straighten cross when pull tension or not?

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  1. taurussable

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    recently I stopped straightening the crosses when stringing my racquets on my gamma 602fc. I straighten them after stringing a racquet.

    It has two benefits:
    1 saves time
    2 an increased tension difference between main and cross, because cross is looser this way.

    what do you think?
     
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  2. Irvin

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    If you like them that way do it but I would not do it for others.
     
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  3. Roger Wawrinka

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    Do both. Pull them straight so that they do not frown while you're stringing, then after you're done stringing straighten them perfectly.
     
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  4. b0mb34man

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    Is there significant tension loss when it's not straighten when stringing? If anything there should just be "etching" into the strings, right?
     
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  5. taurussable

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    I string only for myself as dropweight is very time consuming.
     
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  6. Irvin

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    Well then if you like it don't change a thing.
     
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  7. taurussable

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    I assume yes because of the longer cross left in the racquet when you don't straighten it.
     
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  8. b0mb34man

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    Hmm, I need to reconsider this. I've been using a Wise tensioner and I've been doing this to my frames.
     
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  9. Chotobaka

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    This is such a non-factor for me. I push the cross up to the tensioned string above it before pulling tension and they come out very straight. I have at it a few times during the course of the string job with a straightening awl just to make things perfect.
     
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  10. SwankPeRFection

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    I hold the string against the previous cross when pulling tension. That keeps them from frowning without doing anything but pulling tension. I like my string jobs clean/neat, but whatever floats your boat... it's your stuff. I do the same for my clients and they appreciate it. Doesn't matter to me if it's faster or slower... the job looks good and the results speak for themselves in the eyes of the client.
     
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  11. Wikky

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    I remember someone making a great point about remembering to straighten the mains at the end of the string job. Before I did this i always thought when i took the racquet off that the crosses looked off, but once your straighten the mains the boxes square up and it looks much nicer.
     
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  12. zapvor

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    i used to do it after, but now i do it during
     
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  13. struggle

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    i do it during, then a quick "cleanup" after it comes off of the machine.
     
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  14. bbulla

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    I think it makes sense to do it if you are using a constant pull machine, but if you are using a lock-out then straightening as you go really isn't going to make that much difference in the tension since it's not going to compensate for the straightening as you do it.
     
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  15. struggle

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    actually, i tend to push them into/hold them into place as i am slowly crank, so it does help on the lockout. again, the key is consistency.....if you're gonna do it on one string you want to try to replicate on every string.
     
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  16. bbulla

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    Ah, I see....To straighten as you pull with the lockout. Good idea.
     
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  17. ATP100

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    Start with weight down, once you get used to it, much faster.
     
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  18. taurussable

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    I think I do. at least I need 3/4 lifts to make the bar level(+/- 15 degrees). Not sure how many lifts you guys need for one pull?
     
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