6 thoughts on “Hacker No. 4 Proof Press

  1. Paul Moxon, Moderator - September 23, 2009

    Thanks Casey. Funny how, they keep popping up. It seems like every month I hear of another press in a barn or basement.

  2. Casey McGarr - September 21, 2009

    I met with a friend this weekend and she said the University of Dallas has a Vandercook 17 and a Hacker Press I’m going to meet with the gentleman that teaches there and will report back here what I find.


  3. Paul Moxon, Moderator - April 20, 2009

    It took more effort because it had a reciprocating bed and stationary carriage like an etching press.

  4. Eric Holub - April 20, 2009

    Well, my Hacker didn’t have all the features you see in the pictures, nor on the later Hackers I’ve seen; it looked like a Challenge/Potter with simple pedestal base, fixed headstops (they could be shimmed for slight adjustements), and gripper fingers over the packing. Still, it had a Horace Hacker plate on it, stamped No. 4.
    There was some problem with the inking system (it seized up regularly), so I inked by hand. But the impression was good, perhaps better than the SP-20 that replaced this Hacker. And it was great for a small basement shop, since it had a small at-rest footprint.
    The cranking motion was also harder than a Vandercook. As I recall it 25 years later, the crank did not drive the cylinder directly. Instead, the handle pushed on a radial coil spring, and when that tightened, then the cylinder moved. A bit of body english was needed to start and especially stop the cylinder.

  5. John Jenkins - April 19, 2009

    Thanks Eric,
    It must be disappointing that your donated Hacker proof press disappeared. Maybe it will turn up again someday. The No. 4 is a good looking proof press – was it good to print on?

  6. Eric Holub - April 19, 2009

    I know of three no. 4 Hackers, one in use at a fine press in Santa Cruz, one in storage in the South Bay Area, and another that has moved to somewhere in the Northwest. There is also a larger power Hacker at a fine press in Berkeley.
    I had an earlier version of the Hacker no. 4 (17×22 sheet size, not 18×24) and donated it to a local art school when I got my first Vandercook in 1984. That school has no idea what happened to the press, but it isn’t there any more.

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