View Full Version : K Blade Tour, needs 21' length for Mains, can I..?

10-01-2008, 03:23 PM
OK, just wondering if any K Blade TOUR 90 owners have tried the following and only they can answer this question specifically, thanks!!!

I have a Klippermate and stringing a friends racquet with Blue Gear mains, he gave me a full set, 40 feet. The Blade requires 21' according to specs in the link below, but can I get away with using 20' so I can use it for another set in the future???

Only reason I am asking is cos plenty of times even though specs say a certain number of feet I have so much more left over, even considering the slack required for tensioning.


10-01-2008, 03:37 PM
The problem is that polys don't stretch much and while you can get away with shorter lengths of (syn)gut/multi it may not be the case with a stiffer string.
There is a thread open discussing the problem of finishing the last main but not having enough string to tension (but enough to tie off)

I think the best solution was to use a starting clamp to tension the string. If you've got one, you could try the 20' as you'll be able to tension if you come up a little short. Otherwise you could try but if there's not enough string you may be stuck

edit, another option is to keep the string as a full set (40') and be as greedy as possible on one end and see how much string you can save on the long end.

10-01-2008, 04:04 PM
k blade tour 90??

do you mean k blade tour or k6.1 tour 90?

10-01-2008, 04:56 PM
sorry....I meant k blade tour, the 93 headsize....my mistake.

10-01-2008, 04:57 PM
hahah no problem, but i cant imagine it needing 21' for the mains..

just go for it with 20

10-01-2008, 07:29 PM
yeah, dunno! But looking at the specs for K SIX-ONE 95 (18x20 pattern) and it is a 95 head-size, slightlu bigger than the K Blade's 93, and both have 18 x 20 patterns, STILL specs for the K SIX-ONE 95 requires only 20' Mains and 17'C compared to 21'M - 19'C for the K Blade....why???? can anyone explain??


10-01-2008, 07:51 PM
i own a kblade tour and i use blue gear in 18 gauge for the mains and i can get away with using 19.5 feet so you should be fine with 20 feet

10-01-2008, 08:57 PM
It'll be a little hard with the klippers gripper. Linear grippers let you have a little leeway. I string my KBTs with 21 ft, but I have plenty left at the end so if you are careful, and mayber have a starting clamp in case, you'll be ok.

10-02-2008, 11:02 AM
20 should be plenty. If he gave you exactly 40, and you're worried about length, two piece it.

10-02-2008, 01:12 PM
I've got a KBT and a klippermate stringer, and I'm fine using 20ft of Leopard Plus Control and Big Ace. You should be fine.

10-02-2008, 01:29 PM
yeah, I took a risk before i read the above two posts and 20 feet was enough after all, thanks for the input guys!!

I have a KBT too, not used it yet cos of hand injury, staying away from tennis but will play regularly again in a month or so, and this helps to save some strings cos i have a cyberflash reel for mains. thanks!