Windmill Rider Roller

Can someone measure the t-slot nut that is used to attach the Rider roller on a windmill? I am borrowing one and have no hardware to attach it with. I am pretty sure it’s a m8x25 hex head bolt. And judging by the slot it’s a t-nut.


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The slot is 10mm, but you don’t necessarily need a t-nut, a flanged hex nut will work fine. Years ago I ordered hardware from mcmaster carr and it only came in packs of 25, which is 23 more windmills than I have. I can mail you some for a couple bucks if you’re interested - shoot me a DM.

i agree. If you just need to “Get it done” put any bolt that will do the job. Shop for “period correct” in the mean time.

Thank you guys. I was able to track down a 10mm t-nut. I will get it up and going tonight.

My roller is a little rusty, can I just sand/ polish it with some ultra fine paper. It leaves a slight phantom.

T.M. We have found here U.K. generally, that the safer method for overall finish is to what we call *Linish* any steel roller with light rusting.

LINISH, generally taken to mean, with a long strip of very fine Emery Cloth (in reel form rather than sheet form) and with the roller gripped in a conventional vice, (with soft jaws or lead or nylon protection)!!

Then with the strip, upwards of 12” - 18” long, wrapped around the roller, in the form of a that seen in/on a capstan, where the agent or strip wraps around more than 360 degrees circumference, of course has to cross over at a slight angle, to pull in both directions, with a little metal polish as lubricant aid.
Slowly and gently inched up and down the complete face of the steel, achieves a beautiful finish.

As far as possible, always SOME form of linishing rather than ANY form of lateral polishing, to avoid *Tram Lines*

Happy Xmas and Good Luck. Mick.

Interesting Mick, learned something here!

Thomas, Thank You but I would point out that my humble efforts above, are only in the form of methods(s) gleaned from a fairly long association with most aspects of L/press, including, of course, Monotype, since 1954.

I try to think in terms of being (one of many) Custodians FROM the past, FOR the future, and I count myself as having been fortunate in being in the right place at the right time.

Going back to the mid 50,s visiting the Monotype works In Redhill, including the Machine shops, where the Linishing principles came from. Then small co-operation (just regarding Monotype parts) with a firm that were in effect *Guinea Pigs* for the >Laser comp<, and then the Monotype *Monophoto* - did spend a few months (just before THE demise) running the Monophoto, just Film instead of Hot Metal.
Not too long ago, an audience with our mutual friend Harry McIntosh in Edinburgh, did have to take issue with Him, regarding His perfecting the means to drive the Conventional Monotype caster from a computer, but we spoke a language, know to very few Left Standing.

Again so blessed and fortunate, to have spent a short time at the Monotype School in London and received an insight into Reverse Delivery from the Monotype for Arabic & Hebrew.

Thomas would like to think that Our respective and individual efforts may be of benefit to the New Generation of L/press printers, and others. Regards Mick.

Interesting Mick, learned something here!

Nice to know that you have met Harry as well. I lived not soo long ago for about four and a half years in Edinburgh and visited Harry a few times. It was interesting to see his set up in his garage. I also understood that at the Type Archive in London they run a machine from a computer as well. Regards and Merry Christmas, Thomas.