Inking System

Vandercook SP15, lowering gear side of rear form roller

The gear side of the rear roller on our SP15 will not lower enough to hit a roller-setting gauge. It does have a range of motion, just will not descend low enough to contact the gauge on the gear side. The roller measures about 1/8″ less than 2 1/2″ in diameter. The tip diameter of …

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Mystery assembly adjustment on Vandercook 320

I’m fixing up a filthy Vandercook 320 press, and I’ve just been cleaning up the carrier mechanism for the form rollers. I stripped everything off the carriage including the LN-19 Ink Frame Brackets (one on each side). The parts have been cleaned and now it’s time to reassemble things. Reattaching the LN-19’s leaves me with …

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SP15 issue – uneven inking along length of bed

Not sure why I always run into issues when on deadlines…  Having an issue where I get an impression but there just isn’t any ink on the form and would love to hear any thoughts on what the problem/solution might be.  The uneven inking is happening for the length of the press bed. Was printing …

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Roller issues, squeaky sound on No.4

Revised. I’ve recently refurbished a No. 4. When the roller carriage is in contact with the ink drum (hence the form roller clutch is engaged), there’s an awful squeaking sound. The front rider roller does roll, and the oscillating roller seems sort of sluggish. It’s difficult to gauge where the sound is coming from, but …

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Inking issues on SP15

We’re completing the rebuild of an SP15 that was begun by someone else (who is now deceased, so we can’t ask them questions) and we are running into some challenges with the inking system. We were trying to set the rollers to the lightest stripe possible for photopolymer printing, which we did with the press …

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Seeking a M-134 Feed Roller Frame Assembly for a No. 3

I have a Vandercook No. 3, the same one (SN 13165) here, that’s missing its M-134 feed roller frame assembly. I’m looking to first see if anyone has a spare (which I imagine is unlikely). Or if anyone has fabricated an alternative to the stock feed roller. I’ve also looked into Paul’s suggestion here but the sprockets …

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