The New Riley Hopkins 150 Press is Here!
One of the most remarkable aspects of screen printing is countless avenues you can take with it. You could create your own brand and sell your apparel online. Some start up businesses in their basements, creating merchandise for local businesses. Others grow to be an automatic shop, printing for large companies and events.
WHAT'S SO COOL ABOUT THE 150?
Wow, where to begin. First off, there'll be two Riley 150 presses – a 4 Color 1 Station and a 1 Color 1 Station. The presses are made out of hot rolled steel and aircraft grade aluminum; its durability means it'll last a long time. Not only are the materials strong, the springs and the screen clamps are tough. When you lift the station arm up, the springs tightly hold the screen up. The screen clamps lock in the screen so you don't have to worry about accidentally bumping the screen and knocking off the registration.
What makes the Riley 150 stand out from a DIY press is the ability to change out platens. If you want to print neck labels, youth apparel, chest prints, sleeves, etc., you have the ability to establish the brand you want to create or fulfill your customers' needs.
Setting it up is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. The press will ship to you in two boxes. When the boxes arrive, be sure to have two 1/2 inch wrenches and two 9/16 inch wrenches. That's all the tools you need to assemble the press. What you place the press onto is up to you. Any table or workbench you're okay with screwing your press into it. If you'd like a new table to suit all your screen printing needs, you can look into the Riley Hopkins Screen Cart. You can put your press on it and store screens below.
Best part of the Riley 150 – it's price! The press makes it economically doable to start up your business at home, add it to your shop, etc.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE RILEY JR.?
The main difference between the Riley Jr. and the 150 is that the 150 is simpler. When you don't have to worry about fancy stuff like micro registration, you can dive right into the basics and build your printing foundation.
Another difference is that the 150 is lighter. The lighter weight is extremely helpful if you're printing live, it's less weight for you to lug around.
WHO'S THE PRESS FOR?
Anybody and everybody – just kidding. The 150 will benefit printers in one (or more) of the following situations:
- Ready to make screen printing a side gig
- Moving back into a garage and need a smaller press
- Beginning their screen printing journey
- Need a live printing press
Whether you’re diversifying your income by staring a side hustle, creating merchandise for local businesses, or live printing, the Riley 150’s durability and versatility will give you a strong foothold in the industry and the opportunity to expand your brand without hurting your wallet.