Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by rayallen333, Apr 21, 2007.
Best cheap stringing machine, sub $200, thats good for a first time stringer.
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.
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...
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.
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.
I don't understand what fixed clamps do different from floating. Miek why is fixed so much better?
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
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.
Here is how a linear gripper with ratchet works:
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.
Here' the Alpha linear gripper...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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...
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?
Everyone told me to stay away from Eagnas. You didn't have any problems with it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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