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Discuss the different brands and sizes of heat presses available on the market, including Hix, GeoKnight, Hotronix, and other smaller manufacturers. Topics include maintenance, selection, styles and more.



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Old September 8th, 2014 Sep 8, 2014 3:09:46 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is the best heat press for your money

I have been working with a hotronix fusion press machine for the past 2 years. Hotronix Fusion Heat Press by Stahls 16"x20" - (Full Size Shirt Press) . This one costs $1850+tax.
I have been sublimation printing with this heat press.
Are there other heat press machines (ones that are in the $350-$1000 range) that are just as good, or produce the same quality results for a lower price.
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Old September 8th, 2014 Sep 8, 2014 9:07:26 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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I believe it's a gamble. If they were designed as well, and built to the same standards, they would cost near the Hotronix. There is a peace of mind that comes with buying a quality press and it should last for a very long time. If you are looking to add a less expensive second press then maybe a clamshell. Seems like there are more options in the upper range of Chinese presses than a few years ago, maybe they are getting better but I'm not itching to gamble.
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Old September 8th, 2014 Sep 8, 2014 10:50:35 PM -   #3 (permalink)
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How bad actually are the ebay ones?. I know this is very low, but my budget is only £130.

They start on ebay at £60, but I'm looking into the more expensive ones at £130.

It comes with 3 years warranty so surely can't be that bad?
 
 
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If you want to save money on your next press, I recommend the Stahls Maxx press. You'll have the same quality that you have with your Fusion, but at a lower price. You won't have the same bells and whistles that you have on your Fusion, but it's a solid, well made heat press.
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Old September 9th, 2014 Sep 9, 2014 8:02:28 AM -   #5 (permalink)
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It comes with 3 years warranty so surely can't be that bad?
Do you have to ship the press back and forth on your dime to collect on the warranty?....
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Old September 9th, 2014 Sep 9, 2014 8:11:56 AM -   #6 (permalink)
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I am new here but I just purchased a 15x15 FancierStudios for 229 and have been practicing on it and it's great
 
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How bad actually are the ebay ones?. I know this is very low, but my budget is only £130.

They start on ebay at £60, but I'm looking into the more expensive ones at £130.

It comes with 3 years warranty so surely can't be that bad?
Do they warranty the shirts you make? Because a batch of screwed up shirts could quickly out-cost a cheap press.
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I am new here but I just purchased a 15x15 FancierStudios for 229 and have been practicing on it and it's great

where you buy it just wondering
 
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I am new here but I just purchased a 15x15 FancierStudios for 229 and have been practicing on it and it's great
This is heat press is advertised as a 'sublimation' heat press and may not be be adequate for all plastisol transfers, vinyl, etc.
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Old September 10th, 2014 Sep 10, 2014 1:29:49 PM -   #10 (permalink)
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This is heat press is advertised as a 'sublimation' heat press and may not be be adequate for all plastisol transfers, vinyl, etc.
Can you explain to me the difference please, Thank you.
 
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Sublimation transfers do not require as much pressure as plastisol transfers. For the most part, Chinese manufacturers are only familiar with sublimation.
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Old September 10th, 2014 Sep 10, 2014 1:58:19 PM -   #12 (permalink)
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Sublimation transfers do not require as much pressure as plastisol transfers. For the most part, Chinese manufacturers are only familiar with sublimation.
The pressure is very hard and the temp goes up to 600. I will keep you posted on my progress.
 
Old September 13th, 2014 Sep 13, 2014 4:21:01 PM -   #13 (permalink)
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I have been working with a hotronix fusion press machine for the past 2 years. Hotronix Fusion Heat Press by Stahls 16"x20" - (Full Size Shirt Press) . This one costs $1850+tax.
I have been sublimation printing with this heat press.
Are there other heat press machines (ones that are in the $350-$1000 range) that are just as good, or produce the same quality results for a lower price.
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Whether it's heat presses, tools, electronics gear, etc. - you get what you pay for. The Fusion is one of the best presses out there so the price is not out of line.

I think you can go down to about $1100 and still get the quality and results the Fusion delivers. I'm talking the Geo Knight DK20, the Hix HT600, and the Stahl's Maxx-20.

If you are a hobbyist and can live with little or no tech support, empty warranties, poor performance, crude workmanship, no replacement parts, etc., then an eBay cheap-o-matic is for you. If on the other hand you intend to run a business that needs quality and reliability to deliver on your commitments, then go with the proven performers.

The heat press is the key component of most garment businesses. When you think about the profit you can make with one or two big orders, $1000 or so isn't that much. Saying you can't afford a decent press doesn't make a crappy one perform better. That's false rationalization.
 
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where you buy it just wondering
I bought it from amazon and so far I have pressed jpss, jet opaq, and vinyl and all are very good. Have not tried Sub yet, only because I am figuring some things out.
 
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Default Re: What is the best heat press for your money

I started with a ebay press I think I paid about 300 over 3-4 years ago. I still have it. It is just now showing me symptoms of about to go out. I cant say that I used it as much as I did this year either. I just ordered the hotronix fusion on friday. Scary feeling when your press is not working properly and your on a tight deadline with a huge order that your customers need for an event that you promised to have for them that I waited to the last minute to finish because I had a rush of smaller orders lol. That is why I want to play it safe from now on with a premium press. I am now also looking at that GK20 press for a back up.
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