Th entire tensioning assembly can be replaced. Or one can replace the ratcheting mechanism on the DW assembly. Still not sure what OP is talking about.Sounds like an older drop weight machine. You may be able to replace the drop weight assembly as a unit. Probably just one bolt running through the center of it.
I’ve never seen a rubber diablo eitherIt was the first thing that came to mind when the OP said “wrap the string around”. Otherwise it would have to be a rotational tensioning gripper but I have never seen rubber on those parts. (Klippermate, gamma drop weight and gamma els electronic rotational gripper)
In the mid 80's i bought a used K-mate. It was branded "Court & Slope", i gather a tennis and ski company.I would wonder if such old machines can accommodate thick beams and bigger than midsize. Looks like it would take a lot of time to mount and weave crosses.
Gravity is a b i t c h.I have the picture from a used market exchange.
In the upper center of the picture is a metal cylinder with a slot - which can be moved individually - what the holes give - so you can direct the string to the rubber - fantastic idea.
Well, ancient technology - maybe you should think about a new acquisition?
Pffft.The way I suspect the OP has this type of stringing machine - it's an ancient Stringo.
By wrapping the string several times, it is held over the rubber and can be tensioned.
^^^So I know EXACTLY what the OP is talking about as I had that stringer. It's the Alpha Pioneer Jr and yes, you just wrap the string around the cylinder and pull down. The string is held in place by crossing it over in the wrap. I hated it.
OP, I am sure Newtech has some of those old rubber sleeves lying around but seriously I would just ditch it and get a newer dropweight. Your clamps are probably pretty old too. Make your life easier
My 1st dropweight was a Court & Slope. I don't think it was a K-Mate though, as those were being sold also. I bought it from ATS (now out of business). The mounting arms were much longer, so it gave you more room under the racket to use clamps ets. The gripper mechanism wasn't quite like the K-Mate either. Mine was only a 2 point mounting system, so your 6 point could have been marketed by several sellers.In the mid 80's i bought a used K-mate. It was branded "Court & Slope", i gather a tennis and ski company.
It was most definitely a K-mate as it had the same base as their recent drawer base. Same floating clamps too,
the vise-grips (although i had some spring-loaded ones as well...).
Anyhow, it had a crude 6 point mount not much unlike this as an add on to the normal two point setup.
(But, it was different with sliding rails for length adjustment with thrum screws etc)
At the time, I was stringing oversized racquets (I was playing the Wimbledon All-Pro) with no issue. I don't recall
stringing a widebody (been awhile, and the Profile came along), BUT my side mounts were not C-style mounts but merely
bolts/posts that you would snug up against the frame. The posts were wrapped in plastic tubing, tape etc as to not damage
Hard telling with this one, looks the only length adjustment is the billiards. I had more options.