[PPLetterpress] Re: Schemata for Vandercook SP 15
- I have a 219AB. Is there a similar gear box for the timing belt, a cover plate? Where? Thanks.
Weber State University
>>> "nagraph1" <nagraph@...> 05/02/07 11:58 PM >>>There are no official Vandercook oiling diagrams for any of the SP
series presses that I am aware of. You mention the one oil hole you
found, but didn't tell us where. There is one each side of the
cylinder where the cylinder casting goes through the side plates,
and they were originally painted with a red dot of paint. Depending
on the model of motor and gear reduction attached to it, there are
oil holes/cups there, but I bet you didn't take the cover plate off.
The gear box that drives the timing belt for the ink drum needs its
oil level maintained-- see a square bolt head on the part? That's an
oil hole. Of course you have to unscrew it, stick something like a
straw or toothpick down in the gearbox to see the lube level, and if
it comes up dry, you may have made an important discovery. The ink
drum in the bed takes no oil-- it turns on oil- less wood bearings.
Roller ends, even with Nyliners, grease on the worm and crescent,
graphite grease in the crescent holder, a drop of oil on the ink
drum shaft opposite the worm end, and any place where two parts move
against one another, like the cylinder trip mechanism, and that
magically appears when you take the cover plate off the top of the
ink drum motor, very light oil on the bearing ways for the cylinder
bearings, no oil on the bed bearers or gears. No oil on the gears.
It won't hurt, but it is not specified in any of the Vandercook
literature or original blueprints. It really is a "simple" press to
- The 219 New Style has a motor that drives a speed reducer through a
pully, and there is a chain from the speed reducer to the ink drum.
The speed reducer, X-3398, has an oil level indicator line that has
an oil plug to the left of the word "oil" and a combination air vent
and oil filler cap on the side of the unit. There are internal gears
that require lubrication. This is all under the feed board at the
end of the press and should be readily accessible. The chain needs
occasional oiling (and cleaning to get lint and dirt off it), plus a
ton of other spots on a 219. It looks like the speed reducer was
made by Vandercook as the X-3393 print is an assembly print, and
then each part of the pump has an X- number or DR- number associated
with it. Motor probably has oil filler caps as well.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Susan MAKOV" <smakov@...>
>cover plate? Where? Thanks.
> I have a 219AB. Is there a similar gear box for the timing belt, a
> Weber State University