03-25-2004, 11:09 AM
is there anyone that has experience with the ATS Super Stringer II and is capable of giving me instructions? I've used the online guides and the video from sptennis.com and need more help. thanks.
03-25-2004, 04:01 PM
It is easiest to learn using 2 pieces of string. Cut the nylon tie and put the coil of string over your arm and let it relax. Then take your other hand and slowly pull it off your arm, letting it relax and recoil on the floor. Make sure not to step on it. Then using your arm spread, pull out 4 lengths of string. On most people of average height, their arm spread is about 5 ft. This is enough string to do the mains on most racquets. Cut the set of string at that point and set 1/2 of it aside. Take the two ends of the piece of string you have left and cut them at an angle with your string cutters. Now, assuming you have six grommet holes inside the throat of the racquet, put the string through the center holes and then through the corresponding holes at the head(this assumes you've already mounted the racquet and placed the weight in the desired position on the drop weight arm). Now take one of your flying clamps and place it over the two strings about 3 1/2" from the throat and close it. You need to adjust the clamp so it is tight, but not tight enough to crush the string. You can practice this with scrap pieces of string. Now, take one of the strings and thread it through the holes on one side of the existing two(it doesn't really matter which side). Rotate the racquet so the end of this piece of string is toward the arm. Wrap the string around the drum once and then through the split in the drum. Do not leave any slack in the string. Hold the drum in place with one hand and raise the arm to a vertical position with the other. Now let go of the drum and lower the arm slowly. The drum will grip the string and begin to rotate pulling the string tight. If the arm stops pulling in a horiztonal position, you are o.k. If it goes below horizontal, hold the drum with one hand and raise the arm again with the other. You will not need to raise it as far this time. Lower it again and repeat until it comes to rest by itself in a horizontal position. If the arm stopped before reaching a horizontal position on the first pull, you have to raise the arm again and release the string from the drum and leave a little slack in the string and try again. You will get used to which string types need more or less slack on the first pull. Once you've gotten the arm to rest horizontally, take your second flying clamp and place it over the string you are tensioning and the one next to it next to the frame. This will be inside the clamp that is already in place. Lift up the arm and release the string from the gripper. Now, rotate the racquet and pull tension on the other string that is outside the frame on the opposite end of the racquet. Release the clamp that is already on that string and move it up close to the inside of the frame on the opposite side. Thread the next string on that same side, tension, clamp off and release the string from the gripper. Now both clamps should be side by side with four strings installed. You can see this in the video on sptennis.com in the video on the e-stringer. Now alternate from side to side threading, pulling, clamping off, releasing. When you get to the last mains you have to tieoff using a tieoff knot. There will be one on each side. As I recall, there are examples of this in the stringing instructions that come with the SS II. Then start the crosses with a starting knot on the proper string and begin weaving the crosses. The flying clamps use the main strings and the crosses as anchor strings when clamping off on the crosses. Proceed to weave, pull, clamp off alternating from side to side until you reach the bottom of the frame and then you have your last tieoff to do. I know this is a little simplified, but should be enough to get you started.
Gaines, that is an excellent walk-through. Every beginning stringer should print that post and keep it. Thanks.
03-26-2004, 07:45 AM
wow...thanks a lot for your help and time. Really thorough instructions. thanks again.
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