Here’s a bookbinding press I recently acquired. I estimate it
weighs around 800 lbs assembled. I can barely deadlift the
top section. I figure I can lift about 250 lbs in a deadlift but
perhaps I am underestimating my own strength. I cannot
deadlift the base.
Taking it apart to move was a big hassle and I ached for
a few days from the exertions. Reassembly required a
1 ton hoist to lift the top 8 feet overhead and lower onto
the vertical rods. Overall the press is about 7 feet tall.
After the top and bottom were joined with the rods I
lifted the screw into place with the hoist and a scissor jack
underneath to apply pressure from the bottom to keep
it from swinging on the hoist while I got the bolts in.
The boxes were put in the clamp and the platten slid from
a cart onto the top box, then the screw lowered to
engage the hole in the platten and the retaining ring
Lot of head scratching figuring out how to put this thing
back together. I have vacuum veneering gear but
I thought this would open up some possibilities and
of course it runs silently.