Suggestions on a stringing machine for a newb.

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by PGSanta76, May 27, 2008.

  1. PGSanta76

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    Hey all,

    I'm in the market for a stringing machine. I've actually never strung before, back in high school and college we always had a team stringer, so I never had to learn. Now that I've got a ball machine, and I'm hitting 2-3 times a week again, I figured I'd like to start saving some change and stringing myself, but more so I'd like to ensure that the job is done right. I recently went to a local sport chalet (no place else to go) to get a stick re-strung and asked if they could do a hybrid job, of course they said yes. Well, when I went to pick up the stick, and noticed they didn't do what I asked... the response I got was "You can't string the mains differently than the crosses... it's not possible." Anyhow, I need a machine. My budget is roughly $1200, if I can get away with spending half of that, cool, if it would be better to spend all of it... ok. The models I'm currently looking at are the Alpha revo, the Alpha Apex II, and the Gamma 6004 (6pt.). Are any of these machines going to be better for a newbie to learn on? Will the Revo be something I can live with as I become more skilled at stringing (I don't plan on doing for anybody but myself). Thanks for your suggestions guys.

    -Paul
     
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  2. Hewitt Aussie

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    i think the revo will be fine, i have it and its great, but if you have the money get the neos. What ball machine did you buy and do you like it?
     
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  3. Mansewerz

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    The Revo is a great machine from what I've heard. Plus, it's only $500 compared to the Neos. Also, you can buy a stand for it from a hardware store for like 50 bucks, so do you don't have to worry about the whole tabletop issue.

    However, if you're gonna be stringing lots of O3 racquets, i'd go with the Neos because it has a better braking system. The Alpha has a screw brake system, and it works, but I'm pretty sure the Neos has a disc brake system, one that is superior to screw brakes. Also, you can add a Wise tension head to both later on, but it's more compatible with the Neos. At least I think so, but there should be no problem putting one on a Revo.
     
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  4. PGSanta76

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    Neos? I haven't read much on it, I'll have to do some research. Thanks for the advice guys.

    As far as the ball machine. I purchased a Lobster Elite IV and was really disappointed, so I tried out a few others including a playmate machine at a club. Based on how well the playmate performed I purchased one of their portable series (playmate volley) and LOVE it; its pitching mechanics flat out produce a better ball than the others I tried (Tennis Tutor, Lobster).
     
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  5. Nellie

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    I have a Alpha Revo 4000 and like it quite a bit. However, I would recommend model with a stand, the Apex 2 or the similar Gamma 5003. Moving that Alpha is no fun, and it is ugly to have a big cart in the house.
     
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