Wednesday 07 April, 2021
It's not as fast as I imagined it would be, but still nice not to have to load primers in the tubes by hand.
Sunday 21 March, 2021
This is second review. Let's see if it makes the website. The product itself is poorly constructed, all plastic, and has multiple choke points. Metal screws in plastic that need constant adjustment will lead to wear and the screws nolonger functioning. The hole the the primers fall into the tube routinely has primers that get stuck even though you realign and adjust the collar. Primers feed,then don't feed, then feed with no rhyme or reason.
The 2 stars vs negative stars is for the customer service. They are fantastic. Very helpful, understanding, knowledgeable, and polite.
Great people poor product.
We must disagree that this product is “poorly constructed” because it is made from plastic. It was engineered to be made from plastics, and could not easily be manufactured with any other process other than injection molding with its current design. The materials uses are all high-grade plastics and nylons and are not “cheap” by any means. There are no screws needing constant adjustment either.
I am sorry to read you are finding the Primer Pro finicky to use. most users (over 5,000 of these units are out there being used now) are happy with its performance. Not knowing the details of the issues you have experienced its hard for me to respond in detail. but certainly primers jamming on the way out of the exit hole often has to do with the primer tube in use and its chamfer. Try to run the primer Pro without a tube, dropping the primers into a cup to confirm the exit hole is good. Then, QC the edge of your primer tube hole and symmetry of it.
Depending on the type of primers in use, follow the online advice regarding cleaning/polishing the surfaces of the primer bowl to prevent the tacky primers from sticking to the that surface.
Friday 12 March, 2021
As previously stated, I did have to clean hopper with a plastic polish to get primers to stop sticking, ( I used Plexus ) and I had a lot of trouble with the vibration not effectively getting primers to flow properly. Directions stated that I might have to loosen screws holding hopper to base. Many attempts later I finally has to slip a piece of thin plastic under mounting points. I used a tiny hole punch to make hole in plastic then cut plastic squares to fit between hopper and base finally allowing primers to feed properly. I still don't really trust them to be entirely right side up, so I stand and observe primers as they feed. As I get more comfortable with unit I may be able to trust it. It does seem to be operating as intended, but the jury is still out...
Friday 05 March, 2021
This unit doesn't like Winchester primers. However, Josh got me straightened out and now the unit is running great. I don't like how the primer tube angles back toward the machine. It is awkward to use like that as everything is facing away from me.
Thursday 04 March, 2021
I was excited to receive this product though, with some trepidation due to reviews I read about poor functionality/reliability. Unfortunately, when I received the product, it had some of the same problems others had reported. I tried to troubleshoot myself using the guides for doing so, to no avail. I contacted DAA and they gave me some additional tips, including spraying the plastic surfaces with silicon spray. After implementing their tips, the device is now working 100% (maybe 1 flipped primer every 1000 rounds, if that). I give it 4 out of 5 stars due to the failure of the product to work right of the box for me; I didn't like that I had to struggle with and tune it. The upside is it now works as designed through about 5,000 9mm rounds with no additional maintenance or tuning necessary. Using S&B SPP.
Thursday 25 February, 2021
By for the best primer tube loader I've used. 10000 rounds and one flipped primer. I have retired my Dillon to large primers only. It does take a little longer to load but with a set of four magnets for a total of five tubes I just stay ahead of the game. Cant wait to get one of thes for large primer when it is available.
Wednesday 10 February, 2021
I ordered the Primer-Pro with accessories just because I hate filling those darn Dillon primer tubes. A little expensive but it's like drinking good beer vs not good beer (no such thing as "bad" beer). Worth it! I don't have a lot of primers right now so I just dumped 4 boxes in the hopper and started playing around with it. Read the directions and wax as instructed. Works as indicated and since it's designed to fill primer tubes I'd have to give it "5 stars" because it fills primer tubes well. I have loaded very few rounds since I got it but have loaded maybe 20 pick-up tubes (and dumped them so I could play with the machine) and I haven't seen an upside down primer yet. Confident enough that I sold my most of old Dillon small primer tubes and applied the funds to pay for the Primer-Pro. If I had to do it again the only thing that I would have done differently was to get it sooner! Alex Ragulsky
Monday 01 February, 2021
Worked flawlessly for the first 15,000 primers or so, then the hammer went out of adjustment. Well worth the investment, but get yourself a very small set of screwdrivers so you can adjust the wire connecting the actuator to the arm. Just like every other tool it will eventually need maintenance.
Monday 25 January, 2021
So far its worked great. About 3,000 - 4,000 primer through. For gold colored primers like winchester I sprayed a cardboard box with silicone spray and shook the primers around in the box (found this on internet). For chrome primers like CCI I didn't need to do anything. I think I've had a couple jams but it has saved a tremendous amount of time from filling tubes by hand.
Thursday 07 January, 2021
I am very happy with the DAA Primer Pro Collator. I had an issue with the Winchester primers but to the tutorial helped me sort out the feeding problem. Thank you DAA another quality product.
