identify Platen…..please

hello all
i’m a new member (in the UK) and am about to buy this 10x15 Platen (images attached) and hope to start printing & Die cutting etc with it, it’s history is a bit unknown, it been used very little in the last 10yrs and does not have rollers installed although i will get the rollers they have, it’s been used only to cut/crease, the only number the guy can find stamped on the machine somewhere at the foot of the press is 120749E. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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roger,heidelberg windmill.Made in Germany of all places

James, thanks for your reply, i know it’s a windmill but i wondered if anyone could estimate a date, i see it has a ‘red knob’, is there ‘black knob’ version? is there a difference between the two? does this model have a roller lock (i wouldn’t now what to look for) can you tell from the pics iv’e posted?


Ball color doesn’t matter because they can be easily changed.
Any press made after 1954 is fine as long as it is in good shape.
Your press was built in 1960.

i have the same press, no roller lock out , my press was made in 1966, they are great machines. good luck dick g.

can anyone tell? does anything look ‘glaringly wrong’ with this platen? anything that might be obvious to you chaps that i wouldn’t notice? any advice would be great as i’m just about to pull the trigger on this, it’s going to cost a bit in transport to me so anything anyone picks up from the pics would be helpful!
again thanks


there is a draw on the delivery side of the press down low, make sure it is removed so it doesn’t end up on the road to your place, if you could see it run that would be best, it’s hard to see if anything is wrong with it from the pictures, parts for these are expensive, i’ve had my press since 1984 and it runs about 3 or 4 days a week, only had one part break in 25 years.

Get in touch with Heidelberg UK for more information and servicing. These machines are still used throughout the world.

Hi Roger, it’s a Heidelberg Platen to us in the UK. The term “windmill” is only used in the USA.