5771Re: On driving a C&P Oldstyle press
- May 5, 2006Thanks for the help regarding my new press. It appears that the drive shaft has indeed
I would like to find a U shaped shaft to have the option of a treadle. If anyone has one, I
would like to here from you.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Gene" <mccluney2@...> wrote:
> All C&P Oldstyle presses can have a treadle and hook, as that is how they were
> shipped new. The only issue might be if the main drive shaft has been replaced
> at some time with a new one that does not have the "crook" for the treadle hook
> to attach to.
> Look under the press, follow the shaft that is attached to the big flywheel, and
> see if there us a "U" shaped bend in the shaft right in the center of it's length.
> If so, then you are all set to attach a treadle and crook.
> You can order a brand new reproduction treadle and hook for any Old Style
> C&P press from Hern Iron Works.
> These presses are still relatively common, and if your press does not have
> a "crook" in the main drive shaft, and you want to add a treadle, then you
> can either look for a replacement main drive shaft, or you can just look for
> another press for "parts" or maybe it would be in better shape than the
> one you have. The 8x12 size is the easiest to treadle.
> There were a variety of electric motors made to retrofit to the old platen
> presses. Kimble made one. You only need a 1/4 hp motor. The Kimble
> motor had a leather drive wheel that made contact with the outside
> flat surface of the big flywheel on the press and ran the press through
> this friction coupling of the drive to the big flywheel.
> Many people will attach a new small motor to the press through a belt
> driving the outside of the big flywheel. In modern motors, you don't
> get speed control with the motor, but rather with a "variable speed drive"
> which is a little box of electronics that "drives" the motor. These are
> available from many, many sources.
> Gene McCluney
> Old Van Buren Press
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