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Reviving a Block maker

Greetings from sunny Kenya!
have acquired two derelict block making machines (which were used for CEB a while back) These machines have been unused for over a decade and are rather stiff. am looking for assistance as to how to service these machines and how to get the 'ram' section to raise as it would when 'dispensing' the block
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

renovating a block press

Jak,
Start with cleaning the machine.  Some cement may have built up so some hard work is needed.
Then measure the box width and length in several places.  This will tell you what size blocks you  will get from the press.
Oil where appropriate.
The rest of the renovation basically depends on good thinking about the design and how to restore the functionality.
The CVBT renovates block presses.  The CVBT's model BP6 is designed for serviceability and is readily renovated.