Our studio is upgrading from 20x24" to 23x31" screens, so we're in the market for new squeegees and scoop coaters... I think. The vac table (~23x31") currently has clamps on the long side, so the way I see it, we have two options:
Keep the clamps on the long side, and get wider squeegees (maybe 24").
Pros: shorter print stroke, shorter flood
Cons: expensive squeegees; awkward to use wide squeegees
Move the clamps to the short side, and get shorter squeegees (15-16").
Pros: cheaper squeegees
Cons: longer print stroke, longer flood; awkward to use smaller screens (long reach)
I feel like it's not an accident that most automatics stroke in the long direction; just not sure if the same principles would apply to manual printing. I don't mind paying extra for equipment if it makes the job easier.
Also relevant: which orientation is easier for coating screens? Right now, we stand 'em up tall.