courageouslion
courageouslion
1 post
Joined May 2009

It's now the 550C!

Back in about 1980 I bought my first Dillon machine. It was a 450 that didn't have the removable die plate on top. After the 550 came out I upgraded to that. After a while of having one a friend who had bought one decided he didn't need it and sold it to me. So since the 80's I've had 2 Dillon 550 machines. The years went by and I had one machine set up for large pistol primers and the other for small. As you can guess I did all of the cartridges that used each size on the respective machine. THOUSANDS of rounds later dealing with the machines had been pretty good.

However, there was one thing that would happen on occasion that made me wonder why it was designed the way it was. If a link arm or a bell crank broke or if a link arm would get galled and start making it harder to operate, you would have to disassemble the complete machine to fix it. Take out the middle piston, then use the nail with the cut off point to remove the two pressed in pins that the link arms rotated on. One day while I had it in pieces I remembered how the .308 AR platform rifles utilize a small screw that holds in the bolt stop. It is threaded by the shoulder and the rest is a pin that goes in the hole. Well, I sat down and drew up a larger picture of one of those and called Chris at Dillon (he's a design engineer) and in July of 2014 submitted my idea to do away with the pins that you had to beat out with a hammer with one that you would simply screw out with a box end wrench or Allen key according to how it was made on the outside end. Chris liked my idea and told me that if they incorporated it into a future machine he would reward me with one.

Well, today, I had TWO Dillon 550 C machines delivered to my home. Not just one but two. Thanks to Chris and Gary at Dillon precision as they stood behind their promise and you and I now get to have a better product. I was so thrilled to see FED EX stop and the guy get out with this big heavy box and carry it to the door. I have already swapped out one of my machines with the new 550 C. Here I am with the other one just out of the box and I'm giving Dillon a BIG THANK YOU FOR GREAT PRODUCTS AND A GREAT MACHINE! THANK YOU CHRIS and THANK YOU GARY for keeping your promise. And I see a new machine in a post below with the new designed pins in it! And one other THANKS...TO ALL THE CSR'S AT DILLON WHO HAS ONE OF THE BEST CUSTOMER RELATIONS DEPARTMENT IN THE WORLD. Other companies should go take a class from them. One small thing though...why does the casting still say "B"? UPDATE: Soon they will say C as the insert in the mold is being changed. So some of us are going to have collectors items. B's that are C's but don't say C.
wyleymoore
wyleymoore
2 posts
Joined January 2008

RE: It's now the 550C!

Ok so now I know what a 550"C" is! I got my recent Blue Press and there it was...no more 550B, replaced by the"C". Panic started to flame up. After more than 20 years of loading with a couple 550Bs (and about 10 before that on a SDB), was I gonna have to start up yet another collection of spare parts? Whew, I'm very glad to see that that doesn't appear to be the case. Back to the bench in much happiness!

Wyley in Oly
NHnative
NHnative
3 posts
Joined May 2015

RE: It's now the 550C!

I visited Dillon last month while I was visiting a friend in Phoenix. I noticed C models in the warehouse. I asked what the difference was and the gent giving the tour said there was a change in one of the pivot pins and a small change in the casting.

The people there were wonderful and extremely helpful. A woman actually building some 550s stopped what she was doing answered a few questions​ I had about my 550B.

Awesome place...if you're ever in the Phoenix area, it's definitely worth a stop in.
Pampurrs
Pampurrs
42 posts
Joined September 2016

RE: It's now the 550C!

Yes, it is a wonderful place. I go at least once every couple of weeks to buy my supplies and accessories. The guys in the store are wonderful and very helpful.
Dave O
Dave O
7 posts
Joined September 2013

RE: It's now the 550C!

Is there any chance of an upgrade kit for the "old" RL550B presses?
dillon
Administrator
dillon
3,110 posts
Joined July 2007

RE: It's now the 550C!

Yes, you need the frame change kit, #20094 $99.95 and the updated crank with the grease fitting, #18275 $42.95