very affordable awl?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by mr. stevo, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. mr. stevo

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    hi i just bought a ms200tt and still waiting for it to come in the mail and i kept thinking if i needed an awl... tim said it's nice to have on around. So i look online and i see that they are around 4-8 dollars. Then i remember when i was at university i bought a medical teasing needle, i tested this with a couple of my rackets and behold it worked!! Now i don't know if it will actually work because i dont' have my machine in, but for 50 cents... i guess i can't beat that. I'll reply with a update if it works when i start stringing. And oh yes you could probably pick one of these up at any university boook store or a medical supply store most likely not over 1 dollar.
     
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  3. Power Game

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    Is is too sharp? It may damage your strings
     
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  4. mr. stevo

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    well i don't know how sharp is really sharp, it's suppose to be just sharp enough to stab through test subjects for dissections. but i haven't used mine for dissections i just had one lying around and it's not too sharp i guess. But for sure it's not needle like sharp.
     
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  5. drop shot

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    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm just glad that it wasn't awl that expensive!
     
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  6. sherpa78

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    *groan*

    he he

    Sherpa78
     
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  7. Gaines Hillix

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    I would suggest grinding down the point on this if you decide to use it. It's hard to see how thick the shaft of this little device is, but it looks very thin to me. A stringers awl is tapered. When necessary, you can insert it all the way into a grommet and work it back and forth to enlarge the hole. This is done before the racquet is strung. Or you can use just the thinner part of the shaft to move a string out of the way and apply wax or lubricant to the string channel.
     
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