Vandercook No. 4 Steady Roller Issues

I’m restoring a No. 4 that’s in pretty rough shape. I noticed that the steady rollers do not have adjusting levers on either side. Additionally, when the carriage rolls down the bed, sometimes the steady rollers move laterally and in one case even fell out. I’m also having difficulty matching with the manual drawings with what I see. I would love some feedback on whether I have the correct steady rollers or whether somewhere along the way, incorrect rollers were added.

I’ve included pictures of what I’m seeing as well as a highlight from the manual for what I think I’m missing. I would like to be sure I order the correct parts from Fritz, so any guidance there would also be helpful.

What I’m seeing and which looks very different than the manual.

(Since I’m in the process of restoring, I’ve removed the form roller rack)

Thank you!


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Paul Moxon, Moderator
4 years ago

This press with serial number 7588 was built in 1938 (
I have not checked when the engineering change was made from the small steady roller to the large one. It is likely noted on drawing MR-175 for the later Steady Roller. When I do I will add a note in a probable fourth edition of my book (2024).

Paul Moxon, Moderator
4 years ago

These steady rollers are and early design. Turning the slot in the bolt will turn the eccentric. If you don’t have a lock nut you can find on at a hardware store. Look for a low profile or thin nut. But these days it’s better to buy online. McMaster-Carr is my go-to supplier.

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