Pro´s Pro TX-500N

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Hankenstein, May 15, 2008.

  1. Hankenstein

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    I have just orderd this machine and it will arrive in a couple of days. I will use it a bit until the new Pro´s Pro V777 arrives later this year.

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    The "only" electrical-stringers I have worked with so far are Babolat Star 3, Babolat Star 4 and Babolat Sensor so I guess this will be a little step down compared to those monster-machines.

    I have never used this type of pre-loaded spring machine before, but is it much slower to work with compared with the constant-pull machines?

    When I used to worked in the shops with those machines, they was very very easy to operate and stringing was a pleasure but now when I only string for me and my friends at home I don´t have the same demands (at all!) as before.

    A review of this machine will follow in a while and we´ll see if it´s a good buy...
     
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    Ok thanks, looking forward to see your opinion as these and eagnas (the same company) have been slated on here
     
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  3. nevergiveup

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    Hi Hankenstein, was TX-500N a good choice/worth the money? I'm thinking of buying one but still I'd like to read a review of it.
     
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    Hm, first of all,, it extremely worth the money it costs,, no doubt about that. It´s like a solid work horse,, it does it´s job every day, hour, minute and it does a solid work.

    I think it´s also like a semi-constant pull function because you can hear the tension being adjusted when you leave the string with tension from the machine.

    It´s only realy downside is, and that is the same on more expensive machines, is that due to the rotational gripper you must use quit a bit extra string to be able to pull. You can´t get so close to the frame as with a normal spring assisted machine
     
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  5. Steve F.

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    Hi Hankenstein -

    Thanks for posting info on this machine here and on your blog as well. When I googled the TX500N - this thread and your blog came up. Good work!

    I was wondering if you wound up replacing any of the clamps, and if so with what and how much did it cost?

    Also - due to the limitations of the rotational gripper that you mention, how many meters (or feet if you prefer) do you find you need to do a single frame?

    I downloaded the user manual online and found it to be uh, minimalist. Coming in at a whopping 9 pages (including title page!), I wonder if you've found yourself having to troubleshoot any issues.

    Finally, have you found the accuracy of the tensioning to be on par with the Babolat machines you worked with previously, or have you needed to adjust? btw, how much does the thing weigh, looks pretty substantial.

    I'm thinking about picking up this machine because I'm just giving way too much cash to the local shop to strings my frames every week!

    Thanks!!
     
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    Did you get rid of your Pro´s Pro v888?
     
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  7. Hankenstein

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    The TX500N was doing it´s job, nothing more, nothing less. I used it for a very short period as i just wanted to try it and try a rotational gripper.

    First, if you buy it, do a calibration right away. My machine showed about 3 lbs to low. The calibration is extremely easy as it is just to screw on a screw until it shows the same tension on the digital display as on the calibrator.

    About string length,, I felt i needed about 70-80 cm extra in total compared to a linear gripper.

    If some issues occurs i felt from opening the machine up, it´s very easy to do a selfrepair. It´s not any major issues on this machine at all.

    I don´t remember any issues with the clamps, but it costs around 30 euros to buy 2 new clamps.

    Absolutely no! I got in contact with the seller and they will send me a new linear gripper and hopefully it will work. This machine (v888) looks like an exact replica of the Wilson-machine from 2006 US Open; http://photostringer.com/wilson_2006_us_open_01.htm

    It´s a solid machine with a lot of good features and it sure have big potential. I will keep the V 8 8 8 but I will also keep my "new" used Neos 1000. The string time on the Neos is amazing. I string a racket on 12-13 minutes on the Neos but on the V 8 8 8 it will absolutely take over 20 minutes.
     
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