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Re-assembly and conversion (to manual) of Universal II (power carriage)

Hello printers, An alumnus has just donated a Vandercook to our university; after saying, “sure, we could use another”, I learned that it is a Universal II power carriage w/ adjustable bed and that owing to the weight of the press, moving it from its former home (the second story of a barn) required dissassembly. …

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Automatic carriage stuck in print mode

Good Evening! I have recently come into possession of a Universal I Power Test Press with automatic cycling abilities. This is the first automatic cylinder press I’ve had experience with and I am finding there are some things I do not understand. When the cycle mode is on, the press does not go into “trip” …

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Vandercook Universal III adjustment help

Here is a shot of my Universal III. I am trying to accomplish 2 things. 1. rollers are maxed out at their lowest point to ink the form I want to be able to have adjustment height. 2. Cylinder picks up ink on the trip back to the feedboard. I want impression without picking up …

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Printing forms over type high

This question comes via email: Q: Is the Vandercook letterpress capable of printing forms larger than type high? I have a woodblock that I’ve carved, and it is about 1/8″ higher than the type. A: It is possible only if you have a press equipped with an adjustable bed (e.g: 219 AB, 15-21, Universal I …

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