|Kelsey (& Other) Press
Parts & Repair
Note, Autumn, 2015: Our previous supplier of these parts has gone on to other endeavors. The parts shown in the photos below are not currently available from the source we relied on for so long.
Update November, 2014
We have established a new relationship with a new foundry only two hours away in PA. We are once again casting (gray iron) replacement parts for Kelsey presses as well as for any other press in our extensive collection of platen and flatbed letter presses.
Recently cast (as of 3/15):
Raw (unmilled/undrilled/unfinished) castings are also available.
Please Contact Excelsior Press to inquire about these or any other platen press parts you may need. We're doing our best to make them available to you.
If you own a Kelsey - or other brand manually operated letter printing press, we may be able to can get you parts for repair of your press - or repair your press for you.
Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra chase - or to replace that missing ink table on the press you just bought?. . We are working now to develop the relationships with a foundry and machine shop to once again be able to offer new parts - by duplicating parts from presses in our collection. We expect to soon be able to supply ourselves - and you - with the parts needed - to repair or restore Kelsey or other brand letterpresses.
When new parts are needed, we plan to make them. Many of the new parts we have made available in the past were cast - in America - of ductile steel, which will outlast the original - and somewhat brittle - lower grade cast iron used in the past. Some parts have also been cast of cast iron or aluminum as appropriate.
Although this work was not done at the Excelsior Press, we did at one time have a source of supply for these parts and we currently are working towards making available once again a convenient source for the parts that we - or you - may need for the restoration work that these little presses deserve.
This is a work in progress, and we cannot offer you all we would like - not qute yet - since we are, after all, printers with an interest in press repair, not machinists with years of experience fabricating missing press parts... - but as the project evolves, we will update this page with the most current information. - 9/30/2011
Contact Excelsior Press
regarding parts for or repair of your press.
But first: read the warning below - and understand that there are many variations in the fit of parts to Kelsey presses. Not only were there many versions of the same model, but since presses were some times fitted by hand, parts are not always interchangeable!
Please note this warning from the Kelsey Catalog:
Custom Press Restoration - as available
The supply of used Kelsey presses seems to be waning. Some of you have already found a press, but it may need some work. Or you may have purchased one which is missing parts or was damaged in transit. For you there is some good news - The same skills and attention to detail that have made our restored Kelsey presses so popular is now available on a custom basis.
see animation of press assembly
* Note: Due to fluctuating market prices - specifically the cost of used presses plus varying costs for casting and machining new parts, all prices affected by these fluctuations must be set at time of purchase.
The Kelsey Excelsior Press Parts Diagram
|Photos of Kelsey Parts posted in
response to inquiries:
Kelsey Star Chase Latch
This is the chase latch used on *our* Kelsey Star. At least one other latch system was used on at least one other model of the Kelsey Star.
This latch is curvey.
and is mounted on a pin in the bed of the press
and can be removed or replaced by removing the two nuts shown here, which removes the ink disk bracket. Behind that is the pin the chase latch
Paul Aken's Star Latch:
This one slides in from the side, whereas the one on our press is pressed down and rotates up to release the chase.
page last updated
10/29/09 11/20/10, 9/30/11