Re: [PPLetterpress] Craftsman tabletop press
The type and size of press you describe is a Craftsmen "Superior."
The Craftsmen Machinery Company is still in business, although they no longer manufacture parts for any of their old presses. But I do know that they still have old stock on their shelves and have ordered parts for my Craftsmen Imperial (5x8) as recently as this year. But I don't know if they have parts for the Superior. (see contact info below)
There are any number of reputable places that carry or will make rollers and trucks to fit.
I'm partial to rubber or synthetic rubber...especially for photopolymer.... because the rollers don't swell or shrink like old-style composition rollers. But well cared for composition rollers will also perform well if you take really good care of them between runs. Keep them cool and away from light and not touching any surfaces. I will note what each of the following establishments carry:
Here are a few contacts:
RAMCO ROLLER PRODUCTS (Synthetic Rubber Rollers)
Adrian Ramos & Jayne Ramos
Phone: 909-592-1002 Fax: 909-599-5514
241 W. Allen Ave
San Dimas, CA 91773-1439
They are located in Southern California near Los Angeles
It's a small but experienced roller company that has made rollers and trucks for a couple of my presses. They don't do business via email or the web, so just call them! They are friendly folks.
TARHEEL ROLLER & BRAYER COMPANY (Composition Rollers & Rubber Rollers)
David H Hauser
6118 Winview Heights
Clemmons, NC (North Carolina)
Good rollers. Good people.
NA GRAPHICS ( Rubber Rollers and tons of other letterpress stuff too!)
P.O. Box 467 (For US Postal Service mail and parcels only)
4 Mears Ave. (For all other shipments -- UPS, FedEx, Truck Freight, etc,)
Silverton, CO 81433 (Colorado)
Also, you might also contact Sherwin Marks to see about rollers or roller specs for the Superior....
CRAFTSMEN MACHINERY COMPANY
PO Box 38
840 Main St.
Millis, MA 02054-0038 (Massachusetts)
Sherwin Marks is the owner and a really nice guy and likes to support letterpress printers.
Hope this helps!
The Robison Press
Belmont, California (about 25 miles south of San Francisco)
--- On Thu, 7/7/11, Barbarian Press <barbarian_press@...> wrote:
From: Barbarian Press <barbarian_press@...>
Subject: [PPLetterpress] Craftsman tabletop press
Date: Thursday, July 7, 2011, 12:24 PMGreetings to all --We've recently acquired a Craftsman side-lever tabletop press, inner chase size 6.5 by 10 inches approximately, and we need to find roller trucks for it. We have one set of rollers which will need recovering soon (if not at once) but there are no trucks with them. I'm also wondering about finding a second chase.The press is virtually new. It's been stored for years and is a bit dusty and fly-specked, but it doesn't seem ever to have been used. I can't find anything on the casting in the way of a model number or name -- only "Craftsman". Does anyone know what this model was called, if anything? (The smaller ones had names like "Imperial" and "Victory", so I'm curious.)If anyone knows where I might find trucks and chases for this press, I'd be most obliged to hear of it.Best wishes, and thanks for any information,CrispinCrispin & Jan Elsted at Barbarian Press
12375 Ainsworth Street
British Columbia V4S 1L4