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Question about Possum Hollow trimmer

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by leix26, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. leix26

    leix26 Member

    For those with the Possum Hollow trimmer I have a question. I am thinking about loading .223 and using the Possum Hollow trimmer chucked up in my lathe or milling machine. Is there any reason I would need the power adapter? In the pictures the cutter looks like a straight body so I see no reason I could not just chuck that up. The lathe I know could handle the diameter, might have to buy a collet for the mill.
    Thanks in advance,
  2. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    You could put it in a lathe chuck, certainly.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  4. CMV

    CMV Well-Known Member

    it's only $9 for the adapter & you can run it on a smaller drill instead of having a larger tool running. Plus you don't have your hands/fingers right there at the larger chuck.

    But it is a nice, heavy, well-made tool body and just holding the entire thing in your mill should work fine. The diameter of the cutter body is .626, & the OD of the power tool adapter is .875 if that helps.
  5. glockky

    glockky Well-Known Member

    Just an idea last week i bought a lee chuck that holds the cartridge, adaptor to use it on a drill, and the cutter and case length gage for $20. And now i can add other calibers for $4 and do it all with a drill.
  6. Seedtick

    Seedtick Well-Known Member

    If you find out you do need an adapter.........make one.

    You know, :neener: with the lathe?


  7. leix26

    leix26 Member

    RCmodel: I just do not see the justification for the additional cost of the *** over the Possum Hollow, but I have not seen either in person.

    CMV: Thanks for the diameters. For the $9.00 I will most likely just buy it but I am not sure if I will use it. There is something to be said for not having your hands next to a spinning 3 or 4 jaw chuck. It is just that the more you have mounted into each other the less it runs true, but I am not sure that really matters in this case.

    I would like to run this in a stationary piece of equipment as opposed to a hand drill because I think it would be more comfortable and keep my hands free.
  8. leix26

    leix26 Member

    Seedtick: For whatever reason I did not even think of that but you are correct.
  9. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I run my Possum Hollow trimmers in a small lathe, and it works perfectly.
  10. leix26

    leix26 Member

    With it running in a lathe do the brass shavings clear out as it is on it's side?
  11. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    It slings out the shavings pretty well. I don't have to stop and clean it very often.
  12. leix26

    leix26 Member

    Thanks for the info guys.
  13. CMV

    CMV Well-Known Member


    When I want to use mine, I clamp a 1/2" corded drill to the bench. It has a trigger lock so it just spins as I feed cases into it. Mounted at this angle it clears most of it's own chips. Have to stop occasionally & give it a tap to help clear them. It's hands free (except holding the cases of course).

    I put a box under it to catch the chips. It's a very fast way to trim a bunch of cases at once for $29 assuming you already own a drill.

    I watched the 2nd video for the WFT linked above & it looks very similar. One thing I noticed was the operator seemed like he had to pull hard to get the case out of the tool. The PH doesn't do that.
  14. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I use a Lee cutter & depth pin in a drill press.

    The cast iron table is the depth stop.

    Hand hold the case on the table, trim it, and drop in a bucket on the floor while I pick up the next case and trim it.

    I was using my lathe and the Lee case chuck, but the drill press is about 4 times faster.

  15. popper

    popper Well-Known Member

    I use my worthless primer cleaner and some masking tape, put it in the electric drill and trim away. Keep it cutting or it will heat and dull the cutter.

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