Hacker #4 Restoration

I have completed the restoration on this Hacker #4. Here is the history as I know it:

1. The press was purchased 1/31/1929.( A date on the bed said Apr. 12. I assume 1928) The company that bought it was Grey Ketterer & Hansen, Inc. It was later sold to Columbus Engraving Corp.
2. The press fell over at some point in its life and was fixed. Stanley Metza worked on it in 1957, at  Columbus Engraving Corp.
3. It eventually found its way to the Ohio home of Ronald Fauver and Nancy Haitz in the 1980’s. This is where I found it and gave it a new home in Pensacola, FL.
A big thanks to a few folks who helped me along the way: Paul Moxon for providing the 1936 catalog. This was most helpful in preparing for the move. Fritz Klinke who looked up the historical information on this particular press in his archives, and Scott Moore(http://moorewoodtype.com/) who was there on the day of the move in Ohio.
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Nathan Rose
8 years ago

hacker agian

Nathan Rose
8 years ago


Nathan Rose
8 years ago

photos here sorry for quality

Nathan Rose
8 years ago

thanks for the info Larry, I appreciate it. im feeling like maybe the taking apart of things might not be worth my while. i am awaiting a final quote on the move, so fingers crossed, but i was hoping to just slide the bed out without disrupting the trip and roller mechanisms. I get the theory of marking the gear teeth, so fine there, bu i don’t want to re calibrate the whole dang press.. its only going about 1 mile down a flat road, so … but i see your point about the roller carriage becoming vulnerable without the bed gear keeping it stable.
It also seems like the 300 or so lbs of the bed wont exactly make it a much lighter load. On the model index here on the site the lightest model is at 1800 lbs. A 300-400 lb press bed still leaves me with 1400 or more lbs to move, which would require me to get a jack and lift trailer anyhow, so no real effort or cash spared there i’m afraid. Like i said, its in real nice shape, so pulling the thing apart is just labor on my end, i don’t need to paint or restore each peice like you had.
My guess is that its almost identical to yours, but there looks to be some slight differences in the roller system. yours looks more advanced and complete. Mine is more basic, hopefully not lacking anything major. we shall see.
Thanks again, i’ll keep you posted

Nathan Rose
8 years ago

Hello Larry,
Congrats on such a thorough and successful restoration. I glanced at the flickr gallery and the level of dedication is pretty amazing.
I’d like to pick your brain a bit because i’ve located a similar Hacker in my town, and am planning to move it into my studio. I’m largely curious about your thoughts on partial disassembly in order to make the move easier. Ive already got a heidelberg and vandercook,and am no stranger to a press move. i can hire the people and trailers and such for more than i’d like to spend, but I also looked closely at the press and think i could easily remove the reciprocating press bed, the feed board assembly, and the main rollers. Then possibly move those parts separately with some manpower, elbow grease and a decent pickup truck or small trailer.
Your thoughts on any of this would be very valuable, seeing as you took the whole dang thing apart in a big way. Worth noting is that its in quite good condition, so i’m not planning to take the whole thing apart otherwise. Just in order to make my move easy and cheap. I just want to be certain i can slap it back together on my end without too many headaches. or if taking things apart won’t gain me any major weight loss in the move, i wont waste the time.
i will be sure to grab a serial number and photos for the census when i can.
Thanks for any input. I appreciate it.
You can find me directly at
nathan@parallelprintshop.com if that’s easier.

Paul Moxon, Moderator
8 years ago

Thanks, Larry. It’s rare that a biography can be pieced together. I hope that this press will serve you well. Happy printing.

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