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 Post subject: ponsness warren 900 20 gauge
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:37 am 
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I was at the range Saturday and shooting buddy mentioned he had a PW900 in 20 for sale. He's asking 325 on the board but would cut a good chunk off for me. Sounds like a great deal to me just checking here first.

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 Post subject: Re: ponsness warren 900 20 gauge
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:07 am 
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Go $250.00-$275.00,max,make sure it works ok,before purchasing it and check it's condition?


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 Post subject: Re: ponsness warren 900 20 gauge
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:10 pm 
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http://www.swsupply.com/downloads/history.pdf

The link above takes you to an article at Jim White's site on the history of PW models. The 900 appears to be a short lived model and not much said about it. It would be worth a call to Jim and the factory to determine parts availability and any other concerns. Don't get me wrong, I love my PW 375 and would love to have the 800+, but make sure you know what you're getting before shelling out $300 for a discontinued model.


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 Post subject: Re: ponsness warren 900 20 gauge
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:25 pm 
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The 900 is fine. Main difference between it and the 800 is the indexing. You have a center shaft instead of a star gear. If you want to do a gauge change you can't swap out the entire head - you swap out the individual stations. It does not have the ability to pull a shell out at any station - but you can put it in neutral and rotate the cylinder around to station 1 and drop the die and hull out.

I was given a 950 recently (similar to the 900 except for the dies and the knockout station). I've been loading 12 gauge on it. It's fine. I think it actually runs smoother than my 800+

You might look at the primer station though. I think the 900's or at least some s/n range may have had a plastic primer station that did not fare well. New brass primer stations are something like $100 or so. Ponsness' website is www.reloaders.com

Jim White (swsupply.com) is a great source for parts and information as well.

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 Post subject: Re: ponsness warren 900 20 gauge
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:48 pm 
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Before you buy it, make sure it runs/is not worn out, and get the serial number off it.

The 900 with a serial number #1000 to #4931 use a steel ball bearing indexer in the center rod shaft slot that would wear out the shaft. The 900's from #4932 onward used a bolt with a sleeve on the end of the indexing bolt, and instead of the center shaft wearing out via the ball bearing (expensive part), it wears out the index sleeve instead (few dollars to replace the sleeve).

Everything on the machine is replaceable, but just mention this due to the age of the machine, and what might be due for a replacement soon.
http://www.reloaders.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=43

As for the early 900's, pretty sure that they came with the aluminum primer assembly like the later 900 model, and only the early 800CVT's had the plastic primer assembly (I'm tired and could be wrong through).

And FYI, the machine can be changed over to any gauge from 410 to 12 (including 16 gauge). A new tool set is around $200 to gauge change it (takes me about 5 mins), but used tool sets pop up in the EE from time to time used for about half that price.


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 Post subject: Re: ponsness warren 900 20 gauge
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:08 pm 
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I owned 4 900 PWs for almost thirty years they worked flawlessly and looked like new when I finally sold three of them last summer. I got $500.00 each for mine and they were worth every penny.

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