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Lee Safety Primer Feeder Model 90997 Review

  
  

OVERALL ASSESSMENT - Works great. Will last forever if handled with care and cleaned regularly, but you will have problems if you don't clean it.

 

Lee Safety Primer Feeder Model 90997
Lee Safety Primer Feeder

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EVALUATION

This Lee Safety Primer Feeder Md: 90997 is a simple and reliable primer feed. It takes a little getting used to but after a few minutes you get the hang of it and can quickly and reliably discharge primers without problem. What's nice about this thing is the simplicity and the fact that I can tell how many primers I have left with a simple glance at the feeder. You can also see that the primers are all positioned properly and if there is any obstruction or problem. Typically, I load it with 100 primers (it can hold much more but I think there is a warning about over-loading).

 

LOADING IS EASY

To load the feeder all you do is remove (twist to the left) the clear plasic cover, add the primers (all facing up), re-install the cover, shake it a little to position the primers into the channel and hang on the press.

 

OPERATING IT REQUIRES A BIT OF TECHNIQUE

When you want to load a primer you first have to make sure the feeder is lined up with the corresponding part of the press that receives the primer. You just have to adjust the feeder bracket by trial and error a few times to get it into the correct position. Once it's there and you tighten it down so it won't move on you you shouldn't have to touch it for a year or so. To discharge a primer all you do is push your thumb against the spring loaded thumb press on the feeder. The feeder, in turn, pushes against and discharges a primer. When you take your thumb off, a new primer is positioned for the next use and the feeder swings back into its "out of the way" position.

 

Lee Safety Primer Feed Jams When Dirty

After three years and over 15,000 successful reloads made, my feeder started to jam. The primers started to jam at the neck of the primer tube and not fall down to the feeder mechanism automatically they way it used to. A few light taps would usually knock them free, until today. The problem has gotten worse over the past 6 months. Now the primers will not drop at all.

Lee Safety Primer Feeder Back Side
Back Side
Lee Safety Primer Feeder Model 90997 Parts
Component Parts
Lee Safety Primer Feeder
Re-assembly
Primer Feeder Model 90997
Cleaned & Assembled

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How To Fix It

To fix the feeder take it apart and clean it. Remove the clear plastic cover, remove the two little screws and pull the pieces apart (see the picture). The circular primer holder is attached to the connecting tube with friction only. Just pull it apart. Clean all the parts and thoroughly dry before reassembly.

Note - I found my feeder to be covered with a coating of a yellowish substance from the primers. The coating was invisible to my naked eye but is readily apparent by the swipe of a Q-tip.

After cleaning and reassembly it worked again like new.

Conclusion

It's a great feeder that has performed flawlessly for reloading over 15,000 rounds of 9mm ammo. If handled with care and and with a little periodic cleaning it should last forever.

 

Another Problem

One day when I was cleaning my feeder the little spring inside it broke when I tried to re-install it (my fault). I emailed the Lee Company asking for a replacement spring but they wanted me to send them my entire feeder for them to fix. That was too much trouble for me so I decided to replace the spring myself with another spring from another feeder that I had for large primers. Here are the pictures of how the primer comes apart and gets re-assembled.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike Coviello is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.
 


 

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