looking for a entry level stringer.

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by PauloMKV, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. PauloMKV

    PauloMKV New User

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    im tore between the gamma progression 200 and the Klippermate. can anyone help me choose?

    and there is any other stringer for the same price out there?

    thanks
     
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  2. dancraig

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    I strung hundreds of racquets on a Klippermate.
     
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  3. bugeyed

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    One of the main factors is how many racquets you intend to string in a week. That answer will help you decide on a few facts.
    Durability of machine. (Duty cycle)
    Ease of operation. (Adjusting setup for different racquets.)
    Speed of operation. (Drop weight, lock out, electronic)

    Personal: <5 racquets per week (Most any design will work)
    Friends & family: <10 racquets per week. (Look for better build quality)
    Small business: <20 racquets per week. (Lock out or electronic)
    Production: Most of the high quality lock out or better electronic machines are fine. Focus should be on ease & speed of operation & adjustment. The quality of the clamps is important here & adjustments should be easy to change & lock into position securely.
    This stuff is off the top of my head, so feel free to add content.
    Thanks,
    kev
     
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  4. Parker512

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    The ats super stringer is on sale for $139. My mom yelled at me just less than 5 minutes ago saying i was crazy to want to buy it.
     
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  5. PauloMKV

    PauloMKV New User

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    how are the clamps?
     
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  6. Overheadsmash

    Overheadsmash Semi-Pro

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    Tell your mom you could do stringing for people as you get older and make a lot more than working at McDonalds. Tell her you will put half of the money away towards college and use the other half to pay her back for the machine. After it's paid for, you keep half for your spending money. She will think you are the most responsible and motivated kid in the world and your life will be easier.
     
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  7. max

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    Geez, just put together the numbers for her. Show her how many racquets you need strung in a year, etc., at cost per racquet, and so forth.

    If you get the Gamma, buy some steel clamps from another company to go with it.
     
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  8. dancraig

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    I wore one pair out, but Klippermate sent two new ones for free.
     
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  9. Parker512

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    See thats the problem i've never broke a string in my life.
     
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  10. Parker512

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    I thrue the $139 in her lap and said i was going to use her card to buy it and here was the money and she said what are you buying? and i showed her the screen with it on it and she said "no..nonoonno...what are you going to useing this for your crazy""Thats so stupid".
     
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  11. Bud

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    You need to sell her on the idea, as others have stated.

    If not, I believe you can purchase a bank card and use it as a credit card. Just make sure you load it with enough for any taxes and shipping (call ATS and ask them for a grand total including any shipping and/or taxes).
     
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  12. Parker512

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    There's no um taxes or shipping fees. But as i said i think i need to convince her i even wanted to show her peoples posts and she said it did'nt matter what people said. This was at thanksgiving dinner too.
     
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  13. bugeyed

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    Take her to your local tennis shop & let her see them stringing racquets. That may show her that it is legitimate & young men & women do string racquets. I am not sure why your mom thinks that it's stupid, other than she doesn't know that people get their racquets restrung.

    Cheers,
    kev
     
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  14. goran_ace

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    Maybe it wasn't so much the price or what it was, but the way you asked her (or I should say didn't ask). During thanksgiving dinner you threw money in her lap and said you were going to use her card? That's a tad disrespectful. Not the right time, not the right place, not the right way.

    Instead, why don't you try asking your mother nicely if you could have permission to use her card to purchase a stringing machine that you have saved up for. Say please and thank you.

    I wouldn't try to sell her on the numbers of potentially starting your own stringing business because she might ask you how you plan on getting customers to support those numbers, which is something you may not be prepared to answer. The only economics you'll need is to show how many string jobs for yourself it will take for you to break even. You may have never broken a string but you should be getting your racket strung twice a year at minimum.
     
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  15. max

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    Huh.

    Maybe you really don't need one. . .
     
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