Revo 4000 Review

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Rex, May 10, 2010.

  1. Rex

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    After the long weekend wait to get my new Alpha Revo 4000, it finally came this afternoon!

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    I just strung up my first racquet a few minutes ago and I have to re-acquaint myself with a 6pt mount/fixed clamp stringer. It took me about 30 minutes to string it slowly which was not bad.
    I'll toss up my personal review of this machine once I get a couple more racquets strung on it.

    I ordered an extra starting clamp and I got to choose $100 worth of Alpha strings to come with it as well.

    Assembly of the unit was fast and very easy and the stringer was packed pretty well.
    Just strung a handful of racquets last night and the stringer is very well made.
    The table may need a little bit of grease to make the base clamps move around a little smoother, but overall not bad.
    The tension head was already calibrated when it arrived, but I I'm glad I double checked because it was maybe about 1-2lbs off (possibly from shipping).
    The new clamps that come with the Revo 4000 are very nice. I did not have any issues with any marring of the strings at all.

    The basic tools that came with the stringer are enough to get you by, but I'll most likely be ordering some new tools in the next week.

    Overall I really like this stringer compared to my old Ektelon H. It made my life a lot easier not having to take a couple steps to tension the strings. I can finally stand in one spot!

    Thanks TT for helping me find my stringer.
     
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  2. markmdfw

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    good looking stringer, what did you buy with it all the string? the starting clamp? Enjoy your new toy!
     
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  3. Rex

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    I just ended up buying the starting clamp. The stringer came with $100 worth of strings for free.
     
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  4. maa2003

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    nice pictures of Revo-4000 with new side-support and new 3-teeth clamp.
    is there any special side-support for badminton ?
    thanks
     
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  5. Rex

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    nope. no special side support for badminton. I would just have to adjust the angled support to a different hole on the mounting arm. it comes with a pretty informational DVD on how to string for people that are new to stringing.
     
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  6. Racer41c

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    Hey Rex,

    I'm a first time stringer and I'm really happy with the Revo. I'm wondering if I should get the 3 point clamps. Can I talk you into a picture with the clamps holding a cross string?

    Thanks.
     
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  7. Rex

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    I'll try to get a picture next time I string a racket again.
     
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  8. David123

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    I know we've had our differences but congratulations!
     
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  9. Rex

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    Thanks. I forgive u.
     
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  10. David123

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    Thanks :p have fun on that beastly machine!

    By the way how are the 3 tooth clamps? They're new to the machine :p I know you mentioned that they're good. But how much drawback is there? Just wondering. Also, what do you mean when you refer to the fact that you long have to take any steps to tension? Did you have to on your previous Ektelon machine? Isn't it the same type of tensioning?
     
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  11. Rex

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    Racer41c, here's the pics.

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    There's very little none on the drawback.
    On my Ektelon machine I would have to move around the machine a little bit more than I do with this machine. I like the 360ยบ rotation which makes it easier for me to string.
     
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  12. David123

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    Nice pictures! The clamps look awesome. Is it because of the 360 degree rotation that you're moving less?
     
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  13. Rex

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    It's because of the fixed clamps.
     
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  14. Jonny S&V

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    You are making me anxious for later this summer, when I order my Revo 4k... Did it need any calibration out of the box?
     
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    Making the money, unfortunately... I have a stringer, but it's the college's that I play at, and it's kinda old... :-l
     
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  17. IceNineTX

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    This makes me want to upgrade my clamps. They look nice.
     
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  18. Dags

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    Rex, can you post similar pictures of the clamps when you string a closed pattern?

    I have 2 sets of 5-tooth clamps - one is the standard tennis clamp, the other is a smaller 'universal' clamp for tennis, squash and badminton - but with 5 teeth neither can perfectly handle either an open or closed stringing pattern. In your pictures the 3-tooth clamps look spot on for an open pattern, so I'd be interested to see if they can handle any racquet without movement (or at least excessive movement) of the mains.
     
