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tserve
10-25-2010, 02:00 PM
Hi all,

Just took the plunge and bought myself a nice manual crank machine. What do you think? These forums have provided some great input into my decision so thanks to all who post here with their wise words.

Enjoy the photos:

http://thumbnails13.imagebam.com/10384/23c48f103832574.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/23c48f103832574) http://thumbnails26.imagebam.com/10384/f54ded103832580.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/f54ded103832580) http://thumbnails27.imagebam.com/10384/eb5d29103832596.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/eb5d29103832596) http://thumbnails32.imagebam.com/10384/a1b0ad103832605.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/a1b0ad103832605)

Tserve

jim e
10-25-2010, 03:25 PM
Welcome to the forums!!!
Congradulations on your purchase!
You will not go wrong with going with a six point, and fixed clamps and a brake. A wise choice.
Any problems with stringing along the way, post here, and there are plenty of good people here willing to help.
How did your 1st racquet string??

tserve
10-25-2010, 11:40 PM
Hi, thanks for the warm welcome jim e and your praise on my choice. Let me tell you that I did a tonne of research and reading here, with many hours of study! I have not strung a racquet yet, but I have downloaded all of YULitle's youtube videos onto my iphone. They will be studied with a notepad on a long train journey today. YUlitle, if you come across this thread, thankyou for your time and you might want to consider creating an "education DVD" for people around the world. But then that is what youtube is for!

Jim e, I will report back when my first racquet has been attempted. All sorts of strings are interesting me and I would like to dabble with natural gut, knowing that they will pop so soon...but just for the experience. I do want to try thin gauges for "feel" and more "time on strings". Thanks again and to all that read. I will post plenty of interesting stories on my first outing with this sophisticated lump of steel!

http://thumbnails35.imagebam.com/10388/b72e5f103878673.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/b72e5f103878673)

JavierLW
10-26-2010, 07:55 AM
I just bought a new machine this weekend as well, and Yulittle's Video's were very helpful.

I strung one racquet on Saturday, and 3 on Sunday. It was actually a lot "easier" then I imagined, but I took my time and it probably took me well over 2 hours per racquet so that made the difficulty seem somewhat easier.

At least until I got to the 3rd one on Sunday and I started to get real tired of weaving crosses.

One of the more useful videos I found was the one on how to use a starting clamp to start the crosses where he weaves the 2nd cross first. I did that on 3 of my two piece jobs so far and it worked great and I didnt need to bother with a starting knot.

E-One
10-26-2010, 10:12 AM
For crosses, not sure if you saw Irvin's video where he show a trick to do a quick cross weaving. You can do it one way, but that helps. I'm using his technique for my crosses.

Ash_Smith
10-26-2010, 10:43 AM
Hey tserve, congrats on an excellent machine. FST have some quality product.

Enjoy!

Cheers

Ash

tennisman917
10-26-2010, 11:08 AM
Hi all,

Just took the plunge and bought myself a nice manual crank machine. What do you think? These forums have provided some great input into my decision so thanks to all who post here with their wise words.

Enjoy the photos:

http://thumbnails13.imagebam.com/10384/23c48f103832574.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/23c48f103832574) http://thumbnails26.imagebam.com/10384/f54ded103832580.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/f54ded103832580) http://thumbnails27.imagebam.com/10384/eb5d29103832596.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/eb5d29103832596) http://thumbnails32.imagebam.com/10384/a1b0ad103832605.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/a1b0ad103832605)

Tserve

Hello there, idk why but your FST looks like a copy of the SP Crump, but good luck with your new machine

tserve
11-03-2010, 04:11 PM
Hey all, thanks for the feedback.

Ash - yes the FST 600 is a good solid machine - recommended by Liam

Tennisman917 - thanks for the luck! i will need it. yes i think you are right that it might be an imported silent partner machine, just rebranded

Started stringing at midnight as was bored. Forgot to measure the string, you can guess what happened.
Used the same string and did it properly with parnell knots to finish.

I did notice my clamps twisting...not sure why as they were tightened well..the string can get very waxy...

some photos for you.

quite proud of my first job...but...I HATE WEAVING! lol

http://thumbnails27.imagebam.com/10510/2aad1b105095105.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/2aad1b105095105) http://thumbnails16.imagebam.com/10510/9fbd1a105095170.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/9fbd1a105095170) http://thumbnails32.imagebam.com/10510/d6239d105095215.jpg (http://www.imagebam.com/image/d6239d105095215)

thanks..Tserve

Ash_Smith
11-04-2010, 12:48 AM
tserve, glad you're enjoying your machine.

As for weaving the more you do the easier it'll get! You just need to find a technique that works for you...i've taken to pushing one weave and pulling the next as it cuts down on movement around the machine for me but do whatever works - you'll be weaving like a pro in no time!

cheers

ash

Irvin
11-04-2010, 03:02 AM
...
I did notice my clamps twisting...not sure why as they were tightened well..the string can get very waxy...

some photos for you.

quite proud of my first job...but...I HATE WEAVING! lol
...

Congratulations on your first job and your new machine. How do you like those self cententering side mounts? I love them it make mounting quick, easy, and you are never off center.

Couple of things I noticed if you do not mind. You said your clamps twisted. I think this is drawback and not actually twisting. I can see on the racket you strung your short side was on the left side of the racket and you used to long side to string the bottom cross. If you use the short side to run the bottom cross the tension the mains put on the cross and the the resistance of the mains on the clamp tend to hold the clamp in place and you will have less drawback. Also if you run the bottom cross with the short side you can get the clamp is little closer to the frame than you can on the last main because of the angle the main string and cross string go into the racket. If you notice the distance from the bottom cross grommet hole to the tie off grommet and the outside main to the grommet hole is shorter for the cross string. All this means that is you tie off the bottom cross instead of the outside main you will have less drawback. But you are going to need a starting clamp to do that. You will need to hold that bottom cross with the starting clamp on the outside of the frame while you move the clamps.

Now on to weaving. If you weave two cross string the string will slide through the mains easier and you will have an easier time weaving. I noticed when you tied off the third from bottom cross the fourth cross from the bottom was not in yet. Try weaving one ahead.

Also that little trick someone mentioned is in this thread of you're interested.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=344134

Good luck and have fun,

Irvin

P S - Oh yes one more thing measure twice cut once LOL

Irvin
11-04-2010, 09:32 AM
Here are some photos of what I was trying to show you. The first picture shows you how much closer the top cross grommet is to the tie off than the last main. I do not cut off the tail of my string on the tie offs until after I have released the clamp.

http://i422.photobucket.com/albums/pp304/Irvin44_2008/HPIM3051.jpg

In this next picture I have pulled tension on the top cross, clamped it with a starting clamp and moved the fixed clamp from the short side main to the second cross that was ran with the long side main.

NOTE: This was done on a Prince O3 racket and I put the short side on the long side of the racket so I would not mess up stringing the crosses.

http://i422.photobucket.com/albums/pp304/Irvin44_2008/HPIM3049.jpg

Next I would tension the top cross, remove the starting clamp, and tie off the top cross. After that I would weave the fourth cross and pull the fourth cross through with a loop left over large enough to tension the third cross. At this point some people only weave the fourth cross and leave a small tail so the end of the string is at hand instead of on the floor. I am not concerned with speed. I pull that cross through because there is less tension that way. If you have any questions about that weaving one ahead just give us a shout. There are thousands of stringers here than know all about it.

Irvin