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I'm thinking of building a new bench. I have been using a reclaimed table that is sitting height. Do most prefer a standing height bench, or a shorter bench? I'm thinking of a standing height, but I do like to sit for extended work. Maybe a higher bench with a barstool?



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Standing. I have mine on a 36" countertop with a 6" Inline Fabrication riser. I like it to bet set up so that the bottom of the handle stroke is just a bit above arm's length so I don't need to lean.
 
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Sitting. My reloading bench is an old computer desk. No way I'm going to stand while reloading.


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Having done both, I greatly prefer standing.

Sitting benches are fraught with issues, like constantly smacking yourself in the knees with the handle of the press. Not to mention to have to frequently stand up/sit back down when you need to load more brass, or more primers, or get more bullets, or... Just easier to stay standing the whole time.

Take the money you would have invested in a chair and buy some good floor padding, your back will thank you.




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I sit while reloading, and have a "secretary chair" that can be raised or lowered to keep myself(my back) comfortable.
 
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Started standing 40/50 years back.
That sucked doing it after standing all day on my job.I built the following about 25 year ago
Garage is pretty full and space is at a premium.
I built two revolving round loading stands with height adjustment.
Those tables are full of mounted loading equipment.
I simply turn the press or whatever I am wanting to work with around to my confie swivel chair and lock table and the the job I have laid out
 
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Looks like it's running 50/50 in preference. I used to like sitting when I was doing a bunch of pistol. I only seem to load rifle nowadays, so I'm leaning towards a standing height.



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Consider this: Sit to reload if you work on your feet, Stand to reload if you work at a desk. Wink

Just a thought.

I stand to reload as I pound a keyboard for a living.

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I built my benches at 34" top height, for sitting. This is my LNL-AP I use for high volume rounds. I added the Inline Fabrication Quick Change stand 9 3/4" + 1.5" riser at the base. Needed the riser to have the press at the right height while standing. I have an adjustable lab Chair that's goes high enough, I can sit too. So I got both worlds options to choose from. The negative of having the press that high is feeding the Brass feeder hopper, 14" from the ceiling. I keep a small step stool near by so I can reach it. My SS press on the other end of the press is setup for setting only. For doing a major change over I just remove the 2 wing nuts and take the press off the stand. I make holder for this to set it down for easier change over.

I started hand loading 40 years ago. I started out standing when loading shot shells, and setting for metallic loading. If your feet are tired from being on them all day, its sure nice to set down and take a load off your feet.


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Mine is setup for sitting, reloading with a typical chair height.

I have issue standing for long periods.



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I prefer both depending on what I'm doing. My bench is 36" but I also have my presses on mounts.
 
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For most of my life I have worked standing up and also preferred to load on my own two feet on a 33 in tall bench. Many rears ago I did a little loading in my stocking feet and immediately noticed that resulting small increase (relative) in the height of the machine (CH Mark V) made reloading easier. All of my machines were elevated to 40 in via home made "Strong Mounts" (Dillon hadn't introduced them at that time) and when the 1050 arrived, it went to 39 in. I find these elevated machines much more comfortable to use. The only draw back is that the mounts must be well built and the benches securely fasten to floor and wall to cope with the increased leverage of the taller mounts.
 
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I'm on my feet most of the day and sit while reloading. I use a Craftsman shop chair with the hydraulic lift and get a comfortable height that lets me look down into the case.
 
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Standing... but I have a drafting table height chair Big Grin Best of both worlds


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This is a hobby.

I sit.
 
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my bench is L 8 feet by 3 feet wide 37 inches height my press is on a mount,
 
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I'm starting to wonder how tall the "standing" people are. Wink

I load sitting down and my bench top height is kind of high, much higher than you'd have for a desk or regular table. But even with that, there's no way I could use the presses standing up.


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I'm starting to wonder how tall the "standing" people are. Wink

I load sitting down and my bench top height is kind of high, much higher than you'd have for a desk or regular table. But even with that, there's no way I could use the presses standing up.


I'm 6'. I built my bench to be the height I wanted it to be.




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6'2". Bench is 39" and my barstool is 26". I've found it's easier to stand when doing pistol rounds on the Dillon, but with rifle rounds on the RCBS, I really take my time with them so I prefer to sit.



BTW, don't buy the media with rouge. What a messy PITA. I thought that it'd be nice to really polish up some brass but I spent more time wiping off all of the rouge than it was worth. Lesson learned.


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I just roughed my in, and with a 42" bench and a Inline Fabrication 12" mount, the handle ball is just above shoulder height standing. It's just low enough to see into the 9mm cases, but it may be a touch too high overall. I don't have a case feeder yet but I may need to drop the bench 2-3" so I can reach it and see in to the cases better. I plan to load standing, but that may change.




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