Mec 9000g technical manuals?


June 26, 2012, 12:23 AM
Hello All:

I've been having lots of problems with my 2 year old MEC 9000G 12 GA shotshell reloader. I was going to return it to MEC for repair, but shipping alone is going to cost over $100.00!! I've contacted MEC about the problems & they just suggest I send it back to them for repair (at $65 per hour!).

Is anyone aware of an available Technical Manual for the MEC 9000G which can help me diagnose what is wrong with the machine & then fix it? If there is no manual available, is there a website which serves the same function?

Thanks very much for any information you can provide to steer me in the right direction!

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June 26, 2012, 03:17 AM
I've have owned two MEC 9000's for about 15 years. I have had a few issues. This book was very helpful, I recommend it!

June 26, 2012, 06:46 AM
I had issues with mine too. mainly the auto indexing (the adjustment cam) and the priming system (that high quality chain) there were a couple others too. Got the same answer from MEC that you did. I gave up and sold mine on ebay and went Dillon 900.

Got about enough for it to cover the shipping on the Dillon. Yes it was much more expensive but VASTLY better design.

June 26, 2012, 07:12 AM
i use a 9000g and have not had to meny problems with it,in loading many 1000,s of shells. i don,t run it as fast as it will go and take the time to watch the primers fall and make sure the wad guild is right and keep it clean(did replace the primer chain). eastbank.

June 27, 2012, 12:24 PM
I've run a 9000G for many years also. Keep it clean and watch the primers drop, and it works pretty well.

June 27, 2012, 11:54 PM
9000's are not for the technically challenaged. The priming system needs constant watching and is often the source of most of the grief. I've got one in 12ga and one in 28ga. The 28 has been much more finicy.

June 27, 2012, 11:56 PM
Forgot to add....slow down. Trying to put out the maximum won't work.

June 29, 2012, 11:41 AM
Go over to the shotgun reloading forum of Shotgun World dot com (

First look at the stickies labeled "Top Threads". If your answer is not there (and it probably is if you look carefully), ask for Curly-Nohair. He knows more about the ins and outs of the 9000G than just about anyone.

There are lots of adjustments on that press and just about any problem can be fixed with one or more of them. The challenge is to know which adjustment(s) to make.

June 29, 2012, 12:22 PM
Agreed, the 9000 can be a cantankerous affair until all the adjustments are set right. While the bulk of the MEC product line is good, solid, basic machines that perform very well, the 9000 seems to be "one bridge too far". They tried to build a six station progressive using the same technology used on their basic single station models. There are hundreds of adjustments, some of which are specific to the brand of hull or type of wad. And at least on my 9000, very few of the adjustments would say set. Any progressive press simply requires a lot of finesse (like NOT dropping shot or powder unless a hull is present) to be designed in. The 9000 has none.

If you truly need a progressive, then I highly suggest looking at their competitors: RCBS Grand, Ponsness-Warren, Spolar, Hornady, Dillon, etc. Otherwise, drop back to a MEC single stage and enjoy life again.

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