Ektelon Neos ???

dak95_00

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So I picked up an Ektelon Neos. I've owned many in the line; