Proton T-Shirt Screen Printing Manual Press

Proton Manual Screen Printing Press

Lawson's All New Proton is a completely modular t-shirt, garment, textile printing press. Great as a bench or floor model t-shirt printer, this industrial-duty "best-in-class" screen printing press can start as a 1-color and be expanded up to 4-colors. The Lawson Proton can also start as a 1-station printing press and be expanded to a 4-station speed carousel rotary screen printer.

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    In addition, the Lawson Proton will save you space and money with its compact, portable and modular design. Unlike some of our screen print competitors, you'll find the Lawson Proton has many of the features of more expensive screen printing presses like the Lawson HD-MAX, yet is specifically designed for the budget-consious t-shirt printer.

    Its all-steel construction and sturdy mechanical components make the Proton a great press for the new start-up shop, prototype department, school, event printer, or as a production t-shirt printer. It's small and light enough for one person to move anywhere it's needed.

    The main difference between the Lawson Proton and more expensive manual textile presses is simply its price. Buy the Lawson Proton if you want a great rear-clamp t-shirt printer...and if you want to save money and space without sacrificing quality. Lots of optional features are available so you can customize the Proton to suit your specific textile screen printing needs.

    Standard Proton t-shirt printers:
    • 1-Color, 1-Platen
    • 2-Color, 2-Platen
    • 4-Color, 2-Platen
    • 4-Color, 4-Platen
  • Standard Features

    • Totally Modular/Expandable Design
    • Standard Bench or Optional Floor Model
    • Rear Clamp Design with Adjustable Height & Angle
    • Roller-Bearing Registration
    • All-Steel Platen(s)
    • All-Steel Construction
    • Adjustable Spring Tension
    • Adjustable Slide Platen
    • Quick-Change Platen System
    • Frame Clamping Bar
    • Wide Screen Width Up To 23"
    • Minor Assembly Required
    • 1-Year Comprehensive Parts Warranty
    • Ships via UPS/FedEx

    Optional Features

    • Lifetime Parts Warranty
    • Industrial Floor Stand with Leveling
    • Rubber-Surface Platens
    • 3-Point On-Press Screen Registration
    • Adjustable Side Clamps with Micro-Registration. Easy-to-use movement. Position the screen where you want by simply moving side and rear knobs, and then locking the screen in place.
    • Platens: Shirts, Sleeves, Legs, Pockets, Caps
    • Child Size: 9" x 21"
    • Youth: 11" x 21"
    • Adult: 14" x 21"
    • X-Large: 16" x 21"
    • Specialty/Custom Platens Available
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      Proton Series
        1-Color Bench with 4-Station Rotary Core 4-Color; 4-Station Rotary 1-Color Bench w/4-Station Extended Rotary  for 6-Color Expansion 6-Color; 4-Station Rotary 
      Parts Warranty* 1 Year 1 Year 1-Year 1-Year
      Platen Material Steel (reinforced) Steel (reinforced) Steel (reinforced) Steel (reinforced)
      Head Lifting Spring Adjustable Extension Springs Adjustable Extension Springs Adjustable Extension Springs Adjustable Extension Springs
      Head-to-Platen Registration Adjustable Dual-Roller Bearings with Eccentric Cams Adjustable Dual-Roller Bearings with Eccentric Cams  Adjustable Dual-Roller Bearings with Eccentric Cams  Adjustable Dual-Roller Bearings with Eccentric Cams 
      Registeration Warranty 7-Years 7-Years   7-Years  7-Years
      Micro-Registration Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Head Leveling & Angle Adj. Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Height (legs to pallet) 34" 34" 34" 34"
      Diameter 69" 69" 79" 79"
      Maximum Screen Width 23" 23" 23" 23"
      Maximum Screen Width
      (w/optional side clamps)
      23" 23" 23" 23"
      Max. Screen Weight 5.5 lbs 5.5 lbs 5.5 lbs 5.5 lbs
      Standard Pallet Size 14" wide x 18" long 14" wide x 18" long 14" wide x 18" long 14" wide x 18" long
      Fits Through 30" Doorway Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Unit Weight 85 lbs 170 lbs 100 lbs 250 lbs
      Can Ship UPS Yes Yes Yes Yes
      Shipping Weight 100 lbs 185 lbs 250 lbs 350 lbs
      Shipping Dimensions Multiple Boxes Multiple Boxes Multiple Boxes Multiple Boxes

