The Raky Press Model 31 Linotype

November 2016

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1. Introduction

Some years ago, as my good friends Ky and Sara Wrzesinski were helping me move equipment out of a particularly difficult situation in Chicago, Ky said to me that it was actually more fun helping other people move their equipment (vs. moving one's own). At the time, I assumed he was simply being polite, but I have since discovered that he was also speaking the truth. In helping someone else move their big, heavy cast iron machine, you have all the fun of playing with big toys, but none of the pressure of responsibility for your own equipment.

So it was fun playing with my fancy new trailer and helping them move their Linotype Model 31 from their garage to their shop about 60 miles away.

2. Miscellaneous Pictures

A Model 31 Linotype, without magazines or quadder, weighs 3845 pounds. 1 You can (and should) leave the magazines out, but if present the quadder is going to add more to this. Best to figure on two tons. It is 79 inches high. 4x4 or 4x6 skids are 3 1/2 inches high. So you need 82 5/8 inches of vertical clearance to safely move a Model 31. I think that the outer door to Raky Press is something like 83 inches. No problem.

I didn't get a chance to take many pictures, unfortunately.

Ky, having successfully negotiated the driveway with the machine. The advantage of having it on skids is that you can drop it safely to the ground instantly should anything go wrong.

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For all that everything was downhill from the garage to the trailer, moving onto the tail of the trailer involved a tiny bit of uphill (hence the come-along).

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Sara, helping to secure the machine.

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Arrival at Raky Press. I tried backing up here three times; then Ky got in and did it on his first try.

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I didn't get any pictures of the unloading, or of moving it into the building. I especially regret not getting a picture of its journey through one of the internal doors of the building, with 1/8" clearance on all sides.

3. Notes

1. Yes, really. Add up the "net" weights for Weight "I" in the Weigths and Measurements for Linotype Machines for Exports . People always underestimate how much a Model 31 weighs. Once you disassemble one and see where that weight is (I have), you won't.

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