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jwc17
08-15-2010, 12:00
I am considering building a stand for a Dillon 550B and would like to know the length and width of its base and how far apart its mounting holes are.

woncrzymof0
08-15-2010, 12:02
if no one gets to this I'll let you know in about a half hour..

I am in the middle of something but I'm going down to do some reloading and will measure it up for you

Hydraulicman
08-15-2010, 12:20
the part that clamps to the table is about 4*5 a little bigger than the rockchucker

woncrzymof0
08-15-2010, 12:23
the base of the actual loader is roughly 4 3/4" x 3 3/4"

the extended base the comes from dillon shown here..

http://www.eohc.ca/images/550b.jpg

sits roughly 10" x 12 3/4"

OzzyOsbourne
08-15-2010, 13:03
the base of the actual loader is roughly 4 3/4" x 3 3/4"

the extended base the comes from dillon shown here..

http://www.eohc.ca/images/550b.jpg

sits roughly 10" x 12 3/4"

One additional note I want to make: when you pull the handle, the linkage at the bottom comes down below where it sits at rest. So, you want the blue linkage section at the bottom (look at mofo's photo) to extend beyond the edge of your bench.

Additionally, I mounted my 550x to a solid piece of wood, and then clamp that wood to my bench. That way, if i need additional bench space, I can just unclamp the holding block and move the entire thing out of the way, without having to mess with the bolts on the 550.

Hope this helps.

Cheers!

jwc17
08-15-2010, 15:17
Does the 550B need clearance behind the ram to operate properly? If I bolt it to a large solid upright post will I have any trouble with the ram hitting the post?

Colorado4Wheel
08-15-2010, 16:24
http://www.dillonprecision.com/#/manuals.html

Just so you have them

About 6" below the bench the bottom of the handle goes under the bench about 2".

woncrzymof0
08-15-2010, 22:01
One additional note I want to make: when you pull the handle, the linkage at the bottom comes down below where it sits at rest. So, you want the blue linkage section at the bottom (look at mofo's photo) to extend beyond the edge of your bench.

Additionally, I mounted my 550x to a solid piece of wood, and then clamp that wood to my bench. That way, if i need additional bench space, I can just unclamp the holding block and move the entire thing out of the way, without having to mess with the bolts on the 550.

Hope this helps.

Cheers!

yep forgot to mention that.. I actually put mine as close as possible and lightly sanded a notch out so it fits smooth.

Clamp is not a bad idea.. but I built an 8' bench.. I got plenty of room. :supergrin:

Does the 550B need clearance behind the ram to operate properly? If I bolt it to a large solid upright post will I have any trouble with the ram hitting the post?


not sure I understand the question... the bottom of the lever does pivot forward a little and will need to be a few inches away from anything.. if that is what you were asking?

n2extrm
08-16-2010, 14:49
I had this pic from before I rebuilt my bench. This is the 550 with the handle all the way down. Hope it helps.

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu89/n2extrm/bench2/100_1259.jpg

Harley08
08-16-2010, 17:46
Buy the 550
Best thing I have ever done.

jwc17
08-17-2010, 09:08
I had this pic from before I rebuilt my bench. This is the 550 with the handle all the way down. Hope it helps.

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu89/n2extrm/bench2/100_1259.jpg

Yes, that helps thank you.

I want to know if the back of the handle would hit the wood behind it if it extended several inches lower.

Does the edge of the bench you bolt the press to need to extend a bit beyond the face of any vertical surface below?

If you had a workbench with a solid top and solid front that met at a 90 degree angle, would the back of the handle hit the front of the bench?

PCJim
08-17-2010, 13:11
jwc, I have my 550b mounted directly to a benchtop that has no front lip. I'll check it tonight and let you know how far forward of the front edge, if any, I ended up mounting the press. I am sure that I clamped it in place and checked clearances before marking and drilling the mounting holes.

woncrzymof0
08-17-2010, 13:12
Buy the 550
Best thing I have ever done.
I agree.

shotgunred
08-17-2010, 14:34
Yes, that helps thank you.

I want to know if the back of the handle would hit the wood behind it if it extended several inches lower.

Does the edge of the bench you bolt the press to need to extend a bit beyond the face of any vertical surface below?

If you had a workbench with a solid top and solid front that met at a 90 degree angle, would the back of the handle hit the front of the bench?

Yes it will hit with a top and solid front that meet at a 90 degree angle if you are using a 2x6 or bigger front face.

jwc17
08-17-2010, 15:17
Yes it will hit with a top and solid front that meet at a 90 degree angle if you are using a 2x6 or bigger front face.

