If you’re in the market for a heat press, then Stahls should definitely be on your radar. In this guide, we’ll take a look at what Stahls heat presses have to offer, as well as advice on some of the best models available in the UK.
So, what exactly is a Stahls press? Well, they’re a brand of CE approved heat press that’s known for being of the highest quality at an affordable price. In other words, you won’t have to break the bank to get your hands on one of these bad boys. If you’re preparing to build your own clothes printing business, then these machines are a must for saving time and cost, whilst ensuring quality results for your customers.
What Are the Benefits of Using Stahls Heat Presses?
One of the many benefits of Stahls heat presses is that they come with a wide range of features. For example, some models have built-in heating element temperature control and an auto-shutoff function. There are also versions that include a digital timer, so you can keep track of how long your garment has been pressed, via a digital electronic time control and temperature readout. Stahls presses use over-the-centre pressure adjustment, allowing the pressure to be evenly distributed from edge-to-edge.
Stahls Hotronix Fusion heat press is built for accurate, high volume screen print transfer. A combined draw & swing-away action gives the operator a strong competitive edge by creating a quick access, highly efficient, heat-free workspace.
Heat Press Machines Overview
Heat presses are machines used to transfer heat-activated material to a substrate. They use two surfaces that sandwich the substrates together and apply pressure and heat, which bonds the materials together. The principles are similar to using an iron, but with the advantage of a more even application of heat and pressure over a larger surface area, and the ability to maintain precise temperatures over time.
Choosing a Heat Press
When it comes to choosing a heat press, there are a few things to consider.
Firstly, decide what size you’ll need. The size of the hot plates determine how big of a garment you can press at one time. If you’re only going to be pressing small items, such as t-shirts, then a smaller model should suffice. However, if you stock bigger items, such as hoodies or jackets, then you’ll need to opt for a larger size.
Next, consider the type of heat press needed, based on individual use or for larger scale company use, which may be something to discuss with your garment printing team.
Types of Heat Presses
The two main category of heat press are clamshell and swing-arm. A clamshell press opens like a book, with the top platen hinged along the back of the machine making an easy layout and wide opening. A swing-arm press has a fulcrum point on one side of the machine, with the top platen mounted on an arm that swings away from the lower platens.
- Clamshell presses are generally less expensive than swing-arm ones, but not as efficient because you have to position the substrate inside the press before closing it.
- Swing-arm presses are more expensive, but easier to use because you can position the substrate on the lower platen, and then swing the top platen into position.
Clam Basic Heat Press
Stahls Clam Basic heat presses are perfect for beginners in t-shirt printing. Lightweight and cheap, these basic heat presses offer great heat pressure stability and an easy layout with a wide opening.
Stahls Hotronix Maxx Heat Transfer Press
Stahls Hotronix Maxx clam heat presses offer space-saving features and interchangeable lower plates with rapid change and a versatile digital time control. These bottom tables are also available in Stahls Hotronix Auto Open and Fusion heat presses.
Stahls Hotronix Maxx is ideal for those who are just starting, or for those who don’t have a lot of space to work with.
Stahls Auto-Open Press
The Stahls Hotronix auto-open press is a robust top-of-the-line model that offers auto open and close, as well as interchangeable lower platens. This is perfect for when you need to quickly and easily change the design or print that you are working on.
Other great features include a digital temperature control and timer function, to ensure reproduceable print quality with precise temperature control of the heating element.
Stahls Hotronix Fusion Swing-arm Heat Press
If you are looking for a high-quality swing-arm press, the Stahls Hotronix Fusion is the perfect choice. This is a reliable and durable advanced press that can handle large printing jobs quickly and efficiently. It has a large printing area, making it perfect for printing onto t-shirts, hoodies, and other garments. The swing-arm design of the press allows easy access to the printing area, making it quick and easy to print onto a variety of materials.
This unit is easy to use with touchscreen data display for efficient control and provides professional results every time.
If you’re only going to be pressing small items, then a clamshell press should be fine. However, if you plan on doing a lot of pressing of larger items, we recommend investing in a swing-arm press.
Finally, you need to take into account the features you need. As we have mentioned, some heat presses come with built-in temperature control, while others have an auto-shutoff function, extra platens or a digital time control. Decide what features are important for the garments you’ll be printing.
Where to Buy Heat Press Machines and Screen Print Heat Transfers in the UK
Stahls is a world-renowned manufacturer of heat presses and other garment printing equipment. They stock a wide range of models in the UK, so there’s sure to be a heat press that’s perfect for your needs. And, with their reputation for quality and durability, you can rest assured that your heat transfer press will last for years to come.
Badgers heat transfers stock a variety of models with a range of table sizes to accommodate different garment dimensions, and features such as temperature controls, auto-open function and interchangeable platens. Badgers company website includes a secure online payment gateway for making your purchase, with vat receipts available for your business accounts. Please visit the shop front for further details. Stahls transfer heat presses are CE approved and include free next day delivery within UK mainland.
So, there you have it, everything you need to know about Stahls heat presses. Keep these factors in mind when choosing a model, and you’ll be sure to find the perfect one for your needs.
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