Connecting a pony ink fountain

I’ve searched for photos of ink fountains to use as a guide for setting up mine but haven’t had much luck. I’d love to see a few photos of how others have their fountains set up.

I’ve attached photos of my set up so far, just need to figure out the linkage to connect the two parts. Thanks! Kevin.

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Hi Kevin,

Maybe this will help. Send me your email via longdaypress and I will send the photos.


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Looks like you are of to a good start.
The fountain roll should toutch the top form roller with about a 1/4 inch stripe when the press is ON impression.
When NOT ON IMPRESSION, the fountain roll should NOT TOUTCH the form roller.
I would turn the press by hand till it is dead center on impression. then set the fountain so it has light contact with the form roller, Have enough adjustment on the thumb screw to raise the fountain away from the form roll when the fountain is not used.
Hope this helps.
James ‘Mac’ McGraw

Thank for the photos Mike, those will help. And thanks for the set up description James, very helpful as well.


Hello. I appreciate the images that have been posted on the Pony Fountain. I will be purchasing one to use on my 8x12” NS C&P within the week.

David Damico

You may want to set the fountain after you have determined the amount of impression force (viz makeready) that you need. There is a lot of roller motion that can appear for the impression force for a 4 x 6 panel of line art and a 4 x 6 solid coverage panel. I always set the fountain after I have position and impression sorted out (hand applying ink to the ink disk first) and setting the fountain while under impression.

If your press is fresh and tight, you might get by, but older presses with wear on them will have a significant amount of slop in them, and if you run a heavy job and subsequently run a light job (especially on a full fountain) you stand the possibility of damaging the fountain, rollers, or roller arms/brackets as the rollers crash into the fountain ball.

Always set up for the job you’re going to run—unless most of your jobs are the same. Because of this, I always move my full fountain back and out of the way after washing up.