Welcome To Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals

Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals is the LARGEST online community & discussion forum for professional sign-makers and graphic designers.

 


  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

T-Shirt - Heat Press - Which one should I get?

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by ARGENTO, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. ARGENTO

    ARGENTO Advanced beginner

    32
    4
    8
    Feb 24, 2018
    Miami
    Hello guys,

    I am about to invest in a t-shirt heat press machine.
    I would like to ask you for your opinions, please.
    Which one should I get? Which one should I stay away from?

    Thank you very much in advance!

    Leandro
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. Jburns

    Jburns Active Member

    673
    133
    43
    Jan 19, 2009
    Denver
    Geo Knight - buy one and be done.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
  3. 2B

    2B Very Active Member

    2,956
    359
    83
    May 5, 2011
    TX
    how serious are you about this?
    * Main focus of the business
    * An added services to keep customers happy / shopping one location
    * side hobby

    Geo--Knight is the premier,
    but there are plenty of others that can fill the need also.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. BVG

    BVG Member

    33
    8
    8
    Apr 8, 2014
    Sydney
    I'd recommend a swing away rather than a clamshell design. It'll save your knuckles touching the top platen and let's you get a proper top down view for alignment/positioning.
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2019
    • Like Like x 3
    • Agree Agree x 3
  5. SameDay Signs

    SameDay Signs Member

    273
    7
    18
    Oct 20, 2010
    tiffin ohio
    I jave a geo knoght love it but would prob opt fkr awing away hot tronix over it

    Swing away is so much more convenient
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  6. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

    540
    118
    43
    Sep 3, 2018
    United Kingdom
    Id probably suggest spending a bit extra and getting an auto open one at least. Especially for sublimation it’s great to just press it down then wander off without having to worry
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. timkaz227

    timkaz227 Member

    94
    1
    8
    Nov 29, 2010
    Charlottesville, VA
    It's easy to say buy a more expensive press. All of the presses above a great, but that comes at a cost. I think it depends on what type of shirt printing you plan to do. For years I have done Heat transfer vinyl, printed vinyl from my roland versacamm, plastisol transfers and digital transfers printed on our copier with a low end cheap heat press(ProWorld). I just ordered a white toner cmyk printer to try and expand the business. This needs a better heat press. I have ordered a Hotronix Fusion Heat press. Another press that a lot of people like from a t-shirt group I'm part of is the InstaPress 256. Send me a PM if you have otehr questions about my T-Shirt business.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

    6,303
    284
    83
    Sep 27, 2010
    Mid TN
    Heat press is one of those under appreciated tools.

    We use ours from everything from heat transfer vinyl, did at one time do sublimation, bling transfers, apart of patch production (depends on if the customer wants adhesive backing or not in most instances) and applique production if I have to use the plotter to cut out the pieces, if it's hand cutting the applique pieces, then I don't need the heat press.

    While I'm a huge, huge fan of Geo Knight, the biggest thing here is getting quality. "You" want constant and accurate heat across the platen(s) (if you have a bottom heated platen as well). That is going to be the biggest thing and as those no name presses age, that's harder and harder to get.

    I would suggest swing away versus clam shell. Auto open is nice, but not a necessity. I do like having a digital readout on mine, including timer, but again that isn't necessary.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Superior_Adam

    Superior_Adam Member

    188
    30
    28
    Dec 13, 2017
    Wichita, Kansas
    We use the Stahls Hotronix. We have the dual air fusion and 2 of the standard fusion presses. The air versions are nice as you dont have to set the pressure manually.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay?

    Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay? Very Active Member

    We have two very old Insta presses, model 715, and they are great. We picked them up used from a Hallmark store that was discontinuing the heat press t-shirt part of their business. I can't imagine a better heat press than these.
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2019
    • Like Like x 1
  11. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

    4,931
    434
    83
    Jun 4, 2007
    Home Office
    Hotronix drawer style here. Bought it used from a guy that was retiring. He had eight of them. Works great and I like it better than the clamshell style.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. Stacey K

    Stacey K Getting Back in the Game

    402
    160
    43
    Jun 20, 2018
    Wisconsin
    • Like Like x 1
  13. The Yanki & The Brit

    The Yanki & The Brit The Yanki & The Brit Signs and Radio Show

    131
    34
    28
    Sep 3, 2014
    Texas
    Don't buy anything from Heat Press Nation.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

    1,982
    461
    83
    Sep 8, 2016
    Arlington, TX
    We use a Hotronix Fusion. I do wish I had an auto open on those long runs though.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
    • Like Like x 1
  15. ARGENTO

    ARGENTO Advanced beginner

    32
    4
    8
    Feb 24, 2018
    Miami
    THANK YOU everyone!
    You guys/girls are the greatest help.

    Now I have a clearview...... It is either the Geo Knight or the Hotronix.

    I believe considering the prices....I most probably gonna get the Geo.

    Thanks a bunch! I wish this thread help others.

    :)
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page

 


Loading...