Stringing Machine for Prince O3 Black

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by asimple, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. asimple

    asimple Semi-Pro

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    I am looking for a stringing machine for this raquet using luxilon big banger rough. I read there are serious issues stringing these types of raquets.

    What is the minimum level of machine I would need to string these racquets easily?

    I would like to use a low end stringing machine but might be willing to go up to the prince Neos type model.
     
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  2. dancraig

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    Main thing, you need a machine with a table brake on it. The 03 frames want to spin around when you pull tension on the some of the crosses. The brake will hold it steady.
    You can string them without a brake, but it is less hassle with a brake.
     
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  3. loosegroove

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    You can string the O-port rackets on anything. You can use a boomerang tool, an S-hook, your hip as a brake, or probably the easiest the 50/50 method. Some people make a bigger deal out of it than it really is. I have an EXO3 Tour that I string on my Gamma X-2 and it's straightforward. I just use a boomerang tool on the upper crosses.
     
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  4. Irvin

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    If you're preferred method of stringing is one piece some brakes work some dont. If you use hybrid stringing I would go with the 2 piece 50/50 method then you don't need any gadgets to hold athe stringing the right place and ax X2 or Klippermate will work just fine. If you don't want to use athe 2 piece 50/50 anything about 1/2" round to hold the strings apart works fine some use a Sharpie cap, but you can use boomerangs, S hook, or even a piece of string. As for the machine any of them in good shape will work.
     
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  5. pmata814

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    I've strung my ozone tour on a klippermate without any problems. Irvin has a great video on the 50/50 method. Yes they are a little more cumbersome than a 'regular' racquet but not a big deal at all. I've only used the 50/50 method, which requires a 2-piece obviously.
     
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  6. Carolina Racquet

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    This is the solution in my opinion. To make it easier, I would put a dot in the middle of the cross ports (similar to how the manufacturer has a dot in the middle of the main stringbed) so I know where to start my crosses using 50/50.

    With Klippermate, it can be done even without a starting clamp. The starting pin can be used as you would in starting the mains.
     
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  7. Irvin

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    When tensioning the crosses the string tends to pull toward the top of the racket when the cross is above the turntable point and toward the bottom when below the turntable pivot point. For this reason you need something when stringing one piece to hold the string in the bottom of the O port above the turntable pivot point. If you start stringing Prince rackets with the two strings the straddle the turntable pivot point you don't need anything. For this reason I would be careful when you put the marl to start your crosses it will not always in in the center of the racket.
     
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  8. asimple

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    I've never strung a racquet in my life so am a complete novice. While money is a factor time is also important so I am willing to spend a bit more money to make stringing convenient to do. I also care about the quality but frankly am not sure I would notice slightly different tensions.

    I guess another way to ask this was if money wasn't the only issue what would you purchase for stringing less than $1500. My guess is I am going to be doing around 52 racquets a year.
     
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  9. Irvin

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    I would get a Gamma, Prince, or Alpha lockout machine w/fixed clamps. They're fast, inexpensive, and as accurate as a constant pull.
     
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  10. Topspin101

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    I have 6 O-Ports. 3 are Blacks. I string on a Klippermate using the Boomerang tool and Stringway's cross stringing tool. Very easy. The Boomerang tool is free from Prince and a phone call away.
     
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  11. Carolina Racquet

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    Thanks Irvin... I read that in a prior post and I'm very careful to have the racquet centered as close as possible on the mounting. So far, after 15 or so port frames, I've had the right leverage needed for the 50/50 crosses.
     
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  12. Irvin

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    I think it is a good idea to center the racket but moving the pivot point up higher on the racket reduces the number of crosses where the string pulls to the top of the port also.
     
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