Gamma 200 or Klippermate?

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  1. unrender

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    Anyone with experience using both machines?

    What are the pros and cons for each?

    Much thanks in advance.
     
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  3. yem

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    I've used both. A quick summary:

    Klippermate seems to have better clamps, metal/vice grip types. Gamma uses composite clamps. Edge goes to Klipper here.

    Gamma has a ratcheting tensioner, klipper does not. Edge to Gamma here.

    Both are made really well and both will produce reliable results. Each stringer's "weakness" can be overcome through practice. Those who use a klipper get used to no ratchet and get be just as efficient as the gamma. The Gamma clamps aren't as bad if adjusted properly.

    I would recommend the Gamma for the ratchet, mainly due to today's poly strings, you never know how much they will actually stretch and it is nice to be able to use the ratchet for adding tension.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  4. unrender

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    Thanks for the info.

    I went with a Klippermate. Hopefully stringing wont be too difficult :D
     
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    This is either the 54th or 89th time I've seen this question pop up.

    TW: why the f not make this a sticky?
     
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  6. unrender

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    So after my 3rd string job, I still don't know what a ratchet is, what it's used for, and what benefit it provides. I'm currently using Klippermate and not having any prior experience, it looks complete to me.

    What does the ratchet do for the Gamma?
     
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  7. mchjhn

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    +1 on this.

    to answer your question on the ratchet, if you drop the weight, and it goes lower than you want, hold the ratchet, lift the drop weight, and then redrop. basically allows you to add tension with out re positioning the string.
     
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  8. max

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    If you're still lifting the drop weight to do this, then it appears to me that the only significant difference between the Kmate and Gamma is that the Gamma's string jaw clicks, and the Kmate needs you to push the string a tad in or out. Not much, in other words.

    I can't imagine real time savings from it. . . an extra 2-3 seconds a string pull perhaps.

    Yeah, the kicker for me on this was seeing individual Gamma ratchet heads for sale, making me conclude that after time went by, they would wear out. I went with Occam's Razor, or the principle that the simplest device would be less likely to break, wear down, etc., and opted Kmate.
     
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    I went with the Klippermate just because it was made in USA and not in China and have loved it. Great value.
     
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  10. dman72

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    When switching between string types it can be annoying and a bit of a time waster when you're off on how much slack you need to get the drop weight to level.

    I was using 17 gauge kevlar last night (had been using 18 for awhile) and I kept screwing up how much slack to use...the 17 was so much stiffer that with the same amout of slack as the 18, the drop weight would basically stay straight up and not move at all.

    Got the hang of if it after awhile but it definitely adds to the time it takes to string. Other than that I have no complaints about the machine. Managed to lose the turntable brake already, of course. :shock:
     
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