Best Pliers for Stringing

Discussion in 'Strings' started by clxtennis, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. clxtennis

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    I lost the pliers that came with my stringer a while back. I didn't make a big deal because those pliers felt like pliers you could find at a 99 cent store. You'd figure Gamma would send you better tools, but I guess not.

    I went to Sears, and found the "best" pliers I could find... or at least the best they had. I ended up getting some slip joint pliers.

    I remember the pliers that came with my Gamma were needle nose pliers, and I usually tried to hand tie as much as possible because I always felt those pliers would tear through the string. As you could imagine, I avoided stringing with polys as much as possible.

    I usually don't have any issues when I have to tie off knots with these new pliers, but I have torn a couple of strings. I know this can happen no matter what type of pliers you use, but I don't want it to happen because I'm using the wrong kind of pliers.

    What pliers do you guys use? What's recommended?
     
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  2. Lakers4Life

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    I have an Xcelite 378M, that I picked up at a Fry's Electronics store for less than $10. I think you can find them online in a set with the 170M sheer cutter for $16 shipped.
     
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  3. DennisK

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    I use a starting clamp to pull knots instad of pliers. Its faster, safer and doesn't damage the string as much. I'll never use pliers again.
     
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  4. jim e

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    I normally tighten or pull knots with my fingers , and every so often when needed I use a starting clamp. If you use a starting clamp, or pliers, be careful and get into the habit of pulling in the same direction each time, like towards your shoulder, as there have been accidents where the string breaks or pliers slip, and the stringer gets a tool in the face or eye.If you pull in the same direction like towards your shoulder this can be avoided.Its one thing to break the string, its another to get injured.
     
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  5. clxtennis

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    I know that feeling. I had some pliers (those cheap Gamma pliers) tear the string, and the pliers went straight to my face. Luckily it was just a small scratch. About the same effect of a small razor cut. No permanent damage. I remember freaking out. No more needle nose pliers for me.

    So starting clamps are the way to go if you have to use pliers? Any to recommend?
     
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  6. rogernext

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    Use the flat head one.
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    Don't use the pointed ones. They snap the strings when you pull hard.
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    Even though a starting clamp may not slip like pliers can, the string still can snap, so its always best to pull towards a certain spot (like shoulder), each time to get in a habit so it is routinley done , that way it will eliminate any potential for a tool in face or eye.
     
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  10. MrBluefin

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    I bought that exact set and have been very happy with them. The cutters are very sharp and cut string very cleanly. Don't use the pliers very often as I also use a starting clamp for pulling knots, but they do reach nicely into tight places. The pliers do have some texture on the jaws, so be careful if grabbing anything but the end of the string.
     
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  11. dancraig

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    And the Sears pliers come in a set, in a leather case. Sometimes it is on sale for about half price.
    They are spring loaded. Unlike some pliers, when you release pressure they open. You don't have to grip them in a way that enables you to open and close the jaws. This eliminates the tendency to pinch yourself while using them.

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/ProductD...0P&storeId=10153&catalogId=12605&sid=BVReview
     
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  12. Lakers4Life

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    I purchased mine separatly, and my handles are light blue. I use the cutters more than the plyers. I use the plyers mainly for pushing or pulling the tip of the string through tight spots (blocked grommets or tie offs), so the serrated jaws are not an issue. I also use a starting clamp for pulling knots.

    I highly recomend this set over the Xuron, which IMHO is a bit overpriced.
     
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  13. coolblue123

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    I brought the pack of three's as well from Sears. I got it during black friday sale last year. I really like quality of the pliers. The cutter is really sharp and I could maneuver really easily with those.
     
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    Whatever HarborFreight has on sale!
     
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  15. Steve Huff

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    Whether you get regular or needlenose, get the full size tools. Those made for tennis stringers are usually made for kids-size hands, and are easy to mishandle. I prefer needlenose pliers myself.
     
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  16. steve728

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    I've been really happy with the Xuron pliers. They can be found through the big online store: "A...earth's biggest selection". Not that much more expensive. I think mine were under $11.
     
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