      *Free Ground Shipping on Parts; No Charge Labor for Items Sent Back to St. Louis for Repair or Replacement

      *Price, Design, and Technical Specifications Subject to Change Without Notice

    • Proton 4-Color; 4-Station Rotary Bench Model
    • Proton #44 Floor Model
    • Proton Optional Floor Stand
    • Proton Registration Gate
    • Proton All Heads Down
    • Proton Rugged Head Deck Plate and Speed Carousel
    • Proton Rear Frame Clamp - Close-Up
    • Proton Floor Stand Close-Up - Large Leveling Feet
    • Proton Rear Frame Clamping System
    • Proton #42 - a 4-Color; 2-Station printer with Floor Stand
    • Proton #41 with Optional Floor stand
    • Proton 4-Color; 4-Station Rotary Bench Model

      Proton 4-Color; 4-Station Rotary Bench Model

      Proton #44 Bench Model Unit shown with optional Screens. This overall photo shows the portable and compact size of the Lawson Proton.
    • Proton #44 Floor Model

      Proton #44 Floor Model

      This photo shows the optional Floor Stand. The solid base, large leveling feet and stable platform allows the user great stability. The floor stand can be shipped fully assembled (no extra charge) or "knocked down" for UPS/FedEx Ground Shipping. You can alsdo just start with the Proton as a bench model, and Add the optional Floor Stand anytime you want.
    • Proton Optional Floor Stand

      Proton Optional Floor Stand

      Proton Optional Floor Stand. This can be purchaed with the original Proton, or purchased later. The Floor Stand can be shipped fully assembled, or "knocked down" and shipped via UPS or FedEx Ground.
    • Proton Registration Gate

      Proton Registration Gate

      Notice Lawson's exclusive eccentric, twin-roller registeration bearings, and massive registeration tab. Lawson offers a 7-Year Registeration Warranty on the Proton.
    • Proton All Heads Down

      Proton All Heads Down

      This photo is demonstrating the All Heads Down Feature when the Proto is shipped fully assembled - at no extra charge.
    • Proton Rugged Head Deck Plate and Speed Carousel

      Proton Rugged Head Deck Plate and Speed Carousel

      This photo shows the rugged Head Deck Plate, and rugged Speed Carousel. Also shown is the optional floor stand.
    • Proton Rear Frame Clamp - Close-Up

      Proton Rear Frame Clamp - Close-Up

      The Lawson Proton features a rear frame clamping system, allowing the press operator adjustable off-contact, and adjustable frame angle. The Proto also features and "clamp stablization system" that keeps the rear clamp from becoming distorted when clamping down on the screen frame.
    • Proton Floor Stand Close-Up - Large Leveling Feet

      Proton Floor Stand Close-Up - Large Leveling Feet

      The optional floor stand comes with Large Leveling Feet that are easy to adjust to any floor condition.
    • Proton Rear Frame Clamping System

      Proton Rear Frame Clamping System

      Notice the screen-frame clamping bar, equalizing the downward force across the frame.
    • Proton #42 - a 4-Color; 2-Station printer with Floor Stand

      Proton #42 - a 4-Color; 2-Station printer with Floor Stand

      This model comes with a speed carousel that manual rotates if you desire for flash curing. You can also use this configuration and have 2 people printing at the same time.
    • Proton #41 with Optional Floor stand

      Proton #41 with Optional Floor stand

      Add additional print stations anytime you want. They simple bolt in place, and there is not need for additional machine registeration. The print heads are already registered at the factory, and are independent of the speed carousel.
  • Large rear frame clamp with adjustable for off-contact and angle
    7-Year Registration Warranty
    Dual-roller bearing registration tabs on adjustable eccentric shifts
    Strong Platen Support Arms
    Adjustable Sliding Platens
    Head stop bolt
    Screen Frame Clamping Bar
    Adjustable springs
    Easy-turn knobs
    • Large rear frame clamp with adjustable for off-contact and angle
    • 7-Year Registration Warranty
    • Dual-roller bearing registration tabs on adjustable eccentric shifts
    • Strong Platen Support Arms
    • Adjustable Sliding Platens
    • Head stop bolt
    • Screen Frame Clamping Bar
    • Adjustable springs
    • Easy-turn knobs
      Proton Screen Printing Machine Diagram

    • We have been using our Proton press for a few months now and it is amazing! Easy to use and has a ton of features! We love that it is expandable and are currently in the process of expanding our press!

      Sarah D. Wasteland Society Shawnee, KS


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