Re: Advice on moving a press (& auto feed attachment question)
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Some motivated folks posted a step-by-step for moving their Kluge with photos, a video,
and, like Scott, helpful suggestions on techniques and equipment, including types of
trailers. Good luck and be safe!
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, Scott Rubel <scott@i...> wrote:
> I have moved a press that size myself a couple of times, but now feel
> it is worth paying someone with equipment.
> Hopefully the press is on street level and you don't have to go up or
> down with it. You will want a couple of long steel bars and some
> rolling stock, like solid steel 1/2" dowels or heavy pipes. You can use
> three or four of them to roll the press across a floor, moving the back
> pipe to the front every time it is freed during the move. If the floor
> is concrete and smooth, it is easy to push the press once you get it up
> on the rolling stock. You can sort of see how a long bar and some
> blocks of wood can help you lever the press up high enough to get the
> press onto the stock in this picture. The bar should have one flattened
> You can also use the steel bar to move the press an inch at a time into
> Getting it onto a truck is the hard part. If you go to a rental yard
> you may be able to find a very low trailer to rent...the lower the
> better (but make sure it's rated to carry the weight). The trailer may
> have ramps attached or you may have to rent those, too. Don't use wood
> planks. People overestimate wood planks. Always think of safety. You
> don't want to be anywhere near a press wobbling about on some wood
> planks. The trailer may also have a winch on it. This would be ideal,
> but you can also use a come-along to get the press up onto the trailer.
> Don't use the rolling stock when pulling the press up an incline. Use
> wood skids attached to the feet instead. This will keep the press from
> slipping downhill if a strap fails. If you're not an expert at knots,
> just get some flat straps with buckles. These are very strong and you
> don't have to rely on your by scout skills.
> Again, the main thing is safety. Bring people to help you. Work slowly
> and think about every move you make. Before you start each part of the
> operation, decide who is going to do what. If people don't have
> assigned jobs they will rush in to help and could get in the way of
> each other and cause a bad accident. Be sure they are smart enough to
> run away if the press is going to fall. The instinct is to put your
> hands on it if it starts to tip. This instinct is wrong. Make sure
> everyone who is helping agrees to jump out of the way of a falling
> Think about the "pinch points" of the press and don't put your hands
> and fingers in them while pushing it around. It is easy to forget this
> and really hurt yourself. Don't push on the fly wheel or the wood
> parts. Remove the feed table because someone will break that for sure.
> I don't think I've seen paper feed equipment on a 10X15 C&P, but you
> might decide it is worth removing before loading the press. Feed
> equipment is easily damaged and it is easy to remove.
> When you secure the press to the trailer, use your sense and avoid
> putting straps around parts that will break easily. Most of the press
> is brittle iron, so strap it down on the meatiest, non-moving sections
> of the press.
> Are you certain it would cost $2,000 to move? Is that because of
> distance? If the distance is not too great, and the press is street
> level, someone should be able to move it between $400 and $800.
> Good luck.
> On Nov 12, 2005, at 10:05 AM, mzslb wrote:
> > Does anyone have any advice on moving a press? I have the
> > opportunity to acquire a C&P 10 x 15 press for free that is located
> > in the Northeast. I currently rent my studio time, so I am
> > definitely looking forward to having a press of my own. However, I
> > certainly don't have the $2,000 to hire a rigger to move the press.
> > I do have access to various trucks and trailers, pallet jacks,
> > etc...in addition to people to help me move it.
> > Has anyone successfully moved a press themselves? I'm sure this
> > isn't uncommon. Any tips for moving this type of press?
> > Also, it has a Kluge auto-feed attachment - I'm thinking I would
> > like to remove that. Is that a big deal to remove it for a hand fed
> > operation? I have used a Kluge auto fed press, but I've never used
> > a C&P with an auto feed attachment - I've always hand fed (actually
> > I've never seen a C&P auto feed).
> > Thanks for all the info!
> > sherry
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