LexJet was recently tapped as the exclusive North American distributor of two economical, production-oriented canvas stretcher machines from Meath, Ireland-based GAPP Engineering: the Canvas Stretch Master and Studio Canvas Master.
The Studio Canvas Master, which retails at less than $3,000, can wrap up to 35 canvas prints per hour while the Canvas Stretch Master, which retails below $11,000, can wrap up to 60 canvas prints per hour. Both are pneumatically operated and available in two models: one that can stretch canvas prints up to 48" x 48" and one that can stretch canvas prints up to 60x60 inches.
"Print shops, photographers and fine art reproduction companies now have a true turnkey canvas printing partner with LexJet. The canvas stretching machines are the perfect complement to our line of canvas products, which includes Fredrix Print Canvas, LexJet Sunset Canvas, Sunset Coatings, Sunset Stretcher Bars and the latest printer technology from Canon, Epson and HP," says Alex Ried, LexJet product manager.
The Canvas Stretch Master is easy to install, simple to operate and takes up relatively little shop space since it sets up against the wall like a vertical panel saw. Virtually maintenance-free, the Canvas Stretch Master requires only a 120 psi air compressor to run it.
"We just started doing canvas wraps on the Canvas Stretch Master. It's simple to use, doesn't have a lot of moving parts, is solidly built and does the job well," says Adam Rutkowski, operations manager for Linemark, Upper Marlboro, MD. "The machine will be a big help to us as we grow our market for canvas wraps."
The Studio Canvas Master can be either bench- or wall-mounted, depending on space needs, and is ideal for imaging professionals who don't require a high-production machine but are looking for an easier and more consistent method for finishing canvas.
Both machines feature guides that ensure even stapling, control points for flexible and consistent tensioning, and adjustments that allow for the stretching of other materials, like fabric. Constructed of steel and high-quality parts both machines are built to provide stability and durability for consistent and uninterrupted production.
The Canvas Stretch Master and Studio Canvas Master are available for demonstration at LexJet's Sarasota headquarters and are expected to begin shipping in June.