Glide Bar Machines

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by barry, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. barry

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    Looking over TW selection of rackets, I don’t see any new fan style frames. Have they gone the way of power holes?
    Like many, I have been guilty of only recommending double action clamp machines, based on glide bar systems inability to string fan style rackets, but it appears fan type rackets are a thing of the past. Glide bar systems are less expensive, just as accurate, and clamps are very cheap to replace.

    Maybe time to revisit. Many nice machines for under $400 these days. Since the only glide bar system I have used is the Neos, interested in other stringers opinions.
     
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  2. theace21

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    I still get fan pattern racquetball rackets. I have a glide bar system and I end up using floating clamps. I only have one guy that I string for that uses a fan pattern racket, so it is really not that much of a problem.
     
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  3. dancraig

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    I just don't find fan patterned frames much of a problem on a glide bar machine. I use floating clamps on the last couple of mains. Although the bars have to be moved around when doing ATW patterns, I think the single action feature of the clamps makes it worthwhile.
    After seeing Gamma introduce a high end two point mount, I wouldn't be surprised to see them come out with a new glide bar machine next.
     
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  4. ccelis

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    What brand of floating clamps are you guys using? Special ones like the kind that come with the Neos or just regular floating clamps?

    Thanks
     
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  5. dancraig

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    Just regular floating clamps.
     
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  6. ccelis

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    Thanks, I don't know that you can use regular floating clamps for fan pattern. Good to know.

    Thanks
     
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  7. PBODY99

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    I often have a choice of which type of machine to use and even for a fan patterned frame, the single action nature of my glide bar machines just are quicker, even if I have to use my floating clamps
     
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  8. Steve Huff

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    Using floating clamps on fan patterns is generally accepted. You still lose a lot of tension from drawback as the clamps try to straighten out. It's ok if you compensate for it at the end on the tie-off. Personally, I think glide bar clamps are a nice, simple, reliable system too.
     
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