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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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Challenge 15MP been in storage for 40 years

I have recently lucked onto a Challenge 15MP that is lightly used and been stored in a dry building for 40 years.  It has some light surface rust but nothing that fine steel wool can’t take care of.  Everything moves and ball bearings seem to be fine. Here’s my question: can I adequately clean and …

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The Printers’ Album

The Printers’ Album was the house organ of the Challenge Machinery Company. It featured articles on the business of printing, equipment manufacturing, production tips and tricks, and display ads for Challenge products. The five covers that are shown here from 1925–26 are among the best and illustrate some of their manufacturing processes. The magazine began …

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Challenge M Series Worm Gear Fabrication

I am having a new worm gear and crescent fabricated for a Challenge M series press.* I intend to have a couple of extra sets made. The cost per set will be $1,150 with free shipping within the US and Canada. This is less than having a one-off made. The Challenge census lists forty-one 15MA/MP and four 21MP. The gear …

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FOR SALE: Vandercook Universal III, C&P Pilot, Challenge Cutter & More

We at Tweedle Press have moved on to greener pastures and although we are reluctant to part with our beloved equipment – we feel certain that they would be happier to be used more often. See below for a list of the major pieces we are selling out of our house in Woolwich, Maine (about …

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Challenge 15MP carriage bearing adjustment

Hello all, I made the first adjustments to the lower two eccentrics on either side of the carriage today, gaining a much more even impression across the width of the bed. Special thanks to Gerald Lange, Fritz Klinke, and others for their very helpful posts/articles here on the Blog re: this topic. The remaining issue, …

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