Best machine for newbie

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by PhxRacket, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. PhxRacket

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    Before I am admonished, I have skimmed through the major threads that are dedicated to answering this question.
    I am looking for straight forward, practical advice from the pros that post here.
    My son is a competitive junior player (12s) and, while he doesn't blow through string, he needs a restring every month. He uses Xcel, but would experiment if I could string. I am all in to learn, but have limited working knowledge of how to do it.
    Should I spend a little? A lot?
    Advice please.
    Budget-under $700.
     
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  2. zapvor

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    yea........i think you should go back and read the stickies again. your questions are way too broad. come back after research and ask specific questions
     
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  3. gmatheis

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    I'm a "get as much machine as you can afford" kind of person.

    If you can spend $700 and are comfortable doing so then my choice would be an Alpha Revo 4000.

    If you'd rather not spend quite so much I'd suggest Gamma Progression II 602 FC ($499) or the Alpha Pioneer DC Plus($469).

    Also teach your son to string his own rackets and he will be able to make some pocket money by stringing for others before long as well.
     
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  4. PhxRacket

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    Thank you for the advice and recommendations. I think I would rather a machine that is easier to get comfortable with as quickly as possible. I am not very mechanical, except with road bikes, but am trainable. I think I need a table top as the wife would not allow a stand in the house and the garage is where all the toys and boxes of "stuff" sit.
     
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    If you need a table-top machine, a good drop-weight machine might be good for you. You'll want fixed clamps and a ratchet at minimum, and you can easily get those features at your budget. I have the Alpha Pioneer DC+. Some people prefer the Gamma equivalent, which would be the 602FC or the X-6FC. You probably won't go wrong either way, but I do like the linear gripper on my Alpha. With a drop weight machine you'll get the benefit of constant pull accuracy, and the maintenance is minimal. You can do a very good string job with one of these machines, but you'll sacrifice a little time. For me that's a good trade-off because I only string for myself and friends.
     
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  6. Smasher08

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    You won't even go wrong with an X-2/602.

    If you're able to spend more than that, even better.
     
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  7. PhxRacket

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    Gamma linear pull, Alpha or Klippermate? I would be stringing 4 or 5 rackets once/month. Would be a misture of synth gut, multi and poly.
     
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  8. PhxRacket

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    Oops, MIXTURE, not misture.
     
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    I will suggest to have fixed clamp and crank machine. It is easy to string and easier to get more consistent string job. You should avoid drop weight, which need more practice to get use to it.
    Revo 4000 and gamma progression st II is in your budget. I have a prince neos 1000 and will say it is better than the two I have listed, but it is more money and also take more space.
    I owned and used 3 fixed crank before I settle with neos, include gamma ST II. All of them have some issues compare to neos. Neos let me to enjoy stringing.
     
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