From its founding and through several decades, the Lee family ran the Challenge Machinery Company. Challenge, which began as the successor to Shniedewend & Lee, became one of the largest printing equipment manfacturers with a wide range of products. Among their many innovations were the first paper drilling machine, the first hydraulic paper cutter and [...]
Archive for August 2011
Three Generations of Lee at Challenge Machinery - Posted August 31, 2011
Two Vandercook presses spotted online for sale - Posted August 29, 2011
In case anyone is interested and had not seen them. A no.1 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vandercook-proof-press-No-1-stand-accessories-/320747732206?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aae0dfcee#ht_500wt_1297 And an SP-15 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vandercook-SP-15-LETTERPRESS-proof-press-/110734059775?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19c843a8ff#ht_9561wt_1282 I wonder what the going price will be on each.
Vandercook: Built for Speed - Posted August 25, 2011
Here’s a link to a fun take on a Vandercook as pinewood derby car. http://www.jeremyslagle.com/blog/2011/8/11/one-fast-letterpress.html
Vandercook 219os Form Roller Dimensions - Posted August 23, 2011
I am in the process of getting a set of roller cores recovered for my 219 old style but need the dimensions to provide the company recovering them for me. Can anyone help me out or point me in the right direction? Thanks in advance!
SP-15 Trip Spring Question - Posted August 20, 2011
Yesterday when printing I noticed that the usual sound of the trip springs on my SP-15 seemed different/quieter. Upon examining, I found that the spring on the operator’s side is no longer fitting snugly under what is referred to as “Dowel B” on sheet #302 “SP Series Replacement Trip Spring” diagram that Paul has posted [...]
SP-25 Manual - Posted August 16, 2011
I’m looking at buying an SP-25 and so I’m hoping someone out there might have a digital copy of the manual. Please let me know if anyone out there has the manual for this model. Thanks.
Uni I – Power carriage stuck at feed board - Posted August 14, 2011
I’ve been having some inconsistencies with the braking and starting of my Universal I. Dave Seat was here about a month and a half ago and made some adjustments to the microswitches to prevent the hard hitting at the feed board I was having (and more importantly showed me how to make proper adjustments). Yesterday [...]
Vandercook 03 – Impression roller and bearings - Posted August 13, 2011
I am wondering about the impression roller (I don’t know if this is the right name) on this press. I’ve noticed that mine is a bit damaged, with some traces of scoring. I am worried this might cause uneven impression. Is this a roller that can be recovered or is this not a replaceable part? I [...]
Motor – Universal I - Posted August 11, 2011
Recently the motor on my universal I has been reluctant to start. If I manually give the cylinder [drum] some torque, it will start. I replaced the capacitor mounted on the motor ($6.00), which seemed to help some. I can get a new motor from a local supply house for a reasonable cost (approx. $150) but [...]
Looking for SP-15 roller cores - Posted
Hi everyone. First post here. I am looking for at least one SP-15 roller core. If anyone has any to spare that would like to sell, please let me know. Thank you very much in advance.
Positive Lockup Bar for SP-20 needed. - Posted August 9, 2011
Still trying to find a Positive Lockup Bar for my SP-20. Thanks!
Looking for a Showcard Press - Posted
Classic case of a newbie trying to get some info on getting a press. Any help would be super appreciated. I have worked on a Showcard Proof Press and really loved it. Thank you.