Each transfer you use will require its own specific time and temperature setting, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions first. Not all transfers are suitable for all substrates either, this is something else to check before doing anything too wild!
Now let’s take a look at USCutter’s best heat press machines!
Another option is the USCutter Volcano Press. This machine is a bit different in that it can take an attachment mug press. Personally I prefer my mug presses to be standalone, but I would consider this machine simply for the 15 x 15 t-shirt press.
Volcano Press Features
Here’s what this heat press machine has going for it:
A large bright digital LCD time and temperature display
Auto opening heat press machines are great! They cost a bit more, but if you’re going to be using your heat press a lot, pressing t-shirt after t-shirt, you should definitely consider getting one.
This USCutter press is a cheap auto open heat press and well worth your further investigation! It also comes with free HTV, which we’ll get into below.
USCutter Auto Open Features
Besides being an auto open press, here are some other features:
¼ inch steel frame for great durability and making it commercial grade
Digital LCD time and temperature display
Foam grip – it makes a difference!
Non-stick coated heating platen but I’d definitely pick up some spare teflon sheets as well
The Auto Open Feature
As you know, not all machines have this super helpful feature. And as I mentioned, this USCutter machine is one of the cheaper heat presses to have it.
The auto-opening feature may sound a bit superficial or insignificant the first time you hear it, but trust me, once you’ve used a machine with it, you won’t want to go back to a manual machine quickly. It means you don’t have to wait beside or rush back to the machine when the press is finished. If you are doing many t-shirts at once you can go and prepare the next one and not worry about opening it when the time is up.
This machine, and other machines with this feature, employ an electromagnetic locking system which keeps the ‘clamshell’ shut tight until the timer runs out. When the time is up the magnet releases and your machine opens.
This feature will save you time and (therefore) money!
Auto Open Specs
Here are the details:
Temperature range: 0 – 399 ℉
Time range: 0 – 999 seconds
And of course, a one year warranty.
Free Heat Transfer Vinyl
On top of getting a great press at a great price, this machine comes with bonus HTV vinyls as well! It comes with a 6 pack of 12 x 20 vinyls.
These USCutter machine can be used both as a craft, hobby, or home press – or also in small business.
These are good sized and reliable machines for doing most jobs. As we go into below, USCutter has good customer service and tech support ready for you. If you have any faults or flaws with your press then it will be easier to get in touch with this seller than many others.
They come fully set up and ready to plug in and go. It’s easy for beginners to start and learn with. It’s simple to use – you can’t go wrong!
USCutter Customer Service
The customer service and technical support that comes with USCutter products is an added benefit of buying from them.
You can email, call or even visit them if you really want to! Their contact page has all the details. When you call (during business hours) you will be able to speak with someone in the US who will help solve your problem or answer your questions.
USCutter heat press manuals are full of helpful information on how to get started, how to calibrate your heat press, how to set time and temperature, heat press transfer time and temperature settings – and much more.
With other machines you’re lucky if you get a one page sheet of paper with any English on it! If you’ve read other heat press reviews you’ll know that’s often the user’s biggest annoyance – that the instructions are rubbish.
USCutter On YouTube
USCutter have a ton of helpful videos on their YouTube channel. They have information on how to use their products, project ideas and a whole lot more. You can search ‘heat press’ on their page to find those videos too.
I really like these machines – it’s a shame they had to increase the price so dramatically.
They are more expensive than the cheap heat presses we’ve looked at in the past, but I think that the added features and the USCutter brand are worth paying a little bit more for (if it’s in your budget!).