Laser Fibre ECO with flying clamps or fixed clamps??

Discussion in 'Strings' started by Columbus OH - Fairfax VA, Jun 30, 2004.

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Laser Fibre ECO with flying clamps or fixed clamps??

  1. Flying clamps ($399)

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  2. Fixed Clamps (Additional $200)

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  1. Columbus OH - Fairfax VA

    Columbus OH - Fairfax VA New User

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    Please help me to decide my first stringing machine. I have never used a stringing machine before. After researching this board and Joe’s strings board, it seems like many people really like Laser Fibre. However, it is kind of expensive. I am toward the ECO model, which is $399 with flying clamps and $599 with fixed clamps (Double Actions).

    I know that fixed clamps will be more efficient than flying clamps. And, I heard that the flying clamps on ECO are one of the best among flying clamps. I am not sure whether I should pay additional $200 for the fixed clamps.

    Here is some background information about myself. I am a 27 year-old 3.5-4.0 topspin baseline player, who play single about 6 to 8 hours a week, and broken about 10 sets of strings last year, mostly Prince Synthetic Guts. Currently, I use Head TI Radical OS strung around 64 pounds and Prince Rebel strung around 60 pounds.

    I may restring my racquets a little more often, if I have my own machine, and may string a few racquets for my friends. I probably will string 2 to 3 racquets a month, which is not that much.

    Should I pay additional $200 for the fixed clamps?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. coachrick

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    IMO, the fixed clamps are well worth it. After 30 years and tens of thousands of stringings, I could string with a broomstick if necessary; BUT, if the budget allows, go for the upgrade. If you were stringing 85 inch frames @ 50#, I might say the flying clamps would be ok. You will wish you had fixed clamps as soon as you string some thin gauge string at a higher tension. It can certainly be done with flying clamps...but I would try to get some string from LF to offset the cost of going business class instead of coach. Good luck!
     
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  3. fastdunn

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    Hi, Columbus Ohio. You seem to have very similar tennis background as mine.

    Because I do light number of stringing as you, I went for the cheapest one at $150.
    Now I regret I should have spent around $500.

    I wish 2 upgrade for my entry level drop weight machine.

    1. I want to do only 1 pull per string. :(
    2. I want better clamps. It seems to damage string than fixed
    clamp. (Then again I have $15 cheap clamps...


    I think my string job has less longevity because the poor quality of the clamps..... I think I'll go with my current machine
    for couple of more years and then upgrade to a machine that
    needs only 1 pull and quality fixed clamps....

    Good luck.
     
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