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  19. Zhou

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    I can tell you for a fact on racquets like the Pure Storm Ltd and the Youtek Prestige Mid, it is a tight fit for the first and last cross. You do have to push the mains out of the way to have it fit right.
     
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  20. MAX PLY

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    Rex, you mentioned that you have to move more when you use your H. Did you consider not fastening the lower locket screw? That way the machine head assembly rotates freely too, so you don't have to move much at all.
     
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  21. David123

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    I thought he said it was because of the fixed clamps... but i still don't understand why.
     
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  22. Rex

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    All my racquets that I have are open patterns. If I do by chance get a closed pattern racquet to string, I will take a picture of it.

    I really had to move a little more because when I tension the string, sometimes the racquet handle would be in the way, I would have to move around it to move the glide bar clamps.
    David you will possibly get what I mean when you get your neos.
     
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  23. tennisman917

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    hey does anybody know if the revo comes with the 3-tooth clamps now was it just that person who ordered it ...
     
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  24. Rex

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    all the new revo's come with the 3 tooth clamps now.
     
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  25. tennisman917

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    @Rex , did u get the machine directly from alpha
     
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  26. Rex

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    yes I did get it directly from Alpha. I called Mark and made the order with him.
    He's been awesome with the customer support after getting the machine. I've had tiny little issues here and there and he has gone above and beyond with the support.
     
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  27. tennisman917

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    one more thing , does he let you choose the strings we want ? and did you get the newer version of the revo as in the one with 3-tooth clamps
     
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  28. Rex

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    yes I did. he directed me to a website to choose $100 worth of strings. Yes I did get the new machine with the 3 tooth clamps.
     
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  29. tennisman917

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    alright , thanks, and if you dont mind , would you post up a video on the new revo like how clamps work and how fast it is to mount a racket with the new side supports
     
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  30. indyfob2008

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    I recently ordered a Revo 4000, through an online retailer (**************). Do I also receive $100 worth of alpha strings? If strings are not included, if I call Alpha will they send me strings?
     
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  31. tennisman917

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    yes you will recieve the free strings but it will be the normal ones they put in , instead of it being your choice
     
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    The microwave/kitchen cart I have is 23 5/8" long. I'm worried that I wont be able to fit the entire base on top of the cart. I may have to shop around for another cart, because someone said the base is about 25.5" long. thanks for posting such nice pictures of the machine! it looks great and I can't wait to assemble mine.
     
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  33. indyfob2008

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    anyone else see my post in a different thread?
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    Like many others who have commented here about Alpha's great customer service, I too am impressed with the C.S. there...however, I have to say that I have run into a few unexpected problems and am somewhat disappointed with the machine I received.
    A. User manual is a poor reference guide. (but the DVD is not bad).
    B. 1 of my clamps would not fit in the base clamp. (will be receiving a brand new one, hopefully)
    C. My Revo does not fit onto the base table properly (not flush).
    D. 2 of the shoulder support knobs - when I turn (tighten) them, they will push the mounting arm inwards (as expected); however, when I want to go back out, the knob turns, but the mounting arm does not travel back out together.

    Lots of little things that still need fixing before I can string. I did not see too much of this here in T.T. Am I an exception to the rule? anybody else have similar experience?
     
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  34. Nellie

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    Yeah - that book is less than worthless. I would almost rather not receive any instructions to save paper.


    I had a similar problem due to some corrosion in the clamp - a really minor hit with some sandpaper took care of the problem - I guess the tolerances are very tight.

    sorry - I cannot help you there - I would call for help.

    Sounds like your are getting some sticking at some point from paint. Try loosening the screw and manually moving the arm back and forth a couple of times.

    I like my Alpha 4000. but really hate the lack of a rotational lock (the screw knob is pretty useless, even if you tighten it to death.
     
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  35. indyfob2008

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    I would say Alpha is a bit overrated, especially here on TT. I also wish there was an option to Not receive all the Alpha strings and bucket of grips, and instead get a lower price on the machine (maybe $50 - $75 off the retail price?)...I dont think any of the strings are going to become my, or my friends' permanent string.

