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    How I Pin Lee Commercial mold handles

    How I Pin Lee Commercial mold handles

    1) Build a jig that snugly holds the handles
    2) center the jig on a 1/8 " drill bit in my drill press
    3)drill the hole (s) 99% of the way through




    4) drive in 1/8" x 3/4" roll pins and set flush with a punch


    touch up any rough edges with a fine file, sandpaper or?

    1/8" x 3/4" roll pins $4 per hundred at local fastener store (or Fastenal) [online, small quantity prices will scare you!!!!!)


    Some people have success epoxying them in
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    Nice job I need to do a few.
    Thanks

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    same way i did it 18 times 4 years ago.

    got tired of the handles coming off.

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    I have found some of the handles hardness eats my Chinese drill bits. Then I have to switch to my merican drill bits.

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    That Lee sintered steel is Hard! Use good high speed steel or cobalt drill bits.
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    I file notches on the corners of the metal handles and then use jb weld to hold them on. Your method would be quicker and less expensive.

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    Thats a nice looking job. I like the fixture you made to position the handles.

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    I scuff the metal cross from the long axis then epoxy handles on. On over 2 hr sessions might get a bit soft but holds on fine.
    repeated heating/cooling cycles haven't degraded bond
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    I am pinning mine with stainless 1/8 rod I have , drill tap in pin no more slipping roll pins were my first choice but had the stainless rod already

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    I have yet to have a lee handle come loose but I suspect my time is coming. I do wish Lee would make there handles an inch or two longer so they fit my hand a little better and I didn't have to worry about over heating my left index finger when it touches the metal handle end.

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    Wear gloves and you won't have to worry about HOT metal handle parts.
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    Looks like good work Conditor! Great pics too.

    Lee should do something like this. Couldn't add too much cost to production. Handles falling off is a known and widespread problem. Unacceptable, in my opinion. But the marketplace continues to reward Lee for their cheap prices.

    Two for two sets of my Lee handles slide off. I don't own a drill press, and I don't care for fixing manufacturing defects. So I appreciate the better quality of the NOE clones. The lifetime amortized difference in cost is negligible.
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    Elmers white glue and a hammer.
    Thats how I fix Lee's 6 cavity handles.
    Just add glue to the hole and tap them on.

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    I don't have any fancy drilling tools but I do have JB Weld ... if it will repair a cracked engine blockit will hold them handles on .
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    I bought my ridgid drill press for drilling cabinet doors , I really needed it for repairing things when I was younger , but it gets used for lots of jobs ,mainly for repairing fixing or tinkering on reloading stuff or firearms , well worth the money to have a drill press and grinders in this hobby , I have been pinning my lee handles for over a year now as the frustration of having them come loose was annoying , I now pin any handles just for the added insurance of them staying the same cast to cast .

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    Anything you do to these handles can weaken them and they can/will break as they are made of pot metal, I've broken a few because of shaving them to fit and later on they break. Steel handles on Lyman, Rcbs, Saeco, can be altered and not break.

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    The handles on my older Lyman molds have seen a lot of heat and use, so typically have enlarged holes in the wood. I experimented with Gorilla Glue in the hole, and after about six months of use, the handle is still tight.

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    Funny the size of hole that is drilled and then filled with a roll pin or pinning material has not caused any of mine to break , anyone here who has pinned one have one break? how big of hole or holes ? I really do not see them breaking as I do not use molds or handles as a hammer .
    If you do not like the lee handles buy others thats your choice , I like the price and a set of handles for each mold myself , so a few minutes at the drill press and done.

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