For printmakers starting out, this press offers excellent value. Its main features are a strong PVC bed, and top and bottom self-aligning precision Japanese roller bearings in cast housings. It is finely engineered, direct drive, with solid steel top and bottom roller s on heavy duty 25mm diameter axles, which will last a lifetime without bending.
For its size, it is still sufficiently portable to be used for field trips and workshops. The bed is made from 12mm thick Australian steel, fitted with brass safety stops to prevent the bed from moving out of the press through the roller gap when the top roller is up. The 400 HD is made as a bench press , but a stand is available if required at an extra charge, either with or without lockable wheel castors.
Press movement is via a large diameter wheel which attaches to the bottom roller.
This large format press is made for printing large sheets of paper, including Hahnemuhle and the 80x120cm Arches and Rives papers. Equally, it will print lino plates and wood-blocks. It has been fitted with adjustable flat springs in the top roller bearing assembly to assist in printing where a low, sensitive _kiss” pressure is desired during printing for best results. Ever y effort has been made in this press design to keep the price at an affordable level, to suit both University print rooms and individual artists who wish to print large format.
The press is constructed from 12mm steel plate, the 140mm diameter top roller is made from 12.5 mm hollow bar, while the lower 75mm diameter roller is solid steel. Both run on 30mm shafts with self aligning bear ings in cast iron housings. The sides and hand wheel have been finished in black powder coating, the 25mm cross bars and pressure screws are zinc-plated. The press is fitted with a 12mm thick Australian steel bed with brass stops. A ground steel bed is available.
The pressure is adjusted via two shor t _tommy bars” with black Bakelite knobs. Printing is made easy by a 5:1 gearbox attached to the side of the press , and the press is fitted with a large [1220 mm] diameter hand- wheel. The stand is made from 50mmx50mm fully welded RHS. It is recommended that these large format presses be bolted to the floor after correct levelling. (The press is shown below with the gear box cover removed)
Press Includes: Solid steel bed [in place of PVC], handwheel and safety strap
This press has the identical materials and engineering to the 500 HD, but offers the additional capacity to print a full size standard sheet [560mmx760mm]. Again, although best mounted permanently on a bench, we do offer a fully welded stand to suit.
Press Includes: 800mm hand wheel, 12mm steel bed & safety strap
For printmakers looking for the best value for money, relative to top roller size and weight of press, the 500 HD is an excellent Australian made press. It offers an affordable press, with solid, laser cut sides forming the heavy duty, 12mm thick, bearing support braces. It also features top and bottom self-aligning precision Japanese roller bearings in cast housings which bolt to the wide press side frames for maximum stability and overall bed support.
This press is finely engineered, with a large diameter professional sized top roller on 25mm diameter axles and a 65mm solid steel bottom rol ler. The press comes with a 12mm thick Australian steel bed, with brass safety stops, and is operated via an 800mm diameter, hand wheel.
This is a press which ideally should be per manently set up in a classroom or studio, and although made as a bench top mount press , offers a matching all steel base stand.
Press Includes: 800mm handwheel,12mm thick steel bed & safety strap