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I am looking to buy a 15x15 heat press that doesn’t break the bank. I see a lot of the Chinese ones on eBay with free shipping in Canada, does anybody have any experience with these or suggestions?
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Heat Presses really aren't that complicated of a machine, so I would worry less about a beginner heat press and focus more on a quality one. The heat press while a basic machine, can be problematic if using a cheap one or one with uneven heat. When you start out, there is a LOT of trial and error in getting your transfers to press correctly. If you add a cheap press into the mix, you're looking at a world of trouble. You don't need a $2000 press but get something trusted.
 

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My ex-wife has had a cheap ebay one since February. She's happy with it so far. I advised her to get a George Knight but it's better that she got the cheap one, she's not selling a lot of tee-shirts.

Be aware that there's no support. If it breaks there's no source for parts. If you can't fix it, it's a paperweight. If you are testing the waters it would be fine.

If you've got your sales channel set up, if you're going to do 100 shirts a day, if you're a great designer with a ton of great ideas, go for one of the name brands - Hix or George Knight.

If not, get the one from ebay. It'll do the job well enough. Better to have a $200 dollar item sitting in the corner gathering dust than a $1200 one.
 

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I am looking to buy a 15x15 heat press that doesn’t break the bank. I see a lot of the Chinese ones on eBay with free shipping in Canada, does anybody have any experience with these or suggestions?
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Get a good one and save yourself from potential headaches. Some of the cheap ones do work well, but there is no way to know before you actually try it.
 

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Just make sure the company offers support if ever needed.
Don't be so modest. Tell him you have cheap press which works and you offer support. And you are a lot on this forum for any questions. If he wanna test waters he is in good hands.

https://www.proworldinc.com/

if he got money for hotronix,geo or something in this range I am without comment :D
 

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Thanks. We do have inexpensive, not cheap, heat presses.
I am not native english speaker. I needed to google what is the difference :D

This is an example of the "double register" in English. We often have two words which mean the same thing, but carry different connotations. The polysyllabic word, usually derived from French or Latin, sounds more cultured, refined, polite, while the monosyllable, usually from Anglo Saxon, sounds more blunt, direct, and sometimes crude, offensive, or obscene.

That's why cheap can mean poor quality as well as low price, where inexpensive refers only to the price.
 

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Thanks. We do have inexpensive, not cheap, heat presses.
Calling it inexpensive, makes no difference, as the crappy product sales people do the same thing.

Personally I don't care much about after-sales support for a heat-press, and similar tools. I can alter and retrofit parts if I have to...and I often modify things to make them work the way I want them.

However, I want to be able to return a product which does fulfill my requirements. Return policy is what matters the most.
 

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Sorry to hijack this thread, but my wife and I are looking to make some T shirts and are looking to invest in a heat press. Is there a press that is16x20 that is decent but also in the $500 price range? I’ve looked at the Geo Knight and hotronix offerings but they are a little steep. How are the heat presses offered by BDF graphics (from Toronto). I’m in central Ontario if that makes any difference. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 

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Which kind of heat press you want to buy? The heat press is not a complicated machine, most important thing is that you should have a try if you think this supplier is ok, and the after-sale service is also important.
 

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Which kind of heat press you want to buy? The heat press is not a complicated machine, most important thing is that you should have a try if you think this supplier is ok, and the after-sale service is also important.
Something to make t shirts using heat vinyl? Clam shell? Was just wondering if the BDF graphics 16x20 press for $450 was worthwhile. I seen the link posted for 599 but that is USD and after conversion that’s a bit out of price range.
 

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Something to make t shirts using heat vinyl? Clam shell? Was just wondering if the BDF graphics 16x20 press for $450 was worthwhile. I seen the link posted for 599 but that is USD and after conversion that’s a bit out of price range.

where are you located?

i would check kijiji first,
and then post what you find here for opinion before you buy

the ones at bdf are hit or miss, mostly miss due to uneven heating and undersized wiring
unless you live up the road from them and they will service them
don't forget with that one from bdf you need a dedicated 20amp circuit,
not a normal 15amp household circuit (fire hazard)

if you are looking for new at a reasonable price check out this one at asc365
 

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Please keep in mind your heat press can be the difference between your transfers working or not. When our customers ask me that question I ALWAYS tell them to buy the best heat press they can afford. Is there a big difference between a $200 and $600 press? Most of the time yes. Are presses that cost more worth it ? If you are buying name brand and would like good customer service and technical support then heck yes. If you want to give your customers a product that will last. Then please buy the best press you can afford ;) are heat presses that cost $1,000 or more worth the difference in price? If name brand yes. Is a $1,000 press necessary? If you can afford it it IS worth investing in a top of line press. But some of the $400 to $800 presses will do the job and make you money. You are in a business to make money but also to give your customers a quality product. Please don’t sacrifice your business to save a few hundred on cost of a press when that money could give you piece of mind and your customer a better product Just my two cents after being in this business 20 plus years. Bottom line buy the best heat press you can afford
 

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Is there a local or Canadian ProWorld site? Shipping to Canada for a press is 180$. Otherwise the asc365 seems to be the best choice. Thanks for the info
 

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i bought my hix swingman on kijiji
sometimes used used is better than new when price is an obstacle

when i worked in a lab we ordered equipment from asc,
but i have never ordered their heatpresses
 
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