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Insta 138 Manual Heat Press


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Platen Size: 15" x 20"
Voltage: 120V

A Staple for Standard Garment Printing.
Insta’s Model 138 Manual Clamshell Machine is a staple in the heat seal industry.  This reliable heat press machine can satisfy all of your application needs.  Its 15”x20” platens are perfect for printing large decorative graphics, as well as, most other T-Shirt applications. 

For those hard to print areas, the Model 138 features interchangeable platen capability.  The lower platen can easily be taken out & replaced with smaller accessory platens, which make the application of specialty prints like tagless neck labels and left chest logos, a breeze.

  • Protective heat shroud.
  • One piece handle-assembly.
  • Adjustable manual pressure control.
  • Integrated digital controller which features controls for time, temperature (Fahrenheit or Centigrade) & cycle counter.
  • 60˚ machine opening is designed for easy placement & removal of garments.

Reg. $1,490.00

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1. Compact Design
This clamshell’s sleek profile and compact design make it an ideal machine for use in areas with limited work space.

2. Interchangeable Platens
The Model 138 uses a simple pin system which allows you to easily change out the lower platen and drop in smaller accessory platens for printing on pockets, sleeves, pant legs, back neck and much more.  Interchangeable lower platens provide you with tremendous printing versatility, all in one machine.

3. Central Pressure Source
Its pressure source is strategically placed over the center of the upper platen and uses struts to drive that pressure out to all corners.  The result is an even and heavy duty distribution of pressure that is unmatched by other heat presses in the market today.

4. Cast-In Heating Element
The tubular heating element is cast into the aluminum upper platen, heating the metal from within.  The element is coiled throughout the upper platen to provide a reliable and even circulation of heat out to all corners.

Warranty – Lifetime warranty on the upper heating element, 1 year on parts & 90 days on labor.

Certification: UL, CuL & CE approved.  RoHS/WEE compliant.   Made in the USA.

Working Space:
Depth: 25” (63.5 cm)     
Width: 35.5" (90.17 cm)                                     
Height: 28.5” (72.39 cm)  
Power: 120 volt - 1750 Watts, 14.6 Amps | 230 volt - 2200 Watts, 9.6 Amps
Platen Size: 15”x20” standard (38.1 x 50.8 cm) Additional accessory platens available for purchase - 6”x6”, 6”x9”, 6”x15” & 10”x15”           
Shipping Weight: 127 lbs. (57.6 kilos)


  1. Turn the power on by pressing the POWER button on the controller.
  2. Set the desired temperature and time. (See Solid State Controller Section)
  3. Lift handle so that the upper platen is away from lower platen.
  4. Allow the machine to warm up until the selected temperature is reached.
  5. Set the desired pressure by adjusting the pressure adjust wheel located on the channel handle assembly.  To reduce pressure, turn wheel to the right (clockwise).
  6. Place the substrate on lower platen.
  7. Position transfer or lettering on substrate.
  8. Close machine by pulling handle down into the closed, operational position.
  9. The timer will start automatically and a buzzer will beep at the end of the time cycle.
  10. At the end of the operational cycle, lift the handle slowly and move upper platen to its full open position.

Solid State Controller
This controller has three (3) control features:

  1. Temperature - Temperature may be set from 225-450°F (107-232°C).
  2. Time - Time may be set from 1 second to 99.59 minutes.
  3. Counter - Cycle counter counts the number of applications from 1 to 9999 (see additional Notes - Counter).

Controller Operation

  1. If the temperature is not being displayed, press the MODE button until temperature is displayed.
  2. Push and hold SET button and simultaneously push UP (↑) or DOWN (↓) arrow buttons to the desired temperature setting.
  3. Press the MODE button until time is displayed.
  4. Push and hold SET button and simultaneously push UP (↑) or DOWN (↓) arrow buttons to the desired timer setting.


100& Tax Deductable
IRS Tax Codes allows your business to deduct the full purchase price for the equipment your finance.
*Please refer to Section 179 of the US Tax Code for full details
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