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 My Lee Classic Turret press won't index - help?!?!
Pro2AinPA  [Team Member]
7/31/2009 6:02:06 PM
I have loaded thousands of trouble free rounds, until today that is. In the middle of a batch of 9mm, the press stopped indexing. It won't index at all with any of my turrets, so it's no a turret issue. I took apart the little assembly the rod goes into and nothing appeared to be broken. Can anyone help? I was planning on loading a lot of rounds this weekend, but not if I have to index the press manually!

To make matters worse, Lee doesn't answer the phone, and they don't have an answering machine.
ma96782  [Team Member]
7/31/2009 6:06:02 PM
Take it apart clean/lube and inspect.

You may just need some parts like what I change when I notice that my Lee M1000 becomes unable to index........

The LEE web sight sells the replacement parts.

www.leeprecision.com/

Find you machine then..........click on the "serv. parts" for your machine. IF your Index works like my progressive you'll need.........

Ratchet Gear $3 and Hex Ratchet 3 for .50......last time shipping was $4 and delivery was w/in a week via USPS.

HTH.

Aloha, Mark

PS.........get several for "back ups."



Pro2AinPA  [Team Member]
7/31/2009 6:08:38 PM
I took the little assembly part and nothing appears broken. Also, the indexing on this press is COMPLETELY different than their progressive presses, so those parts don't really apply that you mentioned, unfortunately.
ma96782  [Team Member]
7/31/2009 6:12:07 PM
OK............need a new plan of attack.

Aloha, Mark

PS.........OK I looked closer...........perhaps the plastic "auto index" parts have worn out. The metal rod that runs in the center and the turret head assembly appear to be made of the same materials as that of my Lee M1000. So.......that leaves the plastic parts.



prochobo  [Member]
7/31/2009 6:12:26 PM
Probably the square plastic ratchet piece, as Mark said. It's happened to me before, but I didn't know what was going on. I sent Lee the whole plastic assembly and they sent it back with a new ratchet piece and a brief explanation as to why they use a plastic ratchet piece and why it needs to be replaced.

Does the turret not catch at all? Try giving a quick downward pull and see if it catches.

ETA: Link to part It's the square ratchet.
Pro2AinPA  [Team Member]
7/31/2009 6:15:19 PM
Originally Posted By prochobo:
Probably the square plastic ratchet piece, as Mark said. It's happened to me before, but I didn't know what was going on. I sent Lee the whole plastic assembly and they sent it back with a new ratchet piece and a brief explanation as to why they use a plastic ratchet piece and why it needs to be replaced.

Does the turret not catch at all? Try giving a quick downward pull and see if it catches.


Yeah I guess I'll order some of those plastic squares, although it looked ok when I took that clamp thing apart. It catches really halfass some times, but generally not at all. How does that square thing go in the clamp, just to make sure I put it back in correctly. There is a raised section on it. That points down toward the base of the press, right?
MZMan  [Member]
7/31/2009 6:28:51 PM
Originally Posted By prochobo:
Probably the square plastic ratchet piece, as Mark said. It's happened to me before, but I didn't know what was going on. I sent Lee the whole plastic assembly and they sent it back with a new ratchet piece and a brief explanation as to why they use a plastic ratchet piece and why it needs to be replaced.

Does the turret not catch at all? Try giving a quick downward pull and see if it catches.

ETA: Link to part It's the square ratchet.


Beat me to it. Thats exactly the problem, I guarantee it.

I wore out 2 figuring the press out (don't ask me how I f-ed up two of them so quick) but replaced it and now it never fails to index.

I bought 4-5 of them from Midwayusa, they are $1.50.

Just make sure to make note on the whether the lip on the square piece is up or down, I forget but put the new one in the same way of course.
Pro2AinPA  [Team Member]
7/31/2009 6:46:10 PM
I don't remember which way the lip was facing.
jmarthsr  [Team Member]
7/31/2009 6:53:47 PM
Its the square plastic ratchet that rides the index rod. I have worn 2 out in 3yrs and thousands of rounds. Pick up some spares.
LGB  [Member]
7/31/2009 10:55:51 PM
Yes get the spare ratchets. Also take a close look at the inside where the turret goes. There is a small bearing like button that you can push in. Make sure it is clean and lubricated. I ruined a few new ratchets before I discovered this was causing the turret not to turn correctly...
Pro2AinPA  [Team Member]
7/31/2009 10:56:52 PM
Originally Posted By LGB:
Yes get the spare ratchets. Also take a close look at the inside where the turret goes. There is a small bearing like button that you can push in. Make sure it is clean and lubricated. I ruined a few new ratchets before I discovered this was causing the turret not to turn correctly...


That's great info, I'll take a loot at that. I ordered a bunch of spare ratchets.
shepheard  [Member]
7/31/2009 10:59:23 PM
Same thing happened to me. I bought like 5 or so of the plastic nuts from Lee for 50 cents each. They wear out over time so keep some handy. I also blew a few out when I first changed it out. Lee's customer service is great, they will explain just how to change it, maybe even send you some for free.
Pro2AinPA  [Team Member]
7/31/2009 11:02:24 PM
Originally Posted By shepheard:
Same thing happened to me. I bought like 5 or so of the plastic nuts from Lee for 50 cents each. They wear out over time so keep some handy. I also blew a few out when I first changed it out. Lee's customer service is great, they will explain just how to change it, maybe even send you some for free.


If you can talk to them. I've tried to call them probably 10 times this year for various stuff and they NEVER answer and they don't seem to have a machine. They don't answer e-mail either.

I ordered the new ratchets from someone else, since Lee's site says 10 day delay on shipping. Apparently they still haven't hired staff to keep up with the election that happened almost 9 months ago.
kevins_garage  [Member]
7/31/2009 11:10:23 PM
The nut on the indexing rod can also shift and cause the press to not index properly. Have you tried readjusting/resetting the index nut on the rod?

These comments assume that all other parts are good to go.
Pro2AinPA  [Team Member]
7/31/2009 11:11:30 PM
Originally Posted By kevins_garage:
The nut on the indexing rod can also shift and cause the press to not index properly. Have you tried readjusting/resetting the index nut on the rod?

These comments assume that all other parts are good to go.


I know what you're talking about but this is different. The press won't index AT ALL.