How to move a C&P 10x15 press?

Hey all,
I’m interested to know how to move a C&P 10x15 press. It’s eight hours away so I’d like a weatherproof solution.

From: a loading dock
To: my garage at ground level

Perhaps rent a truck?
How to I load and unload this thing?

Specs on the press
Chandler and Price
10 x 15 inches
57 inches tall
44 inches side to side
1650 lbs

Pictures here with another discussion


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Couple questions

Does seller have any pallet jacks and or forklifts?
What city is this located in?
The repaired part of the press, what was repaired?

Now for the arm chair rigger answers.

If there is pallet jack or forklift available I would lift up the press and slide under it a “Sturdy” pallet topped with 3/4” plywood. Then bolt down the press. I would then use rachect straps to stop the press from rotating/moving while it is being moved. Use forklift to move to trailer or truck.

If you need to go from dock height to shorter trailer call a tow company with a rollback to transfer the press from dock to trailer using the forklift and/or pallet jack.

Location is important, someone can help with recommendations on towing/rigging companies if we have that info.

Repaired area. If it is the main frame then special care needs to be taken when lifting and securing down for transport. You don’t want to stress the repair and cause further damage.

Sturdy skids or pallet will make it much easier to move into your shop. Do NOT skimp on the pallet!!!! It must be built to take side loads without the skids collapsing.

I would not recommend using a rental truck with liftgate. While it can be done, it can be a real anxious time even for those of us that are used to rigging weird machinery.

Not tooting my own horn but I have moved 3 Linotypes in the past 3 years, several C&P presses, Vandercook 325, etc, etc with no power equipment, by myself.

You can too if you ask questions and think “what if……………” before you commit to any rigging. You have the first part down, so lets keep this adventure running smoothly with no loss of body parts and no further damage to the press.

Let me know if I can help with any other questions.


Before I move a c&p I like to close the press so its on impression, then tie it shut, I find it a little less tippy by doing this.

I’m not necessarily an expert, but I have moved my 10 x 15 C & P twice now.

As far as getting it down from the loading dock, I would consider finding a friend/company to use a forklift to lift it into position on a heavy-duty pallet. My C&P sits on one that was built for it, with 3/4” plywood and built to fit through a standard doorway.

We rented a utility trailer (with ramp) from Uhaul and it worked well both times (

Once the press is on the pallet, a pallet jack will work wonders for moving it around. As mentioned earlier, closing up the press will help distribute the weight a little better. I’d remove the rollers before moving and you can also remove the ink disc and flywheel. If the flywheel is taken off, it will fit through a 36” door.

In regards to weather, my first C&P move happened during a sleet/snow storm that we eventually drove out of. The press was wrapped in plastic, but most of it came loose during the drive. Once we got it home, I made sure to wipe it down and coat it well with oil.

More photos/descriptions are on my website too:

And there are a few more photos here from the last move here (check around November 1, 2015):

Best of luck! They are great presses!

Thanks all! We got it done a few weeks back thanks in large part to responses I received here.

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Now to clean it up.