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where can I get Rockchucker replacement parts?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Halo, Apr 3, 2008.

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  1. Halo

    Halo Member

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    Does anyone know where I can get Rockchucker replacement parts, or am I pretty much limited to special ordering from RCBS? I checked some of the usual suspects - Midway, Wideners, etc - but didn't see what I need.

    Specifically, I'm looking for a replacement toggle pin. My moronic self managed to crack one of the heads when I was driving it back in, and now the little snap ring is barely holding on.

    I wonder if there's some sort of generic hardware item I could use in its place?

    TIA
     
  2. Idano

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    Contact RCBS, they'll more then likely just send you one at no cost. Their customer service is top notch.
     
  3. hoghunting

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    Contact RCBS as the Rockchucker has a lifetime warranty and their Customer Service is excellent.
     
  4. ReloaderFred

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    Don't even mess with it, just call RCBS and they'll take care of it free of charge.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
     
  5. elw

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    I called them yesterday after I bent the rod on my swagger and they sent one right out. No questions asked. Got to love that kind of commitment to their products!!
     
  6. mallc

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    Why did you have to use a hammer?

    The toggle shaft should be a slip fit. Only the pins that connect the top of the toggle arms into the press body are a press fit.

    I've found that the toggle arms are not always reversible - be sure you have them oriented or the press will bind.

    Scott
     
  7. scrat

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    Yep just like what everyone else said rcbs is a pretty good place to deal with. they will send it out no problem
     
  8. rcmodel

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    +1 to what mallc said!

    No reason you should have had to use a hammer in the first place, unless you mixed up the toggle links or something.

    rcmodel
     
  9. lee n. field

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    Just call them.

    99.9% chance they'll just send you that part.
     
  10. Halo

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    Well, I didn't remove the toggle arms so they didn't get swapped accidentally. I think they were binding a bit on the pin when I reinserted it, because it would go in about a third of the way without much resistance. Since I had to punch it out in the first place, I didn't think too much about having to punch it back in. Oh well, lesson learned!
     
  11. dmickey

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    RCBS will honor their warranty even if you are not the original owner of the press! I've even gotten press parts for the A-2 presses that I have (2) at no cost from them!
     
  12. Halo

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    Wow, that is great service for sure. I just sent an email to their tech department. I have no problem paying for a replacement since it's my own fault the other one cracked, but if they insist on replacing it free of charge I suppose I'll let them. ;)
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    I tried to buy a new ball-end handle for my 1970 press with the bicycle grip handle.
    They ask why, and I told them I thought the ball handle would be easier on the arthritis in my hands.

    They would not sell me a new handle.

    But they sent me one free!

    rcmodel
     
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    I wanted the ball instead of the grip also.
    Said I could thread the shaft, just needed the ball.
    Showed up 4 days later for free.

    They have also replaced the plastic index for my 4x4 press a couple times.
    They usually send out 3 or 4 pieces, then I call in another year or so.
     
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    only time i hade a problem with a rcbs product, i recived a package in the mail within the week, NO charge.

    rcbs gets my vote and money, for customer support.:D
     
  16. Joe Foraday

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    Out-of-this-world-standing customer service from these guys - as others say, even if you buy the tools used.
     
  17. Halo

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    Just as everyone here predicted, I got a quick response from RCBS asking only for my shipping address so they could send me the part.

    Great service indeed!
     
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    I have one of the early Reloader Special presses, without the compound leverage of the Rock Chucker. I cut off the bicycle handle and put on a 2.5" wooden ball from an arts and crafts store. I centered a 5/8" wood bit in the center hole of my drill press table, and used that hole as the holder for the wooden ball as I drilled it about 2/3 through. I just tapped the ball onto the steel rod handle.

    It made a big difference in full length sizing about 600 .308 and .30-06 LC cases. I used to have a sore palm for days in the past when I did that.

    :D
     
  19. Halo

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    While I'm waiting for the replacement toggle pin to arrive, I've been looking at the press trying to figure out why it met resistance before. I think the toggle arms may have been "leaning" slightly inwards, and one of them caused a binding situation.

    Should the pin be greased? I put a coat of Shooter's Choice grease on it and later thought that might be what made it hard to insert, because when I did get it through a bunch of that grease oozed out around the far end pretty quickly.

    In case you're wondering why I even had the pin out in the first place, I had to take the ram out so I could get all the rust off of it. I got out of reloading for a few years and my equipment was stored in my parents' garage. Muggy Southern air is unkind to bare steel. Now I'm on a mission to get it cleaned up and back in action.
     
  20. rcmodel

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    I would throughly clean all the holes with a bronze bore brush & solvent, then apply grease or oil to everything.

    Wiggle / rotate the pin back in with hand pressure alone.

    If the old dryed oil & dirt are cleaned out of the holes, and then all of them re-lubed, there should be very little resistance putting the new pin in when everything is lined up properly.

    rcmodel
     
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