Potter lead furnace

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Mag500 posted this 16 November 2023

Hi, just joined the group. Hoping to learn from all of you and maybe add some knowledge to the group myself. Not sure how many people read this forum but I'm thinking of all the folks out there maybe you guys could help me with some questions. I just acquired an old Potter lead furnace. It's the small capacity one (4lbs?). It has three prongs on the outside for a plug. It came with a two hole cord? I read that some of these had a separate voltage control module of some sort? In pictures in the old Handloader digest it looks like it might use the two hole cord. Tried plugging it in and it sparked. Just wondering if anyone has knowledge of these old Potters and can give me some tips on how to get it working. I would love to use it. Not seeing how to post pictures or I would. By the way I collect old reloading equipment. I have about twenty old presses and about forty bullet molds. They seem to gravitate to me. Thanks in advance and thanks for having me in the group.

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linoww posted this 16 November 2023

I had a Potter similar to yours 30 years ago. IIRC there was no temp control.

 

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RicinYakima posted this 16 November 2023

Yours is most likely the Model "E". It holds 3 1/2 pounds of lead. If the cord is plugged into the bottom two prongs, it draws 300 watts and is designed for single cavity moulds. If the cord is plugged into the top two prongs, it draws 400 wats and is designed for double cavity moulds. 

If there are no shorts inside the pot, you may get a little spark when you plug the cord in from dirt on the connections. 

There is quite a lot of information on Potter Engineering tools on the Antique Reloading Tool Collectors Association web site. 

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Mag500 posted this 16 November 2023

Thank you. I'm a member of the Antique Reloading Tool Collectors Association also, I'll check it out. Much appreciated.

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MarkinEllensburg posted this 16 November 2023

To post image click on the image icon as indicated in attached image and follow the prompts.

Browse to locate image you wish to upload from your computer, select it, or paste link to picture in second line of dialog box. fill-in third line with a description, optional. done.

 

 

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Mag500 posted this 17 November 2023

Thank you so much for the information and leads. The cord was the correct one it was just broken. It fell apart. I bought a new universal cord and wired it to the original plug. The old Potter works great! I love it. Much appreciated..

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