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The Pilot Press, designed & manufactured by Chandler & Price in Cleveland, Ohio and later produced by both Craftsmen Machinery Company of Boston (in both Cast-Iron and Canadian-made Aluminum Models) and American Printing Equipment of New York (whose press was made in Germany), is one of the most sought-after presses in the world today.
The New Series Pilot was available with the two piece feed & delivery board assembly as shown in the C&P promo image to the left.
The Early Series Pilot appears to have come with a one-piece 6"x18" single feed board as shown in the photo below.
Early Series Chandler & Price Pilot
with Single Feed/Delivery Board
Note the missing left-side "wall" - and the fingers left on the back board which used to fit into the side board piece. This combination Feed & Delivery Board is 18" wide by 6" deep, with a 2 1/2" wall on the back and left side. Board is made of 3/4" plank; walls made of 3/8" wood.
New Series Chandler & Price Pilot
Original Feed & Delivery Board Assembly
This Original C&P set comes with the factory swivel mounting kit for the 8 1/2 x 11 x 3/4" Feed Board. The Delivery Board is 3/4" board stock cut to 15 1/2" wide by 6 1/4" deep with two 2 1/4" high 3/8" board walls - on left and back. This set uses the same type of wood (planks, not plywood) as the Early Series.
Note detail of "finger joint" used to join "wall" corners on both style feed boards:
If an original swivel mounting bracket cannot be found, an excellent swivel assembly can be made up from readily-available & inexpensive pipe flanges & nipple as shown here.
If these are used, we recommend using the Early Series' 18" wide style delivery board to allow sufficient room to add this 3" flange without losing delivery board space. Flanges are available at Local Hardware Store, Lowe's, Home Depot
Other Solutions: Aftermarket and Home-made
This feedboard attachment - added at The Excelsior Press - swings out to the right and can be swung back to fit snugly on top of the delivery board when not in use.
Position Mounting holes to fit *your press* with feed table brackets fastened firmly to legs. Position board and cycle press to check clearances. Mark one hole with a centered pencil mark; drill and fasten one, then mark, drill and fasten other 3 holes. Drill pilot holes and use short screws from below or drill through and use flat or round-head bolts dropped through from above.
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