Tuesday 05 January, 2021
Saw this on a video a couple days ago and thought, "what the heck?" Ordered it. As always, fast service from DAA! I am not a patient person so before I started fiddling with it I read (and followed) the directions, which included a suggestion to watch a video. I ended up watching 3 videos and felt comfortable. Took the system to my reloading room and without doing anything dumped 400 primers in the hopper. The system just didn't seem right. Slow. So I emptied the hopper, took the machine apart as described and waxed the friction areas and travel points with Johnson's Paste Wax--I didn't have anything else. Put it back together and ended up with a filled tube in 37 seconds! I didn't refill the hopper but continued filling tubes. The next tube was a little longer as was the third. The 4th was over 2 minutes. First tip--read the directions, watch the videos and wax the system. Second, when you are testing the system be sure to put the cotter pin in the primer tube before you hit the button or you'll enjoy the opportunity to pick up dropped primers. Negatives, the angle of the primer tube. Also no ready way to mount the system to a bench (yet). The clicking is loud but I think it serves as an alert that while I am loading the system is filling my tube. I use WSP primers and it worked. I'm an old fart and not sure that I'll live long enough to get my money's worth but glad I got it. Bottom line--I would recommend it and I would buy it again. Alex Ragulsky--Broomfield, Colorado
Tuesday 29 December, 2020
I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 only because the initial set-up of the collator took me longer than I would have liked. I did read the instructions in advance of using it, and the first attempt to load Tula primers took several minutes to complete. I followed the instructions to slightly loosen the 5 screws that hold the funnel to the plate, and found that it helped very little - and it allowed a primer to be loaded into the tube upside down.
I was disappointed in the product's operation, so began reading threads about it online. One of the things I discovered was a suggestion to clean the plastic parts that the primers would come in contact with using Pledge furniture polish. After fully disassembling the unit, cleaning the parts with Pledge and carefully reassembling the unit, I was very pleased to see primers filling the tube in about 30 seconds! To date, I have run about 700 primers through this, all with good results and no flipped primers.
I would suggest that the suggestion to clean the parts with Pledge furniture polish be added to the manual as a troubleshooting step.
Monday 28 December, 2020
At first you have to tinker a bit with it, but once it's dialed in you don't have to load primers any more! I love it.
Wednesday 23 December, 2020
I purchased this auto primer filler hoping it would work better than my Dillon. At first it was very slow in filling the primer tube but Alpha gave me simple instructions to correct that and now it is working exactly as advertised. Fills the tube in less than a minute and no primers get stuck or go in upside down. Pretty amazing.
Tuesday 22 December, 2020
First real good working solution for auto filling of the primer tubes. Even with the normally horrible running Murom primers, fills the tubes without a failure! Happy reloading!!
Gert van D***n
Monday 30 November, 2020
Works fast, until the last 5 to 50 primers that won't fit into/through the slots are the only ones left. Kept full, or with more than 200 primers in the hopper, this collator sure beats anything else I've used. And it keeps up with a hand driven 1100.
I push the correctly oriented too-tall primers over the hump with a clean zip tie. Just another clean-up chore, not a big deal.
Tuesday 24 November, 2020
Not impressed, but functional with silicone spray and does not fit the bench well
sorry you feel that way - but it does depend a lot on the brand of primers in use. some primers are tacky out the box, and require the silicon from time to time. others, do not at all need it.
we like the way it sits on teh desk and not elevated above it on stilts, but, tastes vary.
Wednesday 18 November, 2020
I have mixed feelings on this item. It seems to work well but it does get a little dirty after a few thousand primers and then then it needs to be cleaned or the primers will backup and not go into the primer tube.
It also leaves a small number of primers in the sorting system, a real pain to clean out if you have to change primer types.
It is all plastic and a very light. It has to sit on the edge of the table so it can get knocked of. Guess how I know that. It also breaks easily. Given the price I replaced it with the Dillon primer machine. This is cheaper but all it took was one tumble off my reloading bench and it is broken. Since it is all plastic there was no fixing it so it is a throwaway. The arm where the primers slide down cracked and it changes the feed angle.
Not sure the cheaper price was worth it. The Dillon takes up less space and is easier to use. The Dillon is more expensive.
The Primer Pro is designed to run with 300-400 primers in the bowl. For best output speeds.
If you do want to empty it completely, it’s a simple matter of lifting the bowl off and tapping it upside-down over a tray or flat box until all the primers are out. the bowl is easy off/easy on the center shaft.
I am sorry you broke the output ramp when knocking it off the table. If you email us for support, we will gladly send you a replacement part so you can repair your Primer Pro. changing the ramp is not too difficult and there is a video tutorial I can share. It is designed to stand near the edge of the table, which allows it to be shorter/lower and therefor easier to fill. When not in use it can be moved back, with the primer tube removed.
Monday 09 November, 2020
Excellent product. Allows to carry out other operations while he loads the primers
Monday 09 November, 2020
I used this product over the last two weeks to prime 38K 9mm. You have to find the sweet spot with the number of primers and the depth adjustment of the plate. Once that was dialed in it worked well. So far I have only identified 4 primers that went in the wrong way. Pay attention to the warning lights. If it goes off dump the tube reset and start again, chances are you have an upside-down primer that made it down the ramp. I had to clean it after about 25K because it was getting gummed up but it was fast and worth the down time. The major down side is the unit is loud. The constant clicking loading up primers was actually louder then my machines running on autodrives. Overall good product and I would recommend it.