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    Press that doesn't turn bench over?

    With a lot of discussions on this forum about downsizing and using small tables for mounting reloading presses, has anybody designed a press that doesn't provide an overturning moment to the bench? One where a small footprint on the floor would stay stable as the press is operated, and using only one hand to operate so the other hand can feed cases, primers, bullets and etc? It may have to be operated in some other manner besides the arm lever, like maybe a foot press in the center of the table? But how would you push back up to set primers?

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    A lot depends on the set up of the stand more so that the press it self. I made several fold up stands that folded up. these were set up with a seat as part of them so length helped and the press was well over the framework. Mounting a press on a small stand in front of all the legs invites tipping due to the leverage it gives the press. A coax or summit mounted over the front leg or just behind it takes this leverage away. A cut out so other presses can be mounted back behind the front legs will help also. On a small light bench and the press mounted on the front edge is asking for rock and tip. Angling the front legs out so that the feet are in front of the press a few inches also works. Look at the grinder stands and other manufactured reloading stands and the press is behind the front feet. Desighn is the key to a solid bench large small or portable.

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    I've been forced to use smaller benches over the years for reloading or just general shop work. If possible screw the bench to the wall, that'll make it pretty solid. The last few I've made had enough weight that the only issue is moving them.

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    Something like this with enough 2ft square patio blocks added to the shelf to stabilize it.
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    Really though, nothing beats attaching the back of the top to a wall for primer seating.
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    the inline fabrication mounts will put any press in the center of the table and give you good stability.

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    I was about to say the same. Using a riser to move the handle behind the front legs is your best bet.
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    When I was a young man and moving away from my parents home(for the last time--yes there were previous attempts) I had moved into a small 1 bedroom apt. and my "reloading room" was the walk-in pantry. I went to the local steel yard and had them cut me a piece of 1/2" plate, 12x15 inches. I files the edges and welded a 2in pipe coupling in the center on one side. I got a piece of 2" pipe from the junk pile at my Dad's electrical shop and welded another coupling to the center hole of and old 15" tire rim. I built it so I could sit in a chair and load pistol rounds and my then only rifle, a 30-06. Mounted my Lyman Spartan press on one side, a powder measure stand to my left, my Lyman450 lubber to the right and later my Rock Chucker across from the Spartan. Plenty of room(if I keep it clean). Over the years that stand has been moved about a dozen times and I have built at least 3 regular reloading benches. I always end up back at my homebuilt stand, even after 40+ years. When loading big rifle cases I just add move lead ingots for counter weight. It sits on a piece of carpet and can be rotated on the tire floor of my man cave easily. (the last two reloading benches I built serve a work benches now.) Is it the best solution? I don't know but has served me well since 1975.

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    In-Line Fabrications . Great design and heavy duty build. Great support beyond the sale. I have two bases and all my regular tools are mounted on his plates.

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    one more vote for the Coax when i first got mine i put it on my bench with just one "C" clamp and sized some 30/06 brass
    just to see how it worked
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    I've my Lee ss on a small three leg workbench. Was similar to the old black and decker workbench, but made a bit different. Works fine, doesn't tilt at all.there are options

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    Buchanan Precision Machine Lock-N-Load Hand Reloading Press


    Not only not going to knock over the bench - you don't even really need much of a table
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    I have my reloading stuff on a small, cheap, 'walmart' desk (about 18" by 30")-- the kind you buy in a box and put together. I screwed a small angle bracket to the top back of the desk and into the wall-- and it holds great even when I put a lot of pressure on the press. some sort of brakwet to a wall is the key to handling the overturning force.
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    Another vote for the Forster Co-Ax... but WOW those things have gotten expensive!
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    I run over 90% of my press work with a Lee Hand press, no table tip overs.

    I also saw a Lee press mounted on a nice 3 cornered stand that seemed like a pretty sweet setup.
    Looked like one of those that mounted 4 or 5 dies on different stations that rotated.

    Which is not what I am into so I did not buy it. But the stand was nice.

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    I run over 90% of my press work with a Lee Hand press, no table tip overs.

    I also saw a Lee turret press mounted on a nice 3 cornered stand that seemed like a pretty sweet setup. Which is not what I am into so I did not buy it.

    But the stand was nice. It appears to sell for a bit over 100$ at Amazon and Midway.

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    I built a triangle shaped bench about two feet deep and pushed it into a corner. 4x4s for legs, 2x4s connect the legs around the triangle, 2x4s for the bench top. Saves a lot of space in an apartment.

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    The RCBS Summit press configuration is such that you can direct the handle forces down through the front legs.
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