Cleaning Rollers on Meihle Vertical

Is there an easy way to clean the rollers on V-50 Meihle Vertical?

I drop the rollers down to clean them with a rag, but, I just can’t get them as clean as I want.

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A D you will probably find that after you have dropped the roller carriages down, they (the rubber/treothene) rollers will flip out via the little sprung loaded dogs, individually, and then stand upright in a little concave wood or plastic dish. (protection for the stubs!!) Plus (perhaps) an in depth investigation of the sprung loaded brass retaining dogs, for wear!! They do work hard and do wear and get overlooked!! This is/was the sight of rollers hopping out on the run, especially in vertical form. Way Back they would have been ordered up by the dozen, as stand by! and frequently a few at a time immersed in solvent,!! Ink had a nasty habit of congealing inside the tiny springs???

Thank you, So, I can remove the rollers and do a better job of cleaning them.

A D yes Sir you have it! One more step for what it is worth!!! Your steel intermediate and reciprocater Rollers are perhaps not so easily removable, so a long time ago, with a little ingenuity, and a length of “C” channel plastic guttering, constructed a dustpan style, hand held, catchment trough, for use under the steel roller train, especially useful if/when having to use, caustic based, dried on ink remover. In essence a variation of Heidelberg,s auto wash up attachment. O.K. Loads or Rags, to soak up, from ground level, or worse with no drip tray, and even oil absorbent granules trying to cope as “an afterthought” not very scientific??? Any Machine, but especially, The Vertical, covered in streaks of every colour, ink, that was ever used, just looks SO SAD. hope this helps***

This is off topic for this string, but I post it here because I think you read everything on B P, right Mate?

My question is one of personal curiosity only. It is This:

Are you a Giordie?

Inky, Sir, Good Morning thank you for your question, Giordie (geordie spelling) here, generally One who comes from Newcastle—North of England. To us, as to them strange accent! Actually from south coast, England. In your terms would come into the catergory of “hick from the sticks” grew up, not exactly 100 miles from the interstate, more like we would say, “back of beyond” no road or mains electricity till *53. Consequently from age 10 on up learning about anything/everthing mechanical and D.C. electrics. Printed my first job on the Adana at school in 1954, and havent looked back since. Have been involved with and/or worked on, (repairing or keep it running bodges) most things letterpress, plus for 14 years took great pleasure, (because I am cracked, eccentric, inquisitive or just love machinery) and attended every print auction within a days drive, to see every kind of machine that was up for auction, from the smallest Adana up to web fed, millions of copies per shift, machines, that had ink “silo”s at 10 tons capacity, per colour? Which might explain WHY, yes! I do pick up on some posts where the contributor(s) is purporting to be passing on lifelong experiences, for the benefit of new ones, when often it is second hand. Apologies again to those who I may rub up the wrong way with my overzealous remarks!! Oh and by the way INKY? you may come into class of “a sexist old B****R” please in future let us see “get some ink on you shirt, AND include get some ink on your blouse, pinny, 36 C overall, floral print top etc” Mick (D.O.F.)