Vandercook did indeed have a set up where they set the cylinders, and I have the charts, but no tooling, and I have no idea what it even looked like. I am still puzzled by your problem as the adjustable bed is 2 wedges, the bottom one is moved by the crank handle and the top wedge is restricted on lateral movement so it can only raise or lower. If all the sides are free form binding, then the top bed should be resting on the bottom bed on 3 points--2 side bearers that run the length of the bed and one down the middle. It may be necessary to pull the top bed using an engine hoist and see what's happening--lubrication of the bearing points if nothing else. We've pulled the bed from a Universal I, and that's just the newer version of your press.
----- Original Message -----
From: Caryl Peters
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 11:41 AM
Subject: [PPLetterpress] Re: calibrating/setting Vandercook adjustable beds
Daniel, Charles and Fritz,
Please let me know if such a tool exists. If you want to hear about
the trouble you can get into using the adjustable bed, read the host
of replies to my Vandercook 15-21 Help! plea about a month ago. I
will never touch the blasted thing again (the adjustable bed, I
mean). If the Vandercook is ever fixed, I will gladly resume.
Meanwhile, my two books that were due for September release are
languishing in limbo.
Frog Hollow Press
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, Charles Sweitzer
> I was a Maintencane Supervisor for a large printing company
before I retired several years ago. We had 12 Vandercook presses and
the company purchased a bed alignment tool from vandercook, it
> The company closed up right after I retired, if they were in
business I could get photos for you or possible borrow the tool.
> Daniel Morris <featherweightpress@...> wrote:
> I feel I have seen a tool that is placed on the bed of
> the press which is compressed by the cylinder and
> shows on a scale how far from type high the
> bed/cylinder relationship is. Did I dream this
> contraption up, or does it in fact exist? I would
> really like to have one as it will help me to set the
> adjustable scale rules on my adjustable bed presses to
> read accurately and also to confirm that the beds are
> Would this device also apply to the adjusting of the
> Daniel Morris
> The Arm Letterpress
> Brooklyn, NY
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