Installation of the Pacific Powermatic is very
simple. Select a bench or table that will allow comfortable operation from
a seated position. A clear bench area of approximately 36" wide and 24"
deep an be considered as a minimum, and additional depth is desirable.
Place loader on bench, centered in the work area, and with the front edge of the
base casting even with the front edge of the bench. The male half of the
quick couple hydraulic connections should extend beyond the front of the bench.
The loader may be bolted to the bench with 3/8" bolts or lag screws. This
is not absolutely necessary, and satisfactory operation will be obtained even
without the loader fastened to the bench.
The power unit may be placed on a shelf or on
the floor under the bench and need not be bolted down. Make sure there is
at least 6" clearance on all sides of the unit and allow adequate ventilation
for the motor. Remove plug in top center of power unit and replace with
the attached breather. Plug must be replaced before unit is transported to
prevent loss of hydraulic fluid.
CAUTION: It is absolutely necessary that
the plug is removed and the breather installed when unit is in operation.
Connect the quick-couple hydraulic connectors by pulling movable sleeve back,
slipping connector on hose over male portion which is attached to loader and
releasing sleeve. The connectors are color-coded to ensure proper hookup.
Plug motor cord into outlet in switch box on the left side of loader and after
making sure the switch is in the off position, plug line cord into any 110-volt
outlet adequately wired for 15-18 amp. constant current draw and fused to handle
30 amp. starting loads.
CAUTION: Extension cords should be
avoided when possible. If extension cord is necessary it must be of #12
wire or heavier and as short as possible. In no case should extension cord
be over 100 ft. or serious overloading of the motor may result.
Your Pacific Powermatic was completely
lubricated before testing and adjustment. Due to the possibility of dust
and grit collecting on the lubricated surfaces during shipping, it is suggested
that the following lubrication procedure be performed before placing loader into
operation for the first time and at the beginning of each loading session
1. With clean cloth wipe old lubrication
from column (A). Wad Guide Bracket Post (B) and Gear Rack (C).
Relubricate these parts with a thin film of "Lubriplate" or similar type
2. Place 1 drop of oil (good grade gun
oil or equivalent) on Pivot Bolt of Indexing Cam (D).
3. Place several drops of oil on Guide
Post Bushing (located on the Movable Platen directly at the rear of the loader).
4. Place 1 drop of oil on each Shell
Plate Bearing (E).
5. Check hydraulic fluid level in power
unit. Fluid level should just cover the plate visible under the filler
plug, or approximately 1 1/4" below the upper edge of the filler plug hole.
DIRECTIONS FOR OPERATION
Operation of the Pacific Powermatic is very
simple and can be mastered quickly. Speed will increase as you become more
familiar with the movements necessary for operation. The hydraulic system
does all the heavy labor. You make only three motions and two fingertip
movements of the operating control for a completed reload.
In order to better understand the operating
instructions, the following explanation of the functions at each station are
given. There are a total of nine individual size dies which are indexed to
a new station for a different operation during each cycle of the loading tool.
Function at each station is as follows:
STATION ONE: Empty fired case enters
size die on the downward movement of the platen and is fully resized including
head and rim of case. Case remains in this size die during entire loading
STATION TWO: Case retained in size die
is deprimed on the upward movement of the movable platen.
STATION THREE: Case is reprimed on the
downward movement of the movable platen
STATION FOUR: Case receives accurately
metered charge of powder from fully adjustable charge bar on the upward movement
of the movable platen.
STATION FIVE: Wads of any type,
including the new shot protector wads, are seated at a predetermined and fully
adjustable wad pressure on the upward movement of the movable platen.
STATION SIX: This is a blank station and
no operation is performed on case.
STATION SEVEN: Case on the upward
movement of the movable platen receives metered charge of shot from charge bar
that is fully adjustable to throw any amount of shot up to two ounces.
STATION EIGHT: Crimp is made on case
(either paper or plastic cases are crimped in one operation in this station).
