Who Operated the Gutenberg Press?

The Guttenberg Bible was comprised of 1,282 pages, each manually inked and pressed by the “beater” and the “puller.” Scholars estimate that each page required approximately 2,600 individual pieces of type.

The press itself was rather innovative. Many components remain in practice, such as pin registration to hold the paper exactly in the right place when printing on both sides of paper.

Pressman known as “beaters” used “ink balls,” leather drums stuffed with wool or horse hair to coat the moveable type with ink. A pressman called a “puller” cranked a wooden handle to lower the platen to place pressure on the paper. Historians believe that 20 employees worked with Guttenberg to create the first 180 bibles.

The Crandall Historical Printing Museum in Provo, Utah offers some insight into Guttenberg’s process through extensive demos and history lessons. The museum features replicas of famous historic shops and presses including a re-creation of the world’s oldest printing house.

Check out the video below to see how it’s done.

What to Look for When Purchasing Pre-Owned Equipment

As we know, buying equipment online can be an arduous process. What if the equipment hasn’t been taken care of properly? What if the press is not as described?

WireBids carefully curates each auction to ensure your time is well spent, bidding on quality equipment at competitive prices. But how can you be sure a press or a paper cutter is up to your standards?

Many of our sellers offer inspection times when you can come inspect equipment for yourself. We recommend contacting the seller if you need more information on a piece of equipment.

The seller will be the expert when it comes to impression counts, maintenance records and parts that have been replaced. You’ll never know unless you ask! Well informed consumers make better decisions. You can find the seller’s contact information on the Auction’s main page.

For many of these presses, it is important to note that the mileage and use of a machine is more telling than the age of the equipment. Dependable brands like Heidelberg and Challenge stand the test of time as long as they are cared for properly. When in doubt, ask the seller.

Quality equipment pays for itself over and over. Buying equipment on WireBids is hardly a gamble. We cut down on the clutter by offering only the finest products for your print shop. To check out our latest auctions and offerings, click here.

New Feature Alerts!

WireBids is always looking for ways to improve the user experience for both buyers and sellers. 2017 will be full of new updates, features and higher quality used equipment auctions. Here are a few things to look out for as we unroll WireBids 3.0

Auction Search Alerts

Soon users will be able to create search alerts for equipment they are looking for. Users will be able to narrow the search by manufacturer, type of machine and beyond. When this type of equipment becomes available the user will be notified by email.

WireBids Marketplace

The WireBids marketplace will feature equipment for sale outside of our used equipment auctions. Expect to find higher value equipment here, along with harder to find pieces.

Updated Invoicing System

Winning bidders will soon be able to pay all of their invoices, directly through our website, no matter the auction or seller.

Stay tuned!