Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Topspin101, May 25, 2013.
I currently use a Klippermate. Will this Gamma be an upgrade, be faster, and worth $300?
Purchased in 1998 and retired in 2004 due to illness. Machine in great condition. Would this be an upgrade from my new Klippermate? Price reduction to $200.
That's a pretty old version of the 600FC; can't really remember what that looks like. Just because it has fixed clamps, it's a marginal upgrade. That doesn't mean that you'll really string any faster or that the racquets will be strung better. I've strung on the 600FC and the version I used was pretty good.
However, the KM is my bread and butter. I've strung many more racquets on it and like the cam gripper better than the type on the Gamma machines. But that's just me. For $200 bucks, a pretty good deal.
Thank you jgrushing. Hope others respond before I lose the deal, if it is a deal. I'm only concerned about it's age and I do want to get faster. The KM still takes me over an hour after doing say 60 racquets.....
Educate me, is the Gamma 600FC a glidebar clamp style dropweight machine?
Honestly, I don't see how that type fixed clamps can make you faster. If I remember correctly, those clamps have to tightened down by rotating the base clockwise after you've clamped the string. No way that's faster than a KM flying clamp. Anyway you look at it, speed comes from efficiency of movement and weaving. I'm at 25 minutes consistently with my KM so the machine isn't really the limiting factor for the most part. KM cam gripper is not the best for poly but works fine.
Would tension clamp bases be available as an upgrade?
The machine does not have a brake. Is that important?
if you are stringing prince o ports or Wilson rollers a brake is a must... if not then not really necessary
Rich, All my sticks are O'3s, and Speedports. I think the boomerang tools eliminated my need for the brake on my KM. I could be wrong though. If I am, you just saved me $200..... Thanks!
Top, I don't have any of the boomerang tools, so I easily forget about them.... if you have the boomerang tools for your racquets, you won't need a brake.....
I don't use a brake or a boomerang. I use the 50/50 2 piece method and it works great, plus you don't have to use a starting knot.
I use the 2 piece 50/50 also. The boomerang is just used as a spaces to you the strings apart so they can be clamped in the right place. Many time the boomerang tools just don't fit, aren't available, or they pop out. You could also use anything to hold the strings apart. A string, sharpie cap your finger, S hook, socket extensions, dowels, or anything else as thick as the strings are spaced apart.
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