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Getting into heat transfer biz, doing my own PL shirts/designs after years of tie-dying.

After some hard R&R (research-reading) I was leaning towards the Hotronix 16x20 Clam..now found the Maxx by Stahls.

Are these two the same? Does Stahls sell the Maxx as a Hotronix private label brand? They both seem identical in design/quality and options. Was wondering, only because of price difference (Maxx is less, though not auto-open)

Any opinions??
 

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Getting into heat transfer biz, doing my own PL shirts/designs after years of tie-dying.

After some hard R&R (research-reading) I was leaning towards the Hotronix 16x20 Clam..now found the Maxx by Stahls.

Are these two the same? Does Stahls sell the Maxx as a Hotronix private label brand? They both seem identical in design/quality and options. Was wondering, only because of price difference (Maxx is less, though not auto-open)

Any opinions??


Both models are made by Stahls. The major difference between the two 16 x 20 heat presses is, as you pointed out, the Hotronix has an automatic open feature. You'll find your production life made so much easier with the auto open feature so, if your budget allows, definitely go for the Hotronix. The Hotronix also has a digital pressure indicator built in.

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I wonder if the Hotronics hat press is worth the extra hundred bucks to get the auto-open feature as opposed to getting the Maxx hat press? I am thinking the auto open 16 x 20 might be better for it's purpose than the hat press auto-open. I am going to buy one of these hat presses this week and wanted some advice from someone who is using or knows these presses well.
 

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I wonder if the Hotronics hat press is worth the extra hundred bucks to get the auto-open feature as opposed to getting the Maxx hat press? I am thinking the auto open 16 x 20 might be better for it's purpose than the hat press auto-open. I am going to buy one of these hat presses this week and wanted some advice from someone who is using or knows these presses well.


The advantage of any auto open heat press - be it a 16 x 20 press or a hat press - is that your heating times will always be exact. You don't have to run to the press to release it if you need to walk away for a few minutes. With some transfer processes, the timing is critical.

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I have printed several thousand hats with an Insta hat press which was loaned to my by a friend who never uses it but says she does not want to sell it to me because someday she would like to have it back. So now I have money to buy a new one. I am hoping that getting the auto release will not be a mistake since my future looks to be printing thousands of more hats and beyond ... which are prmarily plastisol heat transfers that I make as well as some vinyls made from an Ioline plotter that I have and use every week. My decision at this moment is leaning to auto release with all the platens. I want to make a purchase and not have to even think of buying another hat press. The question I keep putting through my head is should I just get the Maxx Press which is $595 or get the $725 Hotronics ... and that is before buying any other platens.
 

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Which you can buy from Ed by the way. He is not supposed to solicit but I can recommend his company. My wife has bought stuff from Pro World and they are a good company.
 
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