Help me pick a decent table top electric

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  1. jeffbeckib

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    I just sold my True Tension machine to purchase an electric table top machine. What would you guys suggest? obviously I want constant pull, I string at 75lbs, and I do aprox 2 frames a week. My budget is around 900
     
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  2. Mansewerz

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    Gamma Progression ES, Silent Partner Jive (not constant pull though)

    Gamma X-ES

    You could go w/ Eagnas if your willing to take a gamble.
     
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  3. Steve Huff

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    Most of the electric table top machines have a rotational gripper. I'd save a little longer and get one with a linear gripper if you can.
     
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  4. barry

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    The SP DG model is around a $1000 and comes with a stand, but you can use it as a table top or a stand machine. Nice feature, decent machine.

    If portability is an issue, the Gamma X-ES model is very easy to move around. I would not recommend a portable crank machine, as they are very awkward to move.
     
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    Alpha Revo 4k + Wise (~$1000)

    if it really has to be under $900,

    Eagnas table top crank + Wise.
     
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  6. rockbox

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    Whats the point of an electric if you only do two racquets a week. Drop weights are more accurate and require less maintenance. Whats another 20 minutes a week?
     
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  7. tjotim

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    SP DG seems to meet all your requirements as someone else previously suggested. If you can compromise on the machine being electronic, you might take a look at the ********* ML100 distributed by Alpha:

    http://alphatennis.com/Machines2.htm

    For a couple of frames/month, I would probably get a Alpha 4000 ($549 list) for myself.

    http://alphatennis.com/Machines.htm

    I recommended one for a former stringing customer of mine that wanted to do 15-20 frames/year and he has been very happy with it.
     
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  8. the wise wizard

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    alpha revo + wise tension head
     
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    In human history, a "hobby" never made an economic sense. :)
     
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    That's the combination I have, and it's awesome. I'd recommend you go that route, even though it's a little above your budget. I think it's worth the extra $$$
     
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    I suppose if I go the route of the Wise combination I could just get a decent crank portable and add the wise later. Who makes the best clamps on a portable? I used to have an eagnas that was great, but the clamps were so far from the string bed that when you would clamp down, and then release the tension head the clamp would have too much horizontal play and that would kill me on the tie off. And all these machines seem to have the same type of clamping systems. The true tension had glide bars that were about 6 " under the string bed. Does anybody make a decent table top with glide bars?

    Portability isn't a factor, I just need the machine to be small enough to tuck away when not in use.
     
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  12. rockbox

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    I'm not talking about economics. Maybe I'm wrong, but the only disadvantage of a drop weight stringer is that they are slow. However, they are more precise and require less maintenance.

    If I were only going to string only two racquets per week and cost were no object, I would probably purchase a string way machine.
     
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    Really? Nice!
     
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    THe Best Gamma ES II
     
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  16. Steve Huff

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    Don't believe the "dropweights are more precise" stuff. If they were, all the pro's would be using them. Many pro's have their own stringer, so speed isn't the only concern they have. Gravity is nice and constant, but unless you have an old Serrano or something similar, the precision of the dropweight isn't going to be nearly as precise as a good electronic constant pull machine. Neither will the clamping system. The table will most likely be more flexible too. And if you're stringing at 75#, a solid table is definitely important.
     
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  17. YULitle

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    Danny,

    What you are doing is spamming and advertising. They are both against the rules. Now, you are new and probably don't know that and I'm certainly not an authority figure that could "do something" about it.

    I just thought you might want to know.
     
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  18. Il Mostro

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    Second the DG. I have one and it works perfectly -- all the features I need. USRSA agrees that it is one of the best machines for the $.
     
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    if an electric machine isn't CP then it practically acts like a crank machine, no? are they generally faster than a crank, or around the same speed?
     
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    Exactly -- they lock-out once the specified tension is reached. Faster? Maybe slightly. I do feel like a lazy guy on my electric, so I would say it has convenience going for it (pre-stretch, knot tension at the push of a button). If CP isn't part of the equation, my personal preference would be for the simplicity of the manual machine -- less to go wrong IMO.
     
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  21. Mansewerz

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    ^^^Agreed, and almost always cheaper.
     
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