Help with dismantling a Krause papercutter and how old is it?

Hello, recently I was lucky to get an old big Krause flywheel papercutter for only 90 Euro. Just some surfce rust here and there, but I´m looking forward to make it work again.
I yet have to pick it up, so I would like to ask how easy it is to dismantle, as I have to carry it up the stairs to my shop.
I would also like to know how old it is, maybe someone here can help me?
The production number is 54797 (if those were the numbers on the sign)

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Hello Gummistiefel, start with removing carefully the blade. Make a wooden box for it, you will need that when getting it sharpened. Standing in front of the cutter, unscrew the two bolts that are positioned at the top left and right. Now you will be able to take the front part away. Next step is to remove the four screws that hold the diagonal rods (the rods that move the block with the blade up and down). The large block that holds the blade can now carefully be removed. After that it is the turn of the worktable, that rests on the main frame. It can be carefully lifted towards the front of the machine and taken away. The clamp is held in place with two bolts, remove these and you can unscrew the wheel that holds the spindle of the clamp. Now you’re left with the large flywheel with the wooden handle, remove that. The last large remaining part is now disassembled from the two legs. This should give you something that you can carry up to your workshop. Two people can do it, better with three, especially for the worktable. Mark nuts and bolts with a felt tip pen, take pictures and re-assemble in the reverse order. Be careful!

The cutter as seen in the photo is approx. 2 m wide and 1.5 m deep with an estimated weight of approx. 750 kg or more. When you say up the stairs - do you then mean upstairs? If you mean upstairs - It might be easier to move the shop downstairs …… This is a top professional paper cutter manufactured for use by top professional bookbinders or print shops with a large production.
The table and the back legs should be easy to dismantle from the main frame …. maybe the front legs and the flywheel too. The knife block and the gear etc. could possibly be removed from the main frame, but …. Be careful, it’s top heavy!
Good luck & Gott grüß die Kunst

Thomas, thank you for your very detailed answer. I will follow it closely. There is also a spare blade in a box, so the one on the machine should fit into.
Jens, I searched the internet and on a museum homepage it says the cutter weights around 250 kg.
And after moving several tons of equippment, printingpresses and way too much other stuff with the help of a front loader tractor, cable winches and pure muscle power … nah, I will stay here ;)

As for the dismantling the machine, we gained lately experience in this area… hopefully we will be able to put it all back togather ;) Anyway, the parts are numbered and all steps carefully photographed. After we paint the old good fellow, we will try to run it again. Fingers crossed!

I will try to help if you have any questions about our dismantling process. As for the tip i would just add, that at first (after removing the blade) you have to unmount the flywheel and every part, that you will be able to unscrew. The gears will be hard to move, but with some drops of rust remover you will lose the axis and gears (hammer needed). Just remember to make pictures and have the parts numbered. The last screws will be the four which keep the frames togather. After you will dismantle the front frame and the middle part (the one, where the blade is fixed) you will be able to take off the table easily and unscrew the legs.

For all that you will need help of one or two strong men, but after taking apart the elements are easy to move even to the floor…

We still don’t know what year could it be produced, our s/n is 31619.

If interested, more pictures of our KARL KRAUSE here:

(forgive me my grammar)

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