I ordered my press yesterday and am planning benchwork (actually a vertical 4x6 post) now. How much overhang should I use with a 2x6 or bigger front face?

Colorado4Wheel
08-17-2010, 16:24
You want the 550 mounted tight against the top and front of your bench. It just needs that overhang like in the picture.

Colorado4Wheel
08-17-2010, 16:26
If you had a workbench with a solid top and solid front that met at a 90 degree angle, would the back of the handle hit the front of the bench?

Yes, if the bench is over 6" deep (from the top surface to the bottom).

jwc17
08-17-2010, 17:10
I like this guys idea of using sturdy wood posts and plan to do that with the 550B I ordered.

Will I need to bolt an overhang/lip on top similar to the shot shell loader on the right to avoid having the handle hit the front face of the post on the down stroke?

http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1236956&highlight=reloading+bench

http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr328/men-1/IMG_1415.jpg

n2extrm
08-17-2010, 18:30
I like this guys idea of using sturdy wood posts and plan to do that with the 550B I ordered.

Will I need to bolt an overhang/lip on top similar to the shot shell loader on the right to avoid having the handle hit the front face of the post on the down stroke?

http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1236956&highlight=reloading+bench

http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr328/men-1/IMG_1415.jpg

Yes the handle and pivot go under the bench. Like C4W said if the surface is deeper top to bottom then 6" you will have interference. If you use a 6X6 or similar you will have to notch it out. If you have a 1 inch overhang then it will clear.

n2extrm
08-17-2010, 18:37
I just rebuilt my bench with 2X4s and 3/4 plywood very solid. I doubled the front 2X4 and carige bolted it, and glued it. I also doubled the plywood, with glue between the joists and the two top pieces.

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu89/n2extrm/bench2/100_1280.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu89/n2extrm/bench2/100_1292.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu89/n2extrm/bench2/100_1295.jpg

PCJim
08-17-2010, 20:01
I checked my setup. The 550b is flush mounted to the top and front. There is no lip on the bench, only 5/8" plywood on top of 2x4" frame members. The frame is carriage and lag bolted together; the plywood top is affixed with coarse thread sheetrock screws.

Colorado4Wheel
08-17-2010, 20:05
I checked my setup. The 550b is flush mounted to the top and front. There is no lip on the bench, only 5/8" plywood on top of 2x4" frame members. The frame is carriage and lag bolted together; the plywood top is affixed with coarse thread sheetrock screws.

Exactly, Like I said you only need the lip if your plywood/2X4 combo is over 6 inch's deep. You might want to make the lip anyway just in case you get a 650 one day and then you will need it. Don't really know why it's different but it is.

alank2
08-17-2010, 21:12
Hi,

I love the 550. Spend the cash on the strong mount; it is worth it!

Thanks,

Alan

Colorado4Wheel
08-18-2010, 07:18
Everyone says that but I don't get it. I have my brass and bullets in basically the same place as it would be if I had a strong mount. I don't know why it would be better then just building the bench at the right height to begin with. I may be wrong but if you do the strong mount you kinda need the bullet tray. Otherwise your bullets are a long way from the press.

GioaJack
08-18-2010, 09:07
Apparently my meds aren't working correctly, I'm starting to agree with Little Stevie.

Why do you need to spend 40 or 50 bucks to raise a press when a couple pieces of 2X6 will do the same thing? (Of course you could have built the bench to the right height to begin with.)

Seems like this is Dillon's equivalent of the Happy Meal... a toy in every box. :dunno:


Jack

Hoser
08-18-2010, 09:40
If your bench lends itself to not needing a strong mount, as in you dont have overhang and clearance issues, the strong mount is not needed.

I stand when I reload and I like the Strong Mount. Both of my 550s have them and bullet trays.

And yes, a strong mount without a bullet tray is a pain.

alank2
08-18-2010, 15:00
Hi,

I speak highly of the strong mount because I think it adds a great deal of stability. I don't have the bullet tray, I just sit the bullets on top of a small box to raise them up a little. I used to have my press mounted to the bench and this method was never as solid.

Good luck,

Alan

n2extrm
08-18-2010, 16:43
I checked my setup. The 550b is flush mounted to the top and front. There is no lip on the bench, only 5/8" plywood on top of 2x4" frame members. The frame is carriage and lag bolted together; the plywood top is affixed with coarse thread sheetrock screws.

