good quality machine for stringing rookie

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by jman32, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. jman32

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    i am interested in buying a stringing machine but have never strung a racket. i have seen it done many times in person and on youtube.

    i will be stringing for family and friends. possibly 3-10 rackets a month.

    i want a quality machine that will give consistent results and is easy to use.

    i was leaning toward a gamma 6004. not sure about 6 vs 2 point mount.
    i was also looking at neos 1000 but it appears the 6004 might be better for a lower volume stringer.

    i believe in buying a quality product once, than buying cheaper products only to replace them.

    the main reason for buying a stringer is the only stringer i trust is a 45 minute drive. it is a hassle to go to him.

    i would be interested in hearing from stringers who have worked on these types of machines and what they liked and did not like. would anyone add a another stringer to the list and why?

    i am ok spending $1200-$1400. stretched i could spend $2000 if there is a really good reason.

    ps reasonably easy assembly is important to me.

    thanks
     
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  2. TennisCJC

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    Get the Egnas Logic 90 for $349 and save your money. It is dropweight but pulls proper tension at any angle - you don't have to have the tension bar parallel at rest. It is 2 action fixed clamps with 6 point mounting system. I have an old LaSerfibre/Stringway ML90 with the same tension mechanism. My view is gravity is a far better tensioning system than a spring driven crank (springs wear out) or even electric motor (some electrics are not TRUE CONSTANT PULL and electric motors wear out). There is not much that can go wrong with a steel weight on the end of steel bar and gravity. The EL90 is an updated version of my machine. For home stringing, I would buy this one if I didn't already have one similar. Drop weight at any angle, true constant pull, 6 point mount, with sliding 2 action clamps are great features. Spend a little more for a tool chest to set it on that has wheels to roll it around, and drawers and cabinets to store tools and string sets/reels and you are in business. You can probably find a good tool cart for around $100-$200 so you have a great setup for under $600.
     
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  3. tennis4

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    $349? Where did you see that price?

     
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  4. gmatheis

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    Quakity and eagnas are hardly words I would use together.

    Eagnas is meant for people on a budget and wanting more of a machine than their budget allows. For example someone with a $300 budget wants fixed clamps ... Eagnas then becomes an option.

    For the OP who wants a quality machine it really isn't even in the picture
     
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  5. KerryR

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    A used refurbished Neos or Ektelon H from Tennis Machines is a good way to go, usually around $500 plus shipping. Excellent quality that'll last forever, simplicity and functionality, all at a price considerably lower than what you're currently thinking of spending. Add an electronic tension head later if you think you really need constant pull...
     
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  6. fortun8son

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    If you have that kind of budget, get the Neos 1200.
     
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  7. jman32

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    thanks, do you like the Neos 1200 better than the Gamma 6004? if yes, why?
     
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  8. fortun8son

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    Oops I meant Neos 1500
     
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  9. 4sound

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    I think you mean the Neos 1500. Here is a thread comparing it to the 6004.
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=306975

    I considered the Neos and went with the 6004 2pt. I also got the Wise electronic head and couldn't be happier. With your budget you can get the machine for $1300 and the Wise for $500. You will have a quality machine that will be equivalent to much higher priced linear pull electronic machines.

    Wise is not required but its worth it if you got the $.
     
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