thought I was the only one that got a lemon from the factory. Apparently, I'm not the only one.
Trust me, you aren't the only one. Dillon puts out a lemon or two as well (I know this will come as a shock to the anti-red crowd, but it is true).
Hornady makes a solid product. So does Dillon. I happen to think that with Dillon, you are paying a hefty tax for the blue paint. Both have awesome customer service, so in the end you won't go wrong with buying either.
I have an LnL-AP and after getting a couple of quirks figured out, it runs like a champ. Many thousands of rounds without any issues. A couple of tweaks here and there, but anybody with any machine is going to do that so it works best for them.