B case trimmer. Pricewise it is about the same price as the RCBS power trimmer. If you own one of these, can you give me a honest review of it? I know that I could call Dillon and ask, but they would only tell me about how great it is and none of the downsides. One of the things I like about it is that it says in the catalog that it trims while it sizes the case and that would eliminate one of the steps in case prep. It also tallks about how you can attach a vacumn cleaner to catch the trimmings. What kind of vacumn cleaner do you need to do this? I have a ShopVac with the large diameter hose (3"). I can buy the adapter hose (1-1/4") if that will work? Thanks for any help you can give me.

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EddieNFL
January 22, 2010, 07:54 PM
I used one for a while. I had an old Hornady progressive set up just for the trimmer. It does a very good job of trimming. The cut is smooth and outside deburring isn't necessary. I read of a HP team using it in a 1050 with an M-die to expand the neck.

I used a small shop vac for the brass shavings. On occasion, it would clog up.

You have to be very consistent with lube and how you cycle the press or the lengths will vary.

I would grade it a solid B. I wanted to speed things up, so I sold it and bought a Giraud.

Randy1911
January 22, 2010, 08:20 PM
Thanks Eddie, I was planning on useing it on a RCBS rockchucker single stage. Anyone else?

Redbeard55
January 22, 2010, 10:51 PM
I like my Dillon case trimmer, but my biggest complaint is the limited number of trim dies available. I also find the vacuum attachment to be a POS. I just leave mine off and deal with the shavings. The Dillon also gets expensive because each trim die is now around $50 or so. After trimming 500-1000 cases, the case length gradually increases. Getting the initial length just right takes some practice.

Randy1911
January 22, 2010, 11:17 PM
Thanks RedBeard, The lack of trim dies shouldn't be a probem for me. In the forseeable futrue I can only see needing it for 223. As far as the shavings, I do my trimming in the garage. The way I do it now is messy also. It seems that the Dillon will be my "best bang for the buck".

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