Gamma Progression II 602 FC altering,,,

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  1. lynnbart

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    Has anyone tried to add the arm and crank tensioner to the Gamma Pro II 602 FC ?

    The Gamma Pro ST II machine looks like it has the same turntable, base, clamps, etc. I may have access to a tensioner and would just need to purchase the arm if it would fit.

    In the manuals the parts look the same. It would sure update my machine fairly easy...
     
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  2. Lakers4Life

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    Call Brett at Gamma. He will know what parts you need. You may be better off adding a Wise 2086 Pro.
     
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  3. lynnbart

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    With a Wise the turntable wouldn't have full rotation. Is that a very big deal for those that have one ?

    The guys at Gamma are really nice. Once we visited and felt like the machines were interchangeable and then in a second visit there was some doubt.

    I just happened to run across a nearly new crank from someone else that bought a Wise and was wondering if I could install it on my 602 FC if I had the arm.
     
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  4. Gamma Tech

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    The bases of the Progression 602FC and the Progression ST II look the same…but oh how deceiving looks can be. Under the Red FRP cover there are few significant differences between the two. The main differences are in the cast aluminum frame underneath the red cover and the turntable pin shafts that connect the suspension systems to the base.

    The 602FC has a Turntable Pin that slides into a Bushing in the cast aluminum base. It is an inch or so in diameter. The ST II has a Turntable Pin that is much more complex which includes two sets of bearings that fit into a support tube that is around two inches in diameter. That assembly then fits into a larger sleeve that supports the Winder Track Bar, which in turn slides over another sleeve connected to the aluminum base.

    Because of the larger diameter required to support all of the “stuff” for the ST II the base on the 602FC base would require a lot of machining and fabricating to adapt it. You would also need to be able to lock the shafts into position so that the Winder Bar stays parallel with the length of the base. If you, or a really good buddy, can weld it may be possible to make a flat flange with a tube welded to it and bolt that directly to the top of the base. It won’t be pretty at all, but “might” work.
     
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  5. lynnbart

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    Thanks for the response, that was what I needed.

    Time to save up now and move up !
     
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  6. Perezp22

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    progression 602 turntable conversion

    This is an older thread but hopefully I can get a response. I was wondering if it is possible to change the turntable on a 602 to that of the 602fc. Looking to purchase my first stringer but want fixed clamps. Have found several used machines but they are the 602 floating clamp machines. Any help would be greatly appreciated guys! Thanks1
     
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  7. mikeler

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    Email Gamma Tech through his TTW profile.
     
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  8. Irvin

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    You would have to buy everything. No doubt you'd be better off buying a new fixed clamp machine. The old one has K side supports instead of the newer C/V support and they won't fit on the older machine, turntable, standards, side supports, base clamps, and clamps. Why get just pieces with no guarantee, no tools, no strings samples, etc...?
     
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  9. Perezp22

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    It was an idea that crossed my mind is all. Thanks for the input. Looking at either 602fc, x-6fc but also found an X-ST locally for under $400. Wanted the constant pull from dropweight (stringing for self) but may go crank for that price. Also appears to have the gear type brake.

    http://images.craigslist.org/00d0d_llLTiOZ7bIB_600x450.jpg

    Any thoughts on the the x-st for $400?
     
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  10. SOY78

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    I bought a mint 602fc for that much. X-ST for under $400 is a steal.
     
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    looks like a good deal.
     
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    Hilarious gmatheis! Yeah I am emailing the gentleman back and forth. May have to make a few hour trip to pick it up as he wont ship. Can't blame him though, pretty sizeable machine!
     
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    Also, looking at some x-6fc's for sale that look pretty new as well, they are around $300. Not bad IMO. $510+shipping brand new. I believe one is the older all metal clamp model. Save the $100 and put towards a Wise head..muahahaha :lol::lol::lol:
     
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