Moderately priced stringer

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by F. Perry, May 15, 2012.

  1. F. Perry

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    I'm thinking about buying a stringer this summer, and I might be able to swing one in the $300-400 range--but not more than that. So I'm wondering what opinions are about the best stringer for the money, on the level slightly above the entry level Klipper and Gamma units. thanks.
     
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  2. gmatheis

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    You are in a price range that is hard to get what you want.

    $300-$400 is still in the price range of drop weight stringers but not quite enough for a machine with fixed clamps. Alpha Pioneer DC+ ($469) or a Gamma Progression II 602 FC ($479)

    You could go with a Gamma Progression II 602, but for $180 more than the Progression 200 all you are getting really is 6 pt mounting. I think if I had that choice I'd go with the Progression 200 and buy a couple reels of string.

    Could always keep an eye on craigs list and the bay for a used machine. Just be careful as I see alot of junk on there. I've seen a machine with bent drop weight arm, machines that have badminton clamps instead of tennis clamps, machines without any clamps etc etc. BUT I've seen good deals too.

    Then there is Eagnas who has several models in your price range ... opinions vary on their quality and customer service so I'll just stay away from that.

    My own personal choice if I were spending $300-$400 ... try and swing the extra $70-80 and get one of the first two I mentioned (alpha pioneer dc+ or gamma progression II 602 FC)

    If the $70-80 extra is a deal breaker and I really wanted fixed clamps I might try Eagnas(maybe combo 710 or challenger I).
     
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  3. Overheadsmash

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    Check out a Stringway. It's a straight pull drop weight. Very easy to use, and well-built. Nice clamps too. I have an ML120 with the single action clamps and I love it. Mine is an upright, but they have good tabletop models too.
     
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  4. gmatheis

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    And they start at over $700 .... seriously ?
     
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  5. Ramon

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    That's close to the same answer I would give. $429 is a great price point because you can get the Alpha Pioneer DC+ with free shipping. I really don't think the Eagnas Combo 710 and Challenger I are that much less than the Alpha because when you add shipping you're only saving about $10-20. The Eagnas Flex 740 at $289 plus shipping is probably more in the OP's price range. I decided to spring for the Alpha.
     
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  6. Overheadsmash

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    Oh - I thought there were $400-ish. Haven't looked in a while.
     
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  7. F. Perry

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    Thanks for the replies! I'll check out your recommendations, seem like some good options there.
     
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  8. Woolybugger

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    Alpha Pioneer DC Plus just went up from $429 to $469. I like it but found two problems which are easily correctable:
    1) clamps were not even. use the included wrenches to adjust.
    2) towers slip. some people recommended changing out the washers, but I just put a piece of old leather in between the tower and the base to add some grip.

    Alpha has great customer service.
     
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  9. Ramon

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    Wow! I'm glad I bought the Alpha right before the price change. I still think it's a good deal at that price, but now it makes the Eagnas machines even more tempting if you're willing to risk it.

    I had the same problem with the towers slipping. I tried changing the washers, but it didn't solve it completely. The piece of leather idea is an interesting one. Right now, I'm using a 13" metal shim as a brace between the towers, and it's working fine.
     
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  10. Fearsome Forehand

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    In that price range at least look at Eagnas Maxline. They have a lot of bang for the buck machines in your range.

    If you are a casual stringer, Eagnas should be okay for you. If you string a lot or professionally, I would recommend Alpha or Gamma because of their level of customer service.
     
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