Little lee dipper

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2frogs posted this 24 September 2022

Does anyone actually use those things. Lee dipper (lead). I tried mine once with a single cavity mold. Even let the spur build up. I was getting uneven bases. Unless there's a trick to it..

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RicinYakima posted this 25 September 2022

You only use them once. 

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45 2.1 posted this 25 September 2022

Useful for pouring long skinny rifle bullets or for very small capacity molds. Any other use will cause you problems.

 

 

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JimmyDee posted this 26 September 2022

Adding flux and removing dross.  The thin steel heats quickly and the melt doesn't stick.

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RicinYakima posted this 26 September 2022

Thought that was what stainless steel teaspoons from Goodwill were for?

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Duane Mellenbruch posted this 26 September 2022

Those Goodwill spoons are very handy.  Drill a small hole near the point of the spoon to allow the melt to drain from the bowl retaining the dross.  Another hole in the handle to screw to a dowel for an insulated handle.  A very handy tool and with the curve on the bowl and edges, does a great job of scraping the sides and bottom of the casting furnace. 

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Lucky1 posted this 29 September 2022

Yep, I bought one when a first started casting back when Noah was getting his feet wet. Best use has been fluxing and cleaning dross off the top. The wood handle has been a good thing but I may consider drilling a hole in it for drain. A good idea is a good idea.

Scott Ingle

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358156hp posted this 13 October 2022

The LEE ladle is a dandy pot scraper. Beyond that point its utility starts fading fast.

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mashburn posted this 17 October 2022

Hello jimmyDee,

I, like you, use the little Lee dipper for fluxing, but use a table spoon for dipping of dross. I use the little dipper for fluxing because you can catch more air than a spoon, when you turn it upside down to dip in the pot, With my small bottom pour,  it it gives you much more freedom of movement while fluxing than a spoon does.

Mashburn

David a. Cogburn

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