Originally Posted by 000KFACTOR90000
Jet was developed using flying clamps, note John Elliot in the 2nd picture down with his machine:-
He maintains his flying clamps are more accurate than fixed clamps.
That said I'd recommend getting a fixed clamp machine too
The JET technique requires that you skip certain holes, which would mean a very large gap between the last string and one that's 2 strings before it. That would be impossible to do with 2 normal flying clamps. He would need other tools besides 2 normal flying clamps to accomplish this. I'm sure he has a plethora of other tools.
Originally Posted by rich s
stringing machines are like houses, you need to buy as much as you can afford because you will outgrow them both in short order if you don't....
drop weights are great machines but the practice of repeatedly lifting and lowering the bar to get it horizontal gets very old very fast.
also, avoid flying clamps..... while inexpensive fixed clamps are easier to use, are easier to start a string job with and produce a better quality string job...
if you have ~$700 to spend I would recommend either the Gamma Progression ST II or the Alpha Revo 4000..... the Gamma is $729, but if you can come up with $700 you should not have too much trouble coming up with another $29..... and with free shipping from TW on the Gamma and free shipping from Alpha/New Tech Tennis on the REVO you can't go wrong with either choice.
Crank machines are faster, but I wouldn't say they are better in all areas. I had a cheap crank machine in the past. If you want to keep them accurate, you have to calibrate them periodically, which you don't have to do with drop-weights. Plus, if you really want accuracy, you have to make up for the constant pull vs lockout difference in one form or another (plenty of threads on the subject if you search for it). I've gotten so used to pulling the arm up and down, it doesn't bother me any more than turning a crank. Electric pull is better, but it won't fit the budget.
Short answer: If you want speed and ease of use, get a crank. If you want accuracy, lower maintenance, and lower cost, get a drop-weight.