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Offline Scobey Peterman

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Single arm auto for manual press
« on: April 15, 2023, 09:48:00 AM »
Many years ago I bought a single arm attachment for my manual press.  It was an air driven.  I had a V shaped flood/squeegee bar.  Then I bought a 6/8 auto and that was that.   

Move home and now everything I do is on a manual.  No room for a auto and was wondering if anyone knew where I might be able to get this One arm bandit.

Thanks for you help.
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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2023, 11:14:17 AM »
Many years ago I bought a single arm attachment for my manual press.  It was an air driven.  I had a V shaped flood/squeegee bar.  Then I bought a 6/8 auto and that was that.   

Move home and now everything I do is on a manual.  No room for a auto and was wondering if anyone knew where I might be able to get this One arm bandit.

Thanks for you help.

You could only do one color with that, so perhaps finding a small flatbed like an old Advance Cameo 18, and putting a t-shirt plate on it (after removing the vacuum base, very easy) might work for you. We had one for years and printed thousands of shirts on it. Wooden frames even...

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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2023, 11:22:39 AM »
Do think it would work on a 4X4 manual??

I need to do P/F/P
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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2023, 11:58:10 AM »
Do think it would work on a 4X4 manual??

I need to do P/F/P

If you did as Steve suggested and swapped out the bulky vacuum table base for a T-Shirt board, you would swing the flash over it like we always used to do on single station manual presses.
That rug really tied the room together, did it not?

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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2023, 01:08:49 PM »
No, it's not an accessory, it's an actual press.
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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2023, 03:32:39 PM »
I do not think this is going to work for what I am looking for.

I need to be able to put it on my 4X4 and be able to spin the boards.

While one flashes, the other station is printing.

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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2023, 10:14:02 AM »
Well, just like everyone else, I have the right to change my mind.
I got to thinking about this machine. If I turned it around and let my boards go under the printing area it might just work.

So, who has a used one that I might be able to look at and maybe ever buy??

Thanks for you time.
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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2023, 01:43:56 AM »
Lawson makes or made something similar to what you are looking for.

https://aaprintsupplyco.com/products/lawson-mini-max-semi-automatic?variant=39557202444372

You move the pallets and it has two pneumatic print heads.

You could make the other style work, and if you just got a foot pedal to activate it could work ok but would take a lot of modification and finding one that has an open area to make it work with the press.

https://aaprintsupplyco.com/products/lawson-mini-printer-asi?variant=39556133290068

A pneumatic heat press and subcontracting the rest could be a good middle ground.  Seems like a lot of work, risk, and money to just not have to pull a squeegee.

I haven't seen what you are describing but if you find it share it as I'm interested just for novelty.

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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2023, 11:03:40 AM »
Well, just like everyone else, I have the right to change my mind.
I got to thinking about this machine. If I turned it around and let my boards go under the printing area it might just work.

So, who has a used one that I might be able to look at and maybe ever buy??

Thanks for you time.

Some of Advances earliest autos were a series of these around an indexer, look up Arrow Multiprint, at least I think that's what it was called... check out this youtube video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9FM8tE--oo

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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2023, 11:25:29 AM »
I think for now I want to look for a Lawson Mini-Printer. (USED)

I want to set it up so I can rotate my manual board under it to print.

Suggestions are welcome. It must be small to get it into my basement.

Thanks
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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2023, 12:43:17 PM »
Won't work out of the box as depicted, you'll have to cobble a way to index your pallets to the machine within a thousandth or two.
Not a small task. Unless you are only printing single hits of course.

I think the Lawson Apollo machines are pretty small?


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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2023, 01:11:10 PM »
I will be indexing the pallets manualy.  Same spot every time.
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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2023, 01:12:04 PM »
So why is it that you want to rotate your manual table under it? Print/Flash/Print?

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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2023, 02:22:59 PM »
I'm going to go out on a limb, and guess that Scobey needs a little help clearing the screen of thicker opaque inks.
That rug really tied the room together, did it not?

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Re: Single arm auto for manual press
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2023, 04:06:50 PM »
As most of you know , I relocated my shop to my basement about a year ago. Things are going very well.
I had to sell off my 6X8 automatic and am now doing all printing manually. Big orders I farm out.
I have been in the business for over 30 years now.  Pulling a squeeze for several hours is really wearing on my arms.
So it is time to get some help.  A one station, one color printer would make my little world work better.  And save my arms for clapping at one of my Granddaughters softball games
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