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Old 06-03-2010, 11:16 AM
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I don't have a lee press, but I as wondering if anyone had tried this thing yet. It seems new.
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:43 PM
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I have been looking at it also and it's a very reasonable price. If the thing would work with all my presses including my mec sm77 i would be all over it!

EDIT: I take it back. They've published it as templates for their presses: http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/TMPMASTER.pdf

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Old 06-04-2010, 02:55 PM
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It looks like a great idea, but they haven't published a template of its usable area yet, so we are kind of stuck wondering what will or won't fit?
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Old 06-04-2010, 05:10 PM
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I take that back. They have them in their pdf instructions as templates for their specific presses. Here, for example: http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/TMPLM.pdf
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:15 AM
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I have been looking at it also and it's a very reasonable price. If the thing would work with all my presses including my mec sm77 i would be all over it!

EDIT: I take it back. They've published it as templates for their presses: http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi-data/instruct/TMPMASTER.pdf
IIRC, their ad shows you receive one mounting pad predrilled for Lee presses and they include two more pads that are undrilled. I assume you can order as many extra mounting pads as you need. I have mixed feelings on this mounting system as I have permanently mounted my single-stage and use woodscrews on the benchtop for all my accessories which includes my Star progressive. Had I not set up my bench this way, I would give this more consideration.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:45 AM
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I designed my bench around interchangeable pads slid into the bench top and love the flexibility. (old Wiley Clapp design from the 80s)

I think Lee's system is a winner.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:57 AM
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Wow. I hadn't seen this product before. It is just what I need, and just when I needed it.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:52 AM
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Recently picked up one of there new catalogues with that shown. Had wondered if it was available as it shows promise. Guess will check into availability from local merchants.
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:08 PM
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Guess I'm glad that I brought it to your attention, guys. Even if I never get it myself.

I'm thinking about a Lee Classic turret press to supplement my Boss. I'll get it after that.
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Old 07-29-2010, 07:46 PM
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I purchased this system and am more than a little disappointed with it. They only supply 3 mounting bolts when 4 are really needed. The wood insert plates do not really mount completely in the mounts. I was lucky if I got 1/8 of an inch under the brackets. Not very much when you start beefing on the loader. Only one mounting plate is drilled for all of lee's reloading equipment. They should have had them all drilled with the ability to purchase a blank mounting block if you need to. I scrapped mine and order a PatMarlins system. It is made of metal all the way and if you let him know what you are going to mount, he will pre drill the inserts. His system is many times more stable than the Lee Bench Plate.

I purchased mine so that I could travel and not have to drill holes to reload. I have mine mounted on a sturdy piece of wood and just clamp it to a table when I reload.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:30 AM
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I purchased this system and am more than a little disappointed with it. They only supply 3 mounting bolts when 4 are really needed. The wood insert plates do not really mount completely in the mounts. I was lucky if I got 1/8 of an inch under the brackets. Not very much when you start beefing on the loader. Only one mounting plate is drilled for all of lee's reloading equipment. They should have had them all drilled with the ability to purchase a blank mounting block if you need to. I scrapped mine and order a PatMarlins system. It is made of metal all the way and if you let him know what you are going to mount, he will pre drill the inserts. His system is many times more stable than the Lee Bench Plate.

I purchased mine so that I could travel and not have to drill holes to reload. I have mine mounted on a sturdy piece of wood and just clamp it to a table when I reload.
Send it to me i'll give it a good home I have been looking at pats designs also and they do appear to be extremely well built.
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:51 AM
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Mine should be arriving from Midwayusa today. When I get it set up I will let you kniw how it works out.
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I got mine in today and got it set up in about an hour. I mounted a 2x8 under my plywood bench so the lag bolts would have something to anchor to. The unit is furnished with three wood mounting plates but it will be a simple matter to make extras out of plywood. I had been looking for a way to temporarily mount a additional press. I am also going to mount a Dremmel tool drill press that I have been having to C-clamp to the bench. Here are some pictures of the mount.
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:35 PM
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I am wondering if it works any better than just having the presses mounted to a slab of 2x8 and then double c clamped to the bench.
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:40 PM
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I have used C clamps a lot and this is much easier and faster for me.
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I made my bench top out of a double layer of 3/4" plywood. Before setting it, I cut two 10" squares out of the top layer each 1/3 of the way across... then cut two 11"x12" squares out of the bottom layer to match.

Then I cut several other 10"x10" and 11"x12" pieces, and made interchangeable bench plates. It works great and has lasted over 20 years now with many more to come.

But I would have just bought a RockDock if they were for sale back then.
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Old 08-01-2010, 05:04 PM
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I made my bench top out of a double layer of 3/4" plywood. Before setting it, I cut two 10" squares out of the top layer each 1/3 of the way across... then cut two 11"x12" squares out of the bottom layer to match.

Then I cut several other 10"x10" and 11"x12" pieces, and made interchangeable bench plates. It works great and has lasted over 20 years now with many more to come.

But I would have just bought a RockDock if they were for sale back then.
Could you post pics? You have me thinking on this now.
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:19 PM
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I am not the best with a digital camera, but maybe I can get my wife to help.

My bench was a take off on an old (mid 80s) Wiley Clapp article in a gun magazine.
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Old 08-30-2010, 11:26 PM
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If mounting a progressive press or any press with a primer feed system, you want that press firmly and solidly mounted to the workbench and you want that workbench to have no "give."
I watched YouTube videos of the two Lee progressives, and in most cases, the mounting seemed pretty flimsy and flexible. I have not seen a press in actions with the new mount, but is is hard to believe it is that inflexible and rugged.
I think that it would be excellent for equipment that you don't always need on the bench:
lubrisizers, single-stage press, bench-mounted priming tool, case trimmers and neck reamers, drill press, etc.
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If mounting a progressive press or any press with a primer feed system, you want that press firmly and solidly mounted to the workbench and you want that workbench to have no "give."
I watched YouTube videos of the two Lee progressives, and in most cases, the mounting seemed pretty flimsy and flexible. I have not seen a press in actions with the new mount, but is is hard to believe it is that inflexible and rugged.
I think that it would be excellent for equipment that you don't always need on the bench:
lubrisizers, single-stage press, bench-mounted priming tool, case trimmers and neck reamers, drill press, etc.
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