Case dryer

I recently purchased a Lyman Cyclone Case Dryer from Midway USA. I’m very pleased with it. I have been using a dehumidifier and homemade draining and drying rack for years. But it was frequently a bottleneck in my process. It was noisy and made the room hot. Lyman dryer will hold up to 1000 .223 cases and far more pistol cases and have them dry in less than three hours. Typically it’s about one to two hours but with a bunch of .50 BMG brass I sort of stumbled across* it took closer to three hours.

It also takes up far less space in my armory.

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* I might buy a .50 BMG someday and then I’ll have the brass to reload for it, right?

5 thoughts on “Case dryer

  1. You’ll find it’s also useful for gently drying lots of other things as well, as long as they’ll fit in the stackable trays. Were Lyman as smart as they think they are, they’d include “dummy spacers” to replicate the perimeter of the trays to allow double- and even triple-spacing of the trays to accommodate thicker items. Since the plastic trays self-stack, other than taking longer to dry brass, I don’t see a reason more trays could be stacked to increase capacity.

    I’ve used wire mesh cake drying racks to dry brass, and other things – they work great for wet gloves – and I’d guess some plywood and table saw work could easily build a cabinet to hold several thousand cases for drying, and a cheap 120V electric heater for the heat source.

  2. I wonder if anybody else think they just relabeled a food dehydrator when they sold this?

    • Many tools and appliances are general-purpose; companies put their name on with perhaps some optimization, and sell them to enthusiasts all the time. Lyman- and Hornady-branded ultrasonic cleaners come to mind, as do Vortex “scope” torque drivers, just off-hand.

      Nothing wrong with it, as far as I can see. Sometimes the optimizations might be worth it to you, other time not. Just so long as you recognize what they’re doing so as to avoid feeling like an idiot when you pay 2x more for the X-brand “case tumbler” than you did for Junior’s XL rock polishing kit. 🙂

      It’s also perhaps worth checking with Grainger for an industrial “generic” equivalent. I’m sometimes surprised at what they carry.

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