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Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Kal-El 34, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. MAX PLY

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    ^^^Not really, it is typically branded as such in the spray paint isle. I would check with your local hardware store and see what brands they recommend for metal. I think I used Krylon applicance paint but that was some time ago.
     
  2. tnnsman7

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    My new 1500
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    FYI, there is a product that removes rust without harming the paint called evapo-rust.

    Its an immersion solution that works wonders, takes the rust completely out. I've used it on various tools and motorcycle parts, etc.
     
  4. lwto

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    Thats nice! sweet :)
     
  5. utmiken

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    Star 3 replacement

    Thought I'd post on this thread as it seemed more appropriate.
    My new addition to the family. I'm pretty psyched!!

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  6. Lakers4Life

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    Nice! Does the tensionhead raise up when it's pulling tension?
     
  7. drakulie

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    ^^^No. This is one of the points I make when I post my full review of the Baiardo.
     
  8. Ash_Smith

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    Either way that is a seriously sh!thot machine!
     
  9. utmiken

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    Did you get yours already? Tell me what you think about the clamping system. I'm so used to the Babolat clamp and bases that I think what would make the Baiardo perfect would be the clamps and bases off a Star 5.

    I'm sure I just need to get used to it more.
     
  10. drakulie

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    Hey, utmiken. Yes, I received mine over a week ago. As for the center clamps, IMO they are the best I've used. The little pressure needed to secure the string is second to none, although I believe 5 teeth as opposed to the four would have been better. (I'll get more into this when I complete the review).

    As for the star 5, although the clamping system is awesome, I never warmed up to the 3-tooth clamps. They are a bit "clumsy" when trying to get into tight spaces and when clamping strings that are close together. This is due to the wide space at the bottom of the teeth. I also like the clamp bases of the sensor over the star 5, and enjoy the clamp bases of the Baiardo over the star 5. To be truthful, I don't think the Star 5 is a better machine in any way over the star 3 or 4. I think Babolat took a step back with this machine, rather than a step forward as they have done with nearly every new machine they introduce to the market.
     
  11. Lakers4Life

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    Drak, and early congrats on the new machine! I'm anxiously awaiting your review.

    Does the clamp base release when the string clamp drops on the Baiardo?
     
  12. dgdawg

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    Dude....you got a Baiardo? Awesome!!!
    Interesting statement on the Star 5, drak.
    I've never strung on a 3 or 4, but I have prolly a couple hundred on my Star 5.
    It took me a little while to get used to the clamp bases and clamps but it's by far the best machine I've strung on to date.
    The clamps are awesome. If I can get the nose of the teeth on the string, it'll hold, even at 75lbs.
    I wonder what others think that have used the Star 3/4/5 and Sensor?
     
  13. lwto

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    I agree, the clamps on the sensor are a little fat, but the operation I think is 2nd to none, it is basically a one handed operation. Clamp the strings with your fingers.. lock it with your palms.. drop the clamp to release.. simple.
     
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    I did not know this thread so I will post my opus ^_^
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    That machine is gorgeous. It looks like you could fly that thing against the Death Star.
     
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    You know how to take the shine off a fella's new (used) Neos he was excited about. :wink:

    You couldn't wait a couple of weeks before posting pictures of this sweet baby?
     
  17. tnnsman7

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    I was just thinking about the same - that the Baiardo was taking the shine off my new 1500.:(
     
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    Thanks. I'll look for it next time I'm at the hardware store. So you would use it on the rail as well?
     
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    That is a beautiful piece of equipment.
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    Sure, just be sure to clean it well after using the evapo-rust; it leaves a powder like residue that needs to be wiped off. There's a promo video on youtube if you do a search and they sell it at autozone.

    The stuff is like magic.
     
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    I got to try that stuff out. I have a couple of clamps that has surface rust. I was thinking of using something like CLR, but it sometimes dulls polishes.
     
  22. drakulie

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    Yes it does.

    Sorry I haven't been able to complete a review yet. I'm stringing at an ATP Challenger this week and have been busy as all hell stringing full poly 18x20 frames by the boat load. My fingers are tired. :)



    Hey, dgdawg!! Hope all is well.

    Let me clarify my earlier post..

