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A Rincons heat press – should you get one?
Rincons sell heat press machines in a range of styles and sizes.
In this post, we’re on their 15×15 inch heat press, but you can see their full range here. Sometimes this machine is much more pricey than very similar alternatives. We’ll mention a few of those as well!
Some of the main reasons you should consider the Rincons press:
an affordable 15×15 inch machine
comes with a detailed and helpful instruction manual
strong, durable construction
This machine is also well reviewed and has a good star rating.
Here are the features of the Rincons machine.
A steel frame constructed heat press – solid and sturdy without being overly heavy
It weighs in at about 55 lbs
Input voltage is standard 110 – 120
This is a clamshell heat press. It might be obvious, but let me just say it anyway, this type of press opens and closes like a clamshell. If you would like to know more about the different styles of heat press available, see here: the different types of heat presses.
In a nutshell, however, clamshell presses are great as they do not need as much space to operate them. There are less moves involved in doing the press – with a swing-away, for example, you need to open the press and lift it up and then swing it away.
There is plenty of space between the bottom cushion and the top heat platen. You don’t need to worry about burning your hand. Just focus on what you’re doing and you can’t go wrong.
Clamshells are simple and easy to use, you will be an expert in no time.
Temperature & Time Display
This machine has a digital time and temperature display. The temperature range is 0 – 450℉ or 0 – 232℃.
You will need to set the specific temperature for each type of transfer. Most are applied at around 300-330℉, obviously falling well within the range. The machine will beep to tell you when it has heated up to the set temperature.
The temperature setting on this machine is in farenheit, but there is a conversion chart in the instruction manual.
This temperature range makes it suitable for pressing all types of transfers including:
You will also set the timer for each press. Usually this will be between 10 and 20 seconds. The machine will begin counting down once closed and it will beep when the cycle is complete – though of course you’ll be able to see when it’s finished with the countdown! Please note that it’s not a good idea to leave your press unattended while it’s in action.
The pressure is set with a knob on the top of the machine. It is not a numbered dial but one where you turn it and then judge for yourself. You cannot be totally aware of what it is set to, like with a Hix Heat Press, but with a little practice this will not be an issue at all.
If you find that your heat transfer vinyl is not adhering well to the fabric, just tighten the pressure up a bit. If you find that the press is too difficult to open, loosen the pressure a bit.
Instruction Manual & Warranty
This press comes with an instruction manual. This might sound like a no-brainer, but believe me it’s not!
Many heat press machines do not come with manuals and users have to spend hours scouring the internet looking for information on how to use their machine.
If your machine does not come with a guide, check out the PowerPress manual which we’ve uploaded.
If purchased through Amazon, this machine comes with a 1 year warranty. If bought directly through the seller it could be less than a one year warranty. Though, if the Amazon comments are anything to go by, you aren’t going to need it!
This machine has much going for it, but to be honest the price is quite steep when compared with similar machines for sale on Amazon (like the Power Press).