Anyone have a video of an Alpha Revo 4000 being used?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by HunterST, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. HunterST

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    Thinking seriously about buying this machine, but a problem with all stringers is that you can't really get an idea of how they would work or feel. All of them just feature small pictures with some vague description of their features.

    If anyone has a video of a racquet being strung with this machine, or any comparable machine, I would love to see it. I just feel like I would have a better idea of what I would be purchasing.
     
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    It will look like any video of any lockout machine (Neos is a tad different due to the bar clamps).

    Some are on a stand, the Revo will sit on your table, counter, tool cart, etc.

    Take a look in the sticky threads at top of this subforum.
     
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    Yulite has a bunch of stuff related to using a crank. Look in the sticky. Doing a search of TT yielded nothing specific to the Revo 4000.
     
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  4. HunterST

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    I didn’t clarify well enough. I know how to string a racquet. I’m looking for something more like a review/demonstration or unboxing video. I’d just like to see the machine in action.
     
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    Google did not find anything under 'video alpha Revo 4000' so I suspect that the item does not exist.
     
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    Just pull the trigger. It will come with adequate instructions.

    Solid machine. I'd actually go for the Gamma, but for the base clamps.

    Alpha wins on that one. You can't go wrong.
     
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    I guess there are no videos of someone unpacking their new Alpha Revo 4000.

    I searched.
     
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  8. HunterST

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    What are the differences in the clamps? I don’t know what any of the terms they use on the description mean.
     
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    I've been using the Revo 4000 for about 6 years. Average let's say 1 racquet per week so about 300 jobs. In that time here are some observations:

    * Super easy to use, by the 2nd job your familiar and comfortable with the machine.
    * The tension head does NOT very at all. I've calibrated it 1x and have never seen it change over time. I use an tension guage that's within 1lb accurate.
    * The base clamps I have are 4 prong. I would rate them as adequate, take some time to get adjusted for || and your set. You'll need to keep an eye on them, which I do every time I string clear gut.
    * The bases themselves needed adjustment over time. They get worn in and loose over time. If you clamp and hit the physical stop, time to adjust.

    I've seen other stringers at the lower end of the cost spectrum that appear much harder to use as they impair the sightline to the holes. I also know someone who "almost gave myself a labotomy" using a 2 point system. So I like the added safety and the additional 4 clamps don't really get in the way.
     
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    I also vouch for it. Have had it for almost 10 years, but only strung less than 200 racquets (took a break from tennis for a while). Great machine. Still in great condition all these years, even though I don't oil it and just keep it in the garage covered using a big black garbage bag. Tension pulling has been consistent, as I got back into the sport and started stringing again.
     
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    Due to good reviews, I purchased this machine 11 years ago. I only use it to string my rackets and maybe a friend or two here and there. Overall, I'm quiet happy I purchased this machine! I restrung a hybrid last night after not doing so in over a year. Doing so made me realize how solid this machine is and how worth it to me it has been. I easily see this thing being used for another 10 years without issue. The only thing I might do is upgrade the clamps.

    Here are my observations:

    Pros:
    - I calibrated a few times and it's never been off. For 11 years, that's pretty amazing in my opinion.
    - After the first couple of times, it becomes easy and even enjoyable to string rackets. You can experiment with various strings, tensions, and even patterns.
    - It's a very well built, sturdy machine. Quite heavy, made of metal, no plastic that can break. This thing will not change from year to year. Have I mentioned that I've yet to replace a single part in about 11 years?
    - if you find a stand/table on wheels that's just the right height/width, it is a great experience.

    Cons:
    - it's not electric :). I'm slow and usually string while distracted/watching tennis, late at night when I'm tired and the kids are asleep so it takes me about an hour or more.
    - The standard clamps slip when stringing with poly. This only happens on the first hole so I get around this issue by threading the 1st and 2nd holes before clamping.
    - Cant convert to a stand if you want to change configurations. I contacted Alpha a few years ago and asked if I could buy the Axis Pro stand and bolt it on. I no longer want it sitting on a table. They said no. Not a HUGE deal but I wish I purchased the axis now.
    - For whatever reason, my 2 clamps do not grip the same. I've tried to calibrate them with the screw but the seem to have different gripping characteristics. I just clamp down a little less on one and more on the other so it doesn't really impact the stringing, however, once in a while, I notice I clamp too much and the string has an impression on it.

    Notes - given what I know now, I would have had the clamps upgraded (gladly paid extra) and told Alpha to keep the cheap extra strings they threw in.
     
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