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10SDad 04-19-2013 06:40 PM

***Stringway Machine Users Club***
 
PURPOSE:
The intent of this club is to be a central resource for current and past owners of Stringway machines, in order to share personal experiences with use of the machine(s), tools, techniques, tips, and to collaborate on information and questions. Hopefully it can also be a resource for those exploring Stringway as an option.

TW MESSAGE BOARD GUIDELINES:
Please review if you are not familiar with them: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=3

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:
1. No competitor discussion, please.
2. Keep comments positive and focused on the product. We want this forum to remain in good standing.
3. This forum is for information sharing and not to promote direct or indirect sales of Stringway products.

MY EXPERIENCE
I recently acquired a very nice, used Stringway ML100 with T98 fixed clamps (sold as a Laserfibre MS200tt). After nine years of stringing on an entry-level drop-weight machine, I spent the last year researching upgrade options that would allow me to offer stringing services to my local tennis community. My requirements included simplicity, reliability, predictability, consistency, portability, and continuous pull. Through information and feedback in other TW forums as well as directly from machine owners, I decided to pursue a Stringway drop-weight. A testament to the following of the Stringway products, it took a good amount of time and patience to find a used machine. After a long road trip to pick it up, I downloaded the manual and used it to completely disassemble the machine, clean it, lubricate it, overhaul the clamps, and silicone the frame. I am the third owner, but the machine is still in great shape. I have only used it a few times thus far, but am very happy with it. I quickly decided to invest in two triple and one double flying clamps, as well as the cross stringing tools and am impressed with both. I string a lot of gut, and have found the clamps and tensioner to be very gentle.

If you own (or have owned) a Stringway, please feel free to join this club and share your story with these wonderful machines. Posting pics is welcome as well.

Thanks in advance to each of you for your contribution. As this club develops I hope you will find this sharing of experience and information beneficial.

10SDad



MEMBERS - 24
1: 10SDad
2: BlxTennis
3: scotus
4: Slitch
5: Peppershaker
6: cluckcluck
7: Pbarrow
8: onehandbh
9: _skunk_
10: pstar
11: diredesire
12: Power Player
13: ike81
14: TennisCJC
15: Bugs
16: Joonas
17: Overheadsmash
18: JasperJ
19: marco_forehand
20: Maui19
21: Darkhors
22: TfReAk
23: Audiophile
24: 7zero

BlxTennis 04-19-2013 09:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 10SDad (Post 7355124)
I recently acquired a very nice, used Stringway ML100 with T98 fixed clamps (rebadged as Laserfibre MS200tt). After nine years of stringing on a Klippermate, I spent the last year researching many options for an upgrade and through info and feedback primarily here on TW, I pursued the Stringway. A testament to their following, finding a good used machine took time and patience. After a long road trip to pick it up, I downloaded the manual and used it to completely disassemble the machine, clean it, lubricate, overhaul the clamps, and silicone the frame. I have only used it a few times thus far, but am extremely happy with it. I've already invested in two triple and one double flying clamps, as well as the cross stringing tools and am impressed with both. I string with a lot of gut, and it is very gentle on the strings.

I know there is info spread out across the TW forums on Stringways, but I am starting this club as a central location where owners can share information specific to use of the machine, as well as to provide a resource for those who may be investigating Stringway.

If you own a Stringway, please feel free to join and share your experiences with these wonderful machines.

Welcome!

10SDad

I am joining. Used to string with a lock-out machine. Now loving my LF constant pull machine.


scotus 04-20-2013 01:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 10SDad (Post 7355124)
I recently acquired a very nice, used Stringway ML100 with T98 fixed clamps (rebadged as Laserfibre MS200tt). After nine years of stringing on a Klippermate, I spent the last year researching many options for an upgrade and through info and feedback primarily here on TW, I pursued the Stringway. A testament to their following, finding a good used machine took time and patience. After a long road trip to pick it up, I downloaded the manual and used it to completely disassemble the machine, clean it, lubricate, overhaul the clamps, and silicone the frame. I have only used it a few times thus far, but am extremely happy with it. I've already invested in two triple and one double flying clamps, as well as the cross stringing tools and am impressed with both. I string with a lot of gut, and it is very gentle on the strings.

I know there is info spread out across the TW forums on Stringways, but I am starting this club as a central location where owners can share information specific to use of the machine, as well as to provide a resource for those who may be investigating Stringway.

If you own a Stringway, please feel free to join and share your experiences with these wonderful machines.

Welcome!

10SDad

It has been a long time since I used an ML100, which I returned for ML200 (or whichever number corresponds to the foot-pedal model).

Off-topic, but would you please tell me the minimum tension that the ML100 can pull? Can it go as low as 10 lbs?

Thanks.

Slitch 04-20-2013 04:39 AM

20lbs is the lowest on my ml100 with the standard weight. You can go lower with the badminton weight.

