How good are the klippermate

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  1. Nickac

    Nickac New User

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    How good are they. I was thinking of stringing my own racquets. So like maybe 1 to 2 racquets a month.

    Is this machine worth buying for $60 used vs paying a stringer to string my racquets?
     
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  2. slowfox

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    I think it's great. The drop weight tensioner initially takes some practice, but it's simple after that. For $60 you'll make your money back after 3 or 4 stringjobs. Totally worth IMO.

    I've strung probably 100+ since I got it last year. Still in great shape. Built like a tank.. :)
     
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  3. loosegroove

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    Agreed. And if you don't like it, you'll easily be able to sell it for $60 on craigslist and get your money back.
     
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  4. Nickac

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    So now te guy is telling me one of the floating clamps is missing. I mean who looses a clamp.

    Where do I get one?

    Also is poly harder to stun then a multi
     
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  5. mmk

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    You can get a clamp from Klipperusa for $35. Yes, poly is harder to string than a multi, but just that, more difficult - not impossible. The main thing with poly is to start with the bar down instead of up.
     
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  6. esgee48

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    KlipperMate does not have a racheting mechanism so you cannot really start with the weight down. Just know that poly does not stretch as much as nylon/syn gut. You have to allow more string between the frame and gripper to allow the weight to be horizontal.
     
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  7. tyu1314

    tyu1314 Semi-Pro

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    I own a klippermate and have strung at least 50racquets on it, i think its a really good machine. The machine does not have ractchet system, but can still easily get the job done, after one or two pull, you can figure out how much slacks you have to put through the gripper.
     
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  8. Lakers4Life

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    There is an Eagnas Flex 160 on CL in Irvine for $99. A way better machine than a Kmate. IMHO
     
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  9. Nickac

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    How do I learn how to string with the Engas. I know te klippermate goes with a manual and phone support and they guarantee you can do it
     
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  10. g_desilva

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    A lot of machines are pretty user friendly, and many instructional videos on youtube are going to be interchangeable between helping you understand the fundamentals of stringing - nothing much to worry about here.
     
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  11. Lakers4Life

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    It will be much easier to string on the Eagnas than on a Kmate. One it's got fixed clamps, far easier to use than floating clamps. The tensioner has a clutch, where the Kmate does not.
     
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    It doesn't look like the eagnas flex 160 has fixed clamps but has flying clamps instead.
     
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  13. Major

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    I love my klippermate. Better string jobs right off the bat than any I had ever paid for. Stringing poly is easy. I think the notion that it is difficult on a klippermate is more hype than substance (just my opinion, of course).
     
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  14. Lakers4Life

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    If you see the pictures it has fixed clamps, I suspect it's a Flex 740. The seller has it listed as a Flex 160.

    [​IMG]
     
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    If it is the one in the picture, buy it now. The clamps alone are worth the asking price.
     
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  16. gmatheis

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    $99 for the stringer in this pic is a steal ... even if it is an Eagnas.
     
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  17. kadishack

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    Ahh I didn't look at the post, I just looked up the model. My bad...

    Definitely worth at least $99, go get it.
     
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  18. Lakers4Life

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    I would buy it, but I don't really need it.
     
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  19. Topspin101

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    +1 on the phone support. They have been great to me. Buy the Klippermate with confidence....
     
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  20. marosmith

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    Wow what a Craigslist deal that is!
     
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  21. Lakers4Life

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    Some people don't know what they are selling. Brand New that's a $329, not the $259 they stated in the ad.
     
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  22. max

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    I love my Klippermate. The clamps are excellent. I hate poly because I don't like the string for my game, and, when it comes to stringing, I hate tying knots with poly. . . but you have to tie knots with any machine you get. The "ratchet mechanism" thing machts nicht for me because its easy to judge how much string to put in the string puller once you've done a racquet or two. I suppose from an engineering perspective, I view that as more parts possibly breaking, and the diamond dust may wear out, etc.

    I know my gamma floating clamp sucks and I wish I could get my money back.
     
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  23. Joakley

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    I have had my klippermate for a couple weeks and have already strung 6 racquets. Great machine, very good instruction Manuel. Also comes with several sets of string---- the biggie for me is the unlimited lifetime warranty. So yes I would highly recommend it.
     
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  24. bobtodd

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    Klippermate is a great deal

    I have strung 4 racquets and found the Klippermate easy to use and comes with instructions and string patterns. Definitely recommend it for home use. Floating clamps work great. Poly is a little tough to string, but I managed and after a few times I'm sure it will be much faster.
     
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  25. camohommed

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    I've had no regrets since buying my klippermate earlier this year.

    No hesitation in recommending it.
     
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  26. microphage

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    So with either a Klip vs a x-2, what is the string type order of easiest to string.
    Is it:
    1) Syn Gut
    2) poly
    3) Natural

    THanks in advance
     
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  27. max

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    In my experience, the machine here really doesn't matter. The string itself has characteristics that make it easier or harder to work with.

    I would go:

    easiest: syn gut
    hardest: poly
    in between: natural gut (you just go slower and make sure there aren't any weird kinks as you go)_
     
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  28. Carolina Racquet

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    In terms of accuracy, durability and value, I think the Kmate is outstanding. I've strung over 100 frames in the last 2.5 years.

    Yes, there are better machines w fixed clamps, 6 pt mounting... etc. But for just a personal machine, or to help out a few friends, it's awesome.
     
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  29. aussie

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    It's a great machine that will produce quality, replicable string jobs, albeit at a leisurely pace. So no, you won't win any stringing speed contests, but if you want to string your racquet with a particular string at a certain tension, you can string that racquet with that string at that tension time and time again. And it is that ability to reproduce the same string job time and again, that all stringers, amateurs and professionals alike, aspire to achieve.

    From my own personal experience, don't delay in buying it or any stringing machine for that matter, because I procrastinated for years in buying my K'mate, and now my best tennis playing days are behind me (especially if I can't get rid of this damn tennis elbow!). Aussie
     
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  30. microphage

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    Just got a Gamma X-2 this week. After the intial 30 mins of "What the hell am I suppose to do," it was fairly easy. Noticed a few cross ties that should have alternated so lesson learned. Watched a few of the videos in the stickies and they all helped as well as the TW video with Andy.

    Went to play with the racquet and noticed maybe the outside mains are lesser tension than the inner mains when pressing on them. Is it possible? I can pretty much explain it as I ran out of string with an old oversized racquet so couldn't get the string to be tensioned on the last hold adequately so had to just pull tension with the hand and clamp and then tie.

    Thanks.
     
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