First stringing machine

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by kevsaenz, May 26, 2008.

  1. kevsaenz

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    Im a college player and I play about 5-6 times a week for about 2-3 hours a day and pop my strings in about 1-2 weeks. Is it worth it to lay down some money for a good FC dropweight stringer like the Alpha DC Pioneer Plus or the Gamma Progression II 602 FC or to just go for one like the Klippermate or Gamma X-2. Right now I pay my friend $10 for labor and buy my own strings, also in the future i might teach at some tennis camps and may string rackets for some of the highschool kids others. Do you guys think it is worth it to go for one of the fixed clamp models or will one of the less expensive models do just fine. Also regarding the Alpha and Gamma ProgressionFC which is the better deal? Going strait through Alpha or getting the free shipping and package that TW offers with the Gamma?
     
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  2. baek57

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    if you break your strings every week, you will have saved $520 on labor/year to string yourself. i'd say its worth it to get a higher quality machine (fixed clamps) but im sure the inexpensive ones do the job just fine. it just depends on how much you want to spend initially as the machine will end up paying for itself over time.
     
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  3. topknocker

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    step up even more to the revo 4000. it will pay for itself very fast and you will be glad you have it.
     
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    I agree with Topknocker. Using a drop-weight as a college player is not fun because it takes quite a bit of hand usage holding the gripper.
     
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  5. zidane339

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    I believe Alpha has free string too;can somebody verify?

    Regarding what machine to get, I recommend the Alpha Pioneer DC plus, just cause its fairly good price at $399, good clamps and mounting system.

    The Gamma X-2, etc, have floating clamps that IMO take more time and effort to use, and at the amount of racquets you have to string, time may be of an issue.
     
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  6. dcottrill

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    If you're stringing every week, do yourself a favor and get something with fixed clamps and a crank. I string with an X-2, and it does a great job. But those floating clamps and dropweight would be a horrible pain in the *** to use every week.
     
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  7. kevsaenz

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    k thanks for all the advice guys. I've decided to get the Revo 4k and split the cost with my friend, so we can just use it when we need to and whoever needs it can take it home with them.
     
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    The Revo 4K comes with about $100 of free string from Alpha.
     
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    I agree. A guy in college will have quite a bit of hand usage already. :)
     
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    Someone has to put on overgrips for the team ;)
     
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    Yeah that's what I was thinking.
     
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    damn just talked to the guy from alpha and he said that they are going to be back ordered on the revo 4k until mid July. Do you guys think a crank is that much better than a drop weight? Also anyone know why the gamma progression is more expensive than alpha for what looks like almost the same stringer?
     
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  13. nadalfan!

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    Try an eagnas combo 910. Looks exactly like the revo but it's $50 cheaper. That is if you don't want to wait.... I would take the combo 910 and then if I disliked it then I would sell it on the forums and wait for a revo. That's just me though.....
     
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  14. baek57

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    from what i understand a crank will save you time on stringing. it has nothing to do with quality of the stringjob.
     
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  15. Mansewerz

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    I know people on the TW boards are selling revos. I'm pretty sure they are.
     
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    K through looking at the other topics on the message boards I noticed someone say that a crank machine needs to be re-calibrated every time you move it. If this is the case would it be better to just get a drop weight since I'm going to be sharing it with my friend? Also is there any real difference between the Gamma progression ST2 and the Revo 4000 other than the $80 difference in price?
     
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  17. Mansewerz

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    Looks like teh ST2 has cone base clamps. Spring assisted, available on revo, are much better.
     
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    So what do you think regarding the situation that I posted above with the drop weight and crank when traveling?
     
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  19. MAX PLY

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    The crank will be much faster than a drop weight. Recalibrating a machine, when needed, is pretty easy and doesn't take much time. I think you will find that the ease and speed of stringing with a crank machine would more than offset the occasional recalibration.
     
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    Second that. And even if you move the machine and check the tension with a calibrator, it may not need further calibration.
     
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  21. SW Stringer

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    Depending on how often you move the machine, distance, #flights of stairs, etc., you might also consider the convenience of the "portable" machines - ie Klippermate, Alpha String Pal, (Gamma) ATS Traveler. The K-mate fits into a Home depot tool box that's 24" by 9" by 10" which weight around 40 lbs fully loaded. The other two are also easily ported although I don't have the sizes and weights at my fingertips. The Alpha Apex (Revo is probably similar) turntable by itself weight approximately 31 pounds, add on the post, base, track and tension head and you're probably pushing 55 pounds. The footprint is also much larger. Now you're probably talking transporting with a dolly and a couple of boxes which will add even more weight.

    Food for thought! :p
     
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  22. kevsaenz

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    Weight of machine is not that big of a deal to me and I could probubly lay the machine in the front seat of my car. Also from what I've read its a lot more convenient to use a stringer that has fixed clamps instead of floating.
     
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