Ps. Sign me up as well. ML100 user with two double flying clamps.

Peppershaker 04-20-2013 05:27 AM

Excellent Idea!

Purchased my Stringway ML100 w/T98 clamps in Jan of 2011, have strung just over 400 racquets since with this machine. Enjoy the machine as much now as the first day that I assembled it.

Made one slight modification, placed sections of silicone tubing over each of the four racquet posts, doing so allows me to position the clamps at just about any angle while locking down the racquet firmly w/o any marring of the frame, and little to no possible movement.

Would like to show a picture, just not sure how to upload a photo.

BlxTennis 04-20-2013 06:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Peppershaker (Post 7355730)
Excellent Idea!
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Would like to show a picture, just not sure how to upload a photo.

You can upload your photo to http://tinypic.com/ and when you get the link of the photo, click on "insert image" when you posting and past your link there.

10SDad 04-20-2013 07:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Peppershaker (Post 7355730)
Excellent Idea!

Made one slight modification, placed sections of silicone tubing over each of the four racquet posts, doing so allows me to position the clamps at just about any angle while locking down the racquet firmly w/o any marring of the frame, and little to no possible movement.

Can you share any resources for the silicone tubing? I've checked my local home improvement stores and can only find vinyl. That is too slick.

scotus 04-20-2013 08:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Slitch (Post 7355615)
20lbs is the lowest on my ml100 with the standard weight. You can go lower with the badminton weight.

Ps. Sign me up as well. ML100 user with two double flying clamps.

Thank you. On my foot-pedal model, 25 lbs is the minimum.

Peppershaker 04-20-2013 08:34 AM

Trying this quick.

http://s1231.photobucket.com/user/Jp...tml?sort=3&o=0

Later will get the dimensions on the two sizes tha I used. We had this laying around work which has since closed, may have a spool or two from when we cleaned out our workroom will check. Really does work well, could use a thinner wall but I've had no issues with any racquets and that includes a Weed that I just strung up for someone.

v-verb 04-20-2013 08:55 AM

very nice - love to see more picks of these machines.

I'm stringing on a Klipper and one day may want to move up

BlxTennis 04-20-2013 08:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Peppershaker (Post 7356090)
Trying this quick.

http://s1231.photobucket.com/user/Jp...tml?sort=3&o=0

Later will get the dimensions on the two sizes tha I used. We had this laying around work which has since closed, may have a spool or two from when we cleaned out our workroom will check. Really does work well, could use a thinner wall but I've had no issues with any racquets and that includes a Weed that I just strung up for someone.

Nice. I need to make that mod too if I can find the Silicon tube.

Isn't that supposed to be the head mount?

Slitch 04-20-2013 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scotus (Post 7356048)
Thank you. On my foot-pedal model, 25 lbs is the minimum.

I think the minimum weight with the badminton weight is 12lbs according to the ruler that came with my stringer.

cluckcluck 04-20-2013 10:57 AM

Love my ML90 with two triple clamps and a double clamp. Don't think I would make the switch to the fixed option.

10SDad 04-20-2013 06:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Peppershaker (Post 7356090)

Peppershaker: I see in your photos that you have the Babolat adapter on. Since you have done so many racquets, just curious...do you use it for all racquets?

colowhisper 04-20-2013 07:46 PM


Love my Laserfibre.

onehandbh 04-21-2013 01:39 AM

ML90 with a double and a triple flying clamp.

Love it. Easy to use, accurate and portable.


I also removed a stopper inside the base so that it can rotate more to
make it easier to string.

Peppershaker 04-21-2013 04:48 PM

Silicone Tubing - Sorry haven't had time to get to this issue, will probably do so during the week.

? Regarding Mount shown on my link. Although I do have silicone tubing at both the Head & Throat Supports, what is shown in the photo is the throat support and clamps.

As for the racquet retainer, I do probably use the Babalot model more often than the regular adaptors. However, I've purchased the materials to try and mold my own custom versions. I like the Babolat model, but it seems that it could or should come into more contact with the racquet. The two independent adaptors also do not seem to have enough surface contact with the frame. My thought is that I'd like to try and create a mold to pour my own. Was looking at this as a winter project, but just never got to it.

Do any of you have the Concorde system, or by chance purchased the upgrade? Was considering pursuing this, but not sure it really adds that much value, since I haven't really found any issue w/o it.

_skunk_ 04-22-2013 03:37 AM

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ML100 Fanstastic machine.

pstar 04-22-2013 08:55 AM

My ML100
 




Had this beauty for over three years, and over 200 racquets strung up til now.

v-verb 04-22-2013 01:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pstar (Post 7361258)
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Had this beauty for over three years, and over 200 racquets strung up til now.

Wow I would love this machine! Where can you get these and how much?


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