Tabletop to Threadlepress Conversion - was this common?

Hello dear letterpress printers,

I stumbled over a picture on flickr, which shows an 8x12” tabletop press converted to a floor press with a threadle mechanism.
Unfortunately, this seems to be the only picture and there isn’t much to see about the underlaying mechanism, but it doesn’t look like a “homebrew” solution, does it?.

I haven’t found any info regarding a “conversion kit” and if this was common practice to do?
These FM Weiler / Degener & Weiler presses have a weight in the back which I assume is helpful for a threadle press as a “swinging mass”. I find it interesting and actually a nice solution for “upsizing”.
Does anybody here have any further info about this modification?

I do own two of these tabletop presses and they can pack quite some punch, which surely is resulting from the weight in the back. In fact, I got the nastiest bruise on my thumb when the press snapped close while cleaning and I still had my finger in it. They are beautiful presses but of course I’m so curious about the threadle modification.

With kind regards,
Newbie Printer

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Jens Jørgen Hansen in Denmark came upon a treadle platen press manufactured by Eickhoff in Copenhagen, here is a link:

That looks like a very close knock-off of a Golding Pearl of the old style, mounted on a packing crate for lack of the conventional base (though that was also an option offered by Golding, apparently). But I bet the inking wouldn’t be very good with those rollers!


Wouldn’t be a mod’ just a choice of versions, available as table top or treadle similar to some Golding and Model presses.
The weight saves having to lean on the handle, I did the same as you caught my finger when moving a Liberty table top press, 18 months on still don’t have full feeling and the nail not grown back to as pre-accident.

Good info fellas. If interested, here is a link to a nice example I restored several years ago and now resides in the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, MA