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Automatic Printing Buyer's Guide

Investing in an automatic press is an important step in growing your business. Get the most out of your investment by evaluating your current and future production requirements and choosing a machine designed to keep pace with them. Your considerations should include design complexity, production speed and floor space. Use this guide to find the right Workhorse automatic printer to match your production needs.

Design Complexity

Do you want to produce simple or complex designs? Pick the right press for the job.

  • Six color presses are great for producing athletic or corporate designs
  • Eight to 10 color presses expand capabilities to more complex work
  • 12 to 14 color presses enable you to print virtually anything you can imagine

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Freedom or Javelin,
six-color press

Freedom or Javelin,
eight or 10-color press

Javelin,
12 or 14-color press

Production Speed

How quickly do you want to print? Production speed is determined by a number of variables including the machine’s index speed and number of print stations. Naturally, there is a limit to the speed and duration that an individual operator can accurately load garments, so production speeds are typically less of a concern for companies with fewer employees that simply want to streamline production. Shops that produce high-end designs with many employees may prefer a higher production machine.

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Best

Freedom has a simple and proven index system and is available in up to 10 stations. Up to 540/hr.

Javelin has a faster indexing system, double index capability and is available in up to 14 stations. Up to 840/hr.

Floor Space

Do you have limited floor space or smaller doorways? Six color machines consume minimal floor space and are available with a 34 in. (86 cm) knock-down option to fit through smaller doorways. Eight to 14 color machines need more floor space and wider doorways for installation.

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Better

Best

Javelin,
10 or 14-color press

Javelin,
eight or 10-color press

Freedom and Javelin,
six or eight-color press