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Old 04-22-2018, 08:33 AM   #1
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Mounting your Dillon 550

Coming from LCT on a Lee stand that was very versatile to RL550C. I donít have a large workbench - looking for a stand like setup if one is out there. Other interesting ways to mount?
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Old 04-22-2018, 04:18 PM   #2
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Among the ideas I've seen was a very thick maple block mounted in a basement with two screw jacks.
These are the pipes with a threaded end used to support beams in houses.
The board was sandwiched between two of these jacks.
The loading rig was supported by the weight of the house itself.

Lee makes about the most compact loading bench around. you could easily bolt a thick wood block to the top and drill it for the Dillon:

Here's more types. Most might need a add-on top to bolt the press too, and may need to be reinforced so they won't tip forward.

One trick I found with Dillon is when you bolt it down, put a washer on the two front mounting bolts. This will very slightly tip the press backward and that prevents the cases from shifting forward from the depriming and sizing station when the press is operated.
Just find a source to buy two legs, then add whatever size of top will fit where you need it. Most hardware stores will sell bench legs.

Of course, if you're handy with woodworking tools or have a buddy who is, there's all sorts of plans available on how to build one.
Old 04-27-2018, 06:14 PM   #3
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Wink something you can build over time and tailor it to your space and need.

How much space do you have? length and width? chair or stool? up for a little building project? have a harbor freight near you? Lowe's? Home Depot? good with a table saw?
is this going to be a movable or stationary loading bench?
at harbor freight they have steel stands for equipment that are really strong once assembled. you can put two plies of 3/4" ply-wood together to form your top. bolting it to the stand. your strong mount for the RL-550C will be happy bolted to the ply-wood. you can outfit the 550 with all the goodies to keep the mess to a minimum.
the stand has bracing under the top to make a shelf for your supplies or you can put three sides on it to keep it hidden and stronger. you can even put hinges on the sides of the top to make more space that can fold down when not in use. support the folding pieces with something to lock them in place and support them. you can either put a set of locking casters on the bottom or bolt it to the ground depending on what your situation is. you can build a set of small shelves on the back to hold more if you need to. you will need a place for your scale so you will need a table top big enough for the scale on this loading platform. I have built several of these for friends whom have wives that do not want to give up even a six foot section of wall for their reloading. this might take up a small coat closet foot print if done right. also you can toss a cover over it and no one will know what it is and it will keep your equipment clean.

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