The Best Heat Presses of 2020 [The Definitive Guide]

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If your workload is fairly light, you can probably go with a cheaper manual heatpress transfer machine. However, if you plan on doing large jobs you may want to consider an automatic release. Also, if your operator is divided in their duties and cannot babysit the machine, an automatic release may be more cost-effective for you.

Standard vs. Air

Another feature to think about is whether you want a standard or air-operated press. This decision will affect your wallet. And, how much physical labor you plan on investing.

A standard operated press utilizes shock absorbers, springs, and levers. Every movement of the press is made by a human. In other words, nothing is automatic.

This is not as horrible as it sounds. Especially for small specialty shops, because they usually function on a piece by piece basis. However, for larger orders, this may require too much physical labor.

One of the keys to using a standard heat transfer press correctly is making sure the workspace is ergonomically correct for the operator. That is a lot of repetitive movement.

So, being able to reach and move all the pieces smoothly and efficiently can greatly impact how you use the press.

On the other hand, if you anticipate heavy workloads you may want to look into an air-operated machine. These heat press machines work at the push of a button, with limited fiddling with gauges.

Additionally, air-operated presses can exert more pressure than their standard counterpart. This is due, in part, to the fact that it doesn’t rely on human strength.

Finally, before you run out to buy your air-operated press, keep in mind that they are expensive. And, they are noisy. So, unless you plan on putting one in your factory, you may want to consider a standard one instead.

If you want to take a look at an air-operated press, a good one to check out is the Geo Knight 16 x 20 inch DK20SP model[13]. As mentioned before, this is not a cheap machine. But, it’s a good option if you need a powerful workhorse.

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