Kelsey (& Other) Press Parts & Repair

Note, Autumn, 2015: Our previous supplier of these parts has gone on to other endeavors. The parts shown in the photos below are not currently available from the source we relied on for so long.

But we have begun making castings of some of these parts and will either send them out for machining or begin machining them ourselves after the machine shop tools (Steel planer, Bridgeport Milling Machine, Drill Press,  Lathe, steel rod and bar bender) are set up in the new shop here on our place. For quite a few years now, we've had plans to pursue fabrication of replacement parts with other foundries & machine shops as well as by making what we can here in our own little machine shop.

We're not there yet, but we're closer than we have ever been. We have castings, we have machinery to finish the castings, now all we have to do is build the workshop to put them in so that we can do the work ourselves. In the meantime, our only option is to either sell you raw castings or send these parts out to a local machine shop for finishing. 

Update November, 2014
We have established a new relationship with a new foundry only two hours away in PA. We are once again casting (gray iron) replacement parts for Kelsey presses as well as for any other press in our extensive collection of platen and flatbed letter presses.

Recently cast (as of 3/15):
  • Sigwalt #9 & 10 ink disks
  • 6x10 Excelsior "goose neck"
  • 5x8 Kelsey Excelsior chase & chase-bed
  • Pilot feed board brackets
  • Pilot ink disk
  • C&P 8x12 treadle hook 
Please note: Casting is only the first step. These parts all need drilling, machining, finishing and painting. Pricing is based upon cost of casting plus machining.
Raw (unmilled/undrilled/unfinished) castings are also available.

Please Contact Excelsior Press to inquire about these or any other platen press parts you may need. We're doing our best to make them available to you.

Small press ink tablesIf you own a Kelsey - or other brand manually operated letter printing press, we may be able to can get you parts for repair of your press - or repair your press for you.

Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra chase - or to replace that missing ink table on the press you just bought?. . We are working now to develop the relationships with a foundry and machine shop to once again be able to offer new parts - by duplicating parts from presses in our collection. We expect to soon be able to supply ourselves - and you - with the parts needed - to repair or restore Kelsey or other brand letterpresses.

Kelsey press parts

When new parts are needed, we plan to make them. Many of the new parts we have made available in the past were cast - in America - of ductile steel, which will outlast the original - and somewhat brittle - lower grade cast iron used in the past. Some parts have also been cast of cast iron or aluminum as appropriate.

Kelsey press parts
Although this work was not done at the Excelsior Press, we did at one time have a source of supply for these parts and we currently are working towards making available once again a convenient source for the parts that we - or you - may need for the restoration work that these little presses deserve.

 This is a work in progress, and we cannot offer you all we would like - not qute yet - since we are, after all, printers with an interest in press repair, not machinists with years of experience fabricating missing press parts... -  but as the project evolves, we will update this page with the most current information. - 9/30/2011

Contact Excelsior Press
regarding parts for or repair of your press.

Custom Press Restoration - as available

The supply of used Kelsey presses seems to be waning. Some of you have already found a press, but it may need some work. Or you may have purchased one which is missing parts or was damaged in transit. For you there is some good news - The same skills and attention to detail that have made our restored Kelsey presses so popular is now available on a custom basis.

see animation of press assembly
  • Base price: $400 - plus replacement parts - as listed below
  • Additional repairs may be needed at additional cost, depending upon the condition of your press
  • crating fee: $65 (safe crating)
  • shipping cost: tbd (insured)
  • Sand Blasting and repainting billed separately - ($225) color options: 
    1. Kelsey post-war "Battleship Gray"
    2. Kelsey "Old Style Black" - (gold lettering $15 extra) 
    3. Black base with red handle & gooseneck.
    4. Pink, white, other colors by special quote...
  • New Excelsior Press rubber rollers & locking trucks - add $150

Item #
5x8 6x10

Excelsior Chase-Base(tm)  LINK

Excelsior Chase Bars (aka Chase Irons)

Excelsior Chase Screws & Key

Excelsior Press Grippers (1/8" steel - stronger than oem)  (2)

Excelsior Press Grippers - square shaft (2)


Excelsior Gripper Arm Spring (straight rod activates grippers)

Ink Rollers with locking Delrin trucks (new, rubber)

Roller Hooks (4 required) price, each:
call yes call

Roller Springs (4 required) price, each:

Resurface your ink table

Excelsior Chase - new or used

Excelsior Chase Bed

Chase Holder Latch

Excelsior Ink Roller Bearers(tm)  LINK

* Note: Due to fluctuating market prices - specifically the cost of used presses plus varying costs for casting and machining new parts, all prices affected by these fluctuations must be set at time of purchase.

Item #
price avail

3x5 Kelsey Excelsior Chase < 1 lb

3X5 Kelsey Excelsior Ink Disk

3X5 Kelsey Excelsior Chase Bed 2.5#

3x5 Kelsey Excelsior Roller Carriage

3x5 Kelsey Excelsior Ink Table Operating Dog

5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Chase 2 # 12 oz.

5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Chase Bed 6.5#

5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Chase-Base-Bed

5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Ink Disk 3#

5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Roller Carriage

5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Ink Table Operating Dog

6x10 Kelsey Excelsior Chase 4#

6x10 Kelsey Excelsior Chase Bed

6x10 Kelsey Excelsior Ink Table Operating Dog

6x10 Ink Table operating Dog

4x6 Victor or Craftsmen Victory Ink Disk

4x6 Victor or Craftsmen Victory Chase

7x11 Pearl #11 Ink Disk

The Kelsey Excelsior Press Parts Diagram

The Kelsey Excelsior Press Parts

Photos of Kelsey Parts posted in response to inquiries:
Kelsey Star Chase Latch
This is the chase latch used on *our* Kelsey Star. At least one other latch system was used on at least one other model of the Kelsey Star.

Kelsey Star Chase Clamp

This latch is curvey.

Kelsey Star Chase Clamp
and is mounted on a pin in the bed of the press

Kelsey Star Chase Clamp
and can be removed or replaced by removing the two nuts shown here, which removes the ink disk bracket. Behind that is the pin the chase latch

Paul Aken's Star Latch:
Kelsey Star Chase Latch
This one slides in from the side, whereas the one on our press is pressed down and rotates up to release the chase.

page last updated
10/29/09 11/20/10, 9/30/11 6/26/12