500 or less?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by owningtennis, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. owningtennis

    owningtennis Guest

    well i borrowed my friends e.Stringer FL and it worked great for the few months i had it. im looking to buy the e.Stringer CL because its just the table top for $500. I want fixed clamps with crank or electric. Are there any other stringers that can provide this for 500 or less with shipping?

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  2. hummer23

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    yeah there are quite a few. lots of eagnas machines, table top or not, are under 500. i have a eagnas xp 600 or 601, cant remember. it works great and is a table top crank machine with good fixed clamps, not the floating kind. it takes me a little under 30 minutes to string, and ive got a caliberater, but i havent had to use it, every time i measured, its right on the dot. look into them, although i understand electrics are really cool, but just make sure its accurate. if im not mistaken, the warrenty of the estringer motor is 1 year?
     
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  3. Gaines Hillix

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    If I was buying a machine in this price range I'd look at the Lasderfibre ECO or the Gamma Progression II 602 FC or X-6FC. The e-stringers are not really constant pull. They are subject to variances in line voltage as to what tension they will pull. They also have a history of problems with the motor. Eagnas has a very poor reputation for after sale customer service.
     
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  4. barry

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    Bamabest got the best deal.

    Model Number: Flex 740
    Special Price : $329.00 only US$219.00 Free String Plus String & Grip deal


    http://www.eagnas.com/flex740.html#h610p

    It is a fixed clamp system and looks pretty good
     
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  5. rich s

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    I'm with Gaines.
     
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  6. robkat

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    Gaines. How would You compare...

    Can you compare the Laserfibre ECO or the Gamma Progression II 602 FC or X-6FC to the Alpha Revo 4000 Table top? I have been wanting to buy a machine for the last few years and it's about time I buy one and stop talking about it. I have been following your posts in this topic for a while and decided to buy the Alpha machine. Can you compare the Alpha to the other machines you have mentioned. I have never strung before and I do not want to buy an entry level machine. Thanks Robert
     
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  7. bleach

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    IMO, you should look around and do a lot of research on different machines. Even look and machines that you can't afford. Make a determination as to what's important to you and what you can live with or without. Then make your choice. If it's a little more than you were planning on paying (say $500), wait a little while and save up some more money. There's nothing worse than paying a lot of money for something only to find out for a little more, you could have got a much better machine.

    Of course this is true with just about anything!
     
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  8. owningtennis

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    it looks good and everything and its really cheap but am i counting that nothing will go wrong? because there is prob no way of getting help if it does from the company.
     
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  9. hummer23

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    i had a problem wit my eagnas tension head (i dropped it down the stairs, dont ask) and they replaced it for free. they reemmubrsed me for shipping as well. i aslo heard that there were problems but it wasnt bad at all. i didnt get it from eagnas, rather i got it from a shop called racketsupply. their site is down for construction right now, but they were quite helpful to me.
     
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  10. barry

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    Owningtennis

    Racket stringers are basic.

    1. Mounting system usually 6 points
    2. Flat plate for the clamps to slide on
    3. Adjustable tension arm so gravity can do its thing.

    Not much can go wrong. I have had a Y-12 from Eagnas for almost 6 years ago, failed once, spring in the tension arm. Pain to fix, but Eagnas sent it in 3 days. Strung several hundred rackets with the Y-12.

    They are simple devices and drop weight is the most accurate, gravity never lies and no calibrations necessary. The fixed clamps are a real plus, unbelievable price, cannot even find a floating clamp system for that price.
     
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  11. owningtennis

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    thanks so much ill look into getting it.
     
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  12. zeniththepinnacle

    zeniththepinnacle New User

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    Eagnas Machines

    I have an Eagnas machine now for about 9 months and string about 3-4 racquets per month. I do not know the model number but cost about 399.00 and is a table top crank machine.
    Victor was pleasant and reasonable when it came to customer service.
    The machine is average to below average for the following reasons in my mind.

