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So, Is a roller handle worth it for the Lee CLASSIC Turret Press??

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Rule3, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Rule3

    Rule3 Well-Known Member

    I have e mailed LEE several times over the years about a roller handle for the Classic Turret Press. They make one for the regular turret Why they do not for their most popular press, I have no clue:rolleyes: Come on it's a steel rod with a bearing??

    So there are after market ones which appear well made but come at a price! I want one, but at a LEE price.

    So are the expensive ones worth it for those of us not in their 30's (or later) anymore?:D
  2. Potatohead

    Potatohead Well-Known Member

    good question. eager to see the answers on this
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I just wear a cotton glove so the ball easily rotates in my grip, while listening to Michael Jackson.. yea!
  4. floydster

    floydster Well-Known Member

    The roller handle is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
  5. Robert

    Robert Moderator

    Heh, I love the roller handle on my Dillon. Answer to a real problem or not I would not trade it for a ball handle.
  6. tomrkba

    tomrkba Well-Known Member

    I've had the standard one for 18 years. It works fine because the classic press is not a high volume press. I like the roller handle for the Dillon RL550.
  7. Rule3

    Rule3 Well-Known Member

    A cliche reply does not help.

    I may be, if you have CTS or Arthritis.
  8. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

  9. RustyFN

    RustyFN Well-Known Member

    Depends how you load. The angle I sit at the roller handle wouldn't work for me. I installed a billiard ball on all of my presses and it is a lot more comfortable that the factory ball that came on the handle.



    I also have a blue 2 ball on my Dillon 550 but don't have a picture.
  10. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Rusty, I was going to bring up the cue-ball deal or somesuch.. hey, nice candy jar!

    Yea, it kinda sucks to have to pay more than half what the press costs for a handle.
  11. Rule3

    Rule3 Well-Known Member

    Without being able to compare side by side, I gather the billiard ball is larger? Better grip?

    Where does one find a single? Has to be a red 3:)
  12. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    My hand/wrist was getting cramped with the LEE ball handle, so I made a roller handle.

    The roller handle did relieve my hand and wrist discomfort. The roller handle allows the wrist to not move at all. My seat position had to change slightly, but no problems. It actually works very well.
    I have a permanent light for the powder drop mounted on the right side, so the handle had to clear that , but it was fairly easy to rig as an attachment to the existing handle without the ball--one bolt through the handle attached some fitted square tubing with the roller handle welded to the top at the same height as the ball. and dead level with the floor.

    Moving the handle& pull force outboard from the press adds a little more twisting force to the linkage, but it has worked smoothly for several thousand rds so far.
    It's not always this messy, just much of the time.:D
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2013
  13. oldreloader

    oldreloader Well-Known Member

    I'm with Rusty on the pool ball.. I've added a #3 to the Classic Cast since this pic.

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  14. CMD-Ky

    CMD-Ky Well-Known Member

    I put an Inline Fabrication roller on a Redding T-7. It eased the pain in my elbow which at times was bad. The pain was a problem that did exist and the roller was the solution.
  15. joecil

    joecil Well-Known Member

    I have two of the Inline Fabrication handles one on my Lee Classic Turret and one on my Lee Classic Cast. I think they are worth every bit of the price as they are much better than Lee's in my opinion.
  16. dickttx

    dickttx Well-Known Member

    Before you spend the $ on a roller handle, you might try shortening the regular handle on the LCT. All you have to do is loosen the bolt on the left side and slide the handle further down. It gave me a much shorter throw and eased my shoulder.
    I like the wooden ball on my LCT. It is now smooth and slides very easily in my hand, thus I don't have to bend my wrist.
    I tried a short ergo roller handle on my LnL AP but I could never get it lined up at exactly 90 degrees to the press so I was always working at somewhat of an angle. I went back to the ball. I do wish I had a smooth pool ball for it.
    Does anyone know how the ball is attached to the LnL handle? Just a press fit like the Lee?
  17. Rule3

    Rule3 Well-Known Member

    Yes, I have shortened the handle. It's like shifting a sports car:)

    Who has a source for a Red Billiard ball, it just looks cool!??:D
  18. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Maybe a pool hall. If they lose one or one is damaged, they probably retire that whole set.
  19. joecil

    joecil Well-Known Member

  20. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    Joecil: Will that Inline Fabrication roller handle make it less painful to seat primers on the LCT? I feel like my elbow gets popped out of place priming brass with the LCT sometimes.

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