OpticsPlanet had the lowest cost for this furnace anyplace on the web. Plus shipping/handling included. Although the price has increased substantially in the 2 weeks since my purchase. Another plus was they had it in stock. A lot of other e-tailers did not. Ship time was 3 days!
I got my $$$ worth from a 10# Lee bottom pour furnace I bought more than 20 years ago. The heating element went bad and although I could have repaired it I decided to upgrade. I couldn't wait for the yet to be released Lyman digital 25# furnace. Patience was never my virtue as I like to cast when it's cold out and shoot when it's warm. I did my due diligence by reading every online review of this RCBS that I could...I never found a bad one.
Now I know why. I smelt wheelweights in my furnace and flux with Marvelux which tends to rust the pot and pour spout rod. This Pro Melt has a stainless steel pot. I've melted 50# of wheelweights so far and not one single drip. I nicknamed my old furnace, the drip-0-matic. Believe me I tried everything to make it stop.
With this RCBS furnace I can run two 2-hole aluminum molds at once which means I can cast twice as many boolits in the same amount of time as the drip-0-matic. The heat dial keeps the temp very accurate over long casting sessions. I really like that as I water quench my boolits for added hardness.
I now wish I had upgraded a long time ago. Although it's going to take thousands of boolits to recoup the initial price.
Pros: What's not to like?
This review was written in the old system and had content requirements that are different than reviews written today.