Hahahaa, Mike!! I totally enjoyed your post!!!
My husband and I started out handironing Ironall light. The time and effort for any kind of volume in nutz. My hub has 60 pounds on me, and I can tell you he used to do a much better job than I did getting the polymer into the shirt. That said, none of my shirts failed, or came back to us, but I could see the difference with his.
Here is why we think heat presses are better:
To make the shirts, we used to stand on a stool at the counter, and lean our body weight on our poor little iron. The handle sagged under the pressure. Also, we had to run it at full temp, and preheat it for 10 full minutes. The iron only lasted 2 months under this kind of abuse.
It also took a full 5 minutes per shirt, between prep time, press time of 3 full minutes of that kind of laborious pressing, then there was the stretch and re-press after that. But, we earned enough profit off our little iron to buy our heat press outright.
The day the press arrived, life became like a dream. I was able to process orders all day, rather than wait for hubby to come home and press the shirts all night. I was able to process in a half hour or less what took him hours each night.
I pre-pressed for 5 seconds, pressed for 30 seconds, stretched repressed for 5 and was done. No hard labor, and during that 30 seconds, I day dreamed instead of killing my hands, arms and back for 3 full minutes.
So to sum it up:
* 1 minute compared to 5 mintues per item. With a press, you can process many more items in the same time, or process less items faster, leaving more time for SEO!!
haha. Also, the time saved could be used to do the shipping, or paperwork, etc. Time is money.
* No worries about "did I get the corners well enough?" The heat press gets that pressure on there much better.
* A press leaves you enough energy after to try to drum up some more sales.
* Presses can reach a higher heat than most household irons can, so there is less worry about temp issues with a press.
* Not all heat transfer papers can be hand ironed, like Mike said.
And that is why we think heat presses kick butt over hand irons.