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Old 06-27-2022, 2:42 PM
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Has anyone mount a press to a toolbox like this? Or a press on a riser stand, to a toolbox?

Have been considering a toolbox like this(Home Depot has a Husky version that is similar).
https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-s...ack-56613.html

If so, does it stay in place when you operate the press? These have locking wheels; curious if it would move around while during sizing process.
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Old 06-27-2022, 2:47 PM
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I like to sit while I reload.

I need / want a bench for my legs


You can build a table top that folds out from the wall.

Fold it out and then mount the press
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I bought a reloading press that came with a desk cabinet like that. The metal cabinet, even though its thin sheet metal, makes for a solid structure. It didnt have wheels, and the previous owner built up the table top with thicker wood. As long as the desk has some weight in the drawers, sand bags are cheap, it works well. I now use it for my drill press.
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Old 06-27-2022, 3:23 PM
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I was looking for something to organize my stuff, and be able to move easily.

I've used the setup in the attached pictures for years. Works fine, but would like more room, and have all my dies etc organized in a tool box sounds good.
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Old 06-27-2022, 6:20 PM
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Took a left over piece of parallel laminated beam about 4' long. Mounted the press on one end. I don't need to clamp it down or anything. When I need the table space I move it.

To use it I just place it on one of those Husky laminated work benches with the adjustable height. Easy to set whatever height I want, from sitting to standing and anything in between. They sell them at HD. It has locking casters and well made. It has two drawers on sliders. They don't hold a lot but they will hold typical die boxes laid flat plus all the odds and ends.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-52...2BJ2/311742117

Worth the money for a no hassle take it home and use it work bench.

When I use the press, nothing moves. When I'm done I just put the press and the lam beam portion somewhere else.
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I would be concerned with how tightly the wood top is fastened to the metal container. If you're resizing some tough cases, there's a lot of upwards pressure from the press. If you can drill some extra screws to hold to wooden surface down, that would work.

To open the top drawer, you'd have to remove the press because the lever arm would hang down. Not a big deal, just unscrew it, but something to consider. Unless you use a very high riser, in which case you'd run into the problem that the height of the press is too high to comfortably pull on the lever many times.

Or maybe mount the press facing sideways.
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I would be concerned with how tightly the wood top is fastened to the metal container. If you're resizing some tough cases, there's a lot of upwards pressure from the press. If you can drill some extra screws to hold to wooden surface down, that would work.

To open the top drawer, you'd have to remove the press because the lever arm would hang down. Not a big deal, just unscrew it, but something to consider. Unless you use a very high riser, in which case you'd run into the problem that the height of the press is too high to comfortably pull on the lever many times.

Or maybe mount the press facing sideways.
You beat me to it, there are no fasteners, and it sits on dowels as per pic in the manual; also the unit does not seems all that sturdy (i. e. don't open more than one drawer at a time among other warnings):

https://manuals.harborfreight.com/ma...6999/56613.pdf
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Years ago, I bolted a Dillon 550 press on a Craftsman rolling toolbox. It worked well and I liked the portability.
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Just curious.
Where do you mount the press ? Front or side ?
- If mount in front, then how do you open the drawers ?
- If mount on the side then you have to remove the handle bar.
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Has anyone mount a press to a toolbox like this? Or a press on a riser stand, to a toolbox?

Have been considering a toolbox like this(Home Depot has a Husky version that is similar).
https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-s...ack-56613.html

If so, does it stay in place when you operate the press? These have locking wheels; curious if it would move around while during sizing process.
I thought about putting 2 of those back to back and overlaying with a piece of say 1-1/8 subfloor extended out a bit.
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I have a stainless steel toolbox from Costco for my reloading bench. I drilled 4 holes through the top and mounted some long 1/2 diameter bolts from underneath through the top. I then mounted my presses to some 2 thick maple blocks so they overhang the side and use large wing nuts to clamp the presses down. This is sturdy enough to mount my RCBS Grand press down and my Hornady LNL progressive with case feeder with no issues.
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Just curious.
Where do you mount the press ? Front or side ?
- If mount in front, then how do you open the drawers ?
- If mount on the side then you have to remove the handle bar.
In my case, I mounted the press on the side of the cabinet, so it would not interfere with using the drawers.
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I had a single stage RCBS mounted on a wooden produce crate back in the day.

Steel reinforcements around the inside of the crate to give it some rigidity.

Loading supplies and manuals fit inside. When in use I'd stand it on end next to the bench or on my tailgate.

Good for load development.
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I happened to be in Home Depot today and saw their version. I changed my mind from my above post. As a tool cabinet it looks robust, the concern about tipping is more lawyeresque than a practical concern.

My only reservation is the wooden surface, it looks borderline strong enough. Either reinforce the attachment to the box frame, or attach a thicker panel on top. The side handle is only on the right side, the left side is bare. Or if the press must be mounted on the right, the handle is only held on by screws.
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Old 06-29-2022, 9:56 AM
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My thought was to use a press stand so the press would clear the drawers.
Other thought was to make some backing plate out 1/8" steel. Would be easy to cut some 1/8 plate with plasma cutter.

https://inlinefabrication.com/collections/ultramounts

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Where do you mount the press ? Front or side ?
- If mount in front, then how do you open the drawers ?
- If mount on the side then you have to remove the handle bar.
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Part of the draw for me is the ability to move my reloading stuff in my office/music/reloading room. Room has hardwood floor.

Years back I had my reloading stuff on a bench in the garage. But after getting some surface rust on a few dies and press ram, I moved inside the house... I need more bench space for garage projects anyways.

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I use a rolling bench for two presses and have no issues.IMG_8807.jpg
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I like it OP. Those tool chests from HB are solid.
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