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Just a short review of something we're going to be carrying at Firespeed Tactical.

Long story short, I went out to ASC back when it was still cold and wet out, and I was picking up brass around the range...both mind, and range finds that people were too lazy to pick up. When I got home, my knee was tired from kneeling, my jeans were muddy, and my hands were half frozen from digging through the wet grass. A bunch of the brass just didn't even get picked up because I was pretty miserable and didn't feel like getting any worse.

So when I got home I was telling Firebretha it would be great if we could pick up a device that would grab the brass and dump it in a hopper for us. I've seen such a thing for shotgun shells...it basically looks like a giant cylindrical bush and the shells get caught between the bristles and dumped into a basket. So after a little searching I find it...yeah, it's the size of an actual lawn mower, and costs about $500 for the base model. Screw that.

A little bit more searching, and I find this neat device for under $100, called the Brass Mower. And I'll be damned if the thing works a treat.

It's basically a wire basket on an axle on the end of an extendable painters pole. When you run it over the brass, the steel wires flex open a little bit and the brass pops inside the basket.





Very simple, and made in the USA. Seems built pretty well.





The basket has a slight spiral to it which helps it keep it's shape. Doing some research I found this was originally designed to pick up nuts. When I pulled it out of the box and installed the basket on the pole, I dumped some brass on my living room carpet and quickly mowed it up. Easy as Pie.



So we decided to give it a proper field test at ASC during our Mosin Nagant shooting event with Zombie Squad. Gravel, dirt, tall grass, it picked up both rifle and pistol cases with ease...even 22LR cases! (we recycle all brass) Granted, in the gravel it did pick up the occasional acorn sized rock, but beyond that, it was all sorts of awesome.

Here is Brianne picking up some .45 I stumbled across in the middle of the 50 yard range. Notice the money like cha-ching sound of the brass when it gets picked up in the basket, and how easily she empties it out into the bucket. I came home with 1gallon worth of brass in only a couple minutes of Brass Mowing.



Overall super pleased with this find. My only concern is that once this catches on, I'm going to have a hard time finding any brass!

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I've seen these before. They fantastic for indoor use. Nice lazy way to pick up brass without bending over. Not so sure how well it'd work outdoors in dirt, mud, or grass.
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I've seen these before. They fantastic for indoor use. Nice lazy way to pick up brass without bending over. Not so sure how well it'd work outdoors in dirt, mud, or grass.
Watch the video. We were all surprised at how well it worked in the gravel and tall grass. Everyone wanted to give it a try, though I think I was the only one taking brass home, so it worked out for me. LOL

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Simple, yet elegant. I wonder what other uses it might have? Think different scales.

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That's a knock-off of the original. It's not as well made unfortunately. Funny you mentioned it, there were some police at ASC today and they had the Dillon one. It looks very much like the original Brass Mower, but wasn't picking up as well.

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original brass mower is just a few buck more at $56 on their web page ( plus shipping)

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That's a knock-off of the original. It's not as well made unfortunately. Funny you mentioned it, there were some police at ASC today and they had the Dillon one. It looks very much like the original Brass Mower, but wasn't picking up as well.
That's good to know. I thought everything Dillon sells are good.
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original brass mower is just a few buck more at $56 on their web page ( plus shipping)
I'll check it out. Thanks.
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That's good to know. I thought everything Dillon sells are good.
It is good, but it's not great.

I think they went with a less springy steel, so it loses it's shape too easily, and the basket looked slightly larger (probably for more capacity), which made it too easy to open up and lose what it just picked up. The cops who were using it were mildly impressed with the Dillon one, but I found them still picking up brass by hand at the end of their shoot.

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but I found them still picking up brass by hand at the end of their shoot.

BTW, I hit that range and there was not a SINGLE piece of brass to be found.

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BTW, I hit that range and there was not a SINGLE piece of brass to be found.
Yeah, when they were packing up, they had like 10 people out there picking up brass.

I bet none of them reload, they were just doing it for their Sarge. LOL

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Learned something new about the mower I need to video next time.

The spear! you stab at the cases and it picks up the stubborn ones without issue. I was filling the mower 3-4x from the typical before.
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Learned something new about the mower I need to video next time.

The spear! you stab at the cases and it picks up the stubborn ones without issue. I was filling the mower 3-4x from the typical before.
Yeah, I was doing that for the .223 that was over the firing line. The extended length pole helped with that a bunch.

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Yeah, when they were packing up, they had like 10 people out there picking up brass.

I bet none of them reload, they were just doing it for their Sarge. LOL
Always had to pick up our brass to account for it. Making sure we weren't selling to the locals or taking it home I guess. Even had to bring back grenade pins!
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