Kluge 12x18 Instruction Manual Needed!

I have recently purchased a Kluge 12x18 and I am so excited to use it! However, my knowledge of it is very small. Most of the knowledge I have was obtained via Youtube! =( I would love to go somewhere to learn it but haven’t found a place yet! I live in NY. If you know of somewhere i can learn, please pass on the info! Until then, I need to find an instruction manual!
If anyone has one or knows of where I can purchase or download one I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Does your kluge have an automatic feeder or is it a handfeed?

It has an automatic feeder.

the manual is available at the letterpress commons site at:


There is also a parts list book there.

Good luck with the feeder. I had one that was marvelous, but sorrowfully it stayed when I moved, and I sold the press.

John Henry
John Henry

Thank you all for your help and knowledge! I was able to get 2 manuals and the parts list via the link attached! =)
If any of you have any tips I would love to hear them! =)
I find the whole art of letterpress and the machines fascinating!

@John, that’s too bad that you had to sell the press! How long were you or have you been working in the industry?

Watching utube is not a good way to learn letterpress, there are many videos i have a hard time watching, and a lot of people do things their own way. These machines can and will hurt or cripple you if you are not careful, you should really take a class or two at least. There are many little tricks and things to learn about this press, just putting in the rollers can be a problem. i wish you good luck whatever you do. Dick G.

Always Running there is a fellow on here named John Grim who is very knowledgable http://www.briarpress.org/33790 You should contact him for help learning how to safely operate your press.
Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Kluges have attitude just like the Jabberwock
Print smart/stay safe


I got my first platen press when I was 12 years old, a foot-treadle Kelsey Union. I taught at a couple Universities after college for about ten years, and took a position in a corporate setting in which I have worked for the past 29 years, in troubleshooting production processes and new product development, dealing with printing processes, label materials and adhesives. Looking forward to retirement from my “day job” in October to have more time to spend in my own shop.

John Henry

John Henry, don’t kid yourself, in November i’ve been retired for 3 years and i have never worked so hard. Because you don’t go to a regular job everyone thinks you can run them around, what the heck you are retired and got nothing to do anyway. But it still beats punching a time clock.