Re: [PPLetterpress] yep, you guessed it: Moving a C&P
Congratulations on the 'new' press. I saw it for sale on ebay, but I never
had a response from the gentleman to my own questions so I didnt bid on it.
I have moved late 1800's era metal lathes and I warn you to be very careful
of stressing the castings. Cast iron is brittle and can take very little
lateral stress. Rigging is very tricky and best left to professionals... however too
late for that. Besides it is nice to save the money.
My advice is to strip the press down as much as possible, especially removing
the flywheel which weighs a fair bit, and dont try to slide the press at all
or you risk farcturing the cast iron.
Here are some recommended moving tips from greendolfin web site
2.6 What's the best way to move a Gordon Style (e.g., Pearl, C&P) Press
From: "David M. Norton" Here're some directions for all you people moving C&P
style presses. Several people have used these directions without problems.
Press Moving--Gordon Style
I use a gear puller to remove gears and separate the flywheelfrom the shaft.
Sears sells them and you can often rent one fromtool rental stores. If the
puller hooks slide off the flywheelbecause of the curvature of the casting,
bridge between two spokeswith pieces of strap iron (mine are 1/4" x 1-1/4" and
onceconnected the handle to a hand lawn mower) and hook the gear pulleronto
them.You also need a heavy screwdriver, wrecking bar (crow bar orwhatever), platen
adjusting wrench (should come with the press oryou can use a big Crescent),
hammer and dowel (hunk of a broom ormop handle) if you pull the shaft connecting
the bed and roller armassembly to the frame, assorted scraps of wood, perhaps
a propanetorch, and a good vocabulary in case you mash a finger or break
acasting.Some castings break easily. I dropped one eight or ten inchesonto a wooden
box and it snapped, but my friendly local welderfixed it good as new. The
rule is: don't force and don't drop.DISASSEMBLY
1. If possible, locate the press so there is at least five feetof open space
behind it, three or four feet on the flywheel side,and a couple feet on the
front and right side2. Remove feedboard and delivery board3. Remove platena.
Disconnect gripper assembly by removing wheel riding in aslot attached to the
left side of the frameb. Remove nuts from adjusting bolts under corners of
theplatenc. Lift platen off (may take a little gentle urging with a prybar)d. Leave
adjusting bolts in platen (don't turn) unless theymake moving difficult4.
Remove treadle if there is onea. Unhook from main shaftb. Remove brackets at rear
of press5. Close up press and tie bed and frame sections securelytogether with
strong rope or wire6. Remove ink disc and supporting brackets7. Remove fly
wheel and shafta. Pull belt wheel from end of shaft opposite flywheel, ifthere
is oneb. Pull gear from end of shaft opposite flywheel (you may haveto heat it
with a propane torch to get it off)c. Remove bolts from shaft retainer plate
on flywheel side offramed. Pull shaft from frame--slides out on flywheel side
takingretainer plate with ite. Flywheel may be pulled from shaft for ease in
moving8. Remove throw-off lever and linkage if there is one9. Remove brake if
there is one10. Remove motor if there is one attached to the press11. Remove
back plate connecting roller carriers. Don't let rollercarriers flop down12.
Remove side arms connecting bed and frame13. Remove roller carrier actuating arm
on flywheel side of press.Hold left roller carrier to prevent flopping14.
Remove roller carriers15. Untie bed and swivel it back onto the floor without
dropping.Careful, it's heavy, you may want some help16. Wedge blocks of wood
between arms of bed piece and the floor,as close to the frame as possible17. Drive
out shaft holding bed to frame. Some presses havecollars with set screws to
keep the shaft from moving. Ifso, loosen set screws before driving out shaftThis
should get you down to pieces two or three people canhandle without much
trouble. Most of it you can do yourself. (Itake the bed and frame of an 8 x 12 in
one load in the stationwagon, with a helper. Get the rest of the press in
another load bymyself. If you have a C&P Model N you might need a pick-up truckand
more help--it's a heavy monster.I don't recommend the following but you may
have to do it:You now have a frame with a shaft on the front with a gear on
theright and a wheel or gear on the left. Main gear, on the right, iscast and
contains the track for moving the platen. It breaks easilyand is difficult to
weld. The wheel (or gear) on the left end ofthe shaft is often also a casting and
fragile.The platen block has an arm on the right side with a wheel(cam rider)
on its end that rides in a slot in the main gear. Whenthe main gear is moved
to the right this wheel slides out of thecam slot of the gear and, if not
supported, the platen block willrotate on its shaft and flop over with a crash. On
some models thecam rider arm (another casting) will hit the frame and snap.If
you must strip down the frame:1. Pull the gear or wheel on the left side of
the frame. Goeasily, using heat, penetrating oil, WD40, prayer,profanity, or
anything else you think might help. Becareful not to push the shaft to the right
as you'repulling the gear.2. Hold the platen block so it can't flop and move
the shaft tothe right until the platen block cam rider disengagesfrom the main
gear. Carefully ease the platen block down,letting it pivot toward the rear of
the press. Finishpulling the main gear and shaft as a unit.3. Remove the
plates on each side of the frame holding the platenblock (remove bolts and lift
plates off)4. Carefully lift off the platen block5. Unscrew nuts on ends of
cross braces and the frame should slipapartCLEANING & INSPECTING
Now that you have the press apart, clean it up. Pay specialattention to gummy
or hardened crud on bearing surfaces. Lacquerthinner or WD40 and elbow grease
should shine them up. Clean outoil holes with a nail or small drill if
necessary.Check all wheels that ride on cams for roundness. If any haveflat surfaces
have them built up by brazing or welding and turnedtrue, or it may be cheaper
to have new ones made from bar stock. Ihad a flat spot on a cam rider brazed
slightly oversize, thencarefully filed it down to round, some 20 years ago.
