Cheap Stringing Machine

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by rayallen333, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. rayallen333

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    Best cheap stringing machine, sub $200, thats good for a first time stringer.
     
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  2. MikeCrowChip

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    Alpha Pal - Linear gripper with Clutch.

    I had an Klipper, and although it does the job, the gripper + non clutching or ratching was a pain trying to get it perfectly level. Yes I'm anal...

    SP Swing - Rotational gripper with Clutch.
    Gamma X2
    ATS Super Stringer 2

    Floating clamps are OK, but I'd seriously recommend saving up a little more and getting fixed clamps. They are sooooooooo much nicer. Even if you can get one of those stringers with 1 fixed clamp. You can get a starting clamp, and it would still be sweet.

    So think, clutch, linear, and fixed clamps if you can afforded. Okay okay, i like linear grippers, but rotational are just as good...but hey no kinks!! ...i know...don't flame me...
     
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  3. D-man

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    I went from Klippermate for a year and half to String Pal for a few months now. It cut my stringing time by about 20 minutes.
     
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  4. rayallen333

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    Anyone else? i have no idea how these things work but i hope to learn. I want something that wont damage my racquet (oe tour) and can do a decent job stringing.
     
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  5. Noveson

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    I don't understand what fixed clamps do different from floating. Miek why is fixed so much better?
     
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  6. Fedfan4life

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    I'm thinking about purchasing a Alpha Pioneer DC plus. Just asking how easy it is to use the linear gripper with the ratchet? Is there any illustrations available? thanks
     
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  7. barry

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    This is one of the best drop weight machines I have ever used. Eagnas Challenger I. Plus it has the newer style spring assisted 3 tooth clamps.

    http://www.eagnas.com/chaln1.html#pioneerdc

    Here is how a linear gripper with ratchet works:
    http://www.eagnas.com/maxgen1/chgrip.html

    Also they build a stand for the Challenger. http://www.eagnas.com/lilylee/pt270.html, you can bolt the challenger right on to it. Much easier to string on, rather than a tabletop. And even put wheels on the stand, it is a nice setup.
     
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  8. Redflea

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    Here' the Alpha linear gripper...

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    It's very easy to use. Once the string is inserted the tension from the bar holds the string securely ...the Alpha allows one-handed adjustment of the drop-weight bar after your first drop if the bar isn't as close to horizontal as you want. You simply grasp the bar w/your right hand, lift it and drop again, no need to hold the clutch or gripper. It works quite quickly.

    Here's a shot of the clutch/ratchet...you push the clutch lever down and swing the dropweight bar back up to release the string.

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    I've had my Pioneer DC Plus since last November, and have found it very easy and quick to use, and Alpha's pre- and post-sales support has been perfect.
     
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  9. max

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    D-Man: what exactly is it about the String Pal that lets you cut so much time from a string job?

    I do a frame on a K-mate in about an hour; so you're about 40 minutes, then. I'm guessing it's NOT a ratchet factor, since the K-mate jaw is pretty quick to adjust. What is it?
     
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  10. bbfifas

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    I recently got an Gamma X-2 with 10 sets of free strings. The ten sets almost paid for the machine and they are good to practice with.

    The machine has a clutch which makes things easy and is pretty sturdy quality all around.
     
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  11. MikeCrowChip

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    Floating clamps, you anchor the string to its neighbour string. So it is kindof a pain in the ass to start the mains.

    Fixed clamps are anchored against the turntable, so you don't need to anchor it to the neighbor string. Probably preference, but I think it is heads above floating clamps, and faster...
     
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  12. rayallen333

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    Are drop weight machines about the same in accuracy as cheap electronics (like Silent Partners)? Would it be worth it to shell out a little more for an electric one or 6 point mounting?
     
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  13. Noveson

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    Everyone told me to stay away from Eagnas. You didn't have any problems with it?
     
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  14. Redflea

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    Drop weights are as accurate as any other type of stringer, since they only need gravity to work, and gravity is pretty reliable. :)

    I'd stick w/choices that don't require the word "cheap" to describe them, but that's just me.
     
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  15. Fedfan4life

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    Thanks Redflea. Since the Pioneer has what looks like you can take off the dropweight, do you think its possible to put a mutual power tension head. Just drill 2 more holes.
     
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  16. rjkardo

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    Do a search on these boards for Eagnas or Maxline.
    If you think that is the company that you want to deal with, go for it.
    Rod
     
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  17. D-man

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    Actually, it is the linear clutch thingy. I was a poor judge of how much slack to put in the Klipper cam and had to regrip so often that it slowed me down. And I found the cam a little awkward, the string would sometimes slip out or behind into the crack. Yeah, I'd say about 40 mins without hurry if I make no mistakes.
     
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  18. Redflea

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    Sorry - just noticed this post. I'm afraid that I have no idea about adding a new tension head to the Pioneer, never really looked into it at all.
     
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