Stringing Machine Differences $900-1500

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  1. MagicalRain1

    MagicalRain1 New User

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    Hey, I'm looking to purchase a stringing machine at the price range of about $900-$1500. I was leaning more towards a table-top electric rather than a crank with a stand. My friend and I have been stringing our racquets on the Gamma X-6 for awhile now and he wants to upgrade to a crank, but I'm trying to save us money in the long run since I can afford this now.

    I was just wondering, what are some of the better stringers at these price ranges $900, $1,200, and $1,500? And what are some key differences between them.

    Thank you. I'd love any recommendations, but I am really looking for information before I make a bad decision.
     
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  2. fortun8son

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    Gamma Progression ELS fits right in there.
    At $1200-$1500 I might still go with a Prince Neos.
    The 1500 has better clamps and brake, but the 1000 is a workhorse, tried and true.
    I'm a little leery of the less expensive electronic tensioners and you can always upgrade to a Wise later on.
     
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    Read this link from the stickies on top of this forum:

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=213946

    Mansewerz explains how the table-top electric stringers in the lower price ranges are not constant pull. I have a table-top drop weight machine with fixed clamps, and personally, I'm going to hold out for an electronic constant pull machine on my next upgrade, which would probably start at around $2000 new.
     
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    gamma 6400 vs neos 1000

    Hi, forgive me if this post is in the wrong place. I wanted an active thread
    even though this topic had been explored.

    I really lean toward the simplicity of the Neos. less moving parts and therefore less to break. clamps are cheaper But.... ive been considering a second hand Gamma, so service issues would be of concern.

    So ..... here's a point that hasn't been up for discussion. Is the "diablo" on the crank of the gamma 6400 a superior design on the gamma ? I think the neos does not have this.

    Would this be an overiding reason to choose the Gamma. I will only be stringing for myself and this will be my first stringing experience, but im quite sure
    mechanically i can handle either bc i have long experience in fixing things that quit or wear out ( except myself)

    thanks in advance

    Barry
     
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    You don't have to buy a new stringer just to get a diablo. You could buy a Wise or better yet just the diablo. There are aftermarket diablos.

    Here is the issue with no having a diablo. When the string is clacked in a linear[/] gripper the angle going into the gripper is one value before tension is pulled on the string and the gripper itself mush withstand all the string tension. Wen tension is pulled on the string the angle of the string entering the gripper changes as the tensioner moves farther away. With a diablo the angle going into the gripper never changes and the round diablo an accommodate anle angle without damaging the string. The diablo also takes some of the pressure off the linear gripper when tensioning.
     
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    I'm also (god help me) considering an eagnas 300. So, where would I buy this aftermarket diablo ?

    Another posit is this. I watched a strimger on the Neos 1000 yesterday and he never uses the brake. He swings the tension head arm in line and pulls. Are the Gamma tension heads on an independent arm or must you rotate the turntable (racket) ? Is the new Neos 1500 on a fixed arm ? Advantage to the older Neos1000 because you can independently swing the tension head about ?
    And last one, I'm into retro rackets. Does smaller head size mean more hassle with a Gamma 6400 six point, cause holes closer on these rackets ?

    Thanks a million
     
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    The arm on a NEOS will not swing. I never use the brake on my Gamma either when I pull tension.

    I did a quick Google search and could find an aftermarket diablo either. But a few years back there was a guy mention in RSI selling them. There have been others that made their own. You should be able to buy one from Wise and make it fit your gripper. There are two bolts going throughs you gripper to hold it together. Get longer bolts and make a new hole if one does work and mount it.
     
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    http://www.racquetsportsindustry.com/articles/2006/08/industry_news_6.html

    Use this link above from the USRSA RSI article and go to bottom of page till you get to :
    Gentle Jaws Stringing Machine Accessory Eliminates String Crushing
    This is an add on diablo.
     
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