    What I meant when I said, the star 5, sensor and expert are a step back is as follows.

    The Star 5 is basically replacing the star 3 and 4. However, there is not a real "step forward here" as has been Babolat's Tradition. When the 3 and 4 came out, they were a giant leap forward compared to the Star 2. The addition of the mounting arms, and the tension sensor to the 3 and 4, were far superior to that of the star 2. There is really no leap forward in the star 5 in this same way, other than the "sensor trigger" for the tension head.

    As for the Sensor and Sensor Expert, there is even a bigger step backwards with these machines when compared to the 3502, 4002, and 5502. These machines had computers (4002 and 5502), that could capture clients information and even capture the RDC readings if hooked up to an RDC. They both had monitors you could read. In addition, both had magnetic clamps (single action), a rasing tension head, and electronic trigger to lock the turntable, etc, etc, etc.


    Here is a video of my buddies 4002 so you could see what I mean (probably the very best machine I have ever strung on)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp8I1rLLin8

    Hope this clarifies what I meant.

    of course, the Star 5 is a monster of a machine. I've been stringing on one this week at the ATP event, alongside my beloved Star 4. :)

    Both, incredible machines.
     
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  23. Icedorb217

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    Hey Drak are you planning on keeping your star 4 or are you going to sell it?
     
  24. Lakers4Life

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    I came to the conclusion the reason it's called a Sensor. Most other machines have mechanical triggers. I say "mechanical", because the switch is a moving part on other machines, where as the Sensor and Star 5 don't.

    Albert referred to the Sensor as a load cell, but most electronic machines have load cells in some way or another. so it's not appropriate.

    Getting back to saying the Star 5 and Sensor are step backs are a bit much. Most companies have more than one machine for different levels it's buyers. Though I consider the Star 5 an entry level machine for the Babolat line in terms of New Machines. Sure the 4002 and 5502, had computers to track the clients preferences, but that's more bells and whistles, than actual function. In the video the guy had trouble using the panel and finding the right card. Even a Baiardo does not have that. I would rather have a machine used by the Pro Stringers at the Pro Events.
     
  25. drakulie

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    Keeping it. I'm actualy using it at the ATP event Im' stringing at.


    Yup. Agreed.


    The machines I mentioned (3002, 3502, 4002, 5502, etc) were leaps and years ahead of their predecessors, where-as the Star 5, Sensor, and Sensor Expert are not leaps and years ahead of the 3002, 3502, 4002, and 5002 (the machines they replaced). This is what I mean when I say, "step back". In many ways, they don't even include many of the "bells and whistles" their predecesors had.

    For instance, the Sensor does not have electromagneitc clamps, electronic locking turntable, or a tension head that raises to the height of the string bed.

    As for the computer and the video I displayed, the reason many of the "swipe" cards weren't working is because he hadn't programmed anything on to them. They turned out to be blank. He doesn't even use that function anymore. But fact still stands, that those machines are far superior and leaps ahead of their predecessors, and far more advanced than the machines that came afterwards.
     
  26. Lakers4Life

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    What I think you are referring to are "Shop" machines. Though almost any machine would be considered a "Shop", but a there are a few you'd expect to see. Sure the older Babolats were way ahead of thier time, but at what cost? I would love to have a 3002, but how many are available?

    I'm surprised you have to bring your own machine to an ATP event. If I were ever invited, I'd have a had time bringing my Sensor. But that why the Star 5 is produced, for portability.

    As for the Sensor not having the electromagnetic clamps, electronic locking turntable, or a tension head that raises to the height of the string bed. That's what the Sensor Expert is for, another "Shop Machine".
     
  27. drakulie

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    ^^Shop machine or not, they are still not a "push forward" as were their predecessors, which is my point.

    As for bringing my own machine to the tourney, I didn't have to, rather, chose to because I'm very comfortable with it, and prefer it over the Star 5 they have at the event. Also, you need to remember, when you are contracted to do an event, you need to supply all the gear, so it was nice they already had a machine at the venue. For example, the Sony Miami tournament doesn't just have a bunch of Baiardo sitting around. The Wilson Stringing team provides their own equipment.

