Laser Fibre ECO with flying clamps or fixed clamps??

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


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

    Mar 12, 2004
    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?

  2. coachrick

    coachrick Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    Austin, hook 'em, Texas
    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!
  3. fastdunn

    fastdunn Legend

    Feb 19, 2004
    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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