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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-23-2018, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Some of you may have seen my article titled, Casting with a PID Controller, that was recently published in The Single Shot Exchange Magazine and also posted on my website. It was submitted a few months ago and is already outdated since both RCBS and Lyman have recently introduced new casting furnaces with PID controllers built in. The RCBS ProMelt 2, RCBS Easy Melt and the Lyman Mag 25 feature easy to program and use PID feature. All hold 25 lbs of alloy. The RCBS ProMelt 2 and Lyman Mag 25 are bottom pour designs but can also be used for ladle dipping. The RCBS Easy Melt model for ladle dipping only is an especially good buy. MidwayUSA is offering a limited time sale for $109.99 & shipping is free. The regular Midway price is $129.99 and RCBS lists the unit for $149.95.

It seems the casting equipment suppliers are finally starting to wake up to the use of digital technology. No doubt there will be more offerings to come. I bet Lee won't be left in the dust for long and Waage will have to upgrade their pot to stay competitive.

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What is a PID. And why do I need to control it?
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Read all about it here: http://www.texas-mac.com/Casting_wit...ontroller.html
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Although I have a RCBS furnace which is controlled with a separate PID, I ordered an Easy Melt from MidwayUSA yesterday & its on backorder. So I probably wont qualify for the $25 rebate but its still a good deal without it.

Below is some feedback on the RCBS Easy Melt I just received from a guy that recently bought one. He also has a Waage pot controlled with a separate PID.

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I ordered and received a RCBS Easy Melt from Midway. I set it up next to my Waage w/PID controller to make a comparison. The Easy Melt has a built in PID. My observations:
Price RCBS $109.99 + $11.49 shipping and additional $25.00 rebate from RCBS (must purchase by 3/31/18) advantage Easy Melt
RCBS holds more alloy and no thermocouple in the pot which is required with a separate PID. advantage Easy Melt
RCBS held the temperature more constant than the Waage while casting 20 bullets each. advantage Easy Melt
RCBS made in China. advantage Waage
For the price, I couldnt pass this up as a second pot. After using the Easy Melt today, my Waage w/PID is my second pot. I was pleasantly surprised by the Easy Melts performance, considering the low price. I think having the PID as an integral part of the unit is giving it better temperature stability.
I just hope the Easy Melt holds up..
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Thanks, but now my head is full. Im impressed
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Guys,

If you subscribe to The Single Shot Exchange Magazine you can ignore this post since the article was just published in the most recent June 2018 edition. Otherwise, if youre interested in a detailed evaluation of the RCBS Easy Melt casting furnace, click on the following link: http://www.texas-mac.com/Evaluation_..._with_PID.html

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i've always ladle cast using lee 20# pots, but bought the rcbs easy melt because of the multiple discounts much earlier this year. fired it up last week with 21# of 16:1 alloy and it didn't take long to melt it all down. a check with a pot thermometer shows 706* versus the PID 700*, not bad.


but here's my problem with this pot - it takes over THREE HOURS for it to properly cool down do 160* or less.


i'll stick with my cheapo lee pots.

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