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Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / WTS Star Lubesizer Dies
« on: August 22, 2018, 09:39:25 am »
Moved to the Cast Boolets forum in Swappin and Sellin

Star Lubricator & Resizers / Not a Star
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:16:26 pm »
In case any of you are watching, or possibly bidding on the "Star Luber and Sizer" currently on eBay

It is not a Star, it is a Phelps. Not to say it isn't a good Lubesizer, but it's not a Star, and other than the dies and punches, parts are not interchangeable with a Star. I told the seller, but apparently he didn't care.


Star Reloaders / Parted out Star Reloaders on eBay
« on: December 08, 2015, 04:17:04 pm »
You may have noticed that someone, (not me) has parted out a number of reloaders on eBay.   This is a good time to remind members that bronze primer casting is not interchangeable on different Star reloaders.   They were fitted at the factory and both bronze casting and the steel floor base were stamped with matching numbers.   A primer casting will NOT fit any other steel floor base.

Likewise, the crank shaft bearing was fitted to the column during final assembly.   The taper pin hole location is slightly different on every machine.   The chance of purchasing a separate Column and a crank shaft bearing and having them fit properly is extremely low.   Unfortunately they are not marked in any way to aid in matching them up.    When I rebuild Star reloaders I stamp both the column and the crank shaft bearing to ensure I reassemble matching parts.

Bruce Williams
Star Machine Works

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Star Parts on eBay
« on: November 03, 2015, 02:14:45 pm »
Recently I have been listing some Star reloader parts on eBay under the user ID starmachineworksllc.   I am listing parts on eBay primarily as advertising in order to let folks who don't frequent this forum know that Star parts are available.   My prices on eBay are higher than my standard prices because they include the eBay and PayPal fees.

If you are interested in something I have listed on eBay, you can save if you contact me directly.   I have most Star reloader parts in stock.  I am only listing a small sampling of commonly used parts on eBay.   Although I have a long history with eBay under my personal user ID rbwillnj, I'm starting as a new user with the StarMachineWorksLLC user ID and eBay will only let me list five (5) items per month.

Best Regards,
Bruce Williams

Star History / Star Inline or Straight-line Reloader
« on: September 11, 2015, 10:49:16 pm »
In December 2014, not long after purchasing Star Machine Works I took a trip to the northern part of New Jersey to look at a collection of Star Reloaders that was for sale.   Among the ten Star reloaders and four Phelps reloaders were two Star Inline (also referred to as Straight-Line) reloaders.   I brought them home along with six Universals.  As time has allowed I have been working to restore one of the Inlines.   It required parts from both machines plus some parts I acquired in the Star acquisition to get one of the Inlines to its current state.   I am still missing the primer slider, chain and counterweight that can be seen in the last two black in white pictures that were taken by Ken Walters and provided to me by Ken Neeld from the ARTCA forum.  The missing parts are a Rube Goldberg system of advancing primers held in the horizontal rectangular primer tube to the priming station.

This machine cannot be considered a progressive reloader as the cases must be moved from station to station manually, and it is not possible to perform all operations at the same time.   

You will note that the patent number is the same number used on Progressives and Universals.   Since there are Progressives with "Pat Pending" bases, it would seem to indicate that these machines came after the introduction of the "Progressive" even though the Progressive seems a far more advanced than the inline.  Although the Patent number on this machine is the same as used on the Progressives, I don't see anything in the Patent that would apply to this machine.

It's difficult to get a good idea of how this machine works based on the pictures, so when I have the time I plan to put together a YouTube video of the machine in operation.

Bruce Williams

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / WTS New Crank Shaft Handles
« on: April 30, 2015, 11:46:47 pm »
New Crank Shaft Handles now in Stock.   $35 plus shipping.  Please Contact Star Machine Works directly.


Star History / Star Machine Works, the Next Chapter
« on: November 16, 2014, 04:42:39 pm »
Dear  Star Enthusiast:

I am pleased to announce that Star Machine Works is under new management.   I have completed the purchase Star Machine Works from Bill Cunningham and everything, parts, jigs, fixtures etc. have been moved east to New Jersey.  We have nearly completed the process of unpacking and organizing the tons (literally) of “New Old Stock” parts and look forward to serving fellow Star enthusiasts for years to come.

My goal is to provide all of the parts needed to keep these fine machines operating.   As mentioned above, I have tons of original Star parts in inventory.  Unfortunately, some parts are sold out, so I will be working to replenish stocks of those parts as quickly as possible.
I currently have no plans to produce “New” Star Universals or Progressives, but I will continue to rebuild/refurbish/refinish Star reloaders into like new condition.  The many original Star jigs and fixtures I have acquired will enhance my efforts in this area.   I generally have fully rebuilt Star Progressives and Star Universals in a variety of calibers available for purchase.

R. Bruce Williams
Aka “rbwillnj” on the Star Reloaders Forum
(908) 750-6312
StarMachineWorks at ptd dot net

I offer both standard length (13 inches) and Long (15 1/4 inch) primer magazines and follower rods to match.  The 15 1/4" primer magazines easily hold 100 primers.   