    Mounting system
    The 6 and 12 mounts are not very good. The racquet can easily slide when one is doing the crossess. One has to clamp the 6 and 12 mounts very tight and I wonder if this will damage the racquets. The inside support for the mounts is not very good.

    String clamp drawback - the clamsp move after the spring tensioner is released byt about 5-8 mm. Although it does not affect the string job, it dose effect my mind set. I do not like this phenonemon.

    The side frame supports are not very good. The support they provide is questionable and almost alway obstruct access to grommets and thus have to be moved during stringing.

    The string clamps show that it is a low end machine. They are not very good at protecting the strings. If one has used a neos string clamp you would cring a little which clamping the strings.

    Aside from this it is a good value starter machine to see if stringing is something that one would like to continue to do.

    If one is an experienced stringer or has strung racquets before and money is not the only issue, I would say the following:

    A stringer is once in a lifetime purchase - atleast for 10 years or longer. So get the best one that you can afford.

    Mounting system is perhaps the most important and although I have not seen one in action, it appears to me from what Gaines Hillix is saying that a suspension mount like one is Alpha Apex? (like the one in Babolat Sensor) is the best.

    Having good quality string clamps is necessary for a long term stringer - Alleast the quality of prince Neos or close.

    I hope this helps.
     
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  13. matchpoints

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    I'm looking to order the Eagnas Hyper 480 tomorrow. It looks exactly like the Silent Partner Maestro which has the same turntable + mounts + clamps as the Aria that got great reviews from USRSA.

    It's like $600 shipped and comes with a reel of string plus tools. I'll post a review once I get it. I was thinking about getting the cheaper ones but heck, I know I'm going to keep this one for many many years. A couple hundred extra now is well worth it.
     
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  14. PHSTennis

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    I have a Alpha Blu-DC Plus I will sell it for 700$ OBO Shipped, may need new clamps Ive had it for only about 8 months, I dont play often so I wont need it anymore, I even have the original box and all the tools... I have 2 reels of strings I can throw in for you too Wilson Ultra Synthetic one was never used and one still has about 10-15 jobs on it email me if you are interested... jimmyk805@gmail.com thanks!
     
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  15. Gaines Hillix

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    The latest model of the Revo 4000 is an excellent machine for the money. The big difference between it and the other machines is the tension mechanism(crank/lockout vs dropweight/constant pull). Shoot Mark Gonzalez at Alpha an email for details; mark@alphatennis.com and tell him I said hello.
     
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  16. robkat

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    Gaines...Thank You ! your input is appreciated.
     
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  17. bejo900

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    I have an Ektelon Model H I am selling for $500 plus shipping. If interested please email me at bman@gbis.com. Will include one flying clamp.

    bejo900
     
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  18. 300g

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    e.stringerCL

    I purchased an e.stringerCL about a month ago an have done 6 rqacquets with it so far. It is very easy to use. As far as questions about the tension head, I have tested the accuracy and find if given the 5 minute warm-up time the mfr. requires, it pulls +/- 1.5 Lbs of setting between 55-65 Lbs. I did 30 pulls to ensure repeatability. If not given the proper warm-up time, it can pull as much as 5 Lbs. above desired tension. I have not tested for variations in line voltage yet, but plan to do that soon. Also, if you purchase $50.00 of string per year from Silent Partner, the warranty on the entire unit (tension head included ) is extended indefinately.
     
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  19. diredesire

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    owningtennis: or...youcould just buy my machine :p i need a portable more than you do anyways
     
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  20. Ben42

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    I can't believe after everything that's been posted on these boards about Eagnas and Maxline that people would still chance dealing with them.
     
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  21. ambro

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    What do you think about the Alpha Pioneer DC? You seem to like Alpha machines, and it is the equivalent to the Gamma X-6 FC.

    Also, does anyone know what the difference is between Alpha Pioneer DC and the Alpha Pioneer DC Plus? I have an offer to buy a Plus, but I don't know what the difference is between them, if there is any. Anyone like to help me out?
     
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  22. tennisadict

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    Gaines
    do you know anything or the riview from eagnas smart 6000
    thank you
     
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