String machine maintenance?

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  1. miketran

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    Hey all,

    Just out of curiosity today (while searching for my first machine), I was wondering if any of you had some straight forward advice on what type of maintenance goes into having a machine? I'm especially hoping to hear the difference between electronic and crank keep up, if any. Thanks!
     
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  2. YULitle

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    Cranks will need to be calibrated everytime you move it and every 40-50 string jobs. Depending on the machine you will need to wipe down the metal surfaces with either rubbing alcohol or WD-40 (usually rubbing alcohol.) You also need to clean out the teeth of your clamps with the same afforementioned substances. Also, the sliding part of the swivel clamp needs to be cleaned out on the inside. Occassionally you will need to replace the rubber cushions on your mounts. A overall soap and water wipedown of all non-metallic surfaces would be good to, so it doesn't look grimmy.

    I do all of that, except calibrating (I have electric) and replacing the rubber cushions, once a week.
     
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  3. miketran

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    YULitle,

    From my understanding, if i were to get a crank and stored it aside somewhere in my dorm room after stringing, i'd have to calibrate it each time? Bummer. This may just aim me in the direction of an electric stringer, unless you have some other maintenance info i should be aware of...? Thanks for all your input.
     
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  4. YULitle

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    Calibrating everytime you move it is a suggestion. It's a good suggestion, but you may find it unecessary. Ideally you would not want to move it. But, if it were moved gently and only a short distance, this could perhaps pardon you from the need to calibrate it. Now, whether or not you move it, you will need a calibrator to check the tension from time to time. So, you'll find out really quick how much "moving" it can take. That suggestion about moving is more for big moves. Like, on a truck headed for another city moves.
     
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    YULitle: so what happens when you move it? I always used to pester my dad into bringing his stringer whenever we met for vacations or tournaments (I think this is why my parents brought me my own :p).

    Does this mean I've been using a very imprecise calibration?
     
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  6. miketran

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    oh, ok, i see what you're saying, YULitle. Well, if i were to move it at all, it'd be only a couple feet to be out of the way. Thanks for your input
     
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    It's just a precaution. It's not like you're moving something super-sensitive like a plasma television. It just will fall out of calibration if it is too heavily jostled. I had it happen when I moved a Neos 1000 from the back of a store to the front (about 100 yards.) But it wasn't even a pound difference. When I moved it back to where it was at first a week later, there was no change. So, it's just something to think about. Regularly checking your calibration on a crank should be routine either way so it is almost a non-issue.
     
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  8. bagung

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    how about maintainence on the electronis machine...?
     
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  9. miketran

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    YULitle,

    with maintenance aside, do you mind checking out my post "String Machine Dilemma, Recommendations?" and my question i just posted? Thanks a lot!
     
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    They are supposed to be self-calibrating. However, there are calibration protocols setup in some nicer electronic machines that are "hidden" and not easily found. However, when you need it, the company will either do it for you (to keep it hidden) or walk you through it. You can find a few people on these forums trying to find out how to do it without going through the company.

    I don't have much knowledge about rotational tension heads, though I hear that they are VERY durable. Whether it is rotational or linear, the gripper part needs to be cleaned in the same way your clamps do, but less often usually. On a linear gripper, if it ever gets sticky to where it won't completely clamp for whatever reason, you may need to re-lube the ball bearings. But that is not likely to happen for a long time.

    Other than what I just mentioned, unless there is a short on the circuit board or some default in the board in some other way, there is no other difference in maintenance than the other machines.
     
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  11. bagung

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    thanks again
     
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  12. MikeCrowChip

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    Get a calibrator and check it. I've moved my machine like 4 times, and checkin with the calibrator, never needed to tweak it. The calibrator indicated that the tension pull was correct.

    So, you should check it, but it doesn't really mean you need to frig with anything on my machine. i.e. if it is pulling properly, you don't need to adjust anything after a move.

    Now, you should always check it periodically; regardless of moving.

    I have a 6 point Gamma 5003 and love it.
     
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  13. JoelMaxx

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    Bump--on the maintance issue with electric vs others. Is that a big concern for longevity of use? How about for accuracy?
     
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  14. chrisplchs

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    maintanence help contributes to longevity, ease of use, accuracy and a whole heap of other features of the machine. Regular 5 minute checkups/light cleaning (daily or weekly, depending on number of racquets) will help your machine run smoothly for a long time
     
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  15. mikeler

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    I put caster wheels on my Gamma X-ST (crank) machine and move it about 60 total feet each time I string. It has little effect on the tension pulled. So now I check the calibration on my machine about every 5 string jobs.
     
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