Vandercook SP-20 Letterpress Printing Press For Sale

FOR SALE: Vandercook SP-20 in perfect working order - $15,000

It is with a bit of sadness that I am selling my beloved Vandercook SP-20 Letterpress Printing Press. I purchased the press in 2008 and printed many posters on it for several years. Since the fall of 2010, it has been at Baltimore Print Studios in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in good use with regular maintenance.

The press is in perfect working order and includes almost everything you need to start printing except for type, paper, and ink.

The Press

  • Vandercook SP-20 Proof Press, Galley Height, Serial #28222
  • Maximum forme size:19" x 26"; Maximum sheet size: 19½" x 28"
  • Detachable Vandercook paper cabinet
  • Clear plastic roller cover - one side cracked (like every one I’ve ever seen - can be easily fixed)
  • New ink rollers installed in 2014 - Plenty of life left on them
  • Inspected and tuned by Paul Moxon in a 2013 Maintenance Workshop
  • Broken trip spring was replaced in 2012, Motor serviced and gear box topped off with oil. Still humming along great.

Included Accessories

  • 18" x 24" aluminum Mic-6 printing base - Full-size custom “Boxcar Style” plate for printing with photopolymer plates
    • Please note photos for damage to plate from two paper fingers coming loose during printing (problem fixed)
    • Damage does not effect printing from polymer plates and is only cosmetic
  • 19" x 26" .048” bed plate (can be removed for galley printing)
  • Furniture cabinet with wood furniture (pieces are 10 to 60 picas in length, 2 to 10 picas in width) - Almost completely full
  • Vandercook roller height gauge
  • Two custom dollies for moving the press
  • Type brush (2” x 4")
  • Rouse 60 pica composing stick

Price, Shipping, and Contact Info

  • Asking $15,000 for the press and all the extras. Freight and handling is additional from Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Kyle from Baltimore Print Studios will help in arranging removal and freight services.

Please email me at: if interested or give me a call: 417.773.5512

Videos of the Vandercook in Action

    Vandercook SP-20 Manual PDF