Heidelberg moved through narrow door

I need to get my Heidelberg platen through a 900mm wide door. And need advice on what and how to remove from it to achieve this.

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You will need a chainsaw for a timber door opening and for masonry a jack hammer this will be easier than pulling the machine apart. Sorry not the advice you wanted to hear but it would be a major job to get enough parts off to make it fit, let alone put it back together again.

Stripping a heidleburg is a bad idea. Most of my spare parts came from a windmill that was stripped down to fit thru a narrow door, there were a few guys that tried to put it back together but with no success. The chain saw will be your best bet. Good Luck Dick G.

Heidelbergs can be stripped down and reassembled it is not the toughest job in the world. I think that suggesting the chainsaw and hammer is not the greatest advice folks. Supposing the owner or the building cannot be touched. We are machinery removal people and the last option would be to carefully remove door and door casing and take away bricks if need be making sure the wall and floor above are safely supported. Stripping a Heidelberg down is not for the faint hearted but doable. I would suggest finding an expert stateside near you to help and advice. Basically the motor and flywheel strip off, the front section for feed and delivery is held on four bolts and locating pins. Stripping the pump and airways is not easy but again doable. Mark everything and take photographs. But definitely seek a Heidelberg specialist for further advice. I’m afraid from England I can’t offer too much more…..Jeremy.

Thanks everyone, I am Ok mechanically minded but I think removing the door is going to be easier by your advice. The door is aluminium and glass but I still think it’s going to be easier to do this myself or find a builder to do it rather than a Heidelberg specialist. I am in Australia and they are not a dime a dozen here.

I have removed the paper table assembly, side table, air pump and clutch lever removed. But I still need it narrower to fit through a door 920mm wide

Do you know if it is possible to remove any of the parts I have pointed out in the attached photo? I can’t figure out how to remove the flywheel axel or the air pump base pin.

A larger photo can be viewed at www.halfnine.com.au/width.jpg

Please note this is not my platen but I have mine stripped to the same state.

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Do you have any advice on removing the paper table? How much is it’s weigh? Do you need a crane or can you hold it with two men?


Can you not angle walk it through the doorway with just the clutch lever removed as well as the door frame ?
approach the doorway at an angle and get the flywheelshaft through first then turn the machine around in the aperture ? Takes a lot of levering and sweat but in some cases it saves calling builders !
stripping too much off will leave you with pain if you are not familiar with the fitting and pin removal of taper pins .
they are not a breeze to move around if you are not used to such lumps ,the more you remove from them the heavier the top end ratios toward the top heavy dangers .

Removing the pumps arm link is do able but order new pins for re assembly as you will definately find it tight in there if you are lucky it will not be doglegged ,many are .
The lower pump mount shaft is removable with a little patience and care dont chew the shaft up with pipe wrenches .

Speaking from first-hand experience of dismantling a windmill down to its last nut and bolt, as to your 4 arrows:
The top right, maybe.
The other 3, forget it, forget it and forget it.

That’s how I got all my spare windmill parts, someone striped one down all the way and no one could get it back together again.

I do not have a windmill but I did just pay someone to re drywall a 6 foot hole in a wall.. cost me $110.00.

I just took a Windmill apart and moved it to a basement of an art studio downtown. We hired some mill workers to move the main area, but as far as the paper tray - no, you don’t need a crane. Yes, you need 2 guys, to move it - but put it on a 2 wheeler.

I attached two pictures of, basically, as far down as I broke it. I did get the shaft that the hydraulic sits on out - just put a bar in from the opposite side and pound with a sledge. BE CAREFUL when putting it back - you don’t want to mushroom it, so pound it in with a wood block on one side.

I didn’t get the big flywheel off. Wasn’t worth it. Nor did I get any parts off the ink box.

We got the press through a standard doorway, albeit with the door frame removed and a bit of drywall work.

It’s possible. But be safe, it’s a heavy machine.

One thing I would suggest, though, is to mount the press to some 4x4 wooden skids. It makes moving it much easier.

I did successfully get mine back together. Don’t let anyone intimidate you into being able to put it back together. So long as you don’t remove too many pins, and you take lots of pictures along the way, you’ll be fine.