Power Carriage

Universal I PAB | Control Station Panel Replacement

Howdy. I trust you and yours are well. I recently did some electrical work (thank you Fritz, Daniel, Paul, Steve, John, and Max) on my Universal and I am replacing the Control Station panel. Would anyone like one while I am at it? This will be a laser-engraved, silver substrate revealing a black core to …

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Uni 1 carriage bounce on return trip

Lately the powered carriage on our Uni 1 has a tendency to return fully and then bounce off the stops, rolling forward again about an inch. This is frequently far enough to prevent the inking system from being properly driven by the main ink roller (cylinder?). It’s easy enough (albeit annoying) to manually pull the …

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Looking for a set of gripper bar extensions for a Uni III

Recently acquired a tape tower for my Uni III but didn’t realize my press doesn’t have the little cylindrical gripper bar extensions that thew tape tower bar clicks into. Anyone happen to have a spare set (I know, needle in a haystack but can’t hurt to ask). Photos showing the extensions on one of my …

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Universal I Power: Question about Manual/Cycle controls

My Universal I Power Test Press is having trouble with its manual/cycle controls. It only works in “manual” mode, so I can only move the carriage using the reverse/off/forward lever.  If I move the selector switch to “cycle” and press the start button, nothing happens. The photo shows the controls on my press.  The manual/cycle switch …

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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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Universal III power carriage motor adaptation

Hello: Almost 3 years ago I wrote with some questions regarding the motorization of a Universal III I had acquired without the motor. Paul and others had thoughts to share on the matter, (much thanks for this input to all involved), but it was apparent that this would not be an easy task to accomplish. …

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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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Page For Power Carriage Parts Added

From a suggestion by A.J. Masthay and a list provided by Daniel Morris, I’ve begun to compile a data table of replacement parts and their sources for Vandercook power carriage presses. All owners and operators of power carriage presses—including other brands are invited to add information. This table can be found under the maintenance menu at top …

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