YULitle Guide to String Tools

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by YULitle, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. dgdawg

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    grommet grinders
     
  2. Lakers4Life

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    Off Setting tool?
    I just verified that the Babolat Starting Clamp is $59.
     
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  4. andtapes

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    I have this one for about 6 years and it is great!
     
  5. Bartelby

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    is a tennis awl a quarter inch in diameter or smaller?
     
  6. Lakers4Life

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    ^^^ Way smaller, but it's tapered so you need to know where to measure from. Typically the tip is about 1.00mm (less than the thickness of most string), and the thickest at about 0.125" (1/8th" or 3.2mm)
     
  7. Bartelby

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    thanks for that.
     
  8. Jack the(Forehand)Ripper

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    I have to ask because it as mentioned. My personal Prince EXO3 Black Team starts the crosses high up on the frame. The problem I've found is that my clamps (I use a Stringway Ml90, with T98 fixed clamps) don't fit to clamp on that first cross. I prefer stringing with a 2 piece method and a starting knot. Any clue how I can accomplish this?

    PS. The clamps do fit near the middle of the top cross, leaving around 3 inches of the top cross unclamped. I just tension the second cross twice in hopes the tension is somewhat equalized. I'm hoping there is a better way.
     
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    get a starting clamp?

    edit: now i get it, that won't really help.

    http://www.princetennis.com/tennis/files/product.aspx?cid=452&ProductId=1997
     
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  10. klu375

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    Can somebody recommend a small cheap heat gun that can be used to soften grommets when flaring them? Flare-it tool from a. t. s. is not very good and may damage the frame if you apply too much pressure. Are there any other versions of this tool (with a bigger tip maybe and the rubber pad that actually stays in place)?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  11. The Wreck

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    Does anyone have any recommended alternatives to a tension calibrator? I want to get stringing tonight, and don't want to start stringing without knowing the tension. Advice?
     
  12. Lakers4Life

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    Try Harbor Freight, http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-watt-dual-temperature-heat-gun-572-1112-96289.html

    But a hair blow dryer will work too.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=367595&highlight=digital+scale
     
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  14. weksa

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    Is the GSS starting clamp the same as the Alpha starting clamp?

    I thought that I read somewhere that GSS sells the RAB starting clamp, and I read elsewhere that the RAB is the same as the Alpha...
     
  15. diredesire

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    RAB/Alpha used to have identical clamps, now the Alpha clamp has wider jaws, a logo, and extremely high clamping force. The texture of the jaws is also a little more aggressive. The RAB clamp is more of a "traditional" width, has less aggressive texturing, and the spring force is less, but still holds with extreme strength. I'd venture to say that the Alpha clamp is actually a little TOO heavy duty. Both excellent clamps, but it's a preference call here. I own both, and I prefer the RAB because it's easier to work with. I'd rely on the Alpha in a pinch if I had any slippage issues.
     
  16. weksa

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    Thanks diredesire! Just the kind of info I was looking for.
     
  17. bruintennis

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  18. cap.phillips

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I have learned a lot from all your YouTube tutorials. Keep them coming!
     
  19. fortun8son

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    An even better string cutter from Craftsman is the miniature end nippers. They do not crush the strings at all and make a nice, sharp point.
    You can get a 5pc hobbyist tool set that includes these as well as a bent nose, a diagonal cutter, std wire cutter pliers and a superlong thin needlenose.All in a zippered pouch.
    Got mine through TennisMachines.They're great for machine repairs and replacement parts.
    A wonderful source for all sorts of interesting miniature tools is MicroMark. I discovered them while building a model railroad.
    BTW I've used Xuron flush cutters to cut nickel-silver HO rail, so I'm sure they wont be damaged by cutting two strings at once!
    Hope I don't get in trouble. They're not TW competitors, right?
     
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    Hey DD, do you have a video of you using your method with your aforementioned "tools"? I find myself being frustrated with blocked grommets, I even broke a string at the last grommet. grr
     
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    I strung up one of the new Bio 100s the other day, I broke the last cross in the process of trying to get the string in the tie off grommet. I'm sure this is just my inexperience but I was hoping for some tips.

    Irvin, do you have a way of getting this done without the pathfinder awl? Or is this something super essential for a newbie stringer?
    Thanks for your help sir
     
  23. Irvin

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    I do not understand your problem. The bottom cross is not a blocked hole and the tie off grommet should not be hard to get the string into. I assume you are talking about a Dunlop Biomimetic 100 racket.

    Irvin
     
  24. eidolonshinobi

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    I followed the around the world pattern for 1 piece of string so I ended up on the top cross to finish the pattern. unfortunately the hole for the top cross was already covered by one of the mains. Yes it is the dunlop Bio 100.

    No worries Irvin, I just feel like a newbie at this I dont mean to trouble you
     
  25. fortun8son

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    Why would you do an ATW stringing on a racquet that ties off mains at the head and is a natural one-piece job?
    You made it more complicated than necessary.
    Dunlops are a piece of cake.
    The easiest way to avoid blockage and crossovers at the head on a normal one-piece is to delay tying off the short side until after you pre-weave the first two crosses.
     
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  26. Irvin

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    As 'fortun8son' already pointed out that is a 16 main racket that starts at the head so there is no reason to do an ATW pattern. I would string that racket with 1 piece of string using and run in the first five mains on each side. I would then run the two outside mains and second cross with the long side but would not pull tension. Then run the two outside mains on and the top cross with the short side. Pull tension on all those string now and hold the top cross with a starting clamp if you have one or you can tie off the short side now. Using the long side you can now run all the other crosses to the bottom.

    Irvin
     
  27. eidolonshinobi

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    Ok then it wasn't totally my fault. I asked a local stringer how I'd go about doing this racquet and he said to always do ATW...

    Just to be cleared ATW are only for racquets that start at the bottom? So 6 grommets at the throat?


    I've got it now! Thanks guys. I guess there's really no need for the guide/pathfinder awl.
     
  28. Irvin

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    No ATW is for racket you want to string one piece from top to bottom where the mains end at the throat. The best choice is to follow the manufacturer's pattern though and string two piece and tie off both mains at the throat and start the crosses from the top.

    Irvin
     
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  29. jim e

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    When you skip a main string grommet, just place a scrap string where the string crosses that grommet on the outside. When you get back to that grommet, you just lift up or push down on the ends of the scrap string to open the grommet hole and then you are all set. This is the easiest way to help your problem. Once finished, carefully pull out the scrap string.
     
  30. eidolonshinobi

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    This is perfect! Thanks Jim!
     
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    Can you give a model number on the snips please.
     
  32. fortun8son

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    There have been a couple of recent threads on this. Search keyword Xuron
     
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    where did YuLite go?
     
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    People move on ith their lives, I wish him the best

    thankfully his videos are still up on the tube.
     

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