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Mounted my MEC 9000 to a bench grinder stand

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hAkron, Sep 22, 2012.

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  1. hAkron

    hAkron Member

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    I didn't have enough room on my bench for my MEC 9000, so I bought a bench grinder stand at Harbor Freight and bolted an old cutting board to it.

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    The top of the stand seems thin so I sandwiched the cutting board with a piece of 2x6
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    I hung a couple of plastic bins for hulls and wads, and an empty kitty litter container for my finished shells

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  2. tightgroup tiger

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    Looks good, like something you would buy for it, but probably a lot cheaper.

    You may need weight under it to hold it down but I like the setup.
     
  3. cfullgraf

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    Looks like a good set up. It will probably do fine just the way it is.

    I used to load shot shell with a MEC 600jr on a particle board typewriter stand. Much less substantial than your grinder stand.

    It will be handy to be able move it out of the way when not in use.
     
  4. hAkron

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    It's got rubber feet on the bottom that help it grip the floor. It seems to be heavy enough to be stable.
     
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    Great idea for sure. I would consider putting a cookie sheet between the MEC and cutting board to catch the lead and propellant that will inevitably spill out of it if it were mine. I did that and it keeps my work area and floor lots cleaner.:)
     
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    That's not a bad idea! My basement floor is pretty well covered in shot.

    Another improvement I'm planning is to drill a hole for the spent primers to drop into a bottle of some kind.
     
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    Where are you going to put the hydraulic unit you are going to want?.... ;)
     
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    Ironic! I built a reloader stand 40 years ago, before I had a place for a real bench. That stand now holds my grinder!
     
  10. hang fire

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    That HF stand worked out great, I never thought of that option. I made a plate for my Mec 600 JR to make temporary mount on my drill press table.

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    A little OT.:eek:
    hAkron---To catch primers I use an old sardine can (large sized, kippers) it catches all of them with ease and holds a bunch. A bit of trial and error and you will get a good placement of it. I also use the sardine cans (opened by a can opener to avoid the lip) to hold small lots of brass as I process them to keep track of amounts before putting in loading blocks. Or to dump bullets or primers into so I can pick them up easily without spreading them all over the bench.
     
  12. hAkron

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    Don't the cans smell fishy??:barf:

    Nobody eats meat in my house, but I guess I could give the sardines to the cats and keep the tin :):) I'm currently using those plastic ziplock food containers. I get 4 of them with lids from walmart for like $2.00 I keep brass and small parts in them
     
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    Only if you fail to wash them well.:D I like them because they will be heavier than plastic and not move. Your solution sounds great also. I was just using something that I otherwise would just recycle so it becomes a useful item for no cost.
     
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