28 September 2016
http://www.castbulletassoc.org/view_user.php?id=6375>John Alexander, you said,
"The handle assembly carrying the pin/valve just does not go up and down smoothly."
I have noticed that during operation of my Lee Pro 4-20. I cleaned and lubricated as you did, then I adjusted the handle bracket assembly by bending to restore the smooth operation. It took some looking and trying. But John, I bet if you got a new part and installed it yourself instead of Lee installing it, that you would likely have to adjust it by bending for smooth operation. The part is an inexpensive jig bent piece of flat stock, they don't just drop on and work perfectly.
That assembly is checked and adjusted for function during factory assembly
but is easy to bump out of adjustment. I believe I bent mine with my ingot mold when I was boxing it up with the pot to put it away.
The fix is pretty simple. Clean, lube and adjust for smooth function. I consider this normal maintenance and not even a repair. I'm sure you could do it if you put your mind to it. It is not a design flaw. It is an example of the Lee Factory mission to make the pot affordable with simple engineering and the fewest parts.