LYMAN’S ORANGE CRUSHER/
CRUSHER II PRESS
Setting up the Crusher
Remove the Crusher from its carton and position it against the edge of the bench top in the
most convenient location (usually near the center of the bench, leaving a work area on each
side). Mark the position of the mounting holes, drill them and use three 3/8 bolts, with wash-
ers and nuts, to securely anchor the Crusher.
The toggle link mechanism and ram have been factory installed.
Decide which mode of operation you prefer - right or left hand - and install the handle in
the appropriate mounting hole in the linkage toggle. Be sure to thread the locknut onto the
handle first. After the handle is screwed into the toggle, lock it in place by turning the locknut
to a jam-fit against the toggle surface.
NOTE: A positive stop built into the frame blocks handle travel after the ram has passed top
dead center. No further pressure should be applied, once the stop is reached, to prevent possi-
ble damage to the press.
Installation of the Shell Holder
The shell holder slides into the slotted top of the Crusher ram (Figure 1) and is held in place
by the integral spring clip. To make the shell holder more accessible to your hand, turn it
slightly to the left if you are right handed; slightly to the right if you are left handed. Most
reloaders use their strongest arm to operate the ram.
Extra shell holders are available for a wide variety of cartridges as indicated in the current
annual Lyman catalog.
Installation and Use of the Priming Arm
Open the package containing the Lyman Universal Priming Arm. It contains a priming arm
complete with a large priming sleeve and a large, flat primer punch to seat large primers.
Should you need to seat small primers, substitute the small flat primer punch and sleeve Your new Crusher Press combines the most desirable
features of O-Frame press design with innovations that
make it truly distinct as a reloading tool. Its magnum
press opening easily accommodates extra long cartridge
case and bullet combinations without the handling con-
tortions required by standard O-Frame presses. Standard
length cases are even easier to reload.
Three staggered mounting holes, instead of the stan-
dard two, keep the press firmly attached to the loading
bench, without weakening the grain in planked bench
tops, allowing the reloader to take full advantage of the
Crusher’s powerful compound leverage mechanism -
which will easily full-length resize the largest cartridge
cases as well as easily handle any case-forming or bullet