FNG here. An individual on High Road suggested I post this here. I read through some of the threads on it, and they were helpful, but I really am looking for some opinions based on actual operation of the two presses. So here goes:
I'm getting ready within the next 6 months to buy two new presses. These will either be Dillon 1100s/1050s with autodrives, bullet feeder, etc, basically fully loaded. Or Mark 7 Revolutions (The blinged commercial variant from Mark 7/Lyman). I've done the standard googling, read all of the history et al. However, most of what's out there is fan boy comments, and there is not much recent regarding direct experience.Specifically, looking for anybody who has gone from an automated Dillon (1050, 1100) to a Revolution, runs both side by side, or a Revolution owner who had previous Dillon experience, but chose the Revolution anyway. If you're a Mark 7 guy, sell me on why I should go with the Revolution, if you're a Dillon guy, sell me on why I should stay blue.The specific points I'm looking for:1. I already know I can make safe, solid, high quality, <15 SD pistol and revolver ammunition on the Dillon. How about the Revolution?2. The major contributing factor for considering the Revolution is the auto priming system....dump a thousand primers in the hopper and go...but is it reliable? I can live with 1 out of a thousand rounds having a flipped primer, I'll find those in QA and that's within my tolerance...but not 1 out of a hundred.3. Wear and tear, parts availability, and uptime. I have enough Dillon parts on hand to damn near build a complete press...things that I've learned the hard way need to be readily available. I will be starting over from an institutional knowledge perspective with the Revolutions. What is my over all reliability going to be with them? Can I keep commonly needed parts on hand? Or are they difficult to find parts for in general? How is the support? I know they struggled early on, but by all accounts, since Mark 7 was purchased by Lyman, things have improved, what is your real world experience with this support? Here, I'm looking for post Lyman purchase support experience. Not overly concerned about warranty, but more interested in long term support even if it's pay to play. Am I going to be able to call a technician up and tell them about a problem, and get real help, and availability to a needed part?4. Caliber changeover. From the videos I've watched, and user manuals I've read it seems slower and more complex than on a Dillon, is my perception wrong? It may be a matter of training and gaining experience, or it may just be a huge pain. This isn't a deal breaker, but I need to understand how my process may be changed...will I need to plan on doing say.....20K rounds at a time to make a caliber change worthwhile? Or is it just a matter of maybe taking an extra hour to do a complete changeover, which would not really impact me.5. Overall impression of fit, finish, quality of construction, etc. Dillon has a well established history of function over form. It may be ugly, but it works well, and works with very little fiddling once configured and established. I worry about the Revolution being the opposite....looks fantastic in a brochure...did they choose appearance over function?6. Maintenance. Maintenance on the Dillon is super easy...hit it with the air compressor every day, grease it every month, and every couple of months do a more thorough PM, looking for wear and tear and such. Maybe once a year, pull all the linkages apart and regrease, reassemble, realign, and fire it up. Is the Revolution going to be similar? Is it a platform that will require constant tinkering and adjustment? Is there more involved maintenance?
I did consider a Camdex, but I can only budget one, and I'm not comfortable with their advertised powder throw accuracy.Anyway, if you've lasted through this entire long winded read, any comments will be appreciated.