Cost me abouta buck and is still going strong, although it looks a little
odd.Could have had one machined for several bucks.REASSEMBLY
I put the frame on 2x4 skids, extending three or four inchesbeyond the legs
front and back. I can get a wrecking bar under oneskid, lift it about 1/4" and
block it up, then the other sideditto, lifting it a little at a time so as not
to put too muchstress on the frame castings, until I can get pieces of
1"galvanized pipe under each skid. With this I can move a fullyassembled 10 x 15
press by myself, assisted by an occasional hellor damn. Get a pipe under one end,
roll it a ways, get another pipeunder it, roll it, move pipe, etc. To turn
corners, angle thepipes. If the thickness of the skids makes the press too high
forcomfortable feeding stand on some scraps of carpeting or rug padfor right
height and soft footing.Don't try to assemble the press on rollers, you'll
chase itall over the shop. Mount skids, assemble, then put on rollers tomove into
place.Put the monster back together by following the taking apartinstructions
backwards. Blow out oil holes and wipe bearings as yougo along--grit cuts
metal. Since all bearings will be dry, giveeach a shot of oil before moving the
parts.If you have a counterweighted flywheel you may have to playwith it a bit
before you get the press running smoothly. If it runslopsidedly, or jerkily, or
some other kind of crazily, pull thebull gear (main shaft, opposite
flywheel), move it about a quarterturn, and try again. Gear teeth may be marked for
matching, whichsimplifies the job.ADJUSTING THE PLATEN
I usually adjust the platen when I'm ready to run a job--nosense inking and
washing a press just to adjust the monster.Get a cap M or H, 48 pt. or larger,
preferably damaged but notsquashed under type high. Tape a 2 pt. lead to the
face. Find apiece of string a couple of feet long and tie one end around
thesides of the type.Remove the tympan and all packing.Close the press, stopping it
with the platen lock (under thedelivery board) snapped into place and the
rollers at the top ofthe plate.Grasp the string and let the piece of type slide
down betweenthe platen and bed on the left side. If it won't go in, loosen
thelock nuts and back off the platen adjusting bolts. If it rattlesaround, take up
the bolts. Using the string, slide the type up anddown and back and forth. Set
the platen as snugly as possible tothe type+lead without binding.Lock up a
form with a cap H or M, about 48 pt., about fivepicas from each corner of the
chase. Move the grippers out of theway.Ink up the press and put on a tympan.
Drop the form in and tryan impression. Build up with hard packing until you get
a kissimpression on at least one corner. Adjust platen bolts for a
kissimpression on each corner.Now your platen is level and, by adjusting packing, you
shouldbe able to run anything from a single character to a full form onanything
from tissue to card stock. Throw the damn adjusting wrenchaway!If you're going
to run extremely heavy stock you may want touse a 3 or 4 pt. lead on the face
of the letter used as a gauge toback the impression off enough to accept the
heavier stock. Be sureto use hard packing to build up for thinner stock.Sounds
complicated, but it's the fastest technique I've runinto. I can set up a press
in fifteen or twenty minutes with luck,with problems it may take half an
hour.I have a steel type high block I use but a letter works justas well if you
don't squeeze it. You can easily squash it undertype high with a medium pull on
an adjusting nut, so be careful.
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Here are a few manuals to check before and after assembling:
I'm another one of those proud new owners of a C&P, this one is circa
1890 (no clue on the model) and now I have the pleasure of picking it
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.) . my
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 going
to be dealing with any stairwell and that it's a "walk-in basement".
I'm not sure of a door size and have yet to hear back from him on the
matter, but in his posting he said "may have to take apart." I've been
waiting to hear from him to get some better assessment to You the Wise
People of the Listserv, but i can wait no longer.
I'm wondering what the best approach is, what kind of tools I would
need, diagrams i can reference, what i should leave alone, etc. Also
any do's and don'ts on how to move this puppy would be very helpful and
I'm wondering what the best way to strap it in would be so it doesn't
(here is a link to the C&P:
eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2558483640&category=26251&rd=1) (any idea
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 tell
me what the max weight the lift gates can carry. Is this a good move?
Also already in my meager arsenal is a hand truck and a furniture dolly.
I sort of wish this were Dagobah and I had Yoda around to lift the C&P
merely by straining his brow and moving his arms around as if he were
Thanks so much! I'm sure now that I have a press I'll be sure to bug
you all with all kinds of questions.
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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
> I couldn't tell is the press was an 8x12 or a 10x15. The differenceRight On! As with everything else said in this email... an 8x12 is fairly
> in weight is substantial. An 8x12 weighs in the 1200Lb range, a
> 10x15 is about 1800 Lbs, maybe more.
easy. 10x15 is quite a challenge.
> If it's possible to get the press onto a skid, you're golden...This is easy... you can use a pump jack (you can buy one for little money at
any hardware store). Raise the press in small increments, onto pieces of
wood fruniture, one leg at a time - untill press high enough to have 2x4's
slipped under (replacing the furniture) and screwed into place (like skis).
Then these can be lifted with the press in same manner to wheel pallet jack
under, or to roll on pipes.
- I think these weights may be a little bit on the high side. The last model
N C&P's weighed 1050 lbs. for an 8 x 12 and 1500 lbs. for a 10 x 15
according to factory specs. printed in the 1971-72 American Printing Equip.
catalog. I don't think the older style C&P's would have necessarily been
----- Original Message -----
>>>>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.<<<<