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GeoffB
09-15-2008, 04:17 PM
Alright! My brother moved on from his klippermate and moved on to a hand crank machine, so I inherited the old drop weight machine. He was going to come by to give me a lesson, but I couldn't wait, so I started stringing. I used an ancient POG, rather than my new Babolat, and had some very old, crappy klippermate string to practice with.

First try, I couldn't figure out how to use the floating clamps, so I removed the wrong one and lost my tension. Oh well.

Second try, I didn't make sure the string was properly attached to the drop weight, so when I moved the floating clamp, I lost my tension. Argh.

Third try, the strings popped. I'd put them through *a lot* of abuse. ARGH.

Fourth try, I got the mains strung! Alright. Fortunately, I had some cheap Dunlop Comfort around. Turns out that's a friendly string for a newbie - very soft and easy to weave. Unfortunately, I neglected to add a bit of tension to the tie-off strings, so I lost a bit of tension, but no biggie. I got the crosses done, and completed the racket.

Probably three total hours. I think most people don't take as long their first try, but unfortunately, I made a few mistakes with the clamps and had a string popped, so I went back to square one a few times more than average, I think.

The next day, time to try stringing my PDR. I went with the Hurricane Pro/XCel combo at 63 lbs. I know that's tight, but I was coming from POG Mids string at 67, and my previous setup on the PDR (synthetic gut at 60lbs) was too wild.

Worked the first time (though Hurricane is much harder to string than Dunlop Pro, much stiffer). I played my first match with it in 8.5 combo and won it 6-4, 6-4. Alright! I loved the string job - the klippermate may take more time and concentration than higher end stringing machines, but the end result sure is satisfactory.

My only regret - like so many on this board have mentioned - is that I didn't do this earlier. I spent two years with string eating POG Mids. The sad thing is that while these rackets tend to snap strings (because of the 14X18 open pattern), they're probably the easiest rackets to string for the same reason - fewer mains and crosses, and easier to weave. Man, did I ever waste a lot of money (and time - getting to and from the shop was actually a bit of a hassle - 45 minutes stringing myself is no big deal, really).

But also, there's just a personality type that digs doing this kind of thing, and I have it. It's fun to read this forum and be able to join the stringing discussion now.

So anyway - if you're thinking about stringing your own rackets, all I can say is go for it. Higher end machines are more comfortable, but if you're nervous about the money, nothing wrong with an inexpensive drop weight to get you started. Go for it!

cujays
09-15-2008, 06:16 PM
congrats
good job
mine first also took me 3 hours

Drewwonu
09-15-2008, 06:38 PM
i took 3 hours as well

Zhou
09-15-2008, 06:50 PM
Just to make sure you know, you are not suppose to add extra tension on the tie off cross or main. The reason the cross or main is loose is that the string does not have a tensioned string on both sides to sustain the tension placed on it and some of it is lost in the knot. If you cinch your knots properly, there should not be a problem.

AznHylite
09-15-2008, 06:54 PM
I was about 3 hours as well. Seems taking 3hours for your first time isn't that bad after all! :)

boosterjuice
09-15-2008, 07:24 PM
I ordered my SP Swing and will be stringing soon too. hopefully it doesn't take me 3 hrs.

aussie
09-15-2008, 07:57 PM
Count me in at 3 hours first up too. Felt more like 6 hours though!! The good thing is, you never take 3 hours to string again!!

RakettoKozou
09-15-2008, 08:53 PM
5 hours for my first time :D. Up to 50 Minutes now (Dropweight).

KerryJ
09-15-2008, 09:12 PM
I have a Progression ST II and my first job took about an hour and a half. But I have a hand crank, and fixed clamps. I'm down to 35 flat on Aero Storms, and 48 on K98's.

GeoffB
09-16-2008, 10:05 AM
Just to make sure you know, you are not suppose to add extra tension on the tie off cross or main. The reason the cross or main is loose is that the string does not have a tensioned string on both sides to sustain the tension placed on it and some of it is lost in the knot. If you cinch your knots properly, there should not be a problem.

My brother had a similar take. He said that rather than using extra tension, he just secures the tensioned string with an awl before tying the knot. I actually suspect that losing a *small* amount of tension has a minor effect on playability anyway.

Glad to hear that so many people struggled with their first job... the Klippermate manual said that the first string job could take "over an hour". Ha. Whatever, I'm perfectly happy with the machine, but even once I'm *good* at this, I figure it'll still take 45 minutes. My bro's hand crank is definitely speedier.

Mansewerz
09-16-2008, 01:22 PM
I'm not a string breaker, but I love doing things like stringing, workign with my hands as well.

And to add to the use of the machine, my bro and cousin systematically would break strings about once a week! LOL

zidane339
09-16-2008, 06:48 PM
Congrats, and welcome to the exciting world of stringing!

Now you can try out different strings and tensions with no annoying labor fees.

Have fun!

P.S my first job took 3 hrs too. : )

bluescreen
09-16-2008, 09:08 PM
i also took 3 hours and wasted a set of strings. only i broke the string on the second to last cross.

u didnt do bad at all for your first try.

tennismonster
09-17-2008, 05:24 AM
i went to the exact same thing with like you loss tension and my first string snapped as well.
Three Hours for me!

topspinalex
09-17-2008, 10:18 PM
i was at like 2 -3 hours first time. www.youtube.com/yulitle learned everything from him

KiwiNuker
09-18-2008, 05:54 AM
congrats dude. Yulitle videos helped me a lot. But I first got a lesson from the guy I was buying my stringer from. =]

It still takes me a long time to string =*(

Also, my first set of strings snapped to the awl so don't feel bad about breaking yours. Im sure a lot of ppl did it. CONGRATS~