Adjusting Adana High Speed No. 3


I have an Adana High Speed No.3 and I can’t find any clear cut explanation on how to properly adjust the thing. I continue to have uneven prints (without ink), adjust each of the plate knobs slightly…nothing changes it. If I adjust the chase all the way forward, then it’s impossible to bring the handle all the way down. Does anyone have experience with this machine?



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I presume it is this type of No 3 you have.

Although written for the No1 and the No2 presses the instructions on adjustment using the four bed screws at the back apply to the No 3.

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A. C. The H.S.3 is a little more complicated for adjustments than on All of the smaller Adana,s in that, just forward of the actual impression Cross/Bar impression handle there is a secondary cross member that carries 2 over all, final impression BOLTS with locking nuts, that register on a positive stop.!!…
Should normally have been set Ex Adana works, but may have been inadvertantly UP-set.

Fairly foolproof method for adjustments follows:-
Assuming the adjuster bolts are hopefully correct (ex factory)

1, initially pack the Platen, in the order of one sheet of card, next the face of the platen, 2 - 3 sheets of newsprint, one sheet of blotting paper, finally top sheet/draw sheet preferably oiled Manilla, but any strong accurate alternative, basically as per Adana,s 50/60,s recommendations.?

2, back off the 2 Bed retaining bolts, there MUST be room for the 2 retaining springs to work and NOT coil bound, often mistakenly too tight to allow any advance of the 4 impression bolts.

3, back off All 4 impression screws, until there is no contact at all with the back of the bed,

4, lock up 4 exactly Type High items in the 4 corners of the chase, and insert the chase.

5, No rollers, No ink, bring the M/c. up to impression proper and down on to the 2 adjuster bolts, there will be NO feeling of impression YET.?

6, M/c. held down on to the impression proper position, i. e. down to the stops/bolts, bring all 4 impression bolts up gentle contact, with the bed, until resistance x 4, can just be felt (4 slivers of stock as feeler gauges if required)

7, First impression any thin card, NO ink No Rollers, will give a good resume of how too *Tweek* all 4 bolts up or down, to perfection…2nd impression with Ink and Rollers still with image in all 4 corners will give excellent guide to overall inking and corner to corner contact,
NOT to be interpreted as expecting more than 60% overall impressive strength or coverage.??
For critical fine adjustments, mark all 4 adjuster bolts with Tippex to enable and insure, ALL 4 are advanced or retarded perfectly in SINC, as required, will be dictated by the variations in stock to be used.

VERY occasionally, impression bolts need adjustment for a large variation in thickness of stock, normally with good initial packing, an extra sheet of stock under the Tympan works.!!!

Mick on Monotype, Nov. 2016


Good Luck, to You all Stateside, for the outcome of this Days proceedings,>08/11/2016< but we believe that more than luck is needed, in Tolbert Lanston *We Trust* end of story. Mick.

Great, thanks everyone for their feedback!

Mick, thank you for that detailed outline! I will try that out today and see if I can have any success.


Aidyn, one afterthought, unique to the H.S.3 close scrutiny of the base, front, under the impression handle, should be seen knurled knob, acts as an adjustable rod and return springs for the whole machine, can be adjusted almost, Ad Infinitum, for personal feel etc, comes into its own for Long Runs

If Your machine is mounted and secure, the Roller assembly is driven from within the base, through a very handy Port at the rear, Mirror & Flashlight etc.!! Good Luck

Adana described the knurled adjusting knob below the handle as “Platen Retard Control”. I have an H/S3 but have never really seen the benefit of this gadget. That may be why it was never incorporated into the “Eight-Five”, which replaced it. The H/S3 was only produced between 1950 and 1953 and was a very expensive machine. It retailed at £25. The “Eight-Five”, launched in 1953, was just £16.80 (16 guineas).

When the H/S3 was launched there were two versions available; a cast-iron model and an alloy version. The price was the same for both but the weight of the cast-iron model was considerably greater.