Having said that, I have a Classic Loader for every caliber I load for. I never use them any more. The press is so much faster and more convenient for me. But when I add a caliber (and loading dies for my press), I always add a Classic Loader.
Impossible for me to do this. The Lee Loader selection is very limited and I reload for far more calibers than what is made by Lee. Either Present or past.
Yes, by all means use a mallet instead of a hammer. When I don't use a mallet I use a hammer handle. Works just fine.
IMO all the other items are just gravy on the taters.