I talked to one of the sales guys at a local Lee dealer who owns one of these presses. I was looking at the price and was surprised at the difference in the cost of the Dillon 550 XL and that the Lee was a heck of a deal. When I questioned the sales guy (how is an avid reloader) about his opion he told me that although he owns one, every time he loads 6 to 8 hundred rounds at a session that he is back in the store getting replacement parts. He also said that Lee would replace the worn out parts but since the store he works at has them it is just easier for him to get replacement there.
I'm interested in the Lee still for the same reason you stated. Price. I'd like to know if you have expierenced any of the problems the sales guy stated?