Which stringer is best?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by mr33, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. mr33

    mr33 New User

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    Hi

    I am interested in buying a stringer. I have a small budget of $500au and am looking at a drop-weight machine. So far the options I have are:

    Stringer: GAMMA X-STRINGER X-6
    Price: $472.00 + GST
    FEATURES: Drop weight ratcheting tension mechanism (8-90 lb. range) - Patented diamond coated, ratchet gripper - 6 point Quick Mount support system - Two composite floating clamps - Strong, light-weight aluminum extrusion construction includes base with built-in tool tray & drawer - ADDED BONUS! Tools included (Gamma Pathfinder Awl, Awl, Pliers, Razor Cutter) - Optional floor stand
    Reference:http://unitedsports.com.au/Info.aspx?heading=GAMMA PROG II 602 STRINGING MACHINE&stkCode=3690

    Stringer: GAMMA PROG II 602
    Price: $536.00 + GST
    Features: FEATURES: - Drop weight tensioning mechanism - Patented diamond coated, ratchet gripper - 6 point Quick Mount System - Composite floating string clamps - Base with tool tray
    Reference: http://unitedsports.com.au/Info.aspx?heading=GAMMA PROG II 602 STRINGING MACHINE&stkCode=3690

    Stringer: Spinfire Spark
    Price: $450
    Features:Linear string gripper - professional system, tool Tray, 2 point mounting system, Full 360° turntable rotation with brake, Two quick-action flying clamps for tennis & squash, Two quick-action flying clamps for badminton, Can be adjusted to measure in kilograms or pounds - this is vary rare in a drop weight machine, Tools included - Awl, angled cutters, needle nosed pliers, Has the ability to be adjusted so that you can string in either kilograms or pounds, 5 year warranty, 1 year warranty on flying clamps and tension head.
    Reference:http://www.************************/store/equip/spinfire/spinfire-spark.html

    Stringer: TST Traveller 20
    Price: $395 (on sale) Or $495 (off sale)
    Features: 6-point "internal" mounting system for secure racquet mounting, Tension scale in kg and lbs (from 16 to 80 lbs), Full 360° turntable rotation with brake, Diamond coated alloy rotating ratchet gripper tension head, Equipped with 2 quick-action full steel flying clamps, Upgradeable to 4 or 6-point external mounting system, Under 12kg in weight; perfect for the tournament traveller, Tools included.
    Reference:http://www.************************/store/equip/tst/tst-traveller-20-stringing-machine.html

    Stringer: TST Traveller 60
    Price:$495-Sale, $595-Normal
    Features:/ 6-point external mounting system for secure racquet mounting, Individually micro-adjustable side support arms, Universal side supports accommodate all types of frames, Tension scale in kg and lbs (from 16 to 80 lbs), Full 360° turntable rotation with brake, Diamond coated alloy rotating ratchet gripper tension head, Equipped with 2 quick-action full steel flying clamps, Tools included
    Reference: http://www.************************/store/equip/tst/tst-traveller-60-stringing-machine.html

    So out of the 5 stringers above which would be your preference?

    Cheers ;)
     
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  2. dodgers

    dodgers New User

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    I beleive TW US are having issues with TW OZ so they will block their url and other stores (dont blame them seeing they provide this forum). Some of those TW OZ machines are cheap Chinese machines so you will get what you pay for.
     
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  3. airman88

    airman88 Semi-Pro

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    With a budget like that, buy a used crank machine.
     
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  4. Rabbit

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    Spend more money than you think you should on your stringing machine, you won't regret it.
     
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  5. TennisCJC

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    For that kind of $, look at Mutual Power machines - google it. I have not used one, but yoiu can get "constant pull", double action fix clamps, and a brake in a table top machine for the same $. For more $, get a Stringway which is constant pull, 2 action fixed clamps, a brake, and built to last 10+ years. Don't get flying clamps as they are a pain in the rear. You can do quality with flying clamps, just slower and not quite as accurate.
     
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  6. mr33

    mr33 New User

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    Thanks for the replies but the main question was which one would you buy? I am only looking to string my racquets and a couple friends, my coaches say I shouldn't need anything more and you learn to understand your stringer.

    Thanks ;)

    P.S.
    What's the trouble with TW Aus?
     
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  7. struggle

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    i'd go with one of the Gamma machines.
     
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  8. Radicalized

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    I only know the Gamma products listed above. Although, I'm looking at the other models for the first time now for my own "knowledge"--and I'm developing my own "opinion." I'd go with the X-6 from your choices. Fine machine. A step "up" from what I use, and which is completely adequate for what you plan on doing. Plus, if you need it, I'm sure you can find "support" here more easily.

    You might just want some snips and better pliers.

    The two Gammas are basically the same.

    Do you need a brake to help with stringing Prince O-port racquets (or the like) or need to address other specific issues? Just checking as some things we don't think of when posting.
     
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  9. Bugs

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    Do yourself a favour and have a look at a Stringway Dropweight machine.
     
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  10. mr33

    mr33 New User

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    Cool, thanks ;) How much do pliers and snips usually cost?

    Where can I find them?
     
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    Call and ask 1.800.922.9024

    Irvin
     
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  12. Darkhors

    Darkhors Rookie

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    I second Irvin, get a stringway. You'll spend a little more, but the tensioning system alone will save you time and hassle. Plus you have the choice of doing flying, double action or single action clamps. The brake is awesome for stringing 'O' port Prince rackets and it's easily movable for transportation. They also have the option to buy a stand/tool tray for it so you can move back and forth between tabletop and upright. There are a lot of advantages these machines have over you entry level drop weights. I moved from a Revo 4000 to this stringway and I would never go back.

    Before you decide, do yourself a favor and check them out.

    http://www.stringway-nl.com/nonEU/index.html

    DH
     
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  13. Radicalized

    Radicalized Semi-Pro

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    See here about stringing tools: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=207401

    Many "pro" stringers on the board like Xuron. They can comment on those if they wish. Check the TW tool page. However, you may be able to find some basic tools at your local hardware store. I don't know what you have in your region. They aren't that much really, depending on the brand and whether you get individual items ($3-$10 US is common) or sets ($10-$30 US is common). I like to have some with a smooth inner surface (like flat nose) to not tear up the string. Also, bent nose are useful. You'll probably get a basic pair of needle nose with the stringer, depending on the one you get. The snips ("micro" flush cutter) are useful for getting a clean cut in tight areas, such as after tying a knot. Diagonal cutters are good for general cutting.
     
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