Primer Magazines, Standard Length or Long version are $35 each.

Primer Follower Rods, standard or long are $15 each.

I also offer primer pickup tubes, both standard length (~9") and long versions which hold 100 primers.

Standard and Long Small Primer Pick up tubes are $10 each.

Standard and Long Large Primer Pick up tubes are $15 each.

Plus shipping of course.   StarMachineWorks at ptd dot net

Star Reloaders / Another Homemade Star type reloader
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:54:41 pm »
This one was given to me recently.   No idea who made it, but some interesting features.   In particular it has a pressed in bearing in for the crank shaft assembly and roller bearings for the shell plate.  It has a Phelps tool head and a Star shell plate.  The underside of the Star shell plate was machined to give a smooth surface for the roller bearing.

I'll give it an A for effort as I'm sure it was a lot of work.

Star Lubricator & Resizers / When did Star add the Jam Nut to the Lubesizer
« on: February 06, 2014, 11:35:28 am »
Clarence Peterson's patent for the Star Lubesizer was filed in 1934 and granted in November of 1935.    The Lubesizers were manufactured by Star until 1993 when Magma Engineering acquired to that portion of the Star business.  Magma continues to make the "Star Magma" sizer to this day.

The Star Lubricator Sizer underwent very few changes over the course of its production, but one of the later changes was the addition of a Jam Nut at the base of the lube reservoir.  Magma continues to use the jam nut to this day.

First Question:  For those of you who might have purchased a Star Lubricator sizer directly from Star, when did you purchase it, and did it have a Jam Nut or not.   I'm trying to pinpoint when that design change occurred.

More Questions to follow....

Star History / Pictures from the Past
« on: May 27, 2013, 07:07:40 pm »
The attached pictures are courtesy of member ar dick harris.   All were taken in 1969/70 time frame.

The first one is Elard Mock assembling Stars in the shop area in 1969.  The first picture I have ever seen of the inside of Star Machine Works.

The next picture is of Ira Wilkerson and Dick Harris outside Star Machine Works in 1969.   Ira worked in the office and handled incoming phone calls.

The third picture is of John Hulme outside of his garage work shop.  According to Dick Harris, John produced the Hulme Case Feeders in a 10ft X 10ft corner of the garage.

Lastly, Elard Mock's business card.

Thank you to A R "Dick" Harris for sharing.

Star Reloaders / MA Systems Instructions?
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:55:29 am »
I recently picked up a number of MA Systems products including, the case feeder, bullet feeder, indexer and auto eject.   I have no instructions, and I don't know if what I have is complete or missing parts.   

Does anyone have instructions for these products?


Star Reloaders / Homemade "Star"
« on: March 30, 2013, 12:50:40 pm »
Thought you folks would enjoy this.   Attached are pictures of a "Star" made by a local machinist.  Word is that he was a machinist at Bethlehem Steel.   Local folks know at least four were made and sold at gun shows at a discount to Stars.   This machine is set up for 38 Special.  I personally know of one other that has tool heads for 38 Special and 45 ACP.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / WTS Lee Case Feeder Adapters
« on: November 29, 2012, 02:58:37 pm »
I sell an adapter that lets you mount the Lee Case Feeder to you reloader.   The Lee Collator works in much the same way as the Freeloader in that you dump in handfuls of brass, and they turn bottom side down and fall into the tube.  The Lee case feeder has four tubes which can be rotated into position in turn as each is empty.

Note: Lee has discontinued the Large Pistol Case Feeder around which my adapter was designed and now supplies a Universal Case Feeder at twice the price.  However, I have purchased a whole bunch of the old inventory of Large Pistol Case Feeders so I can continue to offer my adapter plus the case feeder and collator at the same price.  I now sell the complete system only, with either an aluminum or brass adapter.

The adapter, complete with case feeder, collator and 11" drop tube is $60 with the aluminum adapter, or $75 with the brass adapter.  The 11" polycarbonate tube that connects the adapter to the Hulme case feeder has a 1/2" ID which will work with all calibers up to and including 41 Magnum.   I can supply a polycarbonate tube that will work with 44 Magnum, 45 Colt and 45 Auto Rim instead, or if you want both it's an additional $5.

Shipping via Priority Mail with insurance should be $20 or less depending on your location.   FedEx Ground would be a few dollars less.   

The Brass version is currently out of stock but will be available later this winter.

Bruce Williams

Star Machine Works LLC

Star Reloaders / Surprise Packages
« on: October 15, 2012, 06:15:05 pm »
Today I received two packages, each containing a nice Star Reloader.   Only problem is, I don't know who sent them, or why I was so blessed.   Both packages had a label from the Atlanta Mail Recovery Unit, but neither contained a return address or any information that would help me discern who the sender was.  I believe the reloaders were repacked by the post office.
If you are the sender, please contact me by "private message".

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