Just Sharing a Positive Eagnas Experience - Smart 3000

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Xevoius, Jun 27, 2004.

  1. Xevoius

    Xevoius Semi-Pro

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    Ok,

    So I really wanted to get an electric stringer and thought that the pre-stretching option that the Smart 3000 offered sounded good. It was $700 and change and arrived in about 3 days.

    I can understand some of the gripes about Customer Service as the person I got on the phone only spoke English as their second language but as far as the complaints about construction, my machine is very sturdy.

    Here is a photo album featuring pictures from when I opened the box until I got the thing set up and turned on. (Try the slideshow option)

    http://kwid.no-ip.com/gallery

    Some points of interest:

    I would like to start out by saying that I have done a lot of stringing in the past and previously owned an Alpha Pioneer drop weight system and more recently the hand crank Ektelon H. The Alpha machine became very tedious if you have to string more that one racquet at any one time.

    I have strung three racquets on it so far and all has been nice and easy. The gripper was a little harsh to the strings on my first couple of string jobs but I suspect that it has a fresh coating some abrasive material to help the clamping system and has not seemed to effect my third stringing.

    The racquet mounting system is great and has large knobs that allow for secure 6 point clamping in seconds (much more efficient and sturdy than my previous machine).

    The machine easily converts to a tabletop machine which will come in handy for traveling to tournaments, I just need to find an adapter so that I can plug it into my car's cigarette lighter.

    My main concern when buying this machine was the amount of time it was going to take the tensioner to pull the string especially if it is going to be doing some sort of pre-stretching action - I am trying to get my string jobs done in under a half an hour. I would have to say that it is a tiny bit quicker if I am not using the pre-strech mode but we are talking about a second or two.

    All-in-all, I feel that it is at least just as fast as the manual crank machines and tensioning so far seems accurate (although I still need to pick up a tension calibrator) and I am very happy with the purchase.

    I have included some movies in the photo gallery to illustrate the tensioning process.

    :mrgreen: Cheers,

    ~Matt

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  2. drop shot

    drop shot Rookie

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    adapter

    You should be able to find an adapter at any Radio shack but I am thinking that it would seriously drain your car battery with the power it would take to tension 30 something strings. Maybe not any way Good luck!
     
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  3. RacquetDoctor

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