Ektelon Model H - First Mains Problem

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  1. ninjatennis

    ninjatennis New User

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    Hi all,

    I'm not sure if any of you guys have an Ektelon H but here goes...

    When I am stringing Head rackets, the mains go through the head first so the first pair of strings come out of the throat to be pulled through the tensioner. The only problem is that the Ektelon H doesn't have a 360 degree rotation.

    When I am pulling those first couple of mains, the handle of the racket hits against the tensioner. I've tried to use the brake right before the handle hits the tensioner but usually the brake gives and it ends up hitting the tension anyway.

    Anyone have any idea how to fix this? If this is hard to imagine, I can see if I can take a picture.

    Thanks again for all the help.
     
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  2. coachrick

    coachrick Hall of Fame

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    This is going back a few years; but, IIRC, we cushioned the leading corners of the tensioner with head tape or grip material, just to keep the frames from banging into the edges. When it's time to tension, just hold the shaft of the racket away from the gripper(you are acting as the brake). As the string is tensioned, the throat/shaft tapers toward the handle and all is good. UNLESS, you have one of Virginia's Chris Star frames. Then, all bets are off! :)
     
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  3. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

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    I have the same problem with my Wise tension head on my machine. Does not damage the racket though so I don't worry about it.

    Irvin
     
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  4. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

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    I noticed today the tensioner hits the grip not the racket so there is nothing to worry about.

    Irvin
     
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  5. struggle

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    pad the tension jaws/head with some leather grip and don't let the racket slam into it as you tension.

    also, maybe move the tension head out toward the end of the track to cut down on the angle of the string coming out of the throat.
     
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  6. MayDay

    MayDay Semi-Pro

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    So the brake doesn't work on your machine?

    I got the neos and also set the handle as close to the tensioner as possible, lock the brakes, and then start the mains. Haven't had issue with the brake slipping.
     
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  7. struggle

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    good call.^^^ sounds like the brake needs some adjustment/repair.
     
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  8. jester911

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    I have used this stringer for many years and still do. Definitely get the brake adjusted to hold the racket firmly to get those first few strings started.
     
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  9. TennisFan1

    TennisFan1 New User

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    How do a brake adjustment to hold the racket firmly on an Ektelon H stringer. it's loose mostly to hold the top of the frame. I'd appreciate any help!
     
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  10. MayDay

    MayDay Semi-Pro

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    You might want to give tennismachines . com a call and see if they can just walk you through the steps over the phone. If you end up needing any parts, they're the ones that will most likely have it.
     
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  11. jester911

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    +1 for Tennis Machines. I bought mine reconditioned from Jim Henry there 15 years ago and it is still going strong.
     
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