Martin8768's review Silent Partner CRUMP

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  1. martin8768

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    Hey guys,
    first of all, this is my first stringing machine. I have strung a couple times on my friends Gamma progression STII. I have learned very quickly and now it takes my 1h15m to finish a frame without being in a hurry. I live in Ontario and shipping from the Silent Partner headquarters in Toronto toke 3 days. Here is my review with pictures included:

    Base and turntable

    The Base is fairly heavy, the whole package weighed 45lbs as indicated on the box. The base only lifted once when pulling a knot very hard upwards. The turntable is very solid and i can rotate 360.
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    Mounting

    With the 6 point mounting i get peace of mind when stringing frames, specially my expensive badminton rackets. the only thing is that the arms are not independant and i have figured out a trick. I loosen the support posts and tighten the side arms till they are secure, then i tighten the support post so that is it even on both side of the racket. the side arms have 4 holes and each has 3 different angles that the V shaped arms can fit in. The side arms wiggle a bit when not under pressure but once something is pushing from the inside they don't move at all. i think its just the way the screw tightens them. The 2 point head and throat have 3 pronged load spreaders that work very well, but theirs a warning saying not to attempt to get all three to touch. if the frame is to round then it also comes with regular rectangular plastic ones.
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    Clamps and clamp base

    As i said, this is my first stringing machine so i can't say to much about the clamps so far, their working really great with me, once i get it adjusted right i have never had problems with pinching or slipping, but always take the time to re adjust if you use multiple types of string. I have mainly used TP cyberflash 16 and BB ace 18 and they hold nice, the SP guy told me they are not diamond dust coated and i was looking into buying some upgrades but i don't think i will need to at all they work great. The clamps have a spring to stop them from slamming down when you release them. the clamp base are not spring assisted bases. i have never tired spring assisted bases but these work great, slide easily and not to hard to tighten unless your a woosy ;)
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    Crank and misc

    Tested the tension with a gamma tension calibrator and it was spot on right out of the box at every tension i tested (70, 60,50,45, and 24). The Crank is easy to use and you can go as fast as you want basically. I tend to crank medium pace to make sure i get all the slack in between the grommets so im sure if i wanted to i could crank faster. Other then that i can't think of other things to talk about.

    If you have any questions PM or reply me. If im forgetting anything just let me know.
    Here is my Flickr Album with all the pics of the machine and tools incld

    Martin8768
     
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  2. zidane339

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    Very nice review..looks like a beautiful machine!
     
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  3. william7gr

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    Thanks this will help many people with their decision.
     
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    Great pics and an informative review. Enjoy it.
     
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  5. Mansewerz

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    So the clamp bases are nice? Do you have to tighten a lot?


    Also, that comment about the mounting. Do you mean to say that the arm is not independent or the k bracket that goes against the frame is not independent? And did you want whatever it was to be independent?
     
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  6. martin8768

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    clamp bases are nice, i only use one hand to tighten them.

    what i mean by that is the side arms move together, as opposed to some machines were the side arms have their separate knob to turn, but this has its goods and bads. its good because if you mount it right it will be perfectly symmetrical as opposed to accidentally tightening one side to much.
     
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  7. Mansewerz

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    Ok ,that's what I thought you meant. The clamp bases can be done with the thumb, no?

    About the mounting. It's called self centering mounting. It's usually praised as the more consistent, quicker system and often better if you have more racquets. Do the brackets pivot to fit frames?
     
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  8. mellofelow

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    Very nice. Thanks for sharing and enjoy!
     
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  9. wonder_wall

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    Great review and excellent pics, and I've always thought if I buy a machine from Silent Partner, it would have to have that nice racket support system you got with your machine. I noticed previously that support system on a 799 Jazz or something, but now Silent Partner is offering that on even a $500 machine, that is just fantastic. (And I see it's even on a $379 drop weight.)

    (Price you didn't mention, I found it on the web site s p t e n n i s . c o m: $499, $560 with shipping.)

    The negative of course is those cone lock clamp bases. I used Eagnas versions of those once and thought they were very primitive and definitely not nice, but I'd gather the SP ones may be a bit better, but probably overall same general thing. So that's a negative. If I had been you I would have tried to get them to upgrade that, even if it made the price $100 higher. Then you'd have great racket support and great clamps, then you'd only need a great tensioner. You use the clamps *constantly* when stringing, so if they're not good to use, you definitely *feel* the suffering!

    But one question, you mention the arms don't move independently, so "you have figured out a trick" to deal with that. Why the heck do you need a trick when the two arms moving in tandem is A GOOD THING? (E.g. makes this machine a cut above the Alpha Revo 4k with its more second-rate independent arms that you have to adjust one by one.)

    But to me that sounds like an amazing deal, the only negative being the cone locks, and I'd think that machine is a cut above the Revo 4k at this price, because a better racket support system is super-important. Congratulations and enjoy, and I'd be curious to hear the answer on the racket support question!
     
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  10. Mansewerz

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    How easy would you say tightening the cone lock bases are? Could you equate it to something, like say flipping a light switch, etc? Does your hand/fingers get tired of it after a couple racquets?

    Sorry for being a pain, the bases are the only thing really still having me hesitate on choosing this as my next machine.
     
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