First Stringing machine for beginner stringer

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by mellospace, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. mellospace

    mellospace New User

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    Hi all, I'm looking forward to buying my first stringing machine. I've read a lot of posts in here and still not decided on what to get. I don't know anything about stringing so would really like a machine that is easy to use plus that will last for a long time. I'm planning on stringing about 1-4 racquets per week, then later if my friends want me to do some for them, then it might get to about 4-8 per week. I am buying the machine with a friend of mine so our budget will be about $600. I would also like to know which are good strings that will last long and are great for playability. Currently a friend of mine string my racquets but he charges too much for the job ($25-$30) and he always uses synthetic gut duraflex (prince) or wilson synthetic gut extreme strings which I know are very cheap. I hit fine with them, just that I break my strings about once a week so they don't seem to last.

    These are the machines I was looking at, don't know much about the differences in them since I don't understand much of the "stringing" language or anything else about it.

    -Alpha revo 4000
    -Gamma Progression ST II Stringing Machine
    -Gamma Progression II 602 FC Stringing Machine

    If there is any other you guys might recommend for a beginner stringer like me, please feel free to add. Thanks.

    Thanks all for your input in this.
     
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  2. Zhou

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    I would go with the Alpha Revo 4000 without a doubt because it essentially is the same as the Gamma Progression ST+ but has spring assisted clamp bases.
     
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  3. mellospace

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    Thank Zhou for the fast reply, I think that's the one I feel will be the best since many people here like it a lot. Just want it to make sure which one will be the best for me since I don't know anything about stringing and want a machine that is easy to use.
     
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    not to tell you your business, but if you want to remain friends don't partner up with your friend in buying a machine.

    Either get the 602FC on your own for $469, keep saving and get the Revo 4000 or STII or ask your parents for a loan for the difference between the 602FC and either of the crank machines and pay them back over time with the money you make stringing.

    All of the machines are solid. You may get tired of the drop weight after a while.....I did......but either the STII or Revo are good machines. The Revo seems to have a big following on the boards here.
     
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  5. Zhou

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    Oh, I didn't notice he was purchasing with his friend. I would not recommend buying a machine with anyone as well. It is just not a good idea.
     
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    Why is it not a good idea to buy with my friend? You mean we might have a problem in the future. I don't know but I definitely can't afford a $600 machine at this time so that's the main reason I want to put half.
     
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    Is it possible for you to obtain a loan from a family member?

    It is not a good idea because in the future may lie conflicting interests and ownership of the machine.
     
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    True, I think you might be right because what if he moves, or I move, who keeps the machine? I'll see what I can do, but will definitely try to get the money for the Revo 4000. Thanks a lot for your advice guys. I really appreciate it.
     
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    How old are you? How much into tennis are you?

    A lot of this, I think, depends on how long you're going to be using the machine, how much you'll use it.
     
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  10. rscottdds

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    I have a different take on this than most. I don't think going in with a partner is all that bad of an idea esp. if you can get a much better machine because of it. The machine will pay for itself quickly just on the savings you get from stringing your own racquets.

    If the partnership goes south you can sell it for almost what you paid for it esp. if its a good machine.

    -Robert
     
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  11. BLuu21

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    I own a Revo myself and I must say this machine is well worth the money. But if money is a problem in your case you might want to look at Eagnas. Even though people on this forum says Eagnas sucks because of their customer service there are still some machines from them that has been given the O.K.
     
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  12. mellospace

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    I'm 27 and I got back into tennis this year. I've been playing a lot and will continue to do that during the winter and years to come. My problem is that I break a lot of strings (like 5 in a month and a half already) so I am spending too much on strings and would really save a lot by getting a machine and do the string job myself. I am going to use the machine a lot since I might start doing string jobs to my friends I guess. I think I posted that in my original post.
     
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  13. takl23

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    I would suggest getting a drop stringer for now. I've been using my Gamma Super Stringer II for well over a year now and it's so cheap you can continue to save for Alpha. Don't go halves, it's not worth it the potential for drama can be high. Those are my two cents.
    Good luck!!!

    Cheers,

    Tim
     
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