I used the 6x2 for a looong time. Just now upgraded to to a Sidewinder 6/6 with air locks.
Keep in mind, the 6x2 is a good startup press but you will not be able to print perfectly registered shirts. You have to be very gentle when you swing it around during a production run because you do not want to loose registration.
Also, I definitely recommend finding a 4 station at least because I had to stop about 2-3 times during a job and had to cool down the pallets with ice cubes when I was using just a flash. If I was you one the of first things would be get a conveyor and flash. You absolutely need both. Make sure you buy pallet tape also, it will save your pallets!
You don't need a washout booth right now, you can just wash out screens outside with a pressure washer. I'm hoping you have one! If not, buy a 1750psi ELECTRIC one. Make sure it's electric! Because when you do get a washout booth, the gas one will be very loud inside where your washout booth is.
As for output system, I used a Epson 1100 that I bought from OfficeMax for $50 on sale and then just used the $30 all-black output system from here, you have to buy the refillable damper cartridge, here
and then fill those cartridges with this ink.
Messy to refill, but Super dark films! You also might want to buy a chip re-setter just in case. You HAVE to buy water-proof films though which run about a $1 each (13x19). Literally, they aren't water-proof. I use a black tube (put my films inside the tube), take them to my darkroom and then take them out (I have to walk outside to get the darkroom. In Washington, it rains all the time. You can see my problem.)
Exposure unit, I built myself. With a vacuum lid. Check out my thread.
Will run you $400-500 max! And you'll get great exposures even with halftones!
Software.. I LOVE
accurip. And the creator, Charlie, is just a genius! If you really cant buy it, sucks. If you can, please do. If you do go with the black ink method like I said earlier, you definitely need AccuRip
. I don't if that other program supports an all-black ink system.
That's just my 2 cents.
Also, never EVER ever ever promise a customer something you can't do. ALWAYS turn out horrible. Believe me, I've been through that.