A New (to us) Press

Last Friday we picked up our newest press, a Challenge MA15 Proof Press S/N 5338. This model was a copy of the popular Vandercook SP15 press, which Challenge eventually had to stop selling because of issues of patent infringement.

ArrivalWe moved it on an open trailer, but it was so cold that morning we didn’t have to worry about salt spray off the roads. We pallet-wrapped the top of the press to keep stray snow off it and strapped it down in a rental trailer (my own trailer is trapped in the snow). We moved it from Paris, Ontario (about 15 minutes away) with no incidents and unloaded it from the trailer right into our shop.

The crank handle and the form, oscillator, and rider rollers had been removed for the trip. Once the press warmed up again I unwrapped it and reinstalled all these parts.

Unwrapped and assembled, all ready to print. But it needs to be moved first...

Unwrapped and assembled, all ready to print. But it needs to be moved first…

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