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ionutzakis
12-08-2006, 03:30 AM
I'm a novice looking to buy my first stringing machine.

Due to costs, I'll problably go for a drop-weight machine.

What is the difference between a portable and a tabletop machine??

thanks

LttlElvis
12-08-2006, 05:46 AM
The weight.

Portables usually are 2 point mounting, flying clamps, and dropweight. Many times they come with a carrying case. Less expensive.

Tabletops can be about 50 lbs. More sturdy mountings (2 or 6 point mounting), usually have fixed clamps, can come in dropweight, crank or electric. Usually more stable than portables. Overall better build quality. For a quite a few tabletops, the only difference with their counterparts is the stand.

ionutzakis
12-08-2006, 06:05 AM
thanks LttlElvis,

Since I have to order it from US to Europe the shipping is almost the cost of the stringing machine, so the small weight is an enormous advantage for me.

I've stepped across this one, 6 mount, does it look like it's worth the price? I've read on this board almost nothing but negative reviews about Eagnas, but since I'm in Europe customer service may not be that important.

http://www.eagnas.com/arctab21.html

LttlElvis
12-08-2006, 06:10 AM
Isn't Pro's Pro the European distributor of Eagnas ? I may be mistaken. If so, postage should be less expensive.

http://www.arfaian.com/

eagle
12-08-2006, 06:27 AM
Hi,

Tabletop of course means a stringer that you place on a table and isn't affixed to a stand.

To me personally, portable means easily transportable.

Fully assembled, my ECO isn't easy to carry and move from one table to another. It however breaks down to separate pieces for easier transport. You still have to deal with the weight though.

Thanks,
eagle

varuscelli
12-08-2006, 08:53 AM
Isn't Pro's Pro the European distributor of Eagnas ? I may be mistaken. If so, postage should be less expensive.

http://www.arfaian.com/

While I don't have (strictly speaking) a separate list of European sellers of stringing machines, it seems from doing my research for the Stringing Machine Photo Library site that there are quite a few brands of machines available in Europe. Arfaian/Pro's Pro/Eagnas is one that comes to mind.

I'm gonna have to get the library contributors from the European countries to help me compile a separate list, perhaps.

Do take a look at the Manufacturer Link page, though, and go through the manufacturers/vendors there. You might find it helpful in identifying two or three European sources for stringing machines that would make a bit less expensive for you than shipping from the US.

http://www.photostringer.com/links_manufacturer.htm

dancraig
12-08-2006, 02:36 PM
There is a dealer on US E bay selling Pro's Pro out of Italy.

ionutzakis
01-05-2007, 04:34 AM
I can get a good shipping offer for a Signum-Pro 3000-S professional drop weight machine for EUR 429 in Germany. I know it's a lot, but they claim that their quality is top-notch.

One more thing, it's upgradeable to electronic by changing to drop weight module with an electronic one.

Anyone heard of these machines? Do you think it's worth it? It's toptable and it will be my 1st stringing machine, and I don;t want to have any problems with it. I don't have access to stringing machines from USA.

jonolau
01-08-2007, 11:26 PM
I've stepped across this one, 6 mount, does it look like it's worth the price? I've read on this board almost nothing but negative reviews about Eagnas, but since I'm in Europe customer service may not be that important.

http://www.eagnas.com/arctab21.html
Hi ionutzakis, though you may say this now that customer service is not important, buying from a company where the brand new stringers have a higher occurence of quality issues may result in you buying a stringer with missing/broken/faulty parts that will be next-to-impossible to replace.

You could end up with a very expensive paper weight on your hands.

bmichaelia
01-10-2007, 10:04 AM
thanks LttlElvis,

Since I have to order it from US to Europe the shipping is almost the cost of the stringing machine, so the small weight is an enormous advantage for me.

I've stepped across this one, 6 mount, does it look like it's worth the price? I've read on this board almost nothing but negative reviews about Eagnas, but since I'm in Europe customer service may not be that important.

http://www.eagnas.com/arctab21.html

Check out the Alpha Pioneer DC Plus, which is an excellent quality dropweight machine. It's about $399. It is "barely" portable, at about 45 lbs. Don't know for sure if there are European distributors, but you could call or e-mail the American one and ask. The machines are made in China, and I assume are shipped to many countries.

http://www.alphatennis.com/machines.html