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canny 12-06-2012 07:35 AM

Ordering a Machine Soon- Need Advice!
 
Hey im going to be ordering the Gamma progression 200 shortly and I know it comes with all the essentials but I was wondering what else should I order with the machine. Like if any of the tools arent really that good or if there better options or other things I should get with the order.

http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Gamm...MMA-GP200.html

Maui19 12-06-2012 08:24 AM

You might want to get a starting clamp, and a set of flush cutters. While not absolutely essential, they come in pretty handy for a lot of things.

Irvin 12-06-2012 09:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maui19 (Post 7049658)
You might want to get a starting clamp, and a set of flush cutters. While not absolutely essential, they come in pretty handy for a lot of things.

For sure starting clamp (at least one) and flush cutter aka side cutter. A bent nose plier will come in handy also.

Woolybugger 12-06-2012 12:02 PM

Can someone explain what a flush cutter could be useful for?

Irvin 12-06-2012 12:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Woolybugger (Post 7050073)
Can someone explain what a flush cutter could be useful for?

Cutting the string. The reason for the flush cutter is to trim the string up neatly. Toe nail clippers will work but won't last as long. You can always get your bent nose pliers and side cutter locally or on line but get some good ones.

EDIT: something else you may want are some shears for cutting the string out of a racket.

Steve Huff 12-06-2012 01:10 PM

I prefer toe nail cutters as the flush cutters can scratch the racket if you're not careful. Irvin is correct though that toe nail cutters lose their sharpness more quickly and need replaced.

Chotobaka 12-06-2012 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Irvin (Post 7049725)
For sure starting clamp (at least one) and flush cutter aka side cutter. A bent nose plier will come in handy also.

The Xuron bent nose plier is highly recommended. Very, very handy tool and high quality as are all of their tools.

Lakers4Life 12-06-2012 02:18 PM

Xuron are overpriced IMHO, Xcelite are just as good for less than half the price. Cresent sells a red handle version of Xcelite cutters and pliers at Home Depot for $16.


I recently bought a new cutter from Monoprice for $5. Though shipping is $5 but if you need cables that's the place to go.

fortun8son 12-06-2012 02:25 PM

Flush cutters and side cutters are not the same. Many side cutters just mash the string.

Craftsman makes a nice mini flush cut end nipper as part of a set with a cool bent-nose, too.
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...71000P?cw=true

I've used these at work for years, came from tennis machines with an awl and a string mover.

Irvin 12-06-2012 03:00 PM

Well I guess you could go for a full flush side cutter

http://www.amazon.com/Duratool-Taper.../dp/B005GBJ8UG

fortun8son 12-06-2012 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Irvin (Post 7050367)
Well I guess you could go for a full flush side cutter

http://www.amazon.com/Duratool-Taper.../dp/B005GBJ8UG

Wow, and they say Xuron is pricey!

stringwalla 12-06-2012 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by fortun8son (Post 7050621)
Wow, and they say Xuron is pricey!

WoW!!!, no need for that level/price of cutter.
Been using Xuron for 2 years, but been fine with any cutter/pliers for the previous 20 years. Don't sweat your tools. A good awl is the hardest to find. Cutters and pliers are everywhere you look-

Lakers4Life 12-06-2012 08:10 PM

$5 http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

The Meat 12-06-2012 08:24 PM

Starting clamps can be pretty expensive, the flush cutters are a nice way to cut the tie offs.

But you just need needle nose pliers, clippers, and a tape measure.

struggle 12-06-2012 10:14 PM

needle nose pliers are useless in stringing.

well, maybe not useless........but highly unnecessary.
unless you want to wear an eye patch for the rest of your life.

have yet to use a pair, except for the curved ones, to fish string through a tight spot. even then, i feel like a dummy
when i have to do so.

but, i'm a dummy.

Irvin 12-07-2012 12:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tbuggle (Post 7050903)
needle nose pliers are useless in stringing.

well, maybe not useless........but highly unnecessary.
unless you want to wear an eye patch for the rest of your life.

have yet to use a pair, except for the curved ones, to fish string through a tight spot. even then, i feel like a dummy
when i have to do so.

but, i'm a dummy.

Why isn't dummy spelled with a B? I would have to agree with you, the three most used tools I have in order of importance are 1) starting clamp, 2) bent nose pliers, and 3) side cutters.

EDIT: I have some bent needle nose pliers and the are not near as easy to use as standard bent nose.

Maui19 12-07-2012 04:05 AM

Umm, in deference to our forum hosts, I was trying to point out useful tools, not the place to buy them the cheapest. YMMV

canny 12-08-2012 09:39 AM

is the gamma starting clip better than the composite clamps? or an essential tool? Should I just go ahead and buy two?

The Meat 12-08-2012 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by canny (Post 7053009)
is the gamma starting clip better than the composite clamps? or an essential tool? Should I just go ahead and buy two?

You only need the two composite clamps that come with the machine, the starting clamp is only useful if you're doing an around the world stringing pattern or manually hand pulling the strings into a knot. Don't worry about the starting clamp until you actually have strung enough racquets and want to try the all around stringing pattern.

Edit: Here are images of how you can string without a starting clamp



Lakers4Life 12-08-2012 01:50 PM

You don't need a starting clamp, but it does come in handy. Especially when you need a bridge. With a drop weight, you'll definitely need a bridge when you come up short. I have at least two for every machine I use. One is useful, two are very handy.

When I first started stringing, I did not have a starting clamp. After I got one, it was big help. Then I got a second one, and boy it comes in handy.


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