Two considerations on reusing cores. For composition rollers, that is
from TarHeel, the casting process uses centering stars and thus the
core ends do not need center holes. If for any other type of roller
covering, the manufacturing process requires center holes on each end
of the core because of the lathe-like machines used to make and
finish the roller. It is far less expensive to have new cores made
with center holes than to add them after the fact. There is typically
a per core charge to do this from the roller maker, and often that is
more than new, ready to cover cores. Add in the additional cost to be
shipping cores around the country, and the time it takes, new cores
are often the answer. Certain special cores, like Heidelberg, Kluge,
and Vandercook are specialized and expensive, and thus it makes
economic sense to reuse those cores. There is one main core maker in
the US and all of us use them, so pricing, at least at the
manufacturing end, does not vary. We use another source for custom
cores, especially for the table top presses, except for C&P pilots,
and those are a stock item at our core maker.
So, if the Pilot rollers have center holes on each end of the core,
send them in.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
, "jekenney1" <jkletterpress@...>
> Speaking of re-use, Fritz, I have usable roller cores from my
Pilot... I suppose you can get
> them re-covered! Next time I need ink, I'll send them along to you.
> I appreciate everyone's brainstorming on this topic.