Exactly, Like I said you only need the lip if your plywood/2X4 combo is over 6 inch's deep. You might want to make the lip anyway just in case you get a 650 one day and then you will need it. Don't really know why it's different but it is.

If you look at the pic in post with those funny red presses, I THINK the OP is going to mount the press straight on top of a 6X6. It will need a notch or overhang. I don't see any real benefit to this mounting method. In fact I wonder if you might be worse off. You would have to use lag bolts and I would think the force applied on them (pulling straight up more or less against the threads) might be a weak link. :dunno:

unclebob
08-19-2010, 19:13
I said the same thing most of you are saying about the strong mount.
The bottom of my bench was made in 1978. When all that I had at that time was a Rock Chucker and Mec shotgun reloaders. The table was at the right height for the 5 presses
When I got the Dillon 550, the press was too low. The press was also sitting too low under the bench where I could not open one side of the cabinet doors. I was not about too build a new bench bottom. So the next best thing was the strong mount. Yes I could have put boards underneath too raise the press. But then Iím not a duck tape type of person. I think I build a nice looking reloading bench and putting blocks of wood underneath was not going too happen.
Also even if I did make a new bench. Too make it the same height that it would be needed. It would be hard too use it as anything else. The only way too have done it, would too build it like Steve did. Two different heights.
Now that I have a Dillon 650 with strong mount, bullet tray, and roller handle. I would not be without any of them. The Strong mount puts the press at the right height for me. A mount for the bullet tray and other tools. Storage of oil and grease under the bullet tray. Allows for a mount for the light. And space under the strong mount for my spent primer box and media catcher from the case feeder. Instead of having the media fall out all over the tabletop.
The strong mount might not be for everyone. But it sure has worked out for me.

Colorado4Wheel
08-19-2010, 19:38
If I did not make my own stuff and wanted a bench all one height I would make it about 40" and use strong mounts. I hate it when my press is too low. I don't know how some of you guys load with the bench's as low as you have them and the presses not on a strong mount.

unclebob
08-19-2010, 20:14
If I did not make my own stuff and wanted a bench all one height I would make it about 40" and use strong mounts. I hate it when my press is too low. I don't know how some of you guys load with the bench's as low as you have them and the presses not on a strong mount.

Mine is even 2Ē taller than yours. So if I did not have the strong mount it would have too be 49Ē tall. Way too high for anything else too use it for. I have done it but I just donít see how people can load sitting down now. Also with the bench so low that it looks like they are doing more aerobics than loading.

Colorado4Wheel
08-19-2010, 20:20
Your the reason I raised mine and it was a very good call.

GioaJack
08-19-2010, 20:29
At unclebob's age he shrinks 3 inches every year... pretty soon he'll be cutting the legs off his bench. :whistling:


Jack

unclebob
08-19-2010, 20:32
Your the reason I raised mine and it was a very good call.

Quick call 911. Martha I think Iím having the big one. You mean someone finally listened to what this dilapidated old man had too say?
I think I need to go and take my Metamucil now. And take another nap. Too much excitement for one day.:supergrin:
Thanks.

jwc17
08-21-2010, 23:54
It looks like 1 3/4" overhang will work

n2extrm
08-22-2010, 11:33
It looks like 1 3/4" overhang will work

http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr328/men-1/Stand.jpg

http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr328/men-1/HandleClearance.jpg

Is the black box bolted to the wall? It looked like it but I wasn't sure. Have you loaded yet? Looks like a good space saver setup. :wavey:

jwc17
08-22-2010, 20:26
Is the black box bolted to the wall? It looked like it but I wasn't sure. Have you loaded yet? Looks like a good space saver setup. :wavey:
Yes, the black box is bolted to the wall very securely. I use to load sitting down with a Lee Classic Turret Press bolted to the top.

I used two heavy duty brackets to connect the new stand to the black box. This setup allows me to reload with both cars in the garage and it is very stable.

jwc17
08-30-2010, 23:12
The 4" x 6" post is solid and works well.

I used Lee Bin Brackets #LN3240 to hang Dillon bins for holding cases and bullets.

http://www.factorysales.com/html/xcart/images/P/p-3240.jpg

http://www.factorysales.com/html/xcart/catalog/parts.php?product=90936


http://i496.photobucket.com/albums/rr328/men-1/550B.jpg

shotgunred
08-31-2010, 04:46
It looks like 1 3/4" overhang will work

dillion says you need a 3/4 inch overhang for the 650.