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DeShaun 11-25-2010 07:50 PM

Ever try a Klipper stringing machine?
 
For $150, you seemingly can't go wrong. I may purchase one of these over the holidays. Any reason(s) why not?

li0scc0 11-26-2010 04:27 AM

I have a Klipper and have done probably 50 stringjobs on it so far. Love it.
Two things:
1) It can be difficult stringing an EXO3 Prince racquet with it, given that it is just two clamps. It can be done, but is not easy.
2) After about 15 stringjobs, one of the clamps became useless. I replaced with a Gamma clamp. Other people have noted that the clamps are fantastic, so perhaps I was unlucky.

I am very very pleased with my purchase, and have not even considered a higher end stringer. It is accurate and simple to use.

Nuke 11-26-2010 04:29 AM

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Originally Posted by li0scc0 (Post 5213485)
After about 15 stringjobs, one of the clamps became useless. I replaced with a Gamma clamp.

Did the clamp break? You realize that Klipper will send you a free replacement if you are the original buyer, right?

Snipereyez 11-26-2010 07:03 AM

I have had mine since 95' and have had no issues. It's rock solid and I have strung well over 100 rackets with it. You have to perform occasional maintenance but that's about it. Enjoy!

max 11-26-2010 07:47 AM

It's wonderful. It's one of my favorite possessions.

li0scc0 11-26-2010 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Nuke (Post 5213490)
Did the clamp break? You realize that Klipper will send you a free replacement if you are the original buyer, right?

Clamp broke, I was the original buyer, and they did not send a replacement.

mtommer 11-26-2010 10:28 AM

I'll chime in too. I like my Klippermate. I do wish that it had a ratcheting gripper as I can never seem to find the horizotal settle point right away. It can take a minute to find that point, especially if you have to let some string out as it easily let's too much string go once the jaws ungrip the string. On my racquet there's 18 mains so that adds at least 15-18 minutes just for those mains. Usually though, it's the mains that give me the most: "Too little string. Whoops too much. Man, to little again. Uggg, time to start over." difficulties. I've done almost 20 string jobs and it still takes me 1 1/2 to 2 hr to string (including untangling the string and mounting the racquet). Granted, I've never actually used the Gamma drop weight with the clutch so I don't actually know how much it would speed things up, if at all. Still, I've saved a bundle on stringing fees and for that I'll put up with a lot in general.

DeShaun 11-26-2010 02:46 PM

Hi Everyone,
Thank you so much for the encouraging replies.
-Cheers

Larrysümmers 11-26-2010 02:52 PM

i bought it last year and i saved/earned a lot of cash. i mean i strung for my team and myself. if i went to get it strung at the local dude it would cost me 20 a pop and he takes like a week or longer. i saved my friends 10bucks and they had the racket that day or the next. so if you are like me and string for yourself and a few others it is great. A+ investment

Donny0627 11-26-2010 04:38 PM

If i was you I would go for the gamma progression 200 for 10 bucks more... the ratchet is worth 10 dollars imho...

DeShaun 11-26-2010 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Donny0627 (Post 5215491)
If i was you I would go for the gamma progression 200 for 10 bucks more... the ratchet is worth 10 dollars imho...

Thank you for the suggestion. The Gamma Progression 200 sounds interesting. Like it deserves a chance to compete against the Klipper for my money. Have you tried both machines?

beernutz 11-27-2010 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by li0scc0 (Post 5214516)
Clamp broke, I was the original buyer, and they did not send a replacement.

Just to be clear, you sent them back a broken clamp and Klipperusa would not replace it? You know it has an unlimited lifetime guarantee on the machine and tools?

li0scc0 11-27-2010 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by beernutz (Post 5217600)
Just to be clear, you sent them back a broken clamp and Klipperusa would not replace it? You know it has an unlimited lifetime guarantee on the machine and tools?

Certainly I am aware of the lifetime guarantee.
And yes, I sent it back, and a few weeks later received an email stating they would not replace this, as it did not appear to be broken under normal use. Again, I am very pleased with my Klipper overall. I was not fond of their clamps anyway (they slip much worse than the Gamma).

max 11-27-2010 10:23 AM

Hmm. I've got both and have had the opposite result. So it goes. At any rate, much to be said for steel over plastic clamps.

kevoT 11-27-2010 01:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Donny0627 (Post 5215491)
If i was you I would go for the gamma progression 200 for 10 bucks more... the ratchet is worth 10 dollars imho...

Agreed. I want to buy this but my dad doesn't trust on-line buying, so that means a klippermate is out of the question too.

Seth 11-27-2010 03:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Larrysümmers (Post 5215257)
i bought it last year and i saved/earned a lot of cash.

I've had mine since 2001 and have made quite a bit of money as well. I strung racquets for my high school team and for all of my tennis-playing friends in college. Haven't had to replace anything yet, but if I do, Klipper has all the parts readily available on their site.

max 11-28-2010 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by kevoT (Post 5218998)
Agreed. I want to buy this but my dad doesn't trust on-line buying, so that means a klippermate is out of the question too.

KlipperUSA has an 800 number for your dad. Take a look at their site www.klipperusa.com

bcart1991 11-29-2010 04:57 AM

I've had my Klippermate since '98 and it's still going strong.

jayoub95 11-29-2010 01:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DeShaun (Post 5212973)
For $150, you seemingly can't go wrong. I may purchase one of these over the holidays. Any reason(s) why not?

My friend and i were considering of buying a Klippermate or an Eagnas hawk 10. The price of the Klippermate seems pretty good.

fattsoo 12-05-2010 11:00 PM

had mine since 1996, very happy with it...granted, it is not the best looking one out there, but it does the job well...saved myself a lot of money because i like to try different string set up and also am a frequent string breaker...
as for the clamp, it is a little on the slippery side (does not hold on to the strings as it did when it was brand new), but with a little sand paper, it works well again...
i would definitely recommend this for someone who is brand new to stringing...1) because it is cheap, in case you find that stringing your own racquet is not your thing 2) portable, very easy to move from one place to another, or just throw it in the back of your car if you need to set up a temp. stand for your friends in a tourney 3) sturdy, hasnt have any problem yet ;)


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