STATION NINE: Completed case is ejected
on the upward movement of the movable platen, into container at the rear of the
Efficient operation is dependent upon proper
arrangement of components around the loader. The following suggested
layout has been found to be the most convenient for all operators, both left and
Place a quantity of cases, sorted as to brand,
condition and base wad height, in a container to the left of the loader.
Place a Pacific Wad Dispenser, or other suitable container, with correct wads to
the right of the loader and approximately 6" from the front of the loading
bench. Place 100 of the proper size primers on the bench to the right of
the loader and in front of the wad dispenser. With the hopper shutoffs in
the closed position, fill the left hand hopper with the correct size shot and
the right hand hopper with the correct type powder. Place a container,
approximately 6" high and of adequate size to hold ate least 100 shells,
directly behind the loader to catch the loaded shells as they are ejected from
the loader. You are now ready to begin actual reloading procedure.
Familiarize yourself with the operation of
the Pacific Powermatic by operating it several times without inserting cases
or turning on powder or shot. This will allow you to get the "feel" of
the hydraulic control before beginning actual reloading operations. You
will note that platen will stop in any position when you release the hydraulic
control. If loader is stopped for any reason before stroke is completed,
you must finish that stroke when operation is resumed. If stroke is not
completed, damage to the loader may result.
In order to begin loading on the Pacific
Powermatic, it is first necessary to place loader in cycle. This is
accomplished very simply if the following steps are followed carefully.
1. Inspect installation to insure
proper connection of hydraulic and electrical lines. Make sure plug is
removed from hydraulic unit and breather is installed.
2. Check component layout to determine
that correct components are in the proper place and shot and powder shutoffs
are in the off position.
3. Turn on electrical switch and allow
hydraulic unit to run for approximately 1 minute while all hydraulic
connections are checked for leaks.
4. Pull operating lever back and hold
until platen reaches top of stroke and pressure relief valve opens, release
operating lever and platen will remain in the up position.
Opening of the pressure relief valve, which is an integral part of the
hydraulic unit, is accompanied by a noticeable change in sound from the power
unit. It is necessary to hold operating lever engaged until the pressure
relief valve opens on each stroke of the loader, both up and down. This
insures uniform reloads by maintaining exactly the same pressure for every
5. Place empty fired case on shell
holder post and pus operating lever forward and hold until platen reaches
bottom of stroke and pressure relief valve opens.
6. Pull operating lever back as in
step 4. Place empty case on shell holder post and push operating lever
7. Pull operating lever back.
Place empty case on shell holder post and proper size primer in primer post
cup. Push operating lever forward to return platen to down position.
Remember to hold operating lever until pressure relief valve opens on every
stroke, both up and down.
8. Turn powder shutoff to on position
and repeat step 7.
9. Place proper wad in wad guide and
repeat step 7.
not push wad down into wad guide as this will spread the spring fingers making
it impossible for them to enter the case mouth and increasing the probability
that the spring fingers will be broken.
10. Place proper wad in wad guide and
11. Turn shot shutoff to on position
and repeat step 10.
12. Place proper wad in wad guide,
pull operating lever back, hold until platen reaches top of stroke and
pressure relief valve opens. Place empty case on shell holder post and
proper primer into primer post cup, push operating lever forward and hold
until platen reaches full down position. Always remember to hold
operating lever engaged until pressure relief valve opens, both on the
upstroke and on downstroke.
The loader is now in cycle and ready for
production loading. The illustrations below depict the three simple
movements necessary for operation of the Pacific Powermatic.
After loading several shells, be sure to cut one or two shells open and check
both shot and powder weights to make sure charge bar adjustment is as desired.
This is an extremely important safety measure that should be taken when
changing powder charges, and is recommended as a periodic safety check.
OPERATING THE POWERMATIC
1. With loader in starting position
(motor running, platen in down position) operator places wad in wad guide.
