spamsickle wrote: Most of the energy I expend is in lowering the platen.
spamsickle wrote:I'm not using a treadle, and there's probably not a comfortable way to add one to the system I'm using (all three of mine have been on the floor, with me sitting on a small stool to operate them), but that might be a good idea for someone else. I like lowering the platen by hand, because sometimes I'll want to kind of wriggle it down into the pages to make sure the inner margins are visible. This is especially true when I use the 1/4" plexiglass platen rather than the 3/16 glass one. Plus, I like the control I get by lowering it myself. I'd hate to be slowed down waiting for something automatic to do it slowly and gently when it's really very little effort to do it manually at a rate which gives good throughput and doesn't damage the book.
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