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 New Ideas on how to mount new reloading press
dayglo  [Member]
3/22/2010 8:17:54 AM EST
I have finally run out of horizontal surface area in my loading room and I just fell into a fantastic deal for a Dillon SL900. I am looking for creative ways to mount presses so that I can still keep a work area yet have the press available with little effort. I know that I need to mount the press on a board but after that.

1) Just clamp the board to the workbench?
2) Cut the workbench in such a way that I can slide in a blank to work on the table or slide in a press.
3) Build a rim on the top of the bench that holds a press

I am leaning towards #1 for many reasons but wanted to see if there were other options out there.

Thanks
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PraesulPresul1  [Member]
3/22/2010 9:50:51 AM EST
I went with #1 but I have seen some #2 ways posted that were sweet. I move mine where I need it especially when I go mobile with my Rockchucker and some big 3 point C-Clamps I got from Lowe's
karlvin08  [Member]
3/22/2010 10:07:35 AM EST
I like #2. I have seen some very good examples on here. What I like about this method is that you can make additional plates to mount other things on and slide them in as needed, and could even have a couple of slots on the bench. I haven't done this yet, but will be incorporating it into my next bench. Right now I have 2 single stage presses and a shotgun press, but have no need to mount them all at once so a modular system seems appealing to me. I also plan on making a plate for a vice of some sort, and maybe even a few other things.
helotaxi  [Member]
3/22/2010 11:22:59 AM EST
I've seen some really cool setups using a truck receiver hitch mounted under the bench with the tool mounted to a plate welded to a section of square tube that slides into the hitch. Use a nut welded to the receiver to add a tensioner to keep it from wobbling.
dryflash3  [Team Member]
3/22/2010 6:27:15 PM EST


What I do is bolt my 550 or SDB in the holes in the bench below the AK.



550 in place.



SDB action shot.

When not in use, I have a clear area in my bench.



Left some of the holes in this pic, for me kinda like a foot in the bottom of a pic.
Crowkiller  [Team Member]
3/23/2010 3:46:34 AM EST
My solution to a very similar problem was to mount the presses to sections of 2X6, then to use carriage bolts, washers, and wing nuts to temporarily attach them to the bench. I have the lengths and holes standardized so multiple presses slide in the same area when I need them.
imtheflash  [Team Member]
3/23/2010 4:40:45 AM EST
All 4 of my presses are mounted to 2x8 or 2x10 and are C-clamped where ever I want them on the bench, no holes in the bench.
Flamethrower  [Team Member]
3/23/2010 6:13:52 AM EST
How about this? I used a steel plate which I broke my toe with, but I have it drilled and tapped for all my equipment. Not all at once but where and when I want it.





The toe that the plate fell on. Broken in 3 pieces and 4 stitches.

Road-kill  [Team Member]
3/23/2010 6:18:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By Flamethrower:
How about this? I used a steel plate which I broke my toe with, but I have it drilled and tapped for all my equipment. Not all at once but where and when I want it.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1293/4220040/21183196/383749830.jpg
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1293/4220040/21183196/383749841.jpg
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1293/4220040/21183196/383749846.jpg

The toe that the plate fell on. Broken in 3 pieces and 4 stitches.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1293/4220040/21183196/383701789.jpg


Holy shit Flamethrower,.................................that's a lot of tapped holes.






Steel toes are your friend.
Flamethrower  [Team Member]
3/23/2010 6:52:06 AM EST
Originally Posted By Road-kill:
Originally Posted By Flamethrower:
How about this? I used a steel plate which I broke my toe with, but I have it drilled and tapped for all my equipment. Not all at once but where and when I want it.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1293/4220040/21183196/383749830.jpg
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1293/4220040/21183196/383749841.jpg
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1293/4220040/21183196/383749846.jpg

The toe that the plate fell on. Broken in 3 pieces and 4 stitches.

http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1293/4220040/21183196/383701789.jpg


Holy shit Flamethrower,.................................that's a lot of tapped holes.






Steel toes are your friend.


Yeah I was not wearing shoes that day. My own stupid fault. I know better.

I made the plate with all the holes so I can basically put any piece of equipment anywhere along the bench at pretty much anytime. That way I can configure the equipment at different places for job specific missions. The only thing I cannot move is the XL650. But I don't see that as something I need to move often. At any rate 6 bolts and it comes off easily if I need it to.
backpack  [Member]
3/23/2010 7:42:02 AM EST
Buy a frankford arsenal portable stand and toss your single stages onto it.
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