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Which Style of Heat Press is Right For You?

It's Horses For Courses

Some products like caps and coffee mugs have curved surfaces and therefore need a special design of heat press with a curved heat surface of the same or similar curvature.

The next question is in regard to the largest product and/or logo that you might need to heat press.   Heat presses range in size from pocket (13cm x 13cm) right up to extra-large presses for full garment panels (80cm x 100cm).

Last but not least is the style and method of operation:

  • Clamshell design or swing-away
  • Manual operation / semi-automatic / fully automatic (air or electric)
  • Manual close / auto open
  • Push button close /auto open
  • Fully automatic, twin platen with auto move between platens

What to look for in a good quality heat press?

  • Accurate and even heat across the whole area of the bed
  • Accurate and even pressure across the whole of the bed
  • Reliability
  • Access to local tech support and spare parts
  • All Flexi Press heat presses are unpacked, tested and temperature calibrated before delivery to Australian customers


Clamshell presses

  • Good for thin, flat products like fabric, mouse mats Etc
  • Auto opening models available without big price increase
  • Take up less space on the work table

** Not good for thicker products because back of the press closes before the front
** Easier to accidentally touch the heated top bed when loading / unloading


Swing away presses

  • Good for thin, flat products up to 30 to 35mm thick
  • Auto opeing requires upgrade to air operated model
  • better for press operation that require high pressure
  • Heated top bed swings to one side - so clear view of lower bed and much less chance of accidental burn from top bed
  • Air operated have both push button close and auto open
  • Very accurate pressure setting
  • Pressure does not have to be adjusted for different thickness products

** Usualy much heavier than a clamshell
** Auto open models are more expensive and require an air compressor too.

Why are some heat presses so much cheaper than others?

The reasons are fairly straight forward. They are made in countries that have low labour costs and poor manufacturing standards as compared to Australia, Europe and America.  

  • Metal quality is often poor
  • Electronic control systems are made with cheap, low quality components
  • Quality control is often substandard
  • Actual press temperatures can vary considerably from that shown on the display
  • Often there will be no local technical or after sales support or spare parts
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Embroidery Source
Melbourne Embroidery Showroom & Warehouse
205 Fulham Rd, Fairfield, VIC 3078
Melbourne Printing Showroom & Warehouse
37 Steane Street, Fairfield, VIC 3078
Tel: 1800 137 670
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Monday to Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm 
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