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, "Sean Michael" <speakspress@...> wrote:
> I just got my hands on a 1903 C&P Oldstyle 8x12. In looking at it, it does not appear
> can put
> a treadle on it. >
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.
Old Van Buren Press