2. Operator pulls hydraulic lever back
(1) holding until platen reaches top of stroke, then releasing - platen will
remain in up position. During this operation, the shell plate rotates
automatically, ejecting a loaded shell as it goes. Then, simultaneously
(in progressive positions) case is deprimed, powder is dropped, wads are
seated at correct pressure, shot is dropped and a perfect crimp is made.
3. While platen is in up position,
operator places on shell holder post (1) and primer in primer post cup (2).
Operator then pushes hydraulic lever forward holding until platen reaches down
position, then releasing. During this operation, one casing is resized
including head and rim, and another is primed. Operator then repeals
steps 1 and 2.
ADJUSTMENT OF THE
The Pacific Powermatic is hydraulically
powered and first impression may be that it would be extremely difficult to
adjust. This is not true. Adjustment of the Powermatic is no more
difficult that conventional, manually powered loaders. The first step in
adjusting, as on any loader, is to become completely familiar with proper
adjustment procedures. Before making any adjustments, please read and
thoroughly understand the following instructions.
Your Pacific Powermatic was completely
adjusted and tested before leaving the factory. No adjustment should be
needed when first placing the unit into operation.
We will cover the adjustment procedure by
beginning with the two most frequently made adjustments - Wad Pressure and
The Pacific Powermatic is designed to provide continuously adjustable wad
pressure settings ranging from 30 to 100 lbs. Wad pressure is read on
the scale that extends from the top of the wad pressure assembly, when case
with powder and wads is in that station and platen is in the up position.
With the platen in the up position, not the reading on the wad pressure scale
and determine if more or less wad pressure is desired. Adjustment of the
wad pressure must be done when the platen is in the down position.
Return platen to down position after inserting empty case and proper primer in
their respective positions. Adjustment is made by loosening lock nut
(250-12) and threading wad pressure assembly up to decrease or down to
increase wad pressure. One complete rotation of the wad pressure
assembly is equal to approximately 10 lbs. pressure. When correct
adjustment has been reached, tighten lock nut (250-12) to retain this
There are two crimp die bodies furnished with your Pacific Powermatic, a
standard crimper for use with fired paper cases and a double acting crimper
for plastic cases. To change from one of these crimpers to the other, it
is necessary to remove the 1/4" hair pin clip (9-G27) from the shaft that
extends through the crimp die bushing (PM-62), remove the crimper, insert the
other style crimper and replace the hair pin clip. Adjustment of the
crimp die must be made when platen is in the down position. To adjust
crimp for depth, either paper or plastic cases (loosen lock nut (250-12) on
crimp die bushing (PM-62) and thread bushings down to deepen crimp or up to
made a more shallow crimp. When correct adjustment has been determined,
tighten lock nut.
When double-acting crimp die is installed, it must be free to move up and down
and also rotate.
The adjustment of the charge bar must be very precise in order to obtain safe,
reliable reloads. To insure correct adjustment, it is necessary to have
access to a high-quality powder scale such as the Pacific Deluxe Scale.
Your Powermatic as received from the factory is adjusted for the load marked
on the labels on the ends of the charge bar. This load should always be
checked for weight, as there can be considerable variation between different
lots of the same type powder or shot. To adjust charge bar for other
charges, remove labels from end of charge bar. Turn shutoff valve
(PM-78) to the off position (arrow in horizontal position). Loosen
measure lock screw (CL-5) and lift-off measure casting (PM-76). You will
note that charge bar contains a full charge of both shot and powder.
Adjustment can be made without emptying charge bar. Insert screw driver
through charge until it bottoms on piston, rotate slowly until screw driver
enters adjustment slot in piston. Loosen socket head set screw (PM-51 on
shot and PM-52 on powder) located in the end of the charge bar. Thread
socket head set screw to retain setting. Replace measure casting, turn
shutoff valve to open position (arrow in vertical position) operate loader
several times to settle powder in hoppers, then weight next charge dropped.
