clutch vs. ratchet on drop weight machines?

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  1. AR15

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    Can anyone explain the pros and cons of having a clutch or a ratchet on a drop weight stringer? I'm thinking of purchasing a stringer. It looks like the clutch allows you to move the drop weight back up to horizontal if it goes to far. Is this what the ratchet does as well?
     
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  2. barry

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    The clutch makes stringing on a drop weight machine easier. Here is how it works.

    http://www.eagnas.com/maxgen/griprach.html
     
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  3. jbs24

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    I would consider a clutch and ratchet to be the same thing. Some dropweights have ratchets, others, like the klippermate, don't.

    the ratchet does make it a little easier, i probably use it a half dozen times for one racket.
     
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  4. AR15

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    So, on the Klippermate, if the weight drops below horizontal, what do you have to do?
     
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  5. Caswell

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    Take the tension off, and adjust the slack.

    I've been stringing with a Klipper for about a week (six racquets I think), and that was what I was most concerned about. It hasn't turned out to be a big deal - I'm already starting to hit horizontal on my first try, and even if I don't it takes a couple of seconds to adjust.
     
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  6. Pr0DiGy

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    bringing up an old thread, i found it in a search. you could say im a noob, but a don't get exactly what the difference is between a clutch and a ratchet. yes, this is a basic question.
     
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  7. Redflea

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    The Alpha Pioneer DC Plus I have has a unidirectional clutch with locking ratchet system. :)

    So you can have both. The ratchet is a cog and tooth affair, where the tooth clicks over the teeth as you swing the drop-weight arm down, and can lock in to hold tension. If you go too far (past level) you simply lift the bar up (clutch lets it go backwards w/out moving the linear gripper, so tension is maintained) and then drop it again to get to level.

    When you've got the bar level and have clamped the string, you push down on the bar slightly to release tension on the tooth, move the tooth away from the cog, and swing the arm up. The tooth springs back into place when you let go of it.

    Works great...I typically get majorit of strings on tension w/a single drop of the arm...minor adjustments take a couple of seconds.
     
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