    -- i've had my machine for 2 1/2 days...have been able to string a total of zero racquets so far.
     
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  36. winhallmike

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    I just received an Alpha Axis Pro (a Revo 4000 with a stand), and I have been generally very pleased with it so far. I am disappointed however that all the Revo's are shipping with the 3-tooth clamps, and the Axis Pro is still shipping with the 5-tooth clamps. I inquired about exchanging my 5's for 3's and they said that I would have to pay additionally. After spending a lot of money on the stringer itself, I could not justify spending more to swap the clamps. Disappointing.
     
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  37. tennisman917

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    you should have just gone with the revo and bought a cart from lowes or somethin
     
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  38. winhallmike

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    Agreed, but it was a gift from my wife... she was trying to do the right thing :)
     
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  39. struggle

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    that is BS on the clamps, can't believe they won't pony up on the new set.

    i'd keep griping, they have them on the lower priced machine fer cryin' out loud!

    HOWEVER, you did get what was advertised...
     
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  40. wrxtotoro

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    Second that.
    I guess most people don't really care about strings or grip or even the tools.
     
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  41. indyfob2008

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    Like many others here in T.T., I am very impressed with the professional, and super-friendly customer service at Alpha. They were very understanding and even apologized for sending me a Revo with some problems, and they gladly took it back so that I could get a full refund.
    Even though I am gonna order a Gamma table-top machine, I just want to give one more very positive vote for Alpha's Customer Service!:) One should not feel afraid or hesitate to do business with them.
     
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  42. Centryx

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    Indyfob2008 was your refund thru ************** or Alpha? you previously stated that you purchased thru ************** and if you returned it to alpha instead of going thru ************** they did you a huge favor as most manufacterers wouldn't let you return something bought thru a middleman.
     
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    Rex you mentioned the Revo is faster because of the fixed clamps. Doesn't the Ektelon have fixed clamps too? I have found, using both swivel and glidebar clamps, that glidebar clamps are quicker for me than swivel clamps. Can you explain?

    Irvin
     
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  44. mad dog1

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    having owned machines w/ both clamping systems, i, too, found that glide bar clamps were quicker than swivel clamps.

    i'm referring to the prince neos 1000 glide bars vs the eagnas swivel clamps (both switch action and 1/4 turn) as well as the gamma 6004 switch action swivel clamps.
     
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  45. indyfob2008

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    Yes, I purchased the Revo through **************. But I was talking to Alpha people almost everyday trying to see if there was a way to get this machine to set up and working properly. after a lot of effort, Mark said he would be happy to take the machine back and that he would talk to ************** to process a refund for me.. Yes, Mark and Alpha were really cool and did me a huge favor, but it was something I feel I deserved becuz I received a very sub-par (for Alpha standards) machine...I also went through the trouble of separating the parts and packing them safely in boxes and taking them to UPS..it's very heavy. by letting me return an item bought thru a middleman, I thought Alpha reciprocated my patience and troubles. the lesson here is, there arent too many places that are as understanding and sympathetic to their customers as Alpha.
     
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  46. Pinkskunk

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    I am leaning toward the Revo 4000. Althought eh Eagnas combo 910 is very tempting, but i refuse to take a risk of any kind so i opt for the Revo. I READ soomewhere that the stringhead of the Revo 4000 or the "Wise" breaks easily????? is this true???
     
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  47. Pinkskunk

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    Also, is the Revo clamps are diamond coated?
     
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  48. tennisman917

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    yes, all revo fixed clamps are diamond dusted and depends on your luck with the wise, but i loved the crank when i had my revo
     
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  49. struggle

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    i looked at both machines and went with the combo 910. i'm quite happy.
    based on reviews here, you'd be happy with the revo 4000 too.
     
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  50. Pinkskunk

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    i dont think i like that in an item i buy with $600+ of my hard earned money. :(
     
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