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Hi,

I am in the process of opening a business & I am researching heat presses. I want to avoid any carpal tunnel type problems. What are the ergonomics involved with the various types of presses?

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I agree with Carla an auto-open heat press will save you a lot of effort, another thing to consider is the height of your press on whatever your sitting it on, make sure it's at a comfortable height for the person who is going to use it, too high and it's difficult to get it closed, too low and it's a lot of bending over.

Regardless it is going to be a repetitive motion opening and closing the press so you will want to have a comfortable position to work from......8 hours in front of a heat press isn't any fun but is very profitable.:)

Hope this helps.
 

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another thing to consider is the height of your press on whatever your sitting it on, make sure it's at a comfortable height for the person who is going to use it, too high and it's difficult to get it closed, too low and it's a lot of bending over.
this doesn't help either.. that I am 4'10 and Pat is 5'9 so we have a conflict of comfort interest.. I have to use a bungee cord for the DK and with the Hottronix I have to pull it from the side.. sad but true.

I begged for the work tables to be lower but height won ... calling the EEOC cause I think this was a reasonable accommodation
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The right height would be needed for you. Also I have an auto-open and love it. There is no easy option here. It depends on what your using your press for. If low pressure is needed, no problem. If you need heavy pressure, it's going to take you both hands to close. This may cause a problem. If there is any way of trying one, I would do that.
 

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this doesn't help either.. that I am 4'10 and Pat is 5'9 so we have a conflict of comfort interest.. I have to use a bungee cord for the DK and with the Hottronix I have to pull it from the side.. sad but true.

I begged for the work tables to be lower but height won ... calling the EEOC cause I think this was a reasonable accommodation
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Carla,

We have the same problem I'm 5'11" and my wife is 4'11" so we are both uncomfortable because we split the difference.:)
 

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If I am not mistaking, Stahls Maxx opens up with just two fingers lifting up the handle.

Also, with Stahls Hotronix, not only do you have the auto-open option, the top platen has a magnetic pull which latches on to the bottom platten, eliminating any extra down pressure from user..

Get a Hotronix:)
 

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We bought the Stahl's Fusion press and it has a spongy type grip on the handle that makes it nice to pull open. I don't have CT, but I can see where it could end up being a problem depending on how long you were actually at the machine. The leverage on the Fusion is pretty good so it doesn't feel as hard to open, but the auto clams would probably be your best bet.
 

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Currently pressing 2 or 3 hours a day, imprinting 60-100 garments for our store.

Here is what it looks like:
Go over to the boxes, open box, select items.
Pick up each item, tear off plastic if that is how they are packed, throw plastic in garbage, unfold, make a stack next to press.
Leaf through my transfers.
Select a transfer, try one, try two.
Make a stack of the chosen transfers close to the press.
Press each item in the stack, then move it to a clean flat surface a few feet away.
Bundle, dump into bucket, put bucket into golf cart, drive 4 blocks to store.
Unload, unstack, tag and price and hang each item.

Yes, it requires quite a bit of pressure on our old manual machine. I limit my time because otherwise my shoulders hurt.

No chance at all to develop carpal tunnel because of the range of motion in all these different chores. ;)

IF you are only doing a few hours at a time. Can't imagine doing it for 8 hours!:(

Wrist band are NOT a good idea, in my opinion. Allow your muscles to get stronger, and to enjoy their full range of motion.
Do not "support" them with wrist bands, because that just limits range of motion and they get weaker! (Wow, does that apply to children, too? ;))

On the other hand, my brother just came upstairs with a bad back ache - he is 3 inches taller than me, and pressed for just an hour yesterday. :(

I sure don't like the idea of going up and down a step so many times, but.... probably we will have to do just that.

OR- maybe next we will see if we can afford 2 machines, set at different heights. ;)
 
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