Model 4 Little Giant

Briar Press Community,

The recent posting of an ATF Model 4 Little Giant has me contemplating expanding my studio as my refurbished C&P 10x15 has kept me going but my printing runs have grown longer and longer. I have a little experience operating a windmill (read: negligible) so the idea of an auto-feed press isn’t completely foreign, but have never worked with a cylinder press before. So, help? I currently print both studio designed short run cards but also have been venturing further and further into larger tag runs for a few local manufacturers and their demands are increasing as they like what they’re getting. Is this press worthwhile? What kind of operating learning curve is there? What kind of quirks or limitations does a press like this have?

Thanks all.


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I use a Little Giant Model 6 for a good deal of my production printing. I find it works well for me, and I have run both the Model 6 and the Model 4 (the one for sale). If you are within striking distance of Iowa, I’d be glad to demo my press for you and you’ll be able to see what it can do.

I’d be the first to say that it is no Heidelberg cylinder, but for its size it does a fine job for me. Setting up an automatic feed is certainly a bit more complex that gauge pins on a platen, but you will get the hang of it quickly, and it will save you a great deal of time for longer run work.

John Henry
Cedar Creek Press

Thanks John, I just sent you a message.