Vandercook No. 3 Gripper Lever

7 thoughts on “Vandercook No. 3 Gripper Lever

  • August 10, 2019 at 6:44 pm


    I just got a Vandercook 3 and the grippers don’t move up as the crank is turned to the left. I’m thinking a handle might be the way to go if I have to do work on the mechanism anyway. Anyone making this retrofitted equipment? Plans would be great but something ready made to install would be better.

  • October 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks for offering to share your specs. I recently bought a Vandercook 3 and would love to see what you came up with! My email is

  • January 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Brad,
    I recently required a Vandercook 3 and would love to take you up on your offer to share the specs for the gripper lever. My email is micheline(at)bettyandbing(dot)com.
    Many thanks, Micheline

  • March 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm


    I didn’t have any other parts made. I could easily make another… this was just the test to make sure my measurements were correct. It was 1/4″ hot rolled steel bar bent at a 45º angle. Painted with Rustoleum Light Machine Grey to match the press, drilled as needed, and dipped the top of the handle in Plasti Dip. Easy.

    Serial number is 15742—not sure if it’s in the census or not.

    As soon as I have the chance I’ll take a few more photos and post here or on Flickr.


  • March 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Nicely done. Did your have any other parts made? That oscillator and rider sure is pretty. Is this press in the census? If not, please send me the serial number and your details and I’ll add it.

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