Equipment and Supplies for the New Screen Printer


Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Starting a new business can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the technology. Suppliers will give you a list of what they think you need, but do you really need it all? This show will walk you through all the equipment, tools and supplies necessary to be a new screen printer. Plus an explanation of why you need each and every item on the list. Terry Combs will give you the actual list of new screen printer supplies and the confidence you’re buying just what you need.

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Equipment and Supplies for the New Screen Printer

Erich Campbell12:18 Great topic, guys. Let me know if you want to do an EMB. version some day.

So you come to this with years of experience as most people who listen know, but start off by telling us why you might be more qualified to give you just what you need than a supplier of Mfg rep?

Erich Campbell14:03 Package deals end up with tons of new decorators with tools they may or may not need out of the gate.

Start us off with the hardware, I hear somewhere in my travels that you need all heads down for your press. Is that correct?

Valencia Johnson Cooper17:09 can you imagine 6 people on one press, nightmare!

Erich Campbell17:25 I’ve never seen it in a shop. Seriously.

Valencia Johnson Cooper17:57 employee costs will eat all those profits, plus inefficiencies

Erich Campbell19:35 Versatility is the key, there.

Erich Campbell20:06 Heat press grilled cheese? 

Valencia Johnson Cooper36:06 lightweights, try lasagna lol.

How about some of the tools and new screen printer supplies that you are going to need and why?

Erich Campbell22:20 Terry is giving away the info folks, take him up on it!

Erich Campbell50:42 You sound like me talking stabilizer. Start with one sheet of medium cut away. Not a stack of three types. 

Valencia Johnson Cooper55:19 in the shirt or on top?

What can people expect to pay for a complete set-up and their new screen printer supplies with all the items you need to get started?

So we went through all of the must-have items on the list, but let’s say I still have a little left in my budget, what other things might I want to have?

Jeanette Bohlke1:06:53 How much push back (off contact) from the platen to the screen should there be when printing shirts?

Can you then talk to us about picking a good supplier? What is important and what are the secrets?

Valencia Johnson Cooper1:06:52 excellent content!

Briefly just tell us about the decision process between picking a manual press and an automatic press. To you where is that tipping point?

Erich Campbell1:11:59 See you embroidery folks that bought in my digitizing class at DAX KC!

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This show is brought to you for a full hour by:

Specialty Graphics Imaging Association – SGIA will continually strive to be the foremost resource for information and education within the specialty imaging industry. SGIA supports the digital and screen printing community in the USA and Canada by providing services and activities specific to their interests. While the majority of SGIA services and activities are specific to US and Canada, SGIA will continue to partner with national and regional associations around the globe to continually develop the international community. The SGIA National Affiliation Program brings together a multinational community to enhance awareness and encourage the exchange of information. Supporting the Leaders of the Digital and Screen Printing Community

Equipment Zone, with 20 years experience selling garment printing equipment nationwide. Equipment Zone offers the new Epson F2000 SureColor direct-to-garment printer, their own VelociJet-XL DTG printer, and the all-new SpeedTreater-TX automatic pretreat machine with a full 16”x24” pretreat area. Equipment Zone also carries a full line of DTG inks and supplies. Go to

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