fitting through a small door

Hi BP’ers,

I was wondering if anyone has advice for fitting a press through a door that’s a bit too small for it—press is several inches too wide. I understand that presses can be somewhat dis-assembled? If this is true, any pointers, diagrams or suggestions would be helpful.

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Forgot to mention, it’s a C&P platen

1. Turn the press over until it is closed and then put a ratchet strap around it securing it shut, then tie some rope around it for good measure.

2. Remove the small gear and woodruff key from the non-flywheel side of the main shaft. This may require a gear puller.

3. Pull the flywheel and shaft out of the press (rotate so that the elbow for the treadle lines up with the shape of the hole).

4. Push the press through the door & reassemble.

5. Take off straps and print!

In addition to the above good advice, you can take off the feed and delivery tables. The space between the delivery table brackets can be utilized to get a couple of more inches in clearance.

Put the press on a pallet jack if you can and place the non-hinged section of the doorway between the supports and rotate the press through the door. A C&P is a bit narrower front to back than side to side.

I’d also remove the rollers during the move. Just because it’s easy and prevents damage from straps, bumps and flat spots. In the close position the rollers would sit on the ink table.


easy pull
fly wheel, crank shaft,
and brake off of it

that what had to do
to get 8X12 C&P
in back door of
the book store

helm down
grab your beer


A friend worked for a 7-day-a-week newspaper, they were moving to another site, some 15 miles away.

They made a wood-and-cardboard mock-up of an essential machine, transported that.

Then they did the actual move, with a chainsaw as a backup to remove parts of the building if necessary.


I remember as a child our printing factory was in a rough caste concrete building, so Dad took the doors off, then got the doorway widened, but cutting back the concrete. he then packed the gap with large long length solid vertical timber and put bolts back through to the concrete, then he rehung the doors. simply every time we bought and sold machinery he would deconstruct and reconstruct.

Make a bigger door! makes it easy to get in and out.

I had the same problem when I bought my 8x12 C&P NS. It was just a couple inches too wide for the door to my shed. I found the easiest solution was, as mentioned above, to make it a bigger doorway. In my case, I happened to have a matched pair of exterior doors sitting in the back of said shed left there by a previous owner, so my cost was very little. A friend, a sawsall and a couple of evenings work had the original single door widened to a double door and ready to take the press.

Now, of course, you must be able to do this without structurally damaging the building. In my case it had originally been a garage but the garage door had been removed and walled in many years ago. The original lintel was still there above the standard doorway, however, so widening the doorway to accommodate two doors didn’t weaken anything.