So, I got my bench all built and highly polished then went to mount the Rock Chucker up to it and hit a wall. Well actually I hit the front of the bench! Basically the front of my bench is 6" deep and the linkage on the ram assembly hits the bench and can't go through it's entire range of travel. Cutting through the trim board isn't really an option since the structural 2x4 is directly behind it and I would have the same issue. Moving it out further from the bench would not leave enough material to bolt it to securely.
I really like the look of the bench and spent a ton of time finishing it . I would rather not bolt something ugly to it now. At this point I have narrowed it down to a couple possible options.
First one (that I really like) is to just go buy a Redding T7. Looking at pictures/videos it seems to have a better mounting system than the RCBS. I need the first bolt to be about at least 1.5" back from the front edge of the bench which looking at pictures I think the T7 will do. The linkage where the ram and arm come together on the T7 doesn't appear to need clearance under the bench like the RCBS does. Does anyone have a T7 that they can confirm these assumptions with?? Worst case I am hoping to make a run into Boonies and check one out myself this afternoon but I would sure appreciate someone with the same press and a measuring tape saving me the trip if it would be a waste!
Second option... I could bolt a piece of plate steel to the bench so it overhangs the edge by a few inches and then mount the press to that. Certainly the cheaper way to go though a good bit uglier... 12x12 quarter inch plate is pretty easy to get from lowes and I imagine would be plenty strong for this application. If not I may be able to get a piece of 1/2" scrap from Greatland Welding but it seems like it would be more than needed.
Any input is MUCH appreciated!
(PS, the CFO (wife) signed off on the Redding purchase as long as it bolts right up and doesn't require additional $$...)