If further adjustment is necessary, repeat above procedure until exact charge
SHELL HOLDER POST:
The shell holder post performs a two-fold operation. It holds and aligns
empty case while it enters size die and also serves as an anvil against which
the head of the case is pressed during resizing. This post was correctly
adjusted at the factory and unless the lock nut (SS-5) becomes loose, should
never need adjustment. If adjustment becomes necessary, loosen lock nut
(SS-5) on both shell holder post (PM-7) and platen stop (PM-14) and thread
them down approximately 2 to 3 turns. With motor running, push operating
lever forward to be sure that platen is in full down position. Adjust
shell holder post up until case enters size die fully and is resized
completely, including the rim of the case. With case still in position
in station #1 and platen in full down position, adjust platen stop up until it
contacts the bottom of the platen firmly. Lock both the shell holder
post and platen stop in place by retightening lock nuts.
The primer seating assembly is adjusted at the factory and should require no
further attention. To adjust primer seater assembly, loosen lock nut
(SS-5) at bottom of base and thread entire base up or down to attain the
correct adjustment. When correct adjustment has been reached, retighten
lock nut. After height adjustment has been made, check primer post to
make sure it is centered under the die. To check centering, make sure
platen is in full down position, shut off electrical switch, remove size die
that is in place directly over primer seating post. Place primer in cup
and measure with calipers or dividers to make sure primer sits dead center
under die. This correct alignment prevents concaving of case head from
WAD GUIDE BRACKET:
Adjustment of the wad guide bracket (PM-43) allows it to be used with all
types of wads. For use with one-piece wad column-shot protector
combination wads, adjust wad guide so that when wad is seated on top of spring
fingers, the wad pressure ram (PM-53) enters the shot protector approximately
1/16". For Alcan Combo Wads or two-piece wad columns, wad guide bracket
may be adjusted slightly lower to give more finger clearance. To adjust
wad guide bracket (PM-43), loosen set screw in back of wad-guide bracket and
slide bracket up or down as necessary. Retighten set screw to retain
bracket in position.
Do not push wads down into wad guide as this will spread spring fingers making
it impossible for them to enter case and causing breakage of the fingers.
Due to the steel head construction of
Remington and Peters high brass plastic hunting load cases, it is necessary to
have a set of special size dies of larger diameter in order to load them on
the Pacific Powermatic. Size die furnished with the Powermatic are of
the correct size for all target load plastic cases and for all paper cases
including high brass hunting load cases.
After some use you may find slightly seepage
of hydraulic fluid at the unit. This is normal in all hydraulic systems
and unless it becomes excessive is no cause for concern. Seepage at the
threaded joints can be eliminated by removing line and using "Permatex Gasket
Sealer" on the threads. Do not allow the "Permatex" to enter hydraulic
system by using this sealer too freely.
A pin is located in the side of the Cam
(PM-19). This pin serves as a stop pin limiting the travel of the cam
and also as a shear pin eliminate breakage of other parts of the loader if the
turret should become jammed. If one of these shear pins breaks,
determine the cause and clear loader, the with small pin punch, tap broken
portion out of cam and replace with spare that was supplied with the loader.
If during operation the Gear Rack (PM-59) is
not returning completely to its stops, it is advisable to check for bind.
This may be due to improper lubrication of the rack or looseness of charge bar
housing (PM-73) caused by (PM-65) socket set screw being loose.
When changing powder types, turn shutoff
valve to off position, loosen set screw and remove measure casting.
Operate loader several times to clear charge bar of shot and powder.
Place spout on measure casting over powder container and open shutoff valve to
drain powder. If powder is poured from top of hopper, enough powder will
remain in the shutoff valve to create, under some conditions, a dangerous
overload of the next shell reloaded.
After making any adjustments on loader,
always make sure that Turret (PM-39) is in its proper relative position before
placing loader back into operation.
CHART TO CONVERT OZ. TO
1 oz. = 437.5 Grains
1 1/8 oz. = 492.2 Grains
1 1/4 oz. = 546.9 Grains
1 3/8 oz. = 601.6 Grains
1 1/2 oz. = 656.3 Grains
1 5/8 oz. = 711.0 Grains