How many MBA's does it take to mount a press??


March 28, 2007, 11:43 AM
Okay. I have my bench setup and I can definitely tell that over time the pressure (of loading) will have some wear on the top of the bench. So I am have been think about this strong mount that I keep hearing about. So how exactly does it work?

Here is what I gathered thus far....rather than mounting directing to the bench you add an additional square of wood and mount the press on top of that. I guess my question is does it work better to secure the secondary piece to the bench first and then mount the press to that or does it matter?

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March 28, 2007, 11:49 AM
a strong mount is usually a piece of metal that has a much wider base than the press itself. i suppose you could make one out of wood with similar effect. I did.

Art Eatman
March 28, 2007, 12:06 PM
I've had benches made out of 2xwide, and bolted the press directly to the bench.

My present setup is just 1/2" plywood. I mounted the press a-straddle of of one of the vertical supports. But, I do very little full-length resizing. It would be stronger, of course, with a piece of 1x6 and the bolts running through both layers. Set up the press so that the main force of the lever is downward, pushing toward the floor rather that up from it. And always use case lube. :)


March 28, 2007, 12:11 PM
I bolted my presses to a wood base then attach them to the bench via studs permanently mounted to the bench.
To switch from the turrent to the single stage or shot shell reloader all I have to do is loosen three wing nuts, remove the press and replace it with another one.

March 28, 2007, 12:15 PM
There are any number of ways to brace your reloading bench but remember, if it isn't heavy or attached to something solid, it will move/flex when you use it. So, attach your bench to the floor or the wall studs first. Then make sure where your press is located is going to transfer stress to the main load bearing pieces.

Dillon Strong Mount is the black thing you see under the press

It simply raises the press up off the table and gives you two wider spots to mount the press to your bench.

I made my bench by using 2X8's for the top and then attaching 1/2" ply over it. Rock solid with 4x4 legs and bolted into the wall.

March 28, 2007, 02:40 PM
I bolted my press to a piece of 1/2" aluminum similar to the picture above. I did this because the bolts for the press would have went thru the braceing underneath the table top.
I was able to mount the plate clear of the braces and then bolted the press to the plate.

March 28, 2007, 04:18 PM
My press is bolted to the bench, but is is about 1 1/2" thick at the front and I braced the corner it is bolted to. (2X2 6 to 8 inches long with 5 to 7 screws attaching it to the right side of the bench under the top under the press.

March 28, 2007, 04:48 PM
I bolted my press (Dillon 550B) on a piece of lumber leftover from a neighbor's construction project. I then secured the whole contraption with 2 big C-clamps to the work bench or any sturdy surface (desk or dining table). It is sturdy and movable from my garage bench to my dining room table (during winter months).


Mal H
March 28, 2007, 05:06 PM
How many MBA's does it take to mount a press?I don't believe any number of MBA's could do it. It takes an engineering degree. ;)

March 28, 2007, 05:40 PM
MBAs would give you a detailed report explaining how and why you shouldn't do it.

To get it done by someone other than yourself would require a 17 year old with an interest in auto maintance.

March 28, 2007, 05:52 PM
Ranger! Or a 19 year old working on a bachelors degree in industrial technology education. lol Here's a pic of how I mounted mine to the bench. (

March 28, 2007, 06:25 PM
Here's what one PhD can do.:D MBA's need a business plan before they can attempt to mount the press. :neener: I made the bench myself with 2x's, plywood and mesonite. ( ( (

March 28, 2007, 07:34 PM
Well I don't have my MBA yet, but I'll get back to it one of these days, so I'll make a few comments. First, it appears from your comment regarding the strong mount that you are using Dillon equipment. If so go for it as it appears to be well made and works well, just a little costly. My turret and progressive presses are Lee's and I had a holder fabricated out of angle iron to hold a flat steel plate which is drilled and tapped for two different presses. The holder is bolted to my bench and I slide in the plate when I am using the press, very solid and work well. I have also drilled and tapped other steel plates that I have bolted to my bench for other presses and equipment.


March 29, 2007, 12:33 AM
Q: How many MBA graduates does it take to mount a press?

A: Only one, if you hire me. I can actually mount the press by myself. As you can see from my resume, I've had extensive experience mounting presses in my previous placements on work experience. I'm also currently a part-time lecturer on Press Installation at my local Institute of Reloading. My only weakness is that I'm compulsive about installing reloading equipment in my spare time.

