With numerous heat press manufactures and several choices from each, you have also many choices/options to make when selecting the right hat heat press for your kind of business. In this article, we will take a look at one of the main characteristics feature that you need to be aware of so you can get which press is going to be best your you. These differences do not make one type better than the other, but having a knowledge of the pros and cons of each will enable you to identify the variable that will make one right for you over another. To learn more about heat presses, you can read here.
The Clamshell style press is characteristically the least expensive option in the industry. These presses typically have the best thread-ability (you can quickly put and remove a T-shirt) and they also can be fairly easy to operate. They also have the least footprint of the group for the most part as the heat platen rises up from the bottom, so no extra space will be required to run the machine where it is and space for you to work.
Another advantage is that these machines can typically be fitted out with a mechanism for auto release and are great for down and dirt T-Shirt decoration, like vinyl lettering/numbering, plastisol transfer and curing directly to garment prints.
The disadvantage to a clamshell styles unit is the fact that the heat is placed directly above you as you are working towards the rear of the machine which features the heat platen closest to the base. Also, because of the heat directly overhead, it can be difficult to layout projects like transfer paper because, with the heat above it, the transfer paper has the tendency to curl.