Ok, maybe not the most consequential Vandercook query, but this has been nagging at me. I’m currently fixing up my departments’ recently salvaged SP20 (serial #25595), and have noticed that the feed board is ungraduated along the slot which holds the edge guide (missing, of course). In contrast, my SP15 has the customary scale for […]MoreMore Tag
ID this proof press!
A fella in Panama City, Florida has offered this press on the Briar Press classifieds site, but can’t find any info on it. The third picture I found in an article online and is of a similar press, but it made no mention of what it was. Does anybody know? Daniel Morris The Arm Letterpress […]MoreMore Tag
Cylinder Undercut Variables
[In a previous post I stated that all 4Ts have an cylinder undercut of .070″. —PM] Just to add my two cents, my 4T cylinder is undercut to .070″ as are the other 4T’s at the Wells Book Arts Center. … I’m curious why a Uni I manual at the Center would have been undercut […]MoreMore Tag
Dear members, Thank you for helping to get this blog off to such a great start. Since launching it two weeks ago your ranks have grown to 40. I appreciate the numerous public and private comments and as I learn more about the software I use to build this blog I promise to add better […]MoreMore Tag
Bent Bumper on Uni I
It’s finally time to fix the bent bumper on my Uni I. The bumper bar itself has been bent from use, which makes the bumpers useless when the press is on short-trip (when in s-t the bumpers stick out from the press instead of hugging the sides of the press). Has anyone ever straightened the […]MoreMore Tag
Anybody using 320G/325G with auto sheet feed?
Hello, I have a 320G press (#17096) set up with the optional auto sheet feed and was wondering if anyone was using one of these presses. I am looking for replacement rubber tapes for its sheet advance mechanism and have yet to find a source. Any ideas? Any tips on working on this press from […]MoreMore Tag
Universal III press restoration…
As time permits, I have been working to restore two Vandercook Universal III presses (#25942 and #27123) which I bought from a printing equipment dealer on the west coast and had freighted to me here in Brooklyn. I have been hounding poor Fritz with numerous questions and parts inquiries and thought it might be better […]MoreMore Tag
SP-15 inking issues
[Some comments in response to this post concern repair of the Adjustable Bed on Universal I -PM] I have what seems to be an older model SP-15. It looks exactly like the photos of Vivian Leung’s SP-15, which I have swiped from Briar Press and posted below. It only has four grippers, and the roller […]MoreMore Tag
Carriage Adjustments on SP15 to limit lateral movement
At the Mass Art Press (Massachusetts College of Art), we have two SP15s. Both have what seems to be significant lateral movement in the carriage. When the carriage is rolled beyond the feedboard over the bed, the carriage can be wiggled toward and away from the operator by…oh…lets say 24-36 pts.. I’m assuming this is […]MoreMore Tag
Happy 9-18 Day. The owner of a No. 4T wants to know whether his press has a galley height bed. He mentions that the undercut is .070″ and also wants to know the dimensions of the leveler’s feet, one of which is apparently missing. The simplest way to find out the height-to-paper of the press […]MoreMore Tag
Paul Moxon and I kicked around the idea of doing a blog for Vandercook presses when he visited me in Silverton earlier this summer. I can handset type, but the computer work is beyond me, so Paul has done all the work to set this up. We want to limit discussion to Vandercook primarily and […]MoreMore Tag
Open for business!
Welcome. Vanderblog is the forum area of “vandercookpress.info”:https://vandercookpress.info. Together these online resources are dedicated to sharing information on the maintenance and care of Vandercook proof presses, and to expand the common knowledge about other brands of flat-bed cylinder proof presses such as Asbern, Challenge and Reprex. Vanderblog is Moderated by Paul Moxon and Fritz Klinke, […]MoreMore Tag