Babolat Star 3, questions, parts?

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  1. pgethea

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    Hi everyone,
    new to the forum here, I have been stringing for years on a manual Gamma machine, but just over the weekend purchased a well used Babolat Star 3 machine. I watched the Babolat videos online and learned how to use it and calibrate it, strung a racket with it last night and all went well.

    A few questions for all you experts out there:

    1. How tightly/loosely should I mount the racket in the stringer? the Babolat video said let it have some play, but I am not sure how much play is right. Can anyone describe the right amount of looseness/tightness?

    2. The only thing missing from the machine are some of the little yellow pads. I need 1 for the 6/12 o'clock arms and 3 for the other arms. I called Jason at Babolat this morning and he said they have no parts left for this machine at all. Any idea if anyone else might stock these? if not, has anyone tried printing these on a 3D printer? I have a friend with a 3D printer, I was thinking of trying it. Are there are other people out there in need of these? Once I design them and get them right it would be easy to print a bunch and supply them to anyone in need.


    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
     
  2. uk_skippy

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    Hi

    welcome to the boards.

    As for how tight, it should be firm, but not so tight that you put your strength into it. Once you start feeling resistance, that should be enough. For the centre billiards, they should be just touching the frame. Too much and you'll start to stretch the hoop.

    As for the plastic bits, I may have a couple of spare ones I could send you. They're used but should be sufficient for you. The alternative is just to glue some leather or replacement grip pieces on the 'V' support.

    If you want the spare bits, let me know.

    Regards

    Paul
     
  3. pgethea

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    uk_skippy, thanks so much for the offer for the plastic things, I sent you an email using your email address in your profile, let me know if you got it.

    Also, while I am asking, the other thing that could use replacing on my machine is the larger of the yellow knobs that tighten the arms, someone obviously got a racket stuck in there and used metal pliers or something on it and broke it pretty badly. Does anyone have any of those available or know where I could find one?

    Thanks again for the help.
     
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    ^^^ Got the email ok, although I realise its to an address I don't normally use.

    I'll need to check what bits I've got as those spares are at another location. Give me a day or so and I'll come back to you.

    Sorry, Ive not got a yellow tightener. Not even sure how I'd replace one. As long as your machine works as is I wouldn't worry about it at the moment.

    If a rqt gets 'stuck' in the supports, there is an easy way to get it out without resorting to brute force and additional tools; just so you know.

    Regards

    Paul
     
  5. paulfisher

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    Star 3 Parts

    Check with Tennis Machines Inc. for spare parts.
     
  6. kadishack

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    Hey There,

    I actually have 2 Babolat Star 3s (One in Brand New condition and one fairly used). Did you get the used one in the Boston area?

    1. I have heard this before and have abide to the rule of tightening to "Finger tight", which has worked perfectly for me.

    2. I may have some extra support pads as well but I'll have to do some recon on it.

    Good luck with your machine, I love both of mine!
     
  7. zapvor

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    damnit it kadishack gimme one! :p

    also, ukskippy is an absolute gem in this pile of mess.
     
  8. pgethea

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    kadishack, yes, I bought it in the Boston area, I paid $700 for it. Not a great price, but I have been looking around for a high quality electronic machine and they are not easy to find.

    if you have any of the plastic spacers please let me know, uk_skippy is looking too, I need one for the 6/12 oclock arms and 3 for the other ones.

    If and when I am able to make my own on my friends 3D printer I will send you some to return the favor.
     
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    Hi

    sorry, I mis-read you initial post about the plastic spaces, but it's no real problem.

    The grey 6/12 o'clock spacers used on the Sensor & Star 5 will fit the Star 3 billiards, although I know I have a few older yellows. I still need to check for the 'V' supports protectors. I should be able to let you know tomorrow.

    Regards

    Paul
     
  10. kadishack

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    Well at least the machine is in a good home now ;) That's not a bad price though, as long as the electronics and the clamps bases/clamps are in good condition then it's fine. Did you get any tools/toss-ins with it?

    I will be able to check on Friday what I have extra, but I believe I have a couple of pads to spare.

    Haha Feel free to make an offer ;)
     
  11. zapvor

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    there is a star 3 where i used to work and its being abused. it needs a better home
     
  12. zapvor

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    will you trade for some frames/string?
     
  13. pgethea

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    Only extra was an original Babolat cover, which is nice to have I guess. Seems like the machine is in good working condition, electronics are in good shape as far as I can tell. I am happy with it, I figure I can always get most of that money back some day if I sell it. I only string for myself and friends and family, so it won't get that much use here, maybe 1-2 rackets/month.
     
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    wow 2 rackets a month and you went for star 3??
     
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    I know, I easily could have stayed with my manual machine but I figured it was an opportunity to upgrade. Maybe I'll string more often now that I have a better machine...
     
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    I have both side support pieces, and 6/12 billiard pieces.

    Let me know if you want them if you cant get them from someone in the USA.

    Regards

    Paul
     
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    I would be very grateful if you could send them to me, you should have my address.

    None of the US stringing machine suppliers I called have any.

    Thanks.
     
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    paul is way too good for this forum. we need more guys like you
     
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    its like distribution of wealth. i string 3500 a year and i dont have a machine at all:(
     
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    OK, thanks to Paul I have a set of plastics pads coming to me from the UK, for a very reasonable fee.

    Now, for the harder request:

    Does anyone have a spare big yellow knob?

    or just information on how to remove it? If I could get it off maybe I could try to make one using a 3D printer, although my CAD skills are probably not advanced enough for that, the threads on the inside might be near impossible to match.
     
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    I was finally able to check my supplies last night...I do have some supports for 6/12 but none for the side supports. However it looks like uk skippy already took care of you, what a nice guy :)

    I do not however have a spare yellow knob...sorry. But I do have a tool to remove/tighten the knob I believe. At least that's what I think the tool is for.
     
  22. pgethea

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    Thanks, I am all set on the support pads, Paul is sending them to me from England.

    On the knob, Paul suggested I talk to Albert Lee, who helped me figure out how to get the smaller outer knob off with a pair of Retaining ring pliers (kind of look like needle nose pliers, but at an angle on the top). I was not able to get the larger knob off though, as it required the removal of another retaining ring inside the tower, which I was not able to do. At that point I decided to give up, for a couple reasons:

    First I am worried of breaking something or not being able to get it back together and ending up with a $700 machine that does not work.

    Second, the knob I am hoping to replace clearly is not just a plastic piece, it has a metal (or some other material) black inner part glued or attached to it somehow, so recreating it on a 3D printer is not going to be easy, or even possible.

    I ended up wrapping the knob in some yellow electrical tape, so it's not rough on my hands when I turn it, and it looks fine.

    Thanks for all the help everyone, looking forward to stringing more rackets soon.

    And for the record, I emailed Babolat Austria at office@babolat-kundendienst.at and got a reply from someone there who said he could supply with with a replacement knob. The cost however was high, 58 Euros including shipping, so I decided against it.
     

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