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[HEAT PRESS] - 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

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Old January 24th, 2007 Jan 24, 2007 11:18:23 AM -   #46 (permalink)
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

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Old January 26th, 2007 Jan 26, 2007 5:42:52 AM -   #47 (permalink)
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

Does anyone know how thick of an item I can press on my particular model? Thank you
 
Old February 10th, 2007 Feb 10, 2007 11:50:24 AM -   #48 (permalink)
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

"I just bought a 16x20 knight press for $300. OMG, that thing is GIGANTIC!!!"

I just bought a 16 x 24 press and it's even more gigantic. And a far cry from my old Insta 12 x 12 which I've used for 15 years and 150.000 shirts.... One thing smaller presses have for them: you can thread a small shirt onto a 12" wide platen, which is impossible on a 15" or larger. Very useful if you're pressing on the back of a dress shirt with lotsa buttons and pockets on the front, you don't have to open every button first...
 
 
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i have been researching as well because i am interested in adding to my business. till now i have been doing strictly screenprinting but the time saving and flexability of using a heat press interest me. i need something to get started but understand that buy the best that you can afford. i have seen some geo knight presses on ebay for around $250 or so. any suggestions as to how i can get into a heat press without the cost?
 
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

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i have seen some geo knight presses on ebay for around $250 or so. any suggestions as to how i can get into a heat press without the cost?
A used press from a good brand name like Geo Knight is a good way.
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Old March 4th, 2007 Mar 4, 2007 7:08:57 AM -   #51 (permalink)
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

Hi all..Has anyone heard anything or used a Air Waves AW-3000 16 x 20?
 
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

Hi...Has anyone heard of or have any experience with this press:

HIX UNI-Press 15
Watts :1.500
AMPS: 12.5
Volts 50/60 htz. :120
Stamp Size: 15" x 15"

Any idea how much they cost?
 
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

I am looking to buy a heat press in Europe. And the companies i mail or ring want to know how much pressure i need to press the shirts. I havne't found anything sofar, but I would like to eventually start doing vinyl presses too...

Anyone know how much pressure ths needs? There are large price differences for different pressures (400kgs = 369 euro 800kgs=1200 euros)
 
Old July 22nd, 2007 Jul 22, 2007 8:36:43 PM -   #54 (permalink)
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

this is informative... i am planning to start a business and now i'm between choosing silk screen printing and heat press...

i know you opted to buy a heat press but i'm weighing my options as of the moment...

thanks for the info Rodney... i gotta read the next episode...
 
Old July 23rd, 2007 Jul 23, 2007 8:25:35 AM -   #55 (permalink)
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

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i know you opted to buy a heat press but i'm weighing my options as of the moment...

Well to clarify, Rodney actually had a background in working with screen printed shirts (though not directly, IIRC?) well before he bought a press. He got a press to learn about the aspects of the t-shirt industry he wasn't already involved in =)
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Old July 23rd, 2007 Jul 23, 2007 3:53:45 PM -   #56 (permalink)
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this is informative... i am planning to start a business and now i'm between choosing silk screen printing and heat press...
Shirt, why not do both? It's easy to get into heat press but's it's difficult to be good at screen printing, but it would be great if you can do both, and be good at it.
 
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Shirt, why not do both? It's easy to get into heat press but's it's difficult to be good at screen printing, but it would be great if you can do both, and be good at it.

doing both is good... i know... but i also know that it would be very expensive to start with the 2... with buying the equips and all...

vctrading, how much capital did you need to start to operate? (just curious)
 
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

You can actually start with just a heat press, a computer and an Epson inkjet printer. A china made press would cost you no more than PHP25T.

(sorry for the off-topic)
 
Old August 6th, 2007 Aug 6, 2007 3:48:33 AM -   #59 (permalink)
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Default Re: 5 Tips: How to select which heat press to buy?

Hi! Newbie here, so be gentle.

I'm reading a lot, and I have to ask - why is a press larger than 9 x 12 necessary when shirts aren't any larger, and the image size is even smaller on the shirt?

Thank you.
 
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Hi! Newbie here, so be gentle.

I'm reading a lot, and I have to ask - why is a press larger than 9 x 12 necessary when shirts aren't any larger, and the image size is even smaller on the shirt?

Thank you.
These reference threads give good general reasons why you'd want a larger press:

Reference threads:
Whats the purpose of a 16 x 20 heat press??
Does size matter? Is bigger really better? Why?
Good professional heat press?
Need one more tip: which heat press?

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule (like a 16 x 20 press might be too heavy for some), but those threads help to explain why folks say bigger is generally better
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