/sarcasm tag needed?
//sorry not adding much here... couldn't resist
///actually an Ivy League dropout

March 29, 2007, 11:21 AM
How many MBA's does it take to mount a press??

that depends on whether or not they bring their laptops! :D :D

March 29, 2007, 07:06 PM
I don't have an MBA, just a JD. With that degree in law, I had myself sign a release and indemnity agreement before allowing myself to mount the press. :D

March 29, 2007, 07:15 PM
I built this and all I have is a GED

March 29, 2007, 07:43 PM
Pretty slick, krochus. I'll bet that press is extremely stable. :D

March 29, 2007, 11:06 PM
I spent 2 years at a junior college. Here's how I did it:

March 29, 2007, 11:08 PM
I utilize the RCBS accessory base plate with my Rock Chucker. I feel this adds enough strength to the design.

March 30, 2007, 12:15 AM
Steel plate with screws through the bench top into 2x10 or 2x12 - spreads the torque out over a larger area.

Dave R
March 30, 2007, 01:00 AM
This MBA just got an ol' thrift store desk with a thick laminate deck. I used a big hinge plate as a metal backing on the bottom. Then, just to be sure, I put a 4X4 post under the metal backing plate. Transfers force to the floor. Doesn't get in my way. I just straddle it.

So far, so good.

March 30, 2007, 09:09 PM
The MBA would not actually mount the press. The MBA would dictate that you must mount the press for $1.98 in six minutes or less until you begin to install the press. the schedule will then be reduced to 4 minutes 29 seconds, but the $1.98 budget will remain the same. You will be required to reschedule mounting of the press 7 times in 11 days because the "buisiness outlook" has changed as well as postpone the project for 37 years because it "costs too much". There must immediately be a 130% increase in production of the press after mounting as well as a 13% reduction in manpower to operate it. The downtime of the press must simultaneously reduce by 9%, downtime events by 11%, and maintenance costs should decrease by 17%. There will be charts and graphs and reports. Emails will be rampant. Matrices will be built and people will be held accountable. Lean reloading bench philosophy will be implimented if it takes every dollar you have.

March 31, 2007, 04:59 PM
I just tighten the little screw thingy on the bottom of my Harrell...

My bench in the shooting trailer is made from 2x3s, and the top is 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood with gorilla glue. It is RIGID... Bolted to the side (not critical) and the bottom of the trailer.

March 31, 2007, 07:36 PM
I believe an MBA would find someone in India to do it for him for a lower cost than he could do it himself.


March 31, 2007, 09:18 PM
Hazzard - YOU are funny. Well written! (voice of experience?)

March 31, 2007, 10:28 PM
my tools are mounted on 3/4 in plywood about 8" sq.I'v got to learn how to picture on the forum.Krocus has a plate u shape like me but mine is routed on under side 1/2" around edge also the 8" plate has routed 1/2" to slide in a pin in back secures it.I bought this from Brown I think the shop that makes pistols.I'v got to take picture.

April 1, 2007, 03:56 PM
If nothing else you guys sure are entertaining! I guess I brought it on myself!

April 2, 2007, 02:51 AM
so super glue is outa the question?:uhoh:

April 2, 2007, 06:07 PM
Getting an MBA Degree, "So simple, even a cave man can do it.":what: :neener:

Whether bolting or clamping or super gluing, we all agree that the press and/or strong mount and/or board must be solidly affixed to the bench.

April 2, 2007, 09:13 PM
voice of experience?

In all seriousness, I have 3 presses mounted 2 different ways on my bench. The 2 progressives are reinforced with 2X8 blocks that span front to back with a 2X8 leg going to the concrete floor and the single stage is mounted on an aluminum plate taken from an 11X17 XY plotter screwed to the top of the bench. I dont know what alloy the aluminum plate is, but it may very well be of alien origin. It's only 3/8" thick but has no flex whatsoever! My bench is kinda weak, hence the reinforcing required.

W Turner
April 3, 2007, 02:38 PM
My bench is built out of 2x4s and covered with a 3/4" piece of MDF. My press is screwed into the 2x4 that forms the form of my bench with lag screws in the front two holes and a regular bolt and nut holding the rear hole.

Wait a minute....the last part of that sentence just doesn't sound right.:uhoh:

Anyway, I figure my mounting method will last long enough for me to rebuild my bench later on like I want to as this bench didn't exactly turn out like I'd hoped.


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