Stringing Machine

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by teknix1, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. teknix1

    teknix1 New User

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    Hi all,

    I know this topic has been discussed at nauseam but I can't seem to find a straight answer. Plus I think I'm in a bit of a particular position. So I need some help.

    I am mostly a badminton player. I play twice a week. I also play tennis on occasion (taking tennis lessons once a week during the winter and play here and there during summer). I generally like racquet sports, like squash, etc... So I play those as well. The main issue now is that I'm breaking my badminton strings about once a month to a month and a half. Quickly this is becoming expensive as it's about 30$ everytime.

    So with that in mind, I am looking for a stringing machine. I don't really know too much about this, I mean I've been reading online but everytime it's about a machine for either only for tennis or only for badminton racquets, usually not both. I read that two point support isn't great for badminton as it's not preventing the frame from deforming under pressure.

    The idea here is to eventually make this profitable. Not that I want to start a business but if I can cut the stringing cost from 30 to 10 or so bucks, I'm making 20 dollars everytime. So an inexpensive one is what I'm after, I'm also afraid of hating the darn thing six months down the line.

    The cheap-o ones I found are these:
    Eagnas Hawk 20
    Gamma X2
    ATS Super Stringer 2

    Is this a bad idea or should I absolutely go for something better?

    I don't have a Rockefeller budget as this is mostly a christmas present. I'm kind of thinking I need 4 point support to have a cross between tennis and badminton. What about the clamps, can I have one set of clamps for both types of rackets?

    Please advise!

    Sorry for the long message and thank you in advance.
    Nicolas
     
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  2. topanlego

    topanlego Semi-Pro

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    String Pal. Comes with badminton clamps.
     
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  3. teknix1

    teknix1 New User

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    The Alpha String Pal looks just like the other 3 I mentioned with the exception that it has the badminton clamps. Same problem, is it not? Will I be able to do both tennis and badminton racquets?

    I noticed it is also a 2 point mounting system. Don't I need 4? I really don't know what is a must what isn't...

    Thanks
     
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  4. jim e

    jim e Hall of Fame

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    If you are looking for badminton then watch this video, and maybe you don't even need a machine and string like they do.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilxl82y2uTA

    They can string 700 racquets/ week for $22.00
     
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  5. PBODY99

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    Have you tried Badminton Central.com? Their forum will have more players. I have only done less than twenty frames in 25 years, on a two point machine, with no problems.
     
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  6. teknix1

    teknix1 New User

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    I kind of wonder how they get the tension required after weaving the entire thing. I had the impression you absolutely had to do it all while stringing. Geez 22$ for 700 racquets, that about 3 cents each. That's crazy.

    I'll try to post at badminton central.

    Thanks
    Nic
     
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