Ektelon D or E...do I fix or upgrade

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Nastase, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Nastase

    Nastase Rookie

    Apr 12, 2004
    I have 2 machines...one is new and at my sons. I have an older Ektelon and am thinking about getting it back up and running. I think its like an old Model D or E. I used it for years and it was monumentally reliable and so easy to string on. But the tension head broke last year and I cant fix it (its probably fixable I am just not able). So I have looked at misc upgrades. The mounting system is probably outdated. Anyway I am wondering whether to go new,....or to buy a Wise or find a used tension head somewhere. A used Ektelon H or NEOS machine would be good. Thoughts? I have the oppty to buy a an Eagnas tension head...would it fit on an old machine? I just string my own racquets maybe a couple a week so perfection is not necessary.
  2. Clintspin

    Clintspin Professional

    Jan 29, 2005
  3. Squidward

    Squidward Rookie

    Jan 3, 2011
  4. Lakers4Life

    Lakers4Life Hall of Fame

    Jul 13, 2009
    Laker Land
    The last time I heard someone sending a tensioner to Tennis Machines for service cost $125, but it came back practically brand new.

    As trying to find a used Wise 2086 Pro, Good luck! They rarely come up and to get it serviced out of warranty (sometimes in warranty) will cost $75 plus shipping back and forth.
  5. MAX PLY

    MAX PLY Hall of Fame

    Apr 4, 2008
    I have experience with both the after-market upgrade kit and tennismachines--I have restored/upgraded a number of Ektelons (Ds, DEs, etc.). I can recommend both. Suggest you start with a call to tennis machines regarding your tension head and take it from there. I don't know if the Eagnas tension head fits that machine but again, check with tennis machines first, then take action. Good luck.

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