Help! Is there a small hydraulic reloading press?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Robert J. Adler, May 17, 2007.

  1. Robert J. Adler

    Robert J. Adler Well-Known Member

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    My carpal tunnel is so bad that I am looking for a small hydraulic press setup to load rifle ammo for pdogs. Even a design idea would help. Just neck-sizing and seating bullets.
    Any ideas anybody? Thanks for the help, in advance! Bob
    706-568-7619 radler@mchsi.com
     
  2. CatShooter

    CatShooter Well-Known Member

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    My carpal tunnel is so bad that I am looking for a small hydraulic press setup to load rifle ammo for pdogs. Even a design idea would help. Just neck-sizing and seating bullets.
    Any ideas anybody? Thanks for the help, in advance! Bob
    706-568-7619 radler@mchsi.com

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    Corbin makes a single stage hydraulic press in the $3,000 - $3,500 range.

    I have seen (but don't know who makes it) a hydraulic unit for the Dillon 1050 press. Dillon can probably tell you makes it.

    And there are hydraulic units for the Ponness Warren presses that could easily be adapted to a Dillon.

    The press would have to have the joint of the arm above table top level, so the common presses like Rockchucker, etc, won't work well without an awful amount of work.

    If it's for PDs, then the Dillon 1050 w/hydraulic would be ideal - 1,200 rounds an hour. You might just be able to keep up with the targets /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

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  3. Robert J. Adler

    Robert J. Adler Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Catshooter. Wrote Dillon, might hear tomorrow. Guess I need to significantly increase my supply of brass, primers, etc. to keep up with the Dillon!! Regards, Bob
     
  4. blackco

    blackco Well-Known Member

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    Could something be adapted to your current press that would move the arm for you; maybe something electric. I am thinking an electric motor attached to the arm of the press and push a button to move the arm. I'm not very good at explaining my idea but I guess it would be something like an AC windshield wiper. Maybe one of the engineers on here could wade in on this.

    Good luck!!! I had carpel tunnel pretty bad a few years ago, had the surgery for each hand and now I am MUCH better. SOmething worth considering.

    Again, good luck.
     
  5. Hired Gun

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    I would not attempt to motorize the arm on your press. I'm afraid you would pinch the end of a finger off the first time you tried it. You don't want your fingers anywhere near anything like that when it's moving.
     
  6. CatShooter

    CatShooter Well-Known Member

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    I would not attempt to motorize the arm on your press. I'm afraid you would pinch the end of a finger off the first time you tried it. You don't want your fingers anywhere near anything like that when it's moving.

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    Presses that are hydraulically operated require the switch to be operated with hands out of the press - it is impossible to get your fingers caught.

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  7. Robert J. Adler

    Robert J. Adler Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the ideas--on the carpal tunnel, IF you don't change what you do that caused the problem, you will have it again. I had a 2nd surgery on my right hand that did not work and will not get the left hand done(primary). Long story and not very "inspiring"-sorry. Yes, I did think about my fingers and loading 45-70 and such, even 44mag got me a few times. Bob