C&P Craftsman 10x15 ink disk part

Hi everyone,

I’m looking for someone who has a C&P Craftsman 10x15, there’s an essential part missing on mine, it’s the piece that engages in some gears and makes the ink disc rotate when the press does a full cycle.
Can you please help me with photos of this piece, so I know what to look for, or if you know anyone who has a “for parts” 10x15, also let me know.

Thank you very much!

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I also have a 10x15 Craftsman. I’d be glad to photograph anything you need. You can also find a parts list on my blog, on the C&P Literature page.
You should probably start by giving Don Black a call.

Best of Luck

Hi Justin!
Thanks for the link! That is very helpful, but I can’t find the piece on the parts list.
Let me show you these photos and please compare it to your press and tell me if there’s anything missing on mine right about where the red circle is.
If you can, please snap some photos of the same angles, so I can compare it.
Basically the ink disk doesn’t rotate, and I’m down to that part.

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Sorry to bump this, but I could really use some help in identifying what I’m missing. Thanks, everyone!

This should help,

Here’s a view of an assembly I made a while back ago to help illustrate how this clutch worked (there’s another post here on Briar about that that you might search for). Its shown with cut-aways to see the inner workings.

The biggest problem with what you’re missing is the outer “cap” portion, which essentially looks like a frying pan - not too complex in shape. This could be re-made made by a competent machinist (perhaps even as two pieces - a turned “cup” & then weld on a tang).

The inner gizmos could also be fairly easy to fabricate & you could probably get away with just springs (omitting the caps shown over the springs) & use standard machine “dowel pins” for the rolls. Essentially you could just use off the shelf stuff for the inner components.

My Craftsman is a 12x18 & I’m unsure if this was universal between the 10x15 & the 12x18…or if each assembly is sized for the press. You have a good chance at rebuilding with whats on your press as a guide. The outer component is a slip fit to its smaller diameter (maybe .01 clearance per side) & the larger diameter of the “flange” you see (on the component on your press) would be the size for the outside diameter of the outer component you’re rebuilding. The pocket inside the replacement (outer) component is only as deep as the projection of the small diameter from the piece still on your press. The “cap” (outer component) is bolted through the middle in a way that allows it to still spin freely, but not rattle around (there is clearance for the bolt, but the bolt bottoms out in the mating component - capturing the “cap” but allowing it to move).

Hope this helps, or at least gets you going in the right direction.


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I got caught up explaining. You should try to check the parts books. You also may be missing the arm that drives this clutch (the tang on the outside of the clutch would attach to the arm with a linkage).

I cant tell by your pictures if its intact, but it has a pivot point mounted near the rear ink disk mounting bolt (on the left side of the press). This is then followed by an arm with a roller (attached to the pivot), which is in turn actuated by a curved bracket that mounts to the inside of the left roller arm.

Jason, thank you very much! this is wonderful information!
I will look into posting more photos so you can give me your opinion. Thanks a lot!

Sorry to be slow in responding, I’ll try to post pics tomorrow.
Here is an old pic I have from a low angle. It shows the rod, and outside of the ratchet mechanism.

here is a pic of someone else’s press. Again, not a lot of help.

Thanks a lot Justin and Jason.. this is really really helpful.

These are the pics of my press. I disassembled the locking cam so that I could photograph the mechanism.

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Thanks a lot.. your press looks to be in tip top shape.
I think the easiest way would be to get the piece from a broken press, or one that’s being used as a die-cutter.
I appreciate you taking the time to pos these. If you could also e-mail them to me in higher-res, that would be really helpful.

Thanks again!