Little Giant No. 5 & No. 6 differences

I’m currently in the process of purchasing a Little Giant No. 5 and got my hands on No. 6 literature like brochure, manual, part list and I can’t seem to find much info on the ATF LG #5.

It looks like the machines have almost identical specs, and I’m trying to find a little more info on the #5. Does anyone know of the differences, or even have literature on the LG5? I think my main question is if the No. 5 also has the double-inking feature?

Any help would be much appreciated!

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Yes, the Model 5 does have the double roll feature which feeds a sheet every other revolution, allowing the form to be inked twice between impressions.

I have and run a Model 6, but I have operated Model 4 and Model 5 presses over the past 50 years. The Model 5 is missing some convenience features, but otherwise is very close to the Model 6 machines. The Double Roll control is immediately under the blast and suction controls, and simply must be pushed in to activate the double roll. I find I often push it in by mistake when adjusting the feeder initially, leaning against the press body to do so.

You will enjoy operating the Little Giant press, particularly if your only experience has been with platen presses. Once you get the feeding figured out, the inking and printing are a breeze. It is not a Heidelberg, but I’m sure the purchase price reflects that.

Let me know if I can be of help in getting you going. I do have a manual for the Model 5, and will send you a .pdf of it if you send me your email address.

John Henry
Cedar Creek Press

John, that’s super-awesome info – thank you!! I’ll send you a message…

I ended up purchasing the press and I’m super excited about this addition to my shop. I currently have two small Windmills and while I like them a lot I see a lot of benefits in using an automated flatbed cylinder press. I had a hand-cranked, motor-inking Vandercook SP-15 for a while and while I loved the results, I didn’t love the process for larger runs :) I think the ATF will get a lot of love around here, as I always longed for a larger cylinder in my studio.

Raghaus Studios