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Press "Quick Change" Ideas

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Triumph, Apr 15, 2013.

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  1. Triumph

    Triumph Member

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    Guys - I have two presses on Strong Mounts (CoAx & Dillon 550B) with a tight reloading space. It would be best if I could have one mounting location on the bench and just use one press at a time.

    I am looking for quick change ideas & how to quickly fasten to the table. Quick change ideas for any style press would help as I can adapt your idea to my Stong Mounts.

    Using tracks will not work in my space. Large C clamps will also not work with the depth of the strong mount.

    I want to keep the presses on their reapective Strong Mounts. I'd Like to "Pop" one press off the workbench and put the other on with minimal time/effort.

    It seems I could mount plates & nuts under the table and thread the bolts through the top of the Strong Mount but it would be slow.

    Please share any ideas.
     
  2. Spammy_H

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  3. cfullgraf

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    I have two SDBs that share the same operating stand. With wing nuts on the bolts, i can swap them out in a few minutes.

    A real help to speed will be a storage location for the press not in use. With my SDBs, I have a shelf stand with two mounting pads on it. The one comes out of the operating station and goes on the storage stand. The second then comes off the storage stand and into the operating station.

    I believe Lee makes a quick change mounting system that could be adapted to any press.
     
  4. Muddydogs

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    Lag screw. I bolt my RCBS Rock Chucker and LnL AP down with lag screws. A drill with the right socket will spin the screws in or out fast enough. The RCBS Press has been mounted this way for 20 years with no problems. I only have one bench at my disposal and while its mainly a reloading bench some times I need to free up the space for another project. I figure if I ever pull the lags out I will just bolt the sucker down but so far I have not had a problem loading anything from .380 to 7mm Rem mag.
     
  5. jmorris

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    When we were kids, my brother and I attached our presses to 4x4 wood blocks and clamped them in Dads bench vice, in the garage.

    Any number of ways to mount them to something that sits on a table top and clamped some way, or just bolted through or screwed to the table top.

    The turret press needs a C clamp or two but the MEC mounted to the big wood base works fine as a stand alone.

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    This is the turret bolted to a drilled and tapped table top. You have to back out 4 bolts, but is a pretty quick change, just not instant.

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    If you want it to look highspeed installing "T" slots is cool.

    A 2" receiver mout that is pretty quick to install and remove.

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    If you don't want to make anything you can buy the Lee kit.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/113651/lee-bench-plate-kit
     
  6. BigJakeJ1s

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    Since they both are on strong mounts, the mounting holes are identical. Mark them and install hanger bolts (threaded studs w/half wood thread and half machine thread) in the bench, sticking up through the strongmount holes. Add wing nuts to secure the strongmount to the bench.

    Andy
     
  7. WinchesterAA

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    That is an awesome hitch-loader, jmorris!

    We made something similar to hold surf rods.
     
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