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It seems that forums across the innerwebs are full of people having problems with Dillon Precision products since the change of management over to the next generation.

How they can have problems making the parts for a design as old as the 550 seems odd. How can they not make a fail safe rod after 35 years ? Other issues exist in forums. Many long time users write how they have never had these reported problems.

The 750 has not really rolled out well. Numerous issues in forums. To many fixes required by users to get their press to work. Some have gotten lucky. Others simply cannot achieve 800 per hour do to issues so baby the press does an hour.

Even customer service has been falling in quality over the last two years. Dillon is not paying for shipping problem presses back to the factory. Users are expected to resolve issues.

Have you noticed the problems being reported at an alarming rate in forums over the past (24) months ?
 

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I got my dillion back in the 90's, sent it back once for a rebuild (rusty from poor storage) in or around 2006 and never had a problem before or since
 

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Livin in Cincy, It bothers me to see posts like this .... no actual honest reference, just Internet chatter, almost like my brother in law knew a guy that had a friend with a bad Dillon press. Ya right! So unless you have actual first hand factual information, I just don't think its fair to flame a company .... especially one that I truly respect.

Dillon has always been a very reputable company with truly innovative and high quality products .... one of the best in the reloading business with THE best warranty of any manufacturer. I met Mike Dillon in the late 1980's and visited his retail store (about a mile from where I worked in Scottsdale, AZ) many times until I moved to Albuquerque in1995. We went out to lunch on several occasions and I even got invited to a test run of his UH-1H (Huey) mounted M-134 Mini Gun .... what a hoot. Mike passed away in 2015 at 81 years old .... a huge loss for the reloading community. I bought a RL550 from the Scottsdale factory store and used it for more than 25 years to load thousands of cartridges in several different calibers .
 

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I keep my xl650 clean, oiled and covered when not in use. I've never had a problem in 5 years of heavy use. I have made several upgrades from ebay vendors. If I decide to get a second progressive press it will be a 750!
 

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Livin in Cincy, It bothers me to see posts like this .... no actual honest reference, just Internet chatter, almost like my brother in law knew a guy that had a friend with a bad Dillon press. Ya right! So unless you have actual first hand factual information, I just don't think its fair to flame a company .... especially one that I truly respect.

Dillon has always been a very reputable company with truly innovative and high quality products .... one of the best in the reloading business with THE best warranty of any manufacturer. I met Mike Dillon in the late 1980's and visited his retail store (about a mile from where I worked in Scottsdale, AZ) many times until I moved to Albuquerque in1995. We went out to lunch on several occasions and I even got invited to a test run of his UH-1H (Huey) mounted M-134 Mini Gun .... what a hoot. Mike passed away in 2015 at 81 years old .... a huge loss for the reloading community. I bought a RL550 from the Scottsdale factory store and used it for more than 25 years to load thousands of cartridges in several different calibers .
 

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I never ever thought I'd hear or read the phrase "Problems with Dillon Precision". I can't get my head around that. I own two 550's. One I bought new about 10 years ago and one I bought used from a buddy who bought it from some one else. Never a problem with either one. The used one was the older model 550. I contacted Dillon about purchasing the upgrade components and they sent them to me free. They even paid the shipping. I called them one other time about some minor part I lost or misplaced and they did the same thing.

I occasionally have reason to be in the Phoenix area and one time I stopped by their store just for fun. When they asked if I needed any help I told them I was visiting Pheonix and just wanted to check out the store. He took me in the back and gave me the 10 cent tour of how they build the presses. Pretty cool.

I'm with Iowegan. Unless you have first hand knowledge of something it's not good karma to feed and water internet gossip. I don't doubt that the new 750's might be having some teething problems but the idea Dillon Precision is avoiding the issue or not living up to their stellar customer service reputation I find to be less than credible.

The naming convention for Dillon presses is wildly optimistic IMO. Could I reload 550 rounds per hour on either of my Dillons? No, I could not. Not even close. I typically can crank out 250 @ hour once I get rolling. Maybe 300 on a good day but that's about it. I'm not saying 550 @ hour can't be done but I can't do it.
 
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I’m a 28 year Dillon owner, so I’m not much help.

But lyrics from an REO Speedwagon song comes to mind.....”I heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend, who heard it from another you were messin’ around”.
 

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Thanks for the info. Just bought a couple Dillon products and was considering a couple more. May do some more investigating before spending any more $$$$.
 

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I have a 550C two years no problem , I have SD I bought way back I think about 1974 ant sure paid 129 dollars the frame broke in about 2008 I think called they said send it in got back two weeks no charge I think the only thing that was original was the handle cranked out thousands sense then still working great
 

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I bought my Square Deal (pre B) in 1986 and have used it to load a lot of 38 spl, 357 mag, and 45 acp. I’ve sent it back to Dillon twice for overhaul and update. All I ever paid was shipping to them and they did the rest. This year I had to replace some decapping pins and a problem where the decapper was interfering with the powder measure. Sent pictures by email and got a new decapper in 5 days. No charge. I’ve had the opportunity to try a Hornaday lock-n-load for a few weeks while mine was back for a decennial overhaul and never could get used to it. I’ve also got a forester co-linear single stage that I will fight to keep.

Point is that I am as happy with Dillon as I ever was with a Zippo lighter. It just works or, so far, they fix it.

no, I am not a Dillon employee or ad person.
 

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Bonk, Funny you should mention the speed of a RL550. One day when I was visiting the Dillon factory and retail store, I witnessed the Dillon techs doing a "speed test". First, they used clean once fired 38 Special cases, FMJ bullets, W-231 powder and Winchester primers .... probably the easiest cartridge combination to load. This test used three employees .... one just pulled the handle and rotated the shell holder. The second person fed cases into stage one, and the third person kept the primer tube full and the bins for spent cases and bullets filled plus they emptied the completed cartridge bin. The powder measure was large enough where it held plenty of powder for the test without needing to be refilled. The team ran for exactly one hour and loaded exactly 553 cartridges, proving the RL 550 was capable of producing it's namesake, which amounts to one loaded cartridge every 6 1/2 seconds. The test went off without a single hitch. BTW, this test was done on the "then new" RL 550B versus the older RL550 (which was the press I had). You could say Dillon cheated but in fact the press did indeed produce at least 550 rounds per hour.

I don't think I could possibly produce more the 250 cartridges per hour without an assistant ... however I seldom loaded more than 100 cartridges per session so top speed never really mattered. I always took a few extra seconds per cartridge to inspect each case after it had been powdered and of course I had to take short breaks when adding primers, bullets, spent cases, and dumping the loaded cartridge bin. If there was a flaw in the operation (such as a bad piece of brass) it took extra time to clear the malfunction.
 

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