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    yannick and i are dying.
    we've reached the limit we can print by hand and we are sick of sleeping only 4 hours a night.
    printing is taking up too much of our design time and costing us jobs.
    as broke as we are we've diecided to further indebt ourselves by borrowing $$$ to buy an auto press.
    we are hoping to find something used and would like a version that is hardy and relitavley inexpensive.
    something that's easy to maintain and no frills that will give us decent quality prints.
    any brands we should be looking for?
    what kinda price range are we looking at?
    is there alot of maintence involved? do we need to learn press mechanics?
    how does this shit all work?
    size-wise we don't have much room and would like to get something about the same size as the birdmachine have.
    ????

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    Get a cameo30, workhorses they are. I have two ove them both with easily over 20 million impressions on them and the eace have only had to be rebuilt once in thier 25 year life.

    1800-3500usd

    you don't need to know much to run one.

    shit i can do it.

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    I should say these are not the best presses out there, but they seriously kick ass and will print like crazy.

    without breaking a sweat I can run 300-350 sheets an hout on the cameo we have.

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    that sounds like exactly what we need.
    prices sound hot too.
    any leads for finding these things used?
    special classifieds our anything?

    we are calling our suplies dealers tomorrow- they often get in used gear.

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    andy- how big of a surface can you cover with one of these?
    vaccum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andydiesel
    Get a cameo30, workhorses they are. I have two ove them both with easily over 20 million impressions on them and the eace have only had to be rebuilt once in thier 25 year life.

    1800-3500usd

    you don't need to know much to run one.

    shit i can do it.
    Why didn't anybody tell me about this???? Are you serious? That's all it costs? Adios tendonitis.
    The Little Friends of Printmaking: Together forever, tougher than leather.

    ""...and your name is probably something like... Melissa." - 30 Rock

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    Quote Originally Posted by seripop
    that sounds like exactly what we need.
    prices sound hot too.
    any leads for finding these things used?
    special classifieds our anything?

    we are calling our suplies dealers tomorrow- they often get in used gear.
    it's the same one jay got. They have been around for years.

    i don't know of any right now. If you find a place on the east coast tell me first. there is a total ripoff artist there, i can't remember the name right now but when I hear it or see thier site I'll know it. I know two people that have hed terrible experiences with that company.

    i think there are some for sale boards on this site
    http://www.usscreen.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by seripop
    andy- how big of a surface can you cover with one of these?
    vaccum?
    20x30 or 22x30 image area, weve found it best runs at 20x27 or smaller (a lot of our vinyl sheets are that size).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melissa Buchanan
    Quote Originally Posted by andydiesel
    Get a cameo30, workhorses they are. I have two ove them both with easily over 20 million impressions on them and the eace have only had to be rebuilt once in thier 25 year life.

    1800-3500usd

    you don't need to know much to run one.

    shit i can do it.
    Why didn't anybody tell me about this???? Are you serious? That's all it costs? Adios tendonitis.
    1800 is finding a kick ass deal, 3500 is a fair price for one that hasn't been rebuilt and is in good condition but old. Jay got a kick ass newer model all rebuilt, I bet his is 20 years newer than either of mine, but I think he paid more than $3500, but it's seriously gonnna last him at least 10 years of constant work without dumpng a truckload of money into it.

    Yep you could pretty much say good by to your tendonitious, ever since i sliced the top of my left hand open everythings changed, I basically can no loger pull a squeege for more that 50-100 impressions be for it starts fucking with me. I can do tons with the auto and not feel a thing at all.

    on that note it should be said that I only actually print about once a month these days.

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    the cameo 30 we got, as per andy's instructions, has totally saved our business. mat has blown out both wrists and needs weekly accupuncture on them, and i've got a bad left wrist and right elbow from printing. the auto press (ours is named "the intern") is AWESOME. we can easily do 300+ pulls an hour, and it's not tiring, so we can print longer each day.

    we just ordered a 30" squeegee, so look for LARGER prints from us soon.

    if you know how to hand-pull prints, this is just a small step further, understanding-wise.
    most of the time we never fish!

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