Tenex 6000 Still Good?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by SteveW, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. SteveW

    SteveW New User

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    I'm aspiring to start stringing my own racquets and there's a Tenex 6000 stringer that's come for sale locally. It's about 12 years old and a full floor standing model with a crank tensioner. I understand it's similar to the older Gamma 6000 who took over Tenex many years ago. I haven't seen it, but I'm told it's "almost like new", but hasn't been used for some time.

    My question is whether a stringer of this vintage is still worthwhile buying for stringing modern racquets. Does anyone know if this model will be able to handle various models of wide bodies racquets? I play with a Dunlop MW 200g, so since it's a pretty standard width, I'm sure this model will be OK.

    Since it's older, just wondering whether clamps might need to be replaced and whether 3rd party ones would fit. What else might need to be replaced for a stringer of this age?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Gamma Tech

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    you are correct that the Tenex 6000 is similar to the Gamma 6000. They are work horse machines and everybody I talk too only has good things to say.

    I still have all the replacement parts for the machine. They are getting a little harder to order. The most expensive part of the stringer is the tensioner ($430 to buy new), so I would check and insure it is in very good condition. The glide bars and clamps are $30 each. There were never any upgrades made for the machine and you can not upgrade it to the swivel clamps and current Gamma mounting system.

    I'm not familiar with all type of rqts. the main problem would be that you couldn't string fan pattern rqts. with the machine unless you did it with floating clamps.

    bret
     
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  3. SteveW

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    I am new to this, so I'm hoping you can answer a few novice questions.

    How can I tell if the tensioner is in good condition? Does this require a calibrator? How would I tell if I need to replace/repair it?

    How do I tell the condition of the glide bar and clamps? Can these be repaired or are new ones required? Where could replacements be found..from Gamma? or tennismachines.com?

    You mention this type of stringer is a workhorse..it sounds like the clamping system is better for conventional type of racquets. The glide clamps may be a bit more limited than the swivel clamps for the type of racquets it can handle?

    If it's been maintained, it sounds like there's still plenty of life left in it even though it's 12 years old.

    Thanks.
     
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  4. Gamma Tech

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    I would do a visual check of the tensioner, see if anything looks like it is bend, broken or missing. If it was well maintained then there shouldn't be a problem. Try to take a calibrator and pull tension a couple of times. This will be a good overall test for clamps, glide bars and tensioner. I would think if it is still functioning good at this point that the owner took well care of the machine and it might not be a bad investment.

    The clamps & glide bars are pretty basic, there isn't much you can do to repair them. I have a couple extra parts if something is missing. You can clamps and glide bars from Gamma, ATS or tennis machine.

    You are correct about the glide bar/clamping system being more for the conventional rqts.
     
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