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Need help with a SAECO Lubrisizer

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by SPU, May 4, 2014.

  1. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    I just bought a new-to-me SAECO black (meaning older) Saeco lubri-sizer. It was so caked with black lube I thought the entire machine was black, but some parts aren't.

    Anyway, I have an instruction booklet coming from Redding, who makes them now.

    In the meantime, I've been cleaning it, and I need advice on how to get the hard black god-awful lube out of the reservoir easily, and how to get the die out.

    I got the top punch out easily enough, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to take the .308 sizing die out. I must be overthinking it.

    As for the lube, do you just invert it over a bucket and hit it with a hairdryer? Or is there an easier way so I can be sure to get all the old stuff out?
     
  2. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Heatgun is your best friend for that!! Don't use a propane torch or anything else with a flame... It will get it to hot..

    Took me about two hours to get all the old lube out of my star lubrsizer.
     
  3. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Heatgun, hot air dryer, or boiling water from the tea-kettle. I usually like the boiling water method over the trashcan. If you have some pots you don't like too much, you can boil up a pot of hot water and put it in there (whole thing doesn't have to go in) but all the lube will float off it and get all over the pot, which is hell to clean.

    Usually whenever I change lube, I will use the hot water method to get all the old lube out. Also, if you're going to run a hard lube you might want to get a heated base for it.
     
  4. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    OK, I tried a hairdryer and that was a tad ssssslllooooowwwww........

    I'll try finding a pot at the local goodwill and hang it upside down so just the reservoir is in the water. Anybody have a clue on the die and getting that out? I unscrewed the nut under the die but after that I can't seem to finagle it. With no mechanical talent and no written directions I'm having a steep learning curve.
     
  5. Rick4070

    Rick4070 Central Oregon coast Active Member

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    The dies on my non-SAECO sizer luber are held in by a small setscrew in the front, no bottom nut. After loosening the screw, I take a 3/8"-1/2" drive socket that is a little smaller in diameter than the die, put it under the die, and on top of the bullet lifter upper punch, and use the handle to lift the die out of the sizer luber.
    Don't know if this will work for a SAECO, though
     
  6. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    At my request last week, J & J Outdoor Adventures made a YouTube basic instruction video on the Saeco lubricator and sizer. I had found nothing like this for the Saeco, and answers a lot of questions on how to use the press. Shout out to this guy!