I know "reference tension" is "just a number". But I would like my machine to pull te SET reference tension (and not yank an extra 5#)
Edit: I know Babolat makes excellent machines, but 5# overshoot.....
On a lockout at "lockout" (what was) the pulling side is connected to a locked (= fixed in place, therefore the name lockout) gripper.
You have to keep a sharp eye on your calibration-scale, cause immediately after lockout the tension drops. (If you use a "fresh" piece of string).
So better use...
For all my "clients" who have no specific wishes I string sg mains, poly crosses. (all these people have new strings once every blue moon)
Biggest advantage: the stringbed doesn't lock-up. The mains notch, but keep sliding.
Started stringing ~7 years ago on a XXhand Klippermate I had bought for €15. The machine was ok, the clamps were worn out.
I knew "nothing", not even where to find info. I bought the manual and some strings from Klipperusa (and a new point for the awl) and I was in business.
First frame took me...
It's doable to reuse gut, but it's time consuming.
(description for reusing gutmains)
1: leave the tails when tying the endknots, and make that knot such that it can be untied.
2: when the gut shows (excessive) wear in the middle it's time for action.
3: mount the frame. Cut the crosses (or...
Agree. My first stringer was a Klippermate, €20!
Still glad I good change to a ratchet-dropweight first, and then to an automatic dropweight (Stringway).
Did not regret the upgrades, especially to a Stringway.
(as Stringway is from the Netherlands these can be bought used for ~€150-200)
So you have to make (a lot of) costs even if it is a warranty? Does not sound as a fair deal.
For items sold in the EU there is customerprotection for these costs:
You can avoid (delay) a locked bed with a hybrid.
Use your favorite string in the mains, and a slick harder poly in the crosses.
(eg I use Kirschbaum max.power mains, a co-poly, and supersmash in the crosses)
The mains will notch, but not the crosses.
I do grip-enlargements with balsastrips €10 including new grip.
And silicone-in-grip weight/balance correction: €10 (including new grip).
Realistically I should charge double, but for me it's a hobby, and most players I serve are recreational players.
(They spend more money at the bar then on...