IMG_853IMG_8534 The body of my #4 is damaged. The corner opposite the operator at the far end of the press bed is not supported. You can see that the bottom of the frame is not level as well. Bringing the carriage to the end of the press causes it to rock back and forth. I […]MoreMore Tag
Category: No. 4 / 215
Vandercook 4 Cylinder Dry Sound. How to oil or fix?
Sad Sounding Cylinder Not sure how to check or maintain the bottom cylinder with a dry, desperate sound that needs help soon. Any help would be appreciated! – LacyMoreMore Tag
Vandercook 215 gripper pedal chain slack
Hello, We have a Vandercook 215 in our shop that has been going through maintenance and now we have arrived on the gripper pedal chain slack. We have started to notice the dead pedal with about three links worth of slack in the chain and the pedal is about 1-2 inches off the ground before […]MoreMore Tag
#4 Form Roller frame- how much play?
I’m working (virtually) on a #4 that previously was working great, and all of a sudden there are roller issues. The pins and clutch plate were replaced in January so they don’t seem to be the issue. What seems to be happening is that the entire frame moves side to side with the motion of […]MoreMore Tag
Non-operator side of Vandercook 4
I’m in search of a diagram or photos of the non operator side of a vandercook 4- specifically the mechanisms that catch and release the cylinder- the screws and parts keep loosening and occasionally bend- resulting in the cylinder not locking in place and the grippers not performing correctly. I’ll attach a few pics here […]MoreMore Tag
Vandercook 215 Switch Replacement
The old switch fell back into the box. It was being held in place by a metal clip on the frame, shown here on the wood feed-board of the press. I could not get it to grab the switch, so I figured I would just replace it with a household switch, but am unclear about […]MoreMore Tag
Vandercook No 4 Delivery Tray
Hello Vandercookers. I am restoring a No. 4 and need a delivery tray made. I have one to copy. I was wondering if anyone else out there is missing one and would like one made? Between time and materials I’m guessing these will be about $200-250 bucks plus shipping if you want one. Obviously the […]MoreMore Tag
vandercook 4 impression cylinder repair
i am working on a vandercook 4 serial nr. 15900 that i bought a couple of weeks ago. when inspectiong the press i realized that there is a strange thing inside the cylinder on the operator side. see pictures. the other other thing was next to rust a broken pin on the […]MoreMore Tag
Adjusting roller height on model 4
On my Model 4 I sometimes have to print type that is higher than .918 inches. This means setting the rollers higher, and I do it somewhat by trial and error. But I would like to know precisely: how much of a clockwise turn of the adjusting screws gives say .05 inches or 1 mm? […]MoreMore Tag
when the Vandercook 4 is a knockin….
Hello! I’ve been having a problem on and off for the last few months where the top carriage, when rollers are engaged there is a fast knocking noise emanating from what seems to be the large oscillating roller. if i lift them ever so slightly or push them back it goes away but only temporarily. […]MoreMore Tag
Vandercook 4, pulley set screw won’t stay tight
The top wheel of the motor assembly pulley on my Vandercook 4 (#12545) keeps loosening. The set screw tightens, but loosens after the motor runs for a bit. The wheel and the belt move on the post toward the operator, away from the motor. This is a recurring problem, but every once in a while […]MoreMore Tag
Came across a nice #4 but it is black Do you know if Vandercook made black ones? Norman Hicks +1 415-725-1670MoreMore Tag