Adana TP48

I’m completely new to letterpressing but really want to get a machine and start printing!
After looking around for a while I’ve found an Adana TP48 for sale that is local and in my price range. I want to be able to print A5 size invitations and business cards on this with a good deboss.
I would appreciate any opinions on whether this is a suitable machine for this.

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The T/P48 will print your A5 size and I am guessing will deboss ok. I use a Treadle version and not tried to deboss but have given too much impression to a job and showed on the back.
Having the flywheel gives the impression a bit more clout.
The Treadle version is a nice little press to start with, I have not tried the Power version.
(Point to note, it is letterpress printing not letterpressing)

T.P. 48 Yes in it,s class a good machine (by limitation and availability) but from the point of view of that which you are envisaging, do as much investigation as possible before jumping in too quick.!! . . They, T.P. 48,s & T.P. 71,s are built like Tanks But as is well documented they were never intended (along with virtually all the smaller Press,s/Machines) to be expected to print or have the capacity to print (GENERALLY) more than 65%of the impression area, and almost certainly NOT diecut or deboss more than 10/15% of the total impression area.??
Well documented on B.P. re broken castings/levers etc trying to achieve exactly this.
On the T.P. 48 the bed is incorporated within the ink cylinder, and although only cast Aluminium, albeit heavily webbed, is/was not intended for these modern applications.!! . . The such is 2 part and (by comparison) is massively over engineered, as are the side arms, that close the platen etc.
The main shaft that at, 1-1/4”, carries the cog and pinion gear within the side frames, itself, webbed/cast aluminium, house, 2 very thin (relatively) brass/cintered bronze bearings.!! … The *flywheel* @ 68 lbs (by weight) makes for a very smooth & powerful machine, but is carried on a 1” shaft, which again, only runs in 2 plain bearings, housed within the main side frames, with a (bearing) Wall Thickness of of as little as .050 (thou).
All perfectly adequate, a long time ago, for it,s original intended use.
It is almost certain, by now, that the plain bearing inboard of the flywheel, is well worn, and could reasonably be expected to last for normal, *kiss* type printing, many moons, but to expect sustained, em/debossing etc may be expecting too much.!!!
Apologies for (effectively) pouring cold water, on your expectations, but perhaps trawl, extensively, B.P. back posts/archives, Google, Wikipedia, etc. unless time is of the essence.??? Perhaps be Pre-informed, rather than Post purchase, dissapointment.Good luck.

Thanks for your comments. It’s great to get some expert advice when you’re at the start of a large learning curve.
I read in a previous post that it didn’t deboss too well so will be careful when checking it out. Thanks again.

It is surprising what can be printed sometimes on Adanas. I don’t own a floor standing model but I do a lot on our 8x5 mostly at craft fairs etc. I like its portability and it would appeal too if you are in rented premises. If I was interested in substantial printing and could own only one press I would definitley aim towards a more substantial platen. Chandler and price, Kluge or even Heidelberg platen are real money spinners too. “mick on monotype” above has a great explanation. In 50 odd years of printing, I’ve never seen an Adana TP48. thats got to say something I think.

Lasimp, yes, size for size and weight for weight the T.P.48 & the T.P. 71 (71 only cosmetically up graded) are terrific machines, and would will do everything that the secification(s) implied originally, but of course not this modern phenomenon, Deep impression, Diecutting & Embossing, (that was many years in the future!!) and was never envisaged, although they could and did die cut (with a cutting plate***) thin copper sheets to make stencils for a big pharmaceutical company. *Cox Pharmaceuticals*
Now situate, still, in our west country (Devon) 200+ miles nearer to the States than previous S.E.>U.K
My involvement began when getting the call *could I possibly repair their Thompson Platen* Yes was the answer, Our equivalent of your I.R.S. were still in its infancy
At that time, In House printing plants were quite common, they had in actual fact at least 4 T. P. 48,s and one Thompson platen, although the Thompson on Automatic could print multiple up, pill box labels, i.e. 8,s 16,s 32,s and even, addendum stickers at 64,up (occasionally).?

There was usually a queue of seconded/volunteers more than happy to do the short runs on the T.P, 48,s and learn the basics of print at the same time, as far as can be ascertained, the few cents a day more had no bearing, (possibly)
Foregoing may explain my appreciation and enthusiasm, for T. P. 48,s & Thompson,s.!!
Lasimp, if you appreciate the 8 x 5, as you seem so to do, ask of your countrymen, if anybody owns, the Adana H.S 3, although only 1/2” bigger in both directions, and not that much heavier, (to transport!!) would I am sure impress you considerably, AS WELL as the 8 x 5. Thank You.

***Footnote, another device/variation that seems to have been forgotten/overlooked etc, perhaps never seen Stateside, for SOME,!! diecutting applications, the dies were made from steel blocks, Milled/Ground, Spark Eroded or similar, any memories, from anybody.???

Hi. Did you go ahead and buy the machine ? If so how are you getting along. I’ve just started restoring one, and have been impressed so far !