Ektelon Model H

Will Wilson

Semi-Pro
I recently purchased a model H and have just started using it. My question is this: the "tail" of the mounting bracket is long enough that it hits the tensioning head when stringing. In other words, you can't spin the racket all the way around as you can with other stringers. I am wondering if the mounting brackets and tray are supposed to be higher so everything goes above the tensioning head?

Is this correct or I have assembled it improperly?
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
This is correct. Neither it or the NEOS 1000 have 360* rotation available. That's why those other stringers advertise 360* rotation. If you go on the tennis-warehouse site and look at the Prince NEOS 1000, you can download the manual free. They are essentially the same machine. If that doesn't work, send me an email and I can send you the H manual.
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
Congratulations on the purchase--the lack of 360 rotation will not bother you after a couple of times--IMO that lack is more than offset by what else the H brings to the table. Good luck.
 

Lakers4Life

Hall of Fame
I recently purchased a model H and have just started using it. My question is this: the "tail" of the mounting bracket is long enough that it hits the tensioning head when stringing. In other words, you can't spin the racket all the way around as you can with other stringers. I am wondering if the mounting brackets and tray are supposed to be higher so everything goes above the tensioning head?

Is this correct or I have assembled it improperly?
I agree with the others. Check to make sure the racket does not slip, after you have clamped them down. If they do you will probably need new dogs and levers. It's usually the throat mount that slips. I've been waiting since January for those parts from Tennis Machines. Still on back order. :(

Though JC has offered to send me the dog that I need, I also need new pads as well and they are on back order from the factory.
 

Will Wilson

Semi-Pro
Everything is working fine so far. I do think my clamps might need a little better grip. What material is used on the teeth to increase the grip and can I do that myself?
 

domosborn

Rookie
Try giving the clamps a good clean w/ a soft toothbrush and isopropyl alcohol, if they are spotless and you have done that you can always tighten them a little bit (be careful not to damage the string though!)
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
Also clean the glide bars and the inside of the clamps where they grip the bars. Both areas (where clamps grip the bars and where they grip the string) should be kept clean for optimal performance.
 

coachrick

Hall of Fame
Also clean the glide bars and the inside of the clamps where they grip the bars. Both areas (where clamps grip the bars and where they grip the string) should be kept clean for optimal performance.
Absolutely...the build-up inside the C-shaped clamp 'bottoms' will allow all sorts of slippage. Just a paper towel wrapped around a pinky finger is all it takes for a quick wipe-down. Not much more should be needed, but iso alcohol could help. If the clamps and bars are clean, no lube should be necessary(or desired) to maintain smooth operation.
 

sovertennis

Professional
I agree with the others. Check to make sure the racket does not slip, after you have clamped them down. If they do you will probably need new dogs and levers. It's usually the throat mount that slips. I've been waiting since January for those parts from Tennis Machines. Still on back order. :(

Though JC has offered to send me the dog that I need, I also need new pads as well and they are on back order from the factory.
The dogs were slipping on my Ektalon and I was able to fix them by sutting the rubber band (the one that comes with a new grip) in half then using the rubber band from a bunch of broccoli to fasten it (gorilla glue didn't work well). The combination of both rubber bands made a very good grip on the both the throat and head of the racket.

Just a thought.
 

Lakers4Life

Hall of Fame
The dogs were slipping on my Ektalon and I was able to fix them by sutting the rubber band (the one that comes with a new grip) in half then using the rubber band from a bunch of broccoli to fasten it (gorilla glue didn't work well). The combination of both rubber bands made a very good grip on the both the throat and head of the racket.

Just a thought.
Not exactly sure what you are describing. There is an ajustment screw for the dog. If that does not work, either the dog or the lever is worn. Sometimes both.
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
Not exactly sure what you are describing. There is an ajustment screw for the dog. If that does not work, either the dog or the lever is worn. Sometimes both.
I couldn't tell either--maybe referring to the rubber pads for the risers and hold down clamps? If so, I suggest he might try cutting them from scraps of synthetic grips (that's what works the best for me).
 

Lakers4Life

Hall of Fame
I couldn't tell either--maybe referring to the rubber pads for the risers and hold down clamps? If so, I suggest he might try cutting them from scraps of synthetic grips (that's what works the best for me).
What I notice with a lot of older Model H machines, is that the owners use strips of leather. Which is fine but wear out easily. I'd rather just buy the pads for $10, which will last longer than a quick fix.
 

MAX PLY

Hall of Fame
What I notice with a lot of older Model H machines, is that the owners use strips of leather. Which is fine but wear out easily. I'd rather just buy the pads for $10, which will last longer than a quick fix.
Back in the day, the Ektelon machines were padded with leather but over time that changed to the rubber used today. However, while I have perfectly good new pads I have found that the material used in synthetic grips actually holds the racquet firmer than the rubber pads-so I really don't think of it as a quick fix--I actually made templates from the stock pads to cut ones out of grip scraps--I just think that material does a better job (personal preference).
 
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