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lynnbart 10-08-2012 06:19 PM

Gamma Progresssion II 602 FC,,,thinking about changing
 
I initially bought this machine to restring my racket and my sons every week and it has been great, easy to operate, etc....

Now I'm starting to pick up a few other rackets from other players.. I may go a few days with nothing to string and then have 2-4 to string.

Would moving to a similar machine with a crank tensioner help me time wise and are they as reliable ? Right now it takes me close to an hour to to string one racket. I don't really push it and try to take my time.

Is it crazy to think there may be someone out there that would want to trade a crank for a drop weight ?

ewberner 10-08-2012 06:25 PM

For the money you would spend to upgrade, you could get the Wise tensionion head and dropweight adapter to make yours an electronic machine.

lynnbart 10-08-2012 06:28 PM

I have looked into those... The thread about them failing kinda scares me now....

ewberner 10-08-2012 06:37 PM

I know people who have had them for years and still work great. Very accurate too. I will be getting one very soon, as well.

Irvin 10-08-2012 07:46 PM

I've had my Wise for about 7 years now not really sure exactly when I got it. Crank stringer can be very accurate it all depends on which one you get. You should be able to string a racket in 30 easy with a good crank. Much faster if you try.

lynnbart 10-08-2012 08:13 PM

Thanks Irvin..

30 minutes would help. My son carries 3 rackets and I rotate 2. Between ours every week and the few I'm picking up, it would sure help my "stringing nights"....

I will have to sell or trade mine and we are located way out in a rural area. That may become my biggest hurdle.

COPEY 10-08-2012 08:36 PM

Just a thought, but before you commit to upgading (mind you, I'm not saying you shouldn't) you might want to figure out where you're losing most of your time. A lot of people lose considerable time when doing crosses. Even with a dropweight you should be able to string a racquet in 45 min without feeling you're maxed out effort-wise.

If you're looking to upgrade simply because you want the ease of use/convenience a crank affords you compared to a dropweight, that's fine, too. I guess what I'm saying is be sure you're making the change for the right reasons. Be a bummer to get a crank and discover that you're only saving 5 minutes because you didn't realize you were losing time in other areas.

LanEvo 10-08-2012 08:59 PM

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Originally Posted by COPEY (Post 6943460)
Just a thought, but before you commit to upgading (mind you, I'm not saying you shouldn't) you might want to figure out where you're losing most of your time. A lot of people lose considerable time when doing crosses. Even with a dropweight you should be able to string a racquet in 45 min without feeling you're maxed out effort-wise.

If you're looking to upgrade simply because you want the ease of use/convenience a crank affords you compared to a dropweight, that's fine, too. I guess what I'm saying is be sure you're making the change for the right reasons. Be a bummer to get a crank and discover that you're only saving 5 minutes because you didn't realize you were losing time in other areas.

This. I have a similar machine, older model, and I sometimes have 0 racquets and sometimes 4 or 5 in a day. Just work on timing, currently, I can string any racquet, any pattern in about an hr. while watching TV or something. IF I were to go for time, it would be for 45 mins a racquet or so. The others are definitely faster and easier to use, but ask yourself, will you be getting that money you invest on an upgrade back fast? And is it worth it?

Irvin 10-08-2012 11:24 PM

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Originally Posted by lynnbart (Post 6943417)
Thanks Irvin..

30 minutes would help. My son carries 3 rackets and I rotate 2. Between ours every week and the few I'm picking up, it would sure help my "stringing nights"....

I will have to sell or trade mine and we are located way out in a rural area. That may become my biggest hurdle.

That could present a problem you may try the for sake or trade forum or Craig's list.

lynnbart 10-09-2012 04:41 AM

I usually can do one in just under an hour. The cross weaves are definately what slows me down. I also take my time with the dropweight,,,I use alot of caution when setting the tension bar as the weight and bar has always scared me somewhat.

Our town has a population of around 2000 and the nearest pro shop or stringer is 100 miles away. I would love to find one of the Prince Neos or Gamma cranks that someone purchased and no longer uses or plays tennis.....

anubis 10-09-2012 06:23 AM

I have a 2-point drop weight machine and have no trouble stringing a racquet in 45 minutes. I enjoy stringing on it and If I was ever going to upgrade to a more expensive model, it would probably have to do with tension management more than anything.

I like my Stringway flying clamps so much that I don't see any benefit to getting fixed clamps.

ten11 10-09-2012 08:47 AM

In my experience, enjoying doing stringing is another factor. I had 3 stringing machines before I settle down with the neos 1000. The last one before neos was also a crank machine. But the clamp is not great and a bit awkward to work when string close to the end of the racket. 6 points mounting get in the way when I doing the cross weaving sometime. All in all, I like to string the racket but not enjoying it with the old czech tension.
Neos 1000 is another story. It is very enjoyable experience. I did my fastest job on neos for 30 minutes but hated it. I like to slow myself down, put on a recorded tennis match, grab a beer and then start my stringing job. I am really looking forward to string a racket now.

I will skip wise. There should be no more extra cost after you get a decent crank machine. Wise can fail and you need to buy it again, which add to the cost.

Regarding selling used machine, you just need to be patient. I sold my czech on CL in about 1 months. There will be no response for weeks but will sell eventually if you live in a place where have a lot of tennis players.

lynnbart 10-09-2012 09:36 AM

Is it hard to change the clamp bars when switching from mains to crosses on the Neos 1000 ?

lynnbart 10-09-2012 10:24 AM

I should have added in the original post that I have really enjoyed the Gamma machine. Absolutely no trouble at all since I've purchased it,,,,,,built like a tank.

I was stringing late one night and just started wondering about a next step and if I was ready or actually needed the next step......

Irvin 10-09-2012 10:45 AM

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Originally Posted by lynnbart (Post 6944227)
Is it hard to change the clamp bars when switching from mains to crosses on the Neos 1000 ?

It should not be if your mains are tied off. The guide bars are on the top and bottom of the turntable when doing the mains and on the sides of the turntable when doing the crosses. You can't have one on the top and bottom and another on the side at the same time.

So if you're doing a one piece job you need to tie off one side or hold it with a starting clamp and pull tension on the other to move the clamps to hold the crosses.

ten11 10-09-2012 10:50 AM

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Originally Posted by lynnbart (Post 6944227)
Is it hard to change the clamp bars when switching from mains to crosses on the Neos 1000 ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy8D72FqBV8
The guy in left change it in less than 5 seconds, starts at 4:02.

jmverdugo 10-12-2012 06:51 AM

Maybe you could find a used Gamma 6004 + Wise at the FS forum? ... it even may be conveniently located close to were you live? could it be?? ;) (i know shameless... sorry!)

lynnbart 10-12-2012 02:07 PM

sent you an email..... I posted in the other thread but it doesn't seem to show up.

ATP100 10-13-2012 02:56 AM

Don't buy a wise.

Irvin 10-13-2012 02:58 AM

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Originally Posted by lynnbart (Post 6951027)
sent you an email..... I posted in the other thread but it doesn't seem to show up.

If the other thread you are talking about is the for sale or trade forum it must be approved first.


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