Show me your reloading press quick change setups

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  1. Ledd Slinger

    Ledd Slinger Gold $$ Contributor

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    I have 3 presses bolted down on my bench right now, but have a 4th I want to use from time to time and don't want to make the bench too crowded. Looking for ingenius ideas for swapping out presses quickly that I could purchase or preferably make myself.

    Here's a pic of my current setup. I want to be able to swap out the Coax with another turret press and have nothing mounted there when I'm using my T7. May eventually set it up to swap out all the presses. Of course I can move my arbor press wherever I want. Thanks for any ideas.

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  2. 7stubby

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    Take a look at Inline Fabrication products. They have what your looking for. Don’t have a picture of my bench but do have the ultra mount from them and change out between 3 presses and my case trimmer.
     
  3. Ledd Slinger

    Ledd Slinger Gold $$ Contributor

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    I looked at them before but never noticed the flush mount quick change base plate. That would work so I don't have anything in the way when I don't want a press there. Thanks.


    What else do you folks got? Any good custom home built swap systems out there?
     
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  4. Devon

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    Please excuse my messy bench. I'm having trouble getting my wife to keep it clean and organized.

    I installed a T-Track in the workbench top and made 1 1/2" thick (3/4 doubled) high density particleboard mounting boards and wrapped them in plastic laminate. Works great. [​IMG]
     

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  5. LHSmith

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    I have all my presses mounted (except one is bolted to the bench) on slabs of 4 x 12 aluminum blocks and secure them to the bench (either home reloading room or range loading area) with hefty 8" c-clamps.
     
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  6. Milo 2.0

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    I guess I'm different, but everything has a footprint, and the inline fab stuff is just an obstacle to continually work around. I'd try find a 5/8" or so thick aluminum plate, drill and tap it for 2-3 diff presses, rotate as needed.
    I can snap a pic for reference?
     
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  8. Lou Tenant

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    I saw a bench recently where the person used T-nuts installed on the bench . His tools/ presses were mounted on bases which could be swapped out quickly. Looked clean and easy to do . The tnuts mount flush to the bench so nothing is in the way when the presses are not mounted.

    http://www.rockler.com/screw-on-tee-nuts-choose-size-thread
     
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  10. TerryH

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    Simple bases made from edgebanded 3/4" melamine. I made up the attachment bolts from all thread and hand knobs. There are screw on tee nuts on the bottom of the top. I countersunk the holes in the top for some stainless hardware to plug the holes flush with the top when not in use. Super cheap and very strong system.

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    These tee nuts are very strong and make a super solid connection point.

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    Screw on tee nuts...

    http://www.rockler.com/screw-on-tee-nuts-choose-size-thread

    Hand knobs...

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DVGTE8I/?tag=accuratescom-20
     
  11. Ledd Slinger

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    Nice. I like how there is vituallly no footprint left behind on the benchtop when the base plates are removed. No large holes or slots for small componets to fall in. Looks very simple to make as well
     
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  12. Ledd Slinger

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    Where did you get that nice hi-rise adjustable stool Terry? I like that too.
     
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  13. TerryH

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    Yes. Very simple to make and inexpensive. I use the bench for general gun work so wanted the top to be flush and without holes for screws and such to fall thru. Seems to be working well. Nothing left but the flush bolt heads. I drilled the holes in the top oversize so the stainless bolts just sit in the holes for easy in and out. No real need for them to be screwed to the tee nuts.

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    Just ordered it. Thanks for the link! :)
     
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  16. mtnman31

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    I have a set up similar to the Pat Marlin's ROCKDock. Mine is homemade but functions the same. I have a few different tools I keep permanently mounted to plates and just swap the plates as needed. I set up each plate to be able to use a couple different tools. For example, the one plate is drilled for a reload press along one edge and a cast bullet sizer/lubricator on the other side. I have about 30 bucks in materials wrapped up in the project. My reloading bench is an old, surplus, government work bench; metal frame with heavy butcher block top.
     
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    Photos?
     
  18. Lou Tenant

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    TerryH,
    That's a great looking set-up.
     
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  19. TerryH

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    Thank you Lou! Ton of research went into it.
     
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  20. Ledd Slinger

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    Yeah now that I've seen Terry's bench I feel like I need to do some trim and paint work on my bench :( Lol! Defintely a good looking set up Terry ;)
     
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