Case trimmer mess


November 18, 2012, 08:39 PM
Ok, How do you contain the shavinge when you trimm your brass. In the past I have just used my shop vac when done but it seams like I was always brushing some shavings off on the floor. I was thinking of trying a cookie sheet which has a small edge to help catch the shavings since I finally broke down and bought a Lyman electric power trimmer. If you have a better idea I would be interested. I had thought about making a hookup with my shop vac but did not want to listen to it run for long periods of time.

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November 18, 2012, 10:56 PM
Well, I went the easy (expensive) route and got a Giraud.

It is pretty much like an electric pencil sharpener, except it trims/chamfers instead of making a pencil point.

And, like the pencil sharpener, it has a housing that contains the mess so you can just dump it (or recycle it).

November 18, 2012, 11:06 PM
I have had my Lyman Elect for 30 some years---I remove those cute pieces of metal that go inside the case & run a vacuum cleaner for about 20 seconds.
I don't see any hardship doing that.
You have fun
PS: How many cases do you have to trim in a year ???

November 18, 2012, 11:12 PM
Just run a Skilsaw for seven seconds in your house and you'll think those localized brass bits are small taters.

November 18, 2012, 11:21 PM
This is nice if you have a bunch of 1 caliber to do it's a fraction of the cost of the Giraud and it works as well as say....

November 19, 2012, 12:49 AM
In the beginning I didn't worry too much abut those shavings until my wife managed to run one into her foot and it got infected. S now I always do my trimming over a fair sized box or bucket, well enough that she hasn't stepped on any in a good 20 or so years. But I do my trimming with an electric drill using a Lee case length gauge / cutter and ream and chamfer in the same step, if it makes any difference regarding your question? But yes, those little shavings can be a problem.


November 19, 2012, 05:32 AM
Due to health reasons I have not been able to shoot much the past couple of years. I just had my knee replaced and hope to get back to shooting more. I have two different ranges here at home and all I have to do to shoot is walk out the back door. I have a couple of new rifles 45/70 and 45/120 along with my 444, 223, 22/250, 7MM and 30/30 that all need some range time. I love to work up different loads with differen bullets and powders. I have a 10 meter air range set up in my basement to help maintain triger control with air guns. Now I have my new trimmer I may even go through all my pistol brass 380, 38, 357, 9MM, 44 mag, 45 ACP and measure to see if they could use a trim job.

I even had an idea and will contact Lyman on an new tool to help deburr on their trimmer. If not I have a friend with his own lathe to make what I had the plans for. I plan on looking for the cookie sheet in town today and cant wait to try it out.

November 19, 2012, 07:18 AM
Unless the trimming system has some means of catching the trimmings within itself, brass chips will always get slung to undesirable locations. The cookie sheet will catch most of the chips.

I trim in my reloading room in the basement where I never go to bare feet or in socks. I always wear shoes. My car/fab/machine shop is in the basement and I never know where sharp bits and pieces of metal are lurking.

I mostly use a Lee trimmer currently. I spread a paper towel on the table under where I will trim and it catches most of the chips. Some fall on the floor and they get swept up after trimming.

Trimming where the floor is carpeted is not a great idea. Chips will get caught in the carpet and even a vacuum will not pick them up. But a foot will.:)

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