Check tension on floating clamp machine?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Pleepers, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. Pleepers

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    I have been thinking about getting the Alpha string pal, but it occured to me that with any drop weight machine it is always good to calibrate the machine with one of those tension calibrators. But with a floating clamp machine how would you clamp a tension calibrator to check tension? Thanks ;)
     
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    You can do a search to find prior discussion on calibrating a drop weight machine however the short explanation is since a tension is pulled on a drop weight maching using gravity and gravity is pretty consistent all over the planet there is no need to calibrate a drop weight machine. Getting an accurate pull is basically dependant on your technique using the drop weight to get it to a horizontal position on each pull.
     
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    Uhh yes there is a need to calibrate a drop weight machine, not all machines have their tension bars marked in exactly the same place and so despite the fact that the machine says its pulling at a certain tension does not mean that it is indeed actually pulling at that tension -hence the need to calibrate. No one is debating the laws of physics here.

    The String Pal is a floating clamp machine, there are no stationary clamps to hold the tension calibrator...So for those of you who actually read and think about what is written on these boards please tell me if there is a way to calibrate floating clamp machines. Thanks.
     
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  4. dancraig

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    As in photo #1 http://www.eagnas.com/maxgen1/pp600.html

    you could try using the floating clamp like the starting clamp is being used. You may need to adjust the floating clamp to hold extra tightly. You could put a scrap piece of string in the other side of the floating clamp, if that's needed. (I've never used or seen a floating clamp like yours)
     
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    Seems like it would work -thanks!
     
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    Sorry for resurrecting this thread, but I figured it was better than starting a brand new topic. I have a question about how to use my tension calibrator. I bought a starting clamp, and just got my first stringer (SP Swing).

    So is this setup the best way to use the starting clamp when using a calibrator? To put it up against the post of the machine? Is it better to use it on the outside of the frame (as in photo #2)?

    Thanks!
     
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