Miehle 40” available…Rescue !!!

Miehle flat bed PRINTER is listed on eBay. Looks like a complete press with ink system and newer rollers.
Very worthy of preservation in your shop.
Unable to include a link here, hope someon can provide a link to the eBay listing.

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I found it on eBay. Large. Any idea what it might weigh?
5 tons?

This would be a great press for printing posters.

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And a 40” roll of tympan, new, would be slightly less than their starting bid of $800.00. A good question to ask is what comes with the press? The assorted backup material may well be more valuable than the press, especially if this eliminates letterpress from this location. Consider that a similar size Heidelberg cylinder has a value 20 to 30 times what these folks are asking.


It appears that it is a Miehle High-Speed Two-Revolution Two-roller Press No.1. It looks to me to be a hand-fed, rather than a sheet-fed press. If it is a No.1, the overall length is 13’ 8”, width is 8’ 11”, height to the back of the feed-board is 5’ 4”, and the height to the top of the fly sticks when raised is 6’ 10”. The base length is 10’ 11”, and the base width is 5’ 9”. The type bed is 39” x 53” type matter locked in chase 34” x 49”, and the largest sheet that can be delivered is 35 1/2” x 52 1/2”. It’s speed is 2200, it runs with a 4hp motor, and it weighed 9 tons when crated. I would estimate the weight as it sits to be about 7 1/2 tons. The serial number is located on the frame underneath the ink fountain, if any interested party would wish to seek it out, I have a list of all Miehle Flatbed serial numbers. Now that’s a press!

D. T. P. Do you possibly, have ANY info on Much Much bigger Miehle,s than the one above, I ask just for interest and to turn the clock back 60+ yrs.?
I did my apprenticeship 54-60, in glorious downtown Sussex, U. K. for a firm known as Sussex Printers, the commercial arm of Becket Newspapers, S.P. situate from early 50,s for many yrs. in the vacated Press buildings of the News plant, Beckett,s still in existance.!!
Would be nice to have corroboration of the previous existance of my Big Big Miehle, as above (did post half hearted query 2+yrs ago) without success.
The layout of the L/Press plant was, hot metal typesetting, composing room & associated, 2nd floor?
First floor, machine room, including Pen Ruling M/c, Platens, (plural) Cylinders, >>*Kelly B*? has been mentioned on B.P. before,<< >>Big, hand fed *Wharfedale*<< >>Smaller *Miehle*<< as above, and (My quest & interest) a seemingly >>Massive MIEHLE<< by comparison, very prominent in my mind, still, because it worked on a constant loss, oiling system, which eventually leeched through the substantial concrete floor, which was directly above the Finishing/Bindery dept, (ground floor).
Although a substantial drip tray was installed, maybe 10 feet wide x 20 feet long, it had to be drained down every 2-3 weeks, there was always a queue of *willing* male Apprentices, to do the draining down.???
The entire premises, was and still is occupied by an Upmarket Auction House/Estate Agents.
The drip tray was, still *In Situ*, some 20 yrs. ago, to protect the Carpet,s of the Auction room Floor.?
Would still be nice, to be reminded of that particular M/c.!!

And Yes I did Date one of the Bindery Girls, but unfortunately, A 1,000 c/c Vincent Motorcycle came between us, + Her Dad was one of the 2 Minders, (Laterly Machine managers U.K.) on double day shift, on THE Big Miehle, and apparently. His Daughter was fit for something better than a roughneck, (smelling of Supercaster, unrefined *Castor* oil) Apprentice.
Thanks, Possibly, Mick.!!

Remembered a photo from a country printshop. Two Pony Miehle presses. The foreground is fly and the background is tape delivery set-up. Great pieces of turn-of-the-century equipment for the weekly newspaper and job printing market. One press is 1898, the other 1912. The anti-static piping on the newer machine could be quite ‘shocking’ :o).

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forme, Love the photo. I had a Miehle Pony, and it was hands-down the best press I have ever owned. Very easy to set up and operate. I wish I could still operate it.

mick, The No.1 was the largest two-roller press they made. The largest four roller press (7/0) had a type bed that was 51” x 74”, and weighed in at 19 1/2 tons shipped. I was offered one for free that had been fixed up with automatic feeder & delivery. The press had been used only 6 weeks a year for the past 30+ years and looked like it was brand-new. It was by far the largest sheet-fed press I have ever seen. The largest two-color Miehle press (6/0 TC) had a 52 x 70” type bed, and weighed in at 31 tons shipped.

D.T..P. Thanks, so far, nothing has clicked or fired the memory Yet,? regarding the size of *my* M/c. dodgy memory is implying Around 10 imperial Tons all up weight, sat on a main R.S.J. (underfloor) at least 18” deep. Possibly, if Shots/Pics are found, maybe publish a couple on B.P. and as Dick G. would probably say, and I quote, *Rattle The Old Goats Cage,* (mine) Off Line, as well. !?*!?*
Our Museum, Amberley, West Sussex, U.K. have a vast archive of Print related books, but has never been assembled in logical order, so trawling for a publication, for clues, *Blind* is hard work. Ta.! Mick

Mick,this photo is taken from Spicher’s ‘Practice of Presswork’. There is also another depicting a flat-bed Perfecting press. No specifications, but perhaps DTP would have such?
And the owner of those Pony’s also glowed when describing his beauties. The fly configured press was dedicated to his newspaper, and the other was job oriented. He could produce business cards on the latter, and it was difficult to tell, without a glass, wether the work was printed offset or relief. The press had a three-phase motor and a controller looking like a tramcar control; the sparks generated from the copper-clad contacts whenever the speed was regulated were downright scary! :o)
Sadly, when the shop sold, the new owner junked both presses.

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