    Any tournament I'm hired to do, I bring my own gear, although I doubt I'll be taking my machine to the Delray Atp tournament. Pro Circuit Stringing has a bunch of Prince 4000 machines they use.
     
  28. Lakers4Life

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    I'll agree they are not a push forward, but some features are not necessary to string to a racket and just add to the price of the machine. I'm a bit more practical when it comes to stringing.

    When you string at a tournament, do you provide the strings too? or just the tools? I was asked to a charity event for a former Player, but by the time I contacted them they had found another stringer. I would have probably worked for free, if they covered my expenses, just for the experience.
     
  29. drakulie

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    I sometimes take my own string.

    What I always bring with me as far as tools go:

    Starting clamp (2 of them)
    one awl
    blunt awl
    cam action pliers
    cutters
    bent needle nose pliers
    black and decker cutters (for the string bed)
    rubbing alcohol
    glide slide
    toothbrush
    small cloth
    allen wrench set
    and a few other things.


    as for the charity event, that is a great way to not only get experience, but exposure. Good stuff.
     
  30. Lakers4Life

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    I got most of those tools! I think I'm set next time they call.
     
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    I wonder if all the electronics on these machines proved to be just to much in the end. Seems these machines take a pounding and in the end, reliability seems to be the order of the day. Some of these shop stringers, are employees and have this employee type attitude without regards to upkeep and maintenance of equipment.
    Be nice to have all the electronics, though the computer readout, I could do without, seems like at the time could be good, but now would be a little redundant with everything computerized anyway. Here's a pic of my computerized terminal, keep track of everything, can look up racquet specs.. customers..etc etc..

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    Handy for me, cause I can watch stringing videos too, since I am a stringing newbie.

    BTW drakulie, thanks for all the input, you have some very interesting stories and info..
     
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    My collegeroom setup:

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    A few months ago I posted asking for some help choosing between a Babolat Star 5 and the Prince 6000. In the end....

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    I got the Prince 6000.

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    No regrets at all. I did try stringing on a Babolat Star5 before. But I think that the Prince 6000 allows me to string at a faster rate.Very ergonomically friendly machine although I do occasionally snag the string on the break knob. I'm not too sure if the customer support for Prince is as good as Babolat's but I have no problems with my machine so far (and I pray nothing bad happens). This comes with a standard set of tools including a blunt awl.

    Overall, a very happy stringer!:)
     
  34. Virtua Tennis

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    I think your over tightening the v clamps those plastic pads should not wear out like that. :shock:
     
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    The IKEA Expedit + iMac/Macbook setup is GOAT ;P

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    Old picture...new picture to come :p

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    Haven't seen one of these on this thread so I thought I would post my "Oldie, but Goldie". Bought her off craigslist for $300. Had less than 40 racquets strung on her. Everything works great. She looks brand new. I've done about 50 on her and she hasn't missed a step. A little loud, but definately worth it!!

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    awesome machine and nice transformers poster
     
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    thats not neos1000?
     
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    he didn't buy the machine new. the plastic pads were already like that when he got it.
     
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    That looks EXACTLY like one of the stringing machines inside the TCU Team Tennis building! Must be a tank of a machine if they use it, along with a Babolat Star 5... Haven't used either before, but I'm figuring on using the Star 5 exclusively when I start stringing for them this school year. Excited!
     
  43. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    Decided to "upgrade" my equipment from my old Ektelon Neos to a new model. I was ordering from TW and planned to order the newer 1500 but at the last second old faithful called out to me.

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    The missus said my baby was staying in the garage but I have a new addition to the man cave and a win for men everywhere. The score now reads:

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    I figured it was time to get serious again and kicked down for one of these (not sure where to put it yet)

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    And a more extensive string supply

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    May the stringing force be with you.
     
  45. I Heart Thomas Muster

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    Believe me it was no easy decision between a Han Solo in Carbonite replica or the new Neos.
     
  46. Clintspin

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    I think you made the right decision my jedi friend.
     
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    that is outstanding! you got a big screen to look at while you string too! lots of string too
     
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    nice Alpha stringing machine!!^^^^^^^^
     
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    Thanks! The club i work at is closing in a few weeks so I picked up the machine for $250
     

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