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Old 03-29-2004, 08:39 AM   #3
SW Stringer
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 621

"The Klipper is a good machine, but it lacks the ratchet/clutch in the tension head, and so is noticably less convenient to use than the others, which have the ratchet/clutch.. " As a longtime Klipper user I'll tell you that the Klipper doesn't need a ratchet/clutch since the gripper mechanism allows the string to 'slide' through the gripper when you partially lift the tension arm and thus you can "slip the clutch" making minor adjustments to the arm angle without having to totally lift the arm and readjust the string. The gripper mechanisms on the ratchet/clutch machines won't allow you do that ( using a rough surfaced - some use diamond dust - gripper, which by the way eventually wears off and starts to slip). The Klipper also has a lifetime warranty.
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