Thinking of getting a machine....

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Ronny, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Ronny

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    Hey I'm thinking of getting my first stringing machine. Seeing that this is my first one, I think I just want a basic drop weight machine that will do the job well and not damage my strings(string gripper?). If possible I'm thinking of getting a cheap electric machine from Eagnas but have heard some bad stories about them and am not sure where to buy from. I want fixed clamps but don't really care if I get flying clamps either. My budget is $300. Any suggestions and reviews would be nice.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. rjkardo

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    Drop weight will work just fine. Do a search on the board for more on Eagnas.
    They have some supporters, but also some real horror stories.

    I would suggest sticking with Alpha or Gamma. Get a brand that can be trusted.

    Rod
     
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  3. north4t

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    I just got my first stringing machine too. I decided to get a gamma progression 2 for 299 brand new and I just strung my first racket with it. It took me about an hour and it was easy. I would highly recommend getting this machine. Hope this helps.
     
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  4. theace21

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    I 2nd the Gamma Progression 2 - solid machine under $300.
     
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  5. tntmail

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    why don't you guys like the SP electric for 249?
     
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  6. Bengt

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    The Klippermate works great.
     
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  7. Ronny

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    Just another thing, the machine has to be able to be shipped to Australia. Also, which is better the round string gripper or the linear string gripper?
     
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    Klippermates a great buy,and it retains its value should you wish to resell. No string grip problem, excellent steel clamps.
     
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  9. Jonny S&V

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    The Gamma Progression is good. If you want a good deal, get a basic Gamma X-2 and they will add in 10-12 sets of string to practice with (some are pretty expensive too, so it is a very good deal).
     
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    Klipper ship to Australia at reasonable rates and their after sales service is legendary (Hi Dave from Klipper :)). I paid a little over AUD$300 for machine, 2 reels of string, grips and more including shipping. The K'mate looks agricultural, but does a good and accurate stringing job if speed is not a priority. If you need replacement parts (as I did) Klipper ship them to you "no questions asked" cost free and get them to you in under a week.
     
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  11. tenniskid3119

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    Jonny, did you order it from h o l a b i r d sports or some other place??
     
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  12. bigfoot910

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    I have an Eagnas 300. Love it... I did not have the customer service problems that other people have reported. If you search the posts there are many people who have had very good experiences with them. They make quality machines for a great price.
     
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  13. Ronny

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    I laid off the search for a while and am getting back on it now. I'm thinking of the Gamma X-2/X-6, Klippermate, Alpha Pioneer DC Plus or the Revo 4000. I'm also thinking of the machines in the links below:
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com.au/store/equip/spinfire/spinfire-stringing-machines.html
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com.au/store/equip/SAM/SAM-stringing-machines.html
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com.au/store/equip/tst/tst-stringing-machines.html
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com.au/store/equip/klip/klip-stringing-machines.html

    The machines I'm talking about are the DROP-WEIGHTS.
    Thanks
     
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  14. barry

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    There is a brand new Alpha Pioneer DC Plus on the big auction site, 6 hours to go for $300. Only $35 shipping, 100% feedback!
     
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  15. tennismaster888

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    Get the Gamma X-2. If u buy it off the bird it comes with like 60-80 dollars worth of strings (11 packs) which is like half the cost of the machine right there....and you'll be able to work off the cost of the machine really fast. Ive strung a racket and a half and have had no problems (other than the fact that i was dumb enough to put the mounting stand on the wrong way :shock:)
     
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    X-2

    It seems like the Gamma is the way to go. Never have strung before so that's why I'm still on the fence. Considering the the 6pt SP Swing. SP says its new for 2008 any takes on the matter?
     
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  17. aussie

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    Ron, the thing to consider is the cost of shipping to Australia. Most charge upwards of USD$175 to ship although KlipperUSA offered me a surface shipping rate of USD$70 if I was in no hurry - takes about 10 weeks. It turned up fine. Tenniswarehouse Aust may be a better bet at least for cheaper shipping options.
     
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  18. Ronny

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    hey aussie, the shipping is about $150usd for 7-10day service. I don't mind paying that even if its more than the machine itself as its cheaper than twa and im also pretty sure that the klip(not klippermate) machines are copies of the gammas dropweights if u have a look at the pics.
     
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  19. aussie

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    USD$150 is not too bad when you take the much cheaper cost of machines from the US into consideration. Many machines are clones of others just repainted and rebadged and most come from China. Provided that the value of the machine is less than AUD$900 and is for private use, you will not be liable for import/customs duty or GST. Best of luck, John
     
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    150 USD? I don't think so, more like 200+ USD.
     
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    Yeah, thats what i thought about the shipping. the custom fees shouldn't be a problem either then. what machine do u have?
     
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  22. mauricem

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    Another Aussie here, I was going to get a klipper shipped to aus when the $aud was up to .94 us a few weeks ago but klipper advised they no longer ship surface and airfreight at $140 was too high for me.

    Ended up with a gamma x-2 from a bay seller who only charged us$60 surface freight. Loaded up the box with various string sets at no extra shipping charge. Quoted delivery time was 7-10 weeks.

    I suspect If i ever want to upgrade I wont lose any money on the deal given the price of stringing machines in Australia and how readily second hand ones sell on line
    cheers
    maurice
     
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  23. Ronny

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    Hey, I've decided and will be buying the Gamma X-2 machine. Thanks to everyone for their help!:D
     
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  24. aussie

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    Maurice, the shipping at USD$60 is your best value. As quoted, surface shipping takes about 10 weeks from the US to Australia. I bought a Klippermate and it took exactly 10 weeks surface shipping from Illinois to Brisbane.

    The X-2 will do the job as well as a Klippermate although if you need parts etc I don't how you'll go. AS I've often posted on TT, Klipper really do look after you and any defective parts under the lifetime warranty are posted air mail free of charge by Klipper immediately you inform them. You get the parts in 8 days. Best of luck - you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner!!
     
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  25. equinox

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    What about the ATS Superstringer?
     
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    I was thinking about the ATS Traveler but didn't really think that I needed the bag. For users of the X-2, is it heavy or lightweight?
     
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  27. bucpride

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    I haven't gotten mine yet, but the package information says its 26 pounds.
     
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  28. Jonny S&V

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    I think I got it from MidW.

    Not too heavy, definitely lightweight for a high grade stringer (if you replace the floating clamps, which tend to be bulky, but still a very good stringer).

    EDIT: Just weighed my X-2, with all tools and 2 reels it weighed 21.5 lbs.
     
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  29. Ronny

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    what clamps would you recommend to have instead of the ones given?
     
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  30. mauricem

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    so where are you getting it from? (you may need to be a little cryptic in your reply:))
    btw TW will not ship stringing machines to Australia
     
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  31. Ronny

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    I'm not getting it from TW as they do not have the Gamma X-2 so instead, I am getting it from ATS Sports because they are the only retailers of the X-2 that are willing to ship to Australia
     
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