C&P 10x15

I have been printing on my C&P 10x15 for some time now and am pretty much self taught. I am not confident that I am oiling my press in all the needed spots. Does anyone have a schematic of the 10x15 that shows all the oiling locations? My press is approximately circa 1930’s. Thanks for any info you can provide.

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Yes, I have a oiling chart for a C&P New Style. I’ll send you an email…


travis & bourne2print,

thanks so much for your info, or should i say my C&P thanks you! i was certainly missing a few holes.

The oiling question is a good one. As I also operate a C&P 10 x 15, may I have a copy of the oil chart also? Many thanks, john

Does the oiling chart say what kind of oil to use? If so, it would be great if you would post it. If not, I would use (and have used) a heavy weight gear oil. Just bought some 85W-140 gear oil.

After the issues of where to oil and what oil to use, another issue is how much oil to use. To answer this question, it is helpful to know the purposes of lubrication. The first purpose is to provide a thin film of lubricant to prevent metal-to-metal contact of the moving parts. This is important because absence of a lubricant film can cause overheating, wear, destruction of the contact surfaces, and (in extreme cases) seizure. The second purpose of lubrication is to flush out contaminants and wear products. The third purpose is to help dissipate heat (which probably won’t build up in a lubricated, slow moving C&P but might build up in a faster press). And a fourth purpose is to cut down or eliminate rust and corrosion.

In short, enough oil is needed to maintain a film on the contacting metal surfaces. In addition, if contaminants and wear products are to be slowly flushed from these areas, enough oil must be applied so it slowly runs out over time. So, don’t look at oil seeping out as a sign of over oiling. It is a good thing and the excess oil should just be wiped up. In industry, some types of presses have been placed in shallow metal pans to catch the oil, but this is probably overkill for most of us.

Geoffrey, Thank you for the info.