Challenge vs. Vandercook Proof Press July 26, 2010July 31, 2010 by ben92009 One Comment If given the chance, would you prefer: Challenge Proof Press Model 1418E or 1926 Vandercook Model 21 Roller Series ???
Both are better suited to proofing or printmaking than short run production printing.
The Challenge has a reciprocating bed, but lacks cylinder grippers and an inking assembly. The Vandercook has a stationery bed and also lacks cylinder grippers, but if complete has a separate inking carriage.
Bed-mounted sheet grippers or a frisket could be rigged for either.
Condition may be the over-riding factor. Worn bed and rails on the Challenge could be fabricated much easier than the Vandercook.