You should be fine with most any model, really. Hix seems to be the most recommended overall... and I'd try to avoid Geo Knight because of an electrical problem with their presses that they refuse to address.
You might also try to find a used press locally. Call up screen printers and t-shirt businesses in your area and see if anyone has a press they don't want anymore.
Hi Create . . . I am new to the Tee biz as well . .. I purchased a Hix 400 about 5 weeks ago . . (purchase price with s/h $726.00) . . however, before I made my final decision, I visited a few flea markets in my area to check to see what everyone was using . . and it seems that everyone had at least two presses and both would be a Hix . .
I won't look into a 2nd press until I build my Tee biz a bit more
if you need further information on where I purchased my press and transfer paper . . just give a shout and send you the information along with a contact name + phone number . .
Next week i'm going to a expo for print companies. There is a companie that offers a sale on the hix 400D and i'm thinking of buying it. Is a clam as easy to handle as a swing press? Haven't seen it in reall life so don't know that much about presses yet.
I purchased the clamshell type Press over the swing print for safety . . .
at times when doing shows/events . . you just never know when a child is going to come behind the booth or within reaching range of the press . . with the swing type a kid can reach/touch faster -- whereas with the clamshell -- the kid might have to tippie toe to reach the press . . . this is just my opinion . .
everyone has their own perk on what is best for their biz . . know what I mean.?!..
You and me both!
This will be my christmas present from my father, so I want to buy a nice machine that I don't have to buy new parts for every month. What is the standard up keep for any machine press?
Upkeep on a heat press machine is minimal. I have had customers that have been using the same press for 10 years without purchasing any additional parts. If buying a clamshell model you might have to replace the springs or shocks depending on which model you buy and the amount of usage it gets. However, this is an inexpensive replacement. The only recommendation that I have when purchasing a heat press is to also purchase a teflon pad protector to slip over the bottom platen for about $20-30. This protector will minimize wear and tear on the rubber pad. This will save you about $120-180 down the road.
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