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Lee Bench Plate

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jgh4445, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. jgh4445

    jgh4445 Active Member

    May 17, 2008
    South Alabama
    Just bought a Lee bench plate. Looked like a neat contraption. I used the two wooden blocks to mount my Rock Chucker and my RCBS Lubrisizer. Seems to be a solid platform. Switching between presses will be a breeze. Now, I'd like to mount My L-N-L AP. Think I'll have to use wood blocks there too since the mounting holes are so large in the press base.I don't think the thin metal base provided will work. I'll counter sink the bolt heads on the bottom side of the wooden block. Has anyone had any experience using the bench plate with the L-N-L?
  2. Lost Sheep

    Lost Sheep Senior Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    I have never seen one, but have seen pictures and read some threads about it.

    My advice: Take care that the plate with the press mounted on it is unable to slip out. When it was first made, if you did not torque the clamp bolts down real hard, it could slip out, the whole press and everything would come away, still mounted to the plate.

    They now have a hole (or two?) through which you drop a cotter pin to ensure the plate cannot move. If your plate and clamps do not have such a safety feature you can use a drill and make one easily enough.

    Good luck. Thanks for asking our advice.

    Lost Sheep
  3. higgite

    higgite Active Member

    Dec 17, 2009
    If you use wood blocks, do what Lost Sheep said to insure your press won't slip out at an inopportune time and customize one or more of your feet. ;) For instance, what I did was mount my turret press to one of the wood blocks per instructions, anchored it securely in the baseplate and drilled a hole all the way through the wood block, the steel baseplate and my bench top. Then mounted a single stage press to a second wood block and drilled a matching hole through that block. Makes an excellent place to store the Phillips head screwdriver that you will need when you want to swap out presses.
  4. hAkron

    hAkron Participating Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    Akron, Ohio
    I've pulled my press into my lap a few times when I was using my lee bench plate. It's nice because your instinct is to snap your knees together like a mouse trap...but you're not a mouse trap, you are soft flesh and brittle bone, and the press isn't a furry mouse, it's 20 pounds of metal with hard edges.
  5. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Northern KY

    The screwdriver index hole method works for me. I had to drill my own because I bought one of the very early ones. I think the new ones come with index pins now.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2013

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