Alpha Revo or Axis Pro

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by rctennis, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. rctennis

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    I am looking for a personal stringing machine. I will only be stringing my racquets, Prince O3 Speedport Black. I talked to New Tech, and they suggested that I buy the Axis Pro due to the disk brake system. He said the only differences between the Revo and Axis Pro are the stand and the disk brake system. I had made up my mind that the Revo was the right machine for me, but now I'm confused. Is the upgrade worth $200? If I decide in a few years to buy a high end machine, will the Axis Pro hold its resell value as well as the Revo? I realize that the Revo is currently not available, but I don't mind waiting. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. zidane339

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    IMO, the resale value will be the same for both, as they are both highly in demand machines.

    Axis pro would be more difficult to ship though.
     
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  3. Zhou

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    The Revo will have a higher resale value than the Axis Pro as the Apex II and the Revo are the 2 most in demand.
     
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    Yeah, the resell value on standalone machines is initially not so great, but over time they turn out better than the tabletops.

    If you plan on making a business of this, get the Axis, otherwise, get the Revo.
     
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    I stand corrected
     
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  6. Zach

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    If you're going to be stringing mainly O3's, I would get the Axis Pro due to the disk brake lock.
     
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    The Revo would be easier to sell used, but I would get a stand alone machine if I was serious about stringing. Much easier to use, and for me I prefer pushing a machine in the corner, over dragging the table top out of the closet/cleaning an area for the stringer...
     
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  8. rctennis

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    Thank you for all of the replies. How difficult would it be to string the O3s on the Revo? Would it just take more time, or would it also affect the string job? For the time being, I will only be stringing my O3s. If I start stringing for other people, I would like to upgrade to the Apex II, but I don't want that much of an initial investment.
     
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  9. Mansewerz

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    The Revo's brake system works, but it's not the best. You could add a Wise onto both later, so you don't need to think too much about upgrading to a new machine if you get the Wise.
     
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  10. barry

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    If it were my choice, I would go for the Apex II, much better mounting system and it comes with the more modern 3 tooth clamps. The Apex is a Revo on a stand, and has been around a long time. A friend has one, does a 100 or so rackets a month on it, only issue he has had is breaking the spring in the crank mechanism. Both the Revo and Apex are due for upgrading, the 6 knob mounting system is dated.
     
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    I think you mean Axis Pro not Apex?
     
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  12. ryohazuki222

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    This is my thought process if I were you (but retained all my stringing knowledge.)

    This is also assuming that they updated the Axis Pro and that it is indeed the same as the Revo plus brake and stand. (When I last checked, the Axis Pro had a weaker (black) table base than the Revo's stronger (Blue) table base.)

    -- How important is a stand to me at the moment? The revo is about 75 pounds and not fun to move around. Unless you have a need to conserve space or a great location to store and string with the Revo, you will want a stand eventually. Buying a good stand would probably cost you anywhere from $50 on up later down the road... and you'd have to deal with the tacky look of your makeshift set-up (depends how much you care about aesthetics.)

    -- Is your speedport black setup with the speedport, or with the grommets (if I'm not mistaken, when you buy the racket it comes with two different sets of special grommets)? If it's with just the speedport setup, I would definitely go with the Axis Pro and the brake -- no questions.

    -- To a certain degree it would also matter how often you strung your rackets. Some minor annoyances and conveniences dont really become an issue if the volume is small enough.


    Personally, I've strung on both a Revo and Apex, and I prefer the Revo hands down. But if I knew I was only stringing 03 or speedport rackets (with the open speedport grommets) then I would not hesitate and I would choose the apex (simply for the brake.)

    Just to give a bit more perspective: my revo setup is with a stand that i really like, so in the comparison I'm really just comparing mounting, brake, and ease of use.
     
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  13. ryohazuki222

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    Regarding resell value:

    IMO the revo wins hands down in liquidity (ease to get rid of) because of the lower price and being easier to ship.

    Initially I think you'd do better reselling a Revo, but over time that gap shrinks and would be about the same.
     
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  14. Mansewerz

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    He is between the Axis pro and revo, not apex. It seems many are getting confused, or am I just confused now? LOL
     
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  15. barry

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    I know there use to be an Axis and a Axis pro, not sure what the difference is; there might have been an Apex before the Apex II.

    I have strung on the Apex II, Revo, and Axis Pro. The mounting system on the Apex II is a big improvement and the 3 tooth clamps are much better and easier to use. I think the Apex II is the newer model, where as the Revo, Apex, Axis Pro are the older versions.

    Point is, If you do any volume of rackets, go with the Apex II. After using the new mounting system, the older 6 knob mounting system is a joke.
     
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    Lol. Yeah I used to have a 6 pt mounting system with 6 knobs. Pain to use. I think they upgraded the Revo a little bit but the Axis Pro is still the old version.
     
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  17. rctennis

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    Would someone suggest another machine that has a disk brake? I am not convinced that the Axis Pro is the same machine as the Revo (except for the brake and stand). Sounds like maybe the Revo has been updated since the Axis Pro. I really like the Revo's price and would like to stay in that range. I would only be stringing about twice a month. I am using both grommet systems now (I have two Speedport blacks). That is one of the main reasons I would like to have my own machine. I want to be able to find the best fit for my game by switching grommets and strings. Thanks for your help.
     
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  18. ryohazuki222

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    The Axis is just an older, uglier version of the axis pro :) check out photostringer for pics.

    I think your only other option would be to risk going with a brand like eagnas.... i cant help on that end though... im not very familiar with them... other than they treated me poorly in the past as a potential customer so i dont care for them much.
     
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