Craftsman Chandler and Price 13x18?

I came across this press and I really can’t find much information on it. Can anyone give me some input on this little gal?


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yep, “13x18 possibly” Craftsman
you can check the serial number on the top right of the bed normally covered by the chase

I think has serials listed by year and make

great press, pretty good condition
your gonna need a rigging company to bring it home

The press is usually called a 12x18. This is the measurement of the inside of the chase.
The press weighs somewhere around 3500 lbs. You can likely move it about the room on pipes, but to load it onto a trailer you will need a forklift or other suitably large piece of equipment. You might look into using a ramp style wrecker truck.
I moved a 10 x 15 craftsman last year. It was work, but not impossible.

Where is the press located? looks like a basement? has a “Platform Lift Trailer” that works great using a pallet jack to load the press. Use 4 heavy duty straps to tie down. I moved a 10 x 15 and a 12 x 18 last month using this method. The bed of the trailer drops to ground level to load and then raises back up and locks in place to transport. You may need to coax the pallet jack with a come-a-long and strap the press to the pallet jack when moving. Someone else may have the same equipment if there is not a Sunbelt Rentals in your area.

yikes! 3500 lbs! Yes, I think I am going to have to pass on this one. It is in a basement but there is an exterior door with 4 steps to go up. It would definitely need to be disassembled to get through the door. This press in is Etna, PA if anyone is interested. The owner has a cutter too.

What’s the main difference between this and a Chandler & Price 12x18?

The Craftsman line comes with heavier castings and offers more impression strength, as well as an extra form roller. They were sold with auto-feeders, as well, but this one does not have one.

Seems like a pain to move, but I learned letterpress on a C&P 12x18 and I would say if you are at all mechanically inclined they are great presses to learn on. You get enough impression strength and the chase is large enough that you can do a lot of different stuff on these presses. Learn the ins and outs of platen press makeready on a hand-fed and making the move to a Windmill or Kluge is easy. That is, only if you want to be printing commercially and have consistency and repeatability in mind. If you are mostly going to be producing your own work and have no intention of moving up to a production press it may not be worth the cost and the hassle of moving this one.

Depending on the price…..if its low, it would be worth hiring a rigging company, you will find this to be one of the best hand-fed presses available.