rogerpjr
rogerpjr
8 posts
Joined October 2007

Maintenance and broken ring indexer

I recently broke the ring indexer on my XL650 and I called and talked to a tech to see if we could figure out why. We never really diagnosed why but he sent out a new indexer (actually 2) and related parts along wits an alignment tool. While I was waiting for the parts tore down the machine and found why the part broke. I bought the press new in Sept. 2011, used it some about 6 months, and due to various circumstances it sat unused until a couple weeks ago. I was processing about 2000 9mm brass by depriming/sizing only. The first few hundred went fine but then I was having about 1 in 5 getting hung up on the ejector wire. I tried various options but never solved the problem before the indexer broke partly due to a jammed case not ejecting.

During the tear down I discovered the main reason. In every location where the factory had applied grease, and particularly on the ring indexer, the grease had pretty much hardened to a dry, sticky substance no longer resembling grease. I cleaned and regreased every location on the machine where it was needed and oiled the main shaft. Boy, what a difference! I still was having some ocassional cases sticking on the ejector wire so I gave the wire and all the slots on the shell plate a shot of Dillon case lube. Since that time I have processed about 1500 cases and have not had a single problem.

In summary, I'm glad the indexer broke as now I have a thorough understanding of the machine and how to do maintenance. And thanks to Dillon for a great machine, the great service techs and the no BS warranty!
Currently
Currently
21 posts
Joined September 2014

RE: Maintenance and broken ring indexer

Yep, rebuilt a second 550 that came from an estate sale that was in bad shape. Dillon sent me every part that was damaged that I asked for.

I then purchased a bunch of parts that wasn’t covered by warranty like the low primer alarm which didn’t exist when the press was originally purchased in the late 80’s or so.

When I was rebuilding the press, I was shocked to see how well Mobil One motor oil acted as a degreaser. That old grease melted right off.

My 650 is due for a major cleaning, I will keep what you discovered in mind.

Thanks!
BadMojo
BadMojo
32 posts
Joined May 2017

RE: Maintenance and broken ring indexer

When stripping down the press for cleaning I use rem oil.to spray it down let it set for about 5 min. It will remove all the built up dirt and grease oil etc.
Lube ram with stp oil additive its thicker and stays on the ram better then just straight 30 motor oil. Grease parts that need grease with Lucas red n tacky.