I also have the ATS Automate II, which is prior to the MEC acquisition. It is a great product that can help you knock out a huge pile of shells. I have a chute that dumps the loaded shells into a bucket on the floor. The buckets that your friends get pool chlorine in, are a real handy size. Recycle them for your friends.duckshack said:What's the story on the
MEC AUTO-MATE ?
Positive and negative comments appreciated. Thanks in advance. Ray
Sorry about your luck, sounds like the MEC changes were not improvements. I never have to change the pullrod adjustment for any of my 4 presses. The presses span about 4 years so any variability between them must be minor.100STR8 said:I hate to be a party-pooper at this love-fest for the Auto-mate but I'd hesitate to recommend it. I will say is that when it's working OK, it does take all the work out of reloading and will make good looking loads. Having said that, when I change loaders there is just too much fiddling to do to get it making good loads. I've marked the position of the overtravel stop and even though I've got it set in the same place each time, at the start, I always have to make minute adjustments. Of course, the pull rod has to be adjusted for length between each loader. And, the claim that 99% of all MEC loaders need no adjustment for them to work with an automate is pure rubbish. I've got three rigged up and ALL of them took extensive adjusting. As far as I'm concerned, I converted three perfectly good MEC 9000G's into something far less desirable. The fact that I can eventually get good loads at a fairly brisk clip is the only reason that I keep it.
If he was close by, I would love to get look at it and see what was going wrong.D L Marcum said:Russ,
Your experience is not the norm, in fact it's the first I've heard that was negative.
Mine is a second version Jim Binn and has worked flawlessly for going on 4 years. I have NEVER, I repeat, NEVER had to adjust the linkage between different loaders, for any reason. Just swap loaders and start turning out ammo.
Don't know, (from here) what the problem is, but Ill have to assume something isn't assembled correctly, or there is operator error there, because that simply isn't normal, and I'm sure it can be remedied.