Restringing cost

Discussion in 'Strings' started by siowmotion, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. siowmotion

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    Hi,

    I was wondering for any non-self stringers, how much does your local tennis shop cost to restring for you? I play casually on weekends with some friends and we all aren't normally string breakers but every now and then we all feel like a restring is needed after few months of play. We don't play very high level I self rate me and my friends maybe 3.0-3.5 at best. And there is this local tennis shop that has a large variety of strings. I know it's stupid but I try different strings every time just for the hell of it. And I notice the price on TW is like $10-$20 or so for non natural gut and gut is like $40 or so. And at my local shop it's mostly $25 for non gut and natural gut is like $60. The price of labor and tax is in the price of the string already.

    So I was wondering are these prices reasonable or not? Or should I just buy a bunch of strings from TW and give it to him and just pay for the labor?
     
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  2. Kenny022593

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    Proshop stringings are normally reasonable. Except for the PSGD that goes for $26. At my club they charge $12 for labor so if you bring your own strings then it is a good price. Even though it is a good price, they move very slow and it took them a week and a half to string my racquet so i just went to a private stringer.
     
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  3. siowmotion

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    I'm not sure how much they charge for labor but I would assume it's around the $10 region or so. I am personally interested in playing tennis for the rest of my life and was wondering if it would be beneficial to buy a string machine and the popular strings my friends use and just charge them cheaper compared to my local tennis shop. Then again, it would take forever to break even or maybe take forever learning how to string rackets. I mean my local tennis shop usually has the restrung done by the next day. And maybe I am going through a big hassle of buying the machine and all other stuff needed to do it. Then again I have no idea where to put the machine, my parents dont like me playing tennis. lol...
     
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  4. tennis005

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    Even if you dont string alot of rackets, a stringer will eventually pay itself off. Lets say you string 8 rackets a year. Normally that would cost anywhere from $10-$12 at a pro shop. So you save $80-$96 a year. If your going to be playing for lets say 10 more years, that would come out to $800-$960 during those 10 years. A beginner level string costs around $150 and you can get a really descent one for $450-$500.
     
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  5. jim e

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    It really does not take that much to learn the basics of stringing. A good place to get a better idea is to watch some of the short videos on this like posted here.
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=172626
    This will give you a good insight to how it is done. Once you get the hang of it, and get the tips and problems down to where you can handle any job , it becomes second nature.
    It can also help just to watch your stringer back home and hopefully he follows procedure and does not take any shortcuts to string an inferior job.
    As far as a machine is concerned, I would get as much as you could afford, (many here would disagree, but this is my opinion), I would at least get a 6 point machine, a decent table brake, and fixed clamps as a bare minimum!
    Here is a decent guide to a list of features avail. and machine manufactures from the USRSA, it also gives a description of what the different components of a machine are, so you will be a little more informed. Be sure to scroll to bottom of page and click on the feature table, there you can go to different manuf. sites as well.
    A good starting point would be to get a decent upright stand crank model, as if it goes well, you can update it later by placing an electronic tension head on it to update it if so desired. Good luck!
    http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/articles/2008/08/2008_guide_to_stringing_machin.html
    And also the continuation of that here:
    http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/issues/200808/200808stringing_machines.html
     
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  6. samster

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    Buy yourself a Klippermate ($139), which is made in USA. Very cost effective.

    http://www.klipperusa.com/productspecials.php

    I had couple frames strung at sports authority and realize the tension was way off than what I requested, I bought a Klippermate 9in 1996 and learned how to string and never looked back.
     
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  7. austinjbrunner

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    I bought a stringer this year, and have strung rackets countless times just to learn how to string. Wasted a lot string doing this but I can now string with relative ease (not quickly though....). Point of the story is go ahead a get a stringer if you plan on making it a sport you play often.

    Side note: Your parents don't like you playing tennis? My mom doesn't like me disc golfing because of the affiliation with drugs, but tennis she has never questioned.
     
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  8. siowmotion

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    Well thanks all for the helpful and and your experience of about a stringer. And my parents don't like me playing tennis cause I am in college and I shouldn't be "wasting" money in times like these and when I should be saving money for something school related.
     
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  9. coyfish

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    Just remember you only live once. Many of the little things that you might deprive yourself of now . . . will not bring you the same enjoyment down the road.

    All within reason of course.


    But 25 bucks isn't a bad price. I would look up the string you want to try on TW. See how expensive it is and then you can judge yourself.

    To give you an idea of how much you can save with a stringing machine . . .

    Buy a klippermate for $130 bucks. Comes with a few sets of good string too. I went from spending about 25 bucks for each string job to 5-6 bucks using my favorite string setup. Takes me about 35 minutes to string a racquet. Saves gas, driving time, etc.
     
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  10. siowmotion

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    Well my local tennis shop is like 7 minute drive from my house, and it's on the way to school so I can easily drop by before/after class and such. Just that I don't really restring much. Like last year alone I restrung I believe 4 times that whole year and I played 0-3 times a week. And if like something were to happen and I never play tennis then I have to go through hassle of trying to sell the machine, I have hard time selling my rackets as is. And as for strings, I use different strings every time and I don't like paying the shipping and handling for a a few packs of strings for me and my friends, and I don't wanna spend that much on a reel if only a few use that string. Hmm...I have alot to think about.
     
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  11. COPEY

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    Well while you're thinking, consider this...

    - You're in college, so there are undoubtedly lots of people around who play tennis. Maybe not competitively, but recreationally. Regardless, you'll get a few racquets to restring.

    - Then there are the buddies you play with, who at some point will require a restring.

    I'm with jim e with regard to buying as much machine as you can afford, but in your situation, a Klippermate sounds like your best option. In no time at all you'll have it paid for, as well as enjoying the luxury of trying strings for little or no money at all. You say you'll likely play this game for life, which is all the more reason to get a machine.

    I'm well past my college days, but I'll tell ya now, I wish like h**l I had started stringing back then. Trust me - there's no down side to having your own stringer.
     
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  12. Mwesty

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    Over here in the UK the average labour cost is about £8-£10 privately and probably slightly more in a shop. Personally, I charge £8 and I do the racket while your wait.. so it's back in your hands in 20 minutes.
     
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  13. forthegame

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    Is there a thread that breaks down the stringing machine types and recommendations for a string newbie? Thanks.

    (should probably use the search function......)
     
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  15. Kam2010

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    In Nottingham, England, if you were to get a restring from there using your own strings would cost £10 which is not bad, but if you want them to string it for you, a lot more considering they have a higher price for the string then what you can find on net. So for a decentr string like lets say you want Big Banger or PHT or something that are slightly more expensive than the average poly string they would charger around £25-£30
    It costs £17.50 for them to restring it and using there own branded string
     
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  16. rj.laroza

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    i would say buy a stringer. my parents were the same way... then my brother got into the game and everytime we went to sports chalet it would cost us over 60 dollars to get restrung (including basic syn gut string). ever since i bought my first second hand machine ive been stringing for myself, my brother, my friends, and clients. the machine has def paid off for its self and since u go to college you prob meet alot of people on the courts that live very local to you. you save money in labor charges from the pro shop and save money ordering from TW (they have pretty much the best prices and A+ service).

    good luck
     
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