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    Old Lee automatic primer pocket cleaner

    Anyone ever used one, or owned one????
    Have never even seen one, or a good picture of one.
    Sound interesting.

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    I didn't know they ever made an automatic model. I put the regular mode in a cordless drill and it works well.
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    mine

    have Lee catalogs going back to the 70's + never seen an automatic one - the hand one could be used with their case spinner in a electric drill --
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    I got an old Lee mini catalog from a member here.
    Hate it when there are no dates in catalogs.
    It had a Lee automatic primer pocket cleaner.
    Picture is small, and doesn't show much of it.
    Says it works like a Yankee drill.
    I'm guessing you push it, and it spins the pocket cleaner.
    Sounds interesting.
    First I've ever heard of it.

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    I still have them.....I'm old! They are like the old "Yankee screw drivers" just push on them and the shaft retracts while spinning and cleaning. (somebody's bound to ask what the green thing is on the right.....just a leg of my rifle rest.) One's for small primer pockets....the other for large. Circa around 1975



    Like most things Lee, automatic as long as you provide the "motor."
    Last edited by GWS; 09-15-2022 at 05:13 PM.

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    that green thing looks like the last hot dog I ate. Found it way back in the ice box
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Laich View Post
    that green thing looks like the last hot dog I ate. Found it way back in the ice box
    Yup that's why I added that line.......and you lived through that? They make people tuff in Texas!

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    Still have one. Used it alot. Cutter rounds off after a while, but did a good job GW

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    I've got a couple of those somewhere. Never tried them out though.

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    I knew someone here would have them.
    Looks interesting.
    Anyone have a couple that they might be looking to let go????
    I like old tools.

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    They pop up on ebay from time to time. They are pretty neat, Mr Lee was innovative for sure.
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    I'll keep on eye open for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abunaitoo View Post
    I'll keep on eye open for them.
    That could be a long wait, you could simply get a Yankee screw driver, as mentioned above and get a couple of inserts like these.

    https://kmshooting.com/product/premi...tool-selector/
    Last edited by deces; 09-17-2022 at 01:39 AM.
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    I still have a few of Yankee screw drives.
    Different sizes.
    Still use them from time to time.
    Also have a few Yankee drills.
    Those get used more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abunaitoo View Post
    I still have a few of Yankee screw drives.
    Different sizes.
    Still use them from time to time.
    Also have a few Yankee drills.
    Those get used more.
    good to have on hand in preparation for the inevitable lithium battery shortages sure to occur.
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    Are y’all referring to the “Pull string” model. Didn’t they call that auto ? Also chamfer n debur or am I totally screwed up ?
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    Wow . . . Lee discovered a new way to build a box . . . . wonder how many slipped with those and put the tool bit into their hand?

    I guess you could jam one in each end of a cob of sweet corn to use for handles while you eat it?

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    A different thought: Get a zip trim and figure how to mount a pocket cleaner to the spindle.

    I have two and one stays set up with the universal chuck for grabbing case heads. I have used a spent casing as a base for making up different tools such as a primer pocket cutter. A cleaner tool would be no great shakes.

    They are discontinued as well but much later on the time line and more of them are floating around.

    I call mine my “Briggs and Straton”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Three44s View Post
    A different thought: Get a zip trim and figure how to mount a pocket cleaner to the spindle.

    I have two and one stays set up with the universal chuck for grabbing case heads. I have used a spent casing as a base for making up different tools such as a primer pocket cutter. A cleaner tool would be no great shakes.

    They are discontinued as well but much later on the time line and more of them are floating around.

    I call mine my “Briggs and Straton”.

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    I can't believe they discontinued the Zip-trim. I never had much luck with their 3-jaw chuck, but I did find some 3-d printed lock ring adapters to make tightening cases a cinch for trimming. They really kneecapped that cutter line for themselves. With the mods I actually liked it better than their Quick trim line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWS View Post
    I still have them.....I'm old! They are like the old "Yankee screw drivers" just push on them and the shaft retracts while spinning and cleaning. (somebody's bound to ask what the green thing is on the right.....just a leg of my rifle rest.) One's for small primer pockets....the other for large. Circa around 1975



    Like most things Lee, automatic as long as you provide the "motor."
    I am old as dirt too. Got them little "toys" decades ago.
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