i'm planning to create a squeege holder. People here sayd however to try to check the availability into the second hand market
ps. i haven't experience and i believe we all must have experience with the simple use of our arms and the squeegee, but a squeegee holder imho help you a lot on long run jobs, especially to print large sizes.
IN England, check with Kippax, Truax - there were others made one arm presses. You might be able to find an arm assembly for cheap.
last week in wisconsin I installed a new Jaguar, and they had a one arm assembly they were getting rid of (to fit a 4x8' table, big...)
In Europe, same deal - there are/were lots of companies made one arms, either clamshell or parallel lift. you need to dig dig dig to find dealers of used equipment, or shops with surplus stuff, although a lot of this stuff went into eastern Europe after the fall of the wall, to replace non existant print machinery.
there is a company in Czech Republic make a cheap one arm parallel lift machine, don't know the name but I saw it on the web last year.
Use the interweb, get out in your local area and start calling on screen and sign shops to find old stuff.
andy: i am working in a 50x70cm format. thinking of setting up the new press for a shorter wider pull to avoid having to lean out so far (killing my back!). do you think it will be more difficult to get quality prints handpulling with an 86cm squeegee? the designs use both flat areas and halftones; solvent based ink right now but switching to water based.
that will work by hand for a while, a lot depends on how big you are. full coverage is going to be hard work.
If you angle the table top, and play with your height, it helps you get more pressure at the back. My first big table I built was 3'x4', with a 27"x 39" vac top area. (4 foot wide)
I could pull a big print sideways on that, but it was hard.
I eventually got a used one arm assembly, and a used larger table top, built a frame, and built a 4x8 printer. It sucked but it worked.
Oh, and for you lazy ass Europeans who can't seem to work your google search (kidding!)
these seem pretty lightly built, but I think the price is right.