It sounds like you got a good deal on this set up. A press and many
fonts for that price is a bargain!
I couldn't tell is the press was an 8x12 or a 10x15. The difference
in weight is substantial. An 8x12 weighs in the 1200Lb range, a
10x15 is about 1800 Lbs, maybe more.
I've moved a couple of 8x12, one of which was on wooden runners like
the once shown. You can move these presses without disassembly. For
that long distance you'll want to remove the flywheel in any case, as
I've heard of the weight of the wheel breaking the drive shaft.
Go with the lift gate truck. A ramp is useless in these weight
ranges. If the ramp bends under the stress you are out a press and
will have to pay for the ramp. I rented a lift gate truck from
Ryder and was told that the gate could handle something like 4000
lbs. Do get specifics from the renter.
The main concerns with lift gates are steadying the press during the
up and down travel, as they are a bit "jerky". They also slope
slightly away from the truck a bit. The other concern is getting the
press up onto the ramp. A couple of good strong backs can muscle it,
but it's not easy. A come along would be a good idea to bring with
The best tool for moving a press is a pallet jack. It lifts a ton
and has wheels that are steerable. Tool rental places will carry
these. A press on skids is a bit trickier, I put some wood on one of
the skids and jacked up under the center of the press against some of
the cross bars underneath it. You have to jack it up only enough to
drag it along. If you go too high, you risk toppling it over.
If it's possible to get the press onto a skid, you're golden. It
would be tough to do though. Once on a skid (re-enforced with heavy
plywood), you bolt it down and can move it at will with the pallet
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, letpresslist@b... wrote:
> Hi all-
> I'm another one of those proud new owners of a C&P, this one is
> 1890 (no clue on the model) and now I have the pleasure of picking
> up and driving it from Cincinnati to Asheville, NC next week...
> I have been searching the archives about C&P and have read all the
> horror stories up to 1998 (5000+ postings on the C&P, people.) .
> hope is that i don't have to add such a story to the list.
> There's only two of us picking it up. I understand that I'm not
> to be dealing with any stairwell and that it's a "walk-in
> I'm not sure of a door size and have yet to hear back from him on
> matter, but in his posting he said "may have to take apart." I've
> waiting to hear from him to get some better assessment to You the
> People of the Listserv, but i can wait no longer.
> I'm wondering what the best approach is, what kind of tools I
> need, diagrams i can reference, what i should leave alone, etc.
> any do's and don'ts on how to move this puppy would be very helpful
> I'm wondering what the best way to strap it in would be so it
> fall over.
> (here is a link to the C&P:
> eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2558483640&category=26251&rd=1) (any
> on its weight?)
> I'm going with Budget on the rental truck... they have models with
> either a lift gate or a loading ramp, though nobody at Budget can
> me what the max weight the lift gates can carry. Is this a good
> Also already in my meager arsenal is a hand truck and a furniture
> I sort of wish this were Dagobah and I had Yoda around to lift the
> merely by straining his brow and moving his arms around as if he
> Thanks so much! I'm sure now that I have a press I'll be sure to
> you all with all kinds of questions.
> Take care,
> Brandon Mise
> Blue Barnhouse