Flywheel on the Golding Jobbers

Hi all,

Embarking back on my letterpress journey as I attempt to move a press I acquired over a year ago into my home (finally!) I have a Golding Jobber #6 that was shipped to me from Connecticut to Arizona and will be attempting to re-assemble some of the main parts, like the ink table, etc. I’ve just been looking at photos today of different jobbers. I know Golding constantly was upgrading and changing his designs for the models throughout the years, but I am wondering if the flywheel size changes in the #6 made any kind of difference with job performance, or was it purely just a design change? My jobber that I have seen (in photos as this thing is still crated and I am not 100% sure of what we’ll fine once we open her up) has the smaller flywheel and I have seen photos of other #6’s with larger flywheels. Just curious as I’m thinking on how I can prepare more for the move this weekend. I am sure as we dive into it I will be posting much more frequently here with questions :)

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Did you see this Jobber #6 flywheel for sale on ebay:

That appears to be the same size as the one on my #6 (which I moved from Connecticut to California 30 years ago.)

The seller in that ebay ad is parting out a #6 and I was able to get broken and missing parts for my press (including an original treadle!!!). Seller is Patrick and very helpful and parts were packaged well and shipped quickly.

Hi Ken, thanks, I’m pretty sure I have most of the parts needed for my press as the previous owner took very good care of it and did a good overhaul cleaning on it. I was just curious about the flywheel design changes. That flywheel is the same size as mine, but I noticed in some other photos that the flywheel is larger on the #6. Not sure if they are later or earlier models, or if that even matters, but we determined mine was manufactured in 1907.

Hi again. I just measured the flywheel on my 1909 #6 and it is 29-3/4” diameter. I am quite sure it is original. Any larger would interfere with the throwoff, I’d think.