This old Vandercook 219ABhas an adjustable bed and is in search of a new home. It was made in 1952, and has been in this location since the mid 1950’s. The press is currently motorized (3 phase) but could be converted to hand-cranking if you want - although with this large cylinder and form size, the motor would really help in production.
This press is perfect for large posters, multi-page book layouts and pretty much anything that any smaller Vandercook can do.
Note also that these presses sell for more than the owner is asking - $9,000. Another for sale on the west coast is listed at $15k and that seller reports rejecting offers of $13,500 and $14,500. Presses like this have recently sold in this price range, but the seller open to a best offer as well. This press has value and is easily accessible in Jackson, Michigan. Loading assistance is available.
A press like this - located in Kansas - was listed for sale for $15,000 on Briar Press last year
We will add some photos of the press at it's home in Michigan as well as some notes from the owner.
Note that although hand-fed, this press is power driven - for faster production with less effort. Want to print 500 posters - tonight? no problem. Want to print 500 8-page signatures for a letterpress book? The job can be done in two hours, easily.
Either of these jobs would take a day or two - and be very tiring on a hand-cranked proof press. We can get 300 impressions off of our Model 4 in one hour.... but then have to rest for an hour before we have the energy -and enthusiasm - to do another 200... With this press, you could print 500 posters in the morning, then go to lunch... and come back after lunch and do another 500... with no strain besides picking up and placing all of those sheets into the grippers and then onto a drying rack...
Contact us directly for details. - Alan@ExcelsiorPress.org
to connect with the owner of this press. (It is not our press)
page last updated August 1, 2019
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