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Cases per hour with your power case trimmer?.....

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Rembrandt, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    One stat that seems to be missing in power case trimmer sales literature, how many cases can one expect per hour?

    Having a RCBS power unit, thought I'd give it a try.......doing .223 brass I came up with 274 per hour. Roughly four hours to do 1000 rounds. Obviously I'd like to get this process done much faster. As a side note mine has a 3 way cutter head, so it includes trimming, chamfer, and deburr.

    Does your trimmer perform all steps and how many can it do per hour?
  2. NRA-Highmaster

    NRA-Highmaster Well-Known Member

    I have a Gracey trimmer, it trims, champhers and deburrs all in one. It works as easy as an electric pencil sharpener. You can trim a case in 2-3 seconds. I`d say 1000 (or more) in an hour wouldn`t be out of the question. Although I`ve never trimmed that many at a time. Your hand would get a little tired I`m sure, but you get the idea. The Guiraud trimmer is nice too. I haven`t used one but, a lot of guys use the RCBS X-dies to eliminate subsequent trimmings.
  3. Schwabee1

    Schwabee1 Member

    The only way to go is the Giraurd. I never reallly kept count but a thousand in a little over an hour is possible without killing yourself. It does a great job. I have only used on .223 for ar15. Two to Four week wait is the norm.
  4. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member


    600 per hour is achievable at a slow pace.

    My hands are paying for all those years of sparring so I rarely trim more than a few hundred in one sitting. I still use my Wilsons for certain cases, but I can't imagine turning a crank for very long.
  5. lykoris

    lykoris Well-Known Member

    +2 on Giraud!
  6. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Will the Giraud or the Gracie do pistol brass? I'm tired of turning the crank myself.
  7. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

  8. Offfhand

    Offfhand Well-Known Member

    There is a substantual price difference between the Gracey trimmer at $280. and the Giraud at $420. The both work the same way, so what's the difference?
  9. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Giraud uses sealed bearings, Gracey uses bushings that must be lubricated. Giraud offers replacement blades for the Gracey and I've heard several Gracey users praise them. I've read the Gracey is more difficult to setup. The Giraud is a breeze. IIRC, the Giraud design keeps brass chips away from critical areas while the Gracey does not.

    I've never used a Gracey, so if I'm off base on any of this, please correct me.
  10. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    I only timed it once but did 1700 in 57 min with the dillon.

  11. NorCalRanches

    NorCalRanches Well-Known Member

    Well, I got to try out a Giraud trimmer at a friend of a friends a while back... man that thing is the way to go... only problem is I'm way to cheap to spend that much $$$ on a trimmer.

    However, the Possum Hollow Kwick trim works the same way, just doesn't chamfer and deburr at the same time. However, at $40 vs $400 I thought I could deal with that. The $40 price also includes the power adaptor which fits the wilson deburring tool, so while you do have to handle the cases again it goes pretty quick as well.

    I'm thinking a guy is better off buying the possum hollow trimmer, trimming them short, and buying the X die, total less than $100 and you never have to trim at all again.

    Another thought we've been going to try is chucking the RCBS 3 way trimmer up in a drillpress, and setting the cases right on the table, set the stop on the drill press to set the trim length. Think maybe I read about that on here, just haven't had time to try it yet.
  12. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    I have a Possum Hollow in a drawer somewhere. Just didn't trip my trigger.
  13. Win1892

    Win1892 Well-Known Member

    Giraud does about 12 cases a minute. Can be a little hard on the joints in your fingers.

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