Casting Question

Rick

Moderator
Staff member
The spout for the casting pot is 36" above the floor and the chair seat is 16" above the floor.
Wow . . . If I could even get down onto a seat that low somebody would need to come lift me back off of it. The knees would have no part of it. Can't even sit on the sofa in my living room, it's just too low. Getting old ain't for sissies as the saying goes.
 

Jeff H

NW Ohio
I stand to cast, reload, clean/work on guns, sharpen stuff, work on stuff, cook, etc.

Work-surface heights never seem to be compatible with my knees being in front of me instead of under me. I've tried sitting for certain tasks like sharpening or leather work, but never got along with it. With bad discs at each end of my spine, I find that I am much more prone to engage in bad habits/posture while sitting, so that keeps me on my feet a lot anyway. Maybe I'll have to adapt in the future, so I'm paying attention to the wisdom imparted in this thread.
 

Rally

NC Minnesota
I always sit when casting, much like Keith mentioned. My casting “bench” is a cast iron machine stand which measures about 30 x36” and is on heavy castors. The stand has a shelf about 10” off the floor where I store ingots of alloy and use for a footrest when casting. I built a wood platform for my two Lee 20 lb. pots so I can easily see the spout while bottom pouring. I just wheel the “bench” where I want it that day, open the garage door in my shop and watch my dogs or the woods around my shop while casting. Attire depends on outside temps and bug populations! I have a floor fan blowing from my back and out the door. My chair swivels and has a backrest and I cut a couple inches off the legs to get it the correct height for my shop benches when i’m making snares or running one of my punch presses. Just made sense to make my casting bench the same height to work with my chair. Lol Pretty handy to be able to walk around the bench while fluxing a pot. Plenty of ingots on it to make it stable and easy to push away from if needed.
 

jsizemore

New Member
Rick said:
"Wow . . . If I could even get down onto a seat that low somebody would need to come lift me back off of it. The knees would have no part of it. Can't even sit on the sofa in my living room, it's just too low. Getting old ain't for sissies as the saying goes."

I'm using a standard folding chair that comes with a padded seat and back. Most chair seats are 16" above the floor. I build benches and picnic tables with seats 14" for the little and old folks.
 

GRMPS

Active Member
IF you sit when you cast, make sure the tops of your shoes are covered by pants/chaps or?
I got in a rhythm then switched to a harder alloy and had the entire sprue slide off and into my shoe. I didn't know a fat old man could move that fast.
 

358156 hp

Well-Known Member
IF you sit when you cast, make sure the tops of your shoes are covered by pants/chaps or?
I got in a rhythm then switched to a harder alloy and had the entire sprue slide off and into my shoe. I didn't know a fat old man could move that fast.
Only when properly motivated GRMPS. I know how it works :rofl:
 

Paul Gauthier

Active Member
I cast while seated, always have, my bench is set up to I can see the spout on my RCBS pot, My seat is a four legged stool on wheels so I can get out of the way quickly if needed.

I stand when reloading because my reloading cave won't tolerate a stool in it, No room.
 

Pistolero

Well-Known Member
Did somebody object to a single finger salute, Al?:);)

I have cast mostly standing, just had normal standing height work benches. Sometimes
use the stools that I have around, too. They are appropriate height for the
normal workbench height. I learned to put on my steel toed tall Redwings
when I cast, and long jeans.

Bill
 
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Creeker

Active Member
I can cast with my Master Caster while sitting but that's it. My back, shoulders & hips hurt if I try to sit & load ammo or cast with hand held moulds. So I stand, always have. You will simply have to try & see what works best for you.
 

KHornet

Well-Known Member
I cast sitting, and wear a back brace to help keep my back
straight. Gave up casting standing up quite a few years
back because of both back and neck problems. I usually
cast for no more than 2 hours at a time, take a long break
(an hour or so and than cast for a couple more hours. With
4-5-6 cav molds, you can turn out a whoop of bullets in
that time frame.

Paul
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
I was surprised you asked. I figured you would give maybe a half a hoot about it. I know you don’t give 2 hoots about it.
And nobody cares more than an owl when measuring care in hoots because owls are always hooter.
 

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California's Central Coast Amid The Insanity
Hooters? I hope my wife doesn't find out that we've taken up talking about body parts.