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Original Heidelberg Windmill 10x15" (26x38cm) Platen Printing Press - Inventory #3591



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Original Heidelberg Windmill 10x15" (26x38cm) Platen Printing Press

This Original Heidelberg Windmill 10x15" (26x38cm) Platen Printing Press has been tested and is in good working condition. New parts installed include the two form rollers, both gripper assemblies and the power switch/motor control. Also includes a skeleton chase. Press is sold as shown. Furniture, quoins and any accessories that are not shown in the video or pictures are not included. Please contact us if you have any questions.


The Heidelberg is truly on all-purpose press, able to handle easily sizes from a business card to maximum-sized sheet; from onion-skin to cardboard; from a simple one-color job to four-color process work. This reliable precision-manufactured machine handles a complete variety of jobs, feeding and delivering one, two or more pieces of stock simultaneously with a maximum speed and quality.

Once the workhorse of print shops all across the world, the Heidelberg company’s definitive fully automatic platen press is universally loved and revered for its robustness, longevity and reliability. It’s also fascinating to watch and listen to as the big air pump sucks up paper and blows printed copy onto the delivery pile, and the press opens and closes with a rhythmic sound pattern reminiscent of a living animal.

A key feature of the design is the rotating gripper attached to the moving platen, which grips and releases the paper stock. It’s this gripper which has stimulated American owners to dub it “the windmill”. It’s also the reason why the presses have a large metal plate embossed “Original Heidelberg” high on the front. Without it, it’s too tempting to bend over the finished stock to inspect one’s handiwork, only to receive a severe facial injury from the rotating gripper. For this reason later machines feature an interlock which stops the press when the guard plate is lifted.

Full adjustability is a key feature of the Heidelberg platens – impression weight is simply changed by rotating the impression control, whereas pushing and pulling it changes the platen travel so that impression is switched “off” and “on”. But that’s just the basics. Tweaks and adjustments are provided for every aspect of the printing operation, from ink flow through platen leveling, and roller height to delivery “blow” airflow.

Through the long manufacturing run, many evolutionary changes were made to the basic press design. The makers added features such as central lubrication and washup facilities. A large-format platen version (13"x18") was developed alongside the original 10" x 15" although the smaller press still beats its big sister on raw speed.


Manufacturer: Heidelberg
Model: T
Serial Number: 40720E
Largest Paper Size: 10-1/4" x 15"
Smallest Paper Size: 1-1/2" x 2-3/4"
Smallest Paper Size, Two-Up: 1-1/2" x 2-3/4"
Maximum Width, Two-Up: 5"
Inside Measurement (Skeleton Chase): 10-1/4" x 13-3/4"
Maximum Speed: 5000
Power Requirements: 230V / 10A / 60Hz / 1PH
Number of Form Rollers: 2
Diameter of Form Rollers: 2"

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