Prince Neos Clamps

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  1. Rabbit

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    So I strung this weekend for a junior sectional/regional tournament. A buddy of mine who owns a pro shop/tennis complex asked if I could help him with the load. At one point, there were 3 of us stringing and barely keeping up.

    Anyway, he had me on an old machine, the body of this Neos had definitely seen its better days. After a long day stringing on it, we went for beers. I told him that while the machine body was worn out, the clamps on the machine were tip top. He said they were new clamps.

    Well, it's only been 18 years and who knows how many frames, but I decided to buy myself a new set of clamps. I called Tennis Machines this morning to order them. For all you long time Neosers out there, pay attention.

    I was talking to either JC or the "new guy" and said I wanted some new clamps. He said no problem and I asked how much they were. They are still, $65/each. I say still because they've been that price for about 100 years.

    I told him on one main on multiple frames, I noticed more drawback than usual. He explained that the glide bars are made of stainles steel, but the clamps are made out of aluminum. What most folks don't know is that while the clamp mechanism and teeth may not wear out, the bottom of the clamp will because aluminum is just not as hard as steel. That was my first "AHA".

    I then told him that I had purchased some cleaning stones. And asked him if they were OK. He said he used a coarse sandpaper so they were probably the same thing. He did caution me though. When cleaning your clamps with this, make sure you go in an up/down direction and not side to side. If you go side to side, you can potentially cause grooves that would then lessen clamping ability.

    But, for $130 for two new clamps, I ain't complaining!
     
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  2. Irvin

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    If those clamps are any thing like the old clamps I used to have on my P100 there is only small 'pads' on the clamp that touches the glide bar. What will be on the bar or 'pads' that could not be cleaned off with something less abrasive than a stone or sand paper?
     
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  3. Rabbit

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    no pads, there's a raised section of aluminum on both ends of the clamp that makes a ring when the clamp is mounted. Just looking at mine, they are shiny with no texture at all.
     
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  4. MAX PLY

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    Yes, the part of the clamp that grasps the glide bar is often the most neglected part of a Neos/E-H machine's maintenance. In my experience, when someone has problems with the clamp holding a string firmly, cleaning that area almost always resolves the problem. I have an E-H that I have owned since 1986 and only replaced the clamps once (about 3-4 years ago) and it was indeed that area that had worn too much.
     
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  5. Clintspin

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    Can't believe they would use sandpaper on that area. I found it very easy to clean them with alcohol and a brush.
     
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    It has been a while, could someone take a picture of the inside of the clamp when the glide bar goes through? I was pretty sure the whole inside of the clamp does not fit touch the glide bar but only a small area.
     
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    I am with you on that point.
     
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    No, that's right, per my earlier comment. There is a raised section about 1/4 - 1/2 inch wide that is in contact with the glide bar on both outside ends of the clamp. Between those two raised areas does not touch the glide bar.
     
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    You are correct--brush and alcohol is all that is needed. The glide bar itself should also be wiped with alcohol frequently as well.
     
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    Then I would not use sandpaper or a stone on those sections.
     
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    And I don't. The tip he gave was for the teethed end. I use acetone.
     
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