If you’ve been watching and reading Ultimate Reloader stories for long, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a familiar presence on my reloading bench- the Inline Fabrication Ultramount system! I’ve been using the Ultramount system for years, and have “standardized” on the quick change Ultramount as my press mounting solution. Just recently I added a “Junior” Ultramount to my collection (have been using the “Standard” and the “Micro” for years). So I thought this would be a great time to show them all side by side so that you can determine which Ultramount would be best for you.
*Note that in the video, when I mention rigidity, I’m specifically comparing the quick change to the non-quick change variants (not one size of Ultramount compared to other sizes).
Because of what I do, I can’t imagine *not* having the quick change Ultramount system. Previously, I had been constructing baseplates from plywood and aluminum, but these solutions typically weren’t as rigid, and did not have the capability to lift the press up off the benchtop for optimal ergonomics and workflow. Now that I have the Micro, the Junior, and the Standard Ultramounts, I have three different height options when positioning presses and preparing for a loading session. That’s a great setup!
Here’s a picture showing from left to right, the Standard Ultramount, the Junior Ultramount, and the Micro Ultramount:
In this lineup, I’ve angled the presses and mounts so that you can see the side profiles. In typical operation, these mounts would be perpendicular to the edge of the reloading bench. Overall, I’m very happy with my new “setup” which consists of two Stanard Quick Change Ultramounts, one Junior Quick Change Ultramount, and one Micro Quick Change Ultramount.
As I mentioned in the video, I have a collection of blank top plates which I’m planning to drill and countersink to receive the following tools:
- Bench vice
- Chainsaw chain grinder (not used in same room as primers and gun powder!!!)
- Gunsmithing tools and fixtures (bench block, etc)
- L.E. Wilson case trimmer
- Small arbor press (brainstorming here)
All you need to add when using blank top plates is countersunk screws, washers, and nuts (with nuts screwed down from the top side) and you’ll be in quick change high-efficiency mode. Now that makes me happy.
Do you have an Ultramount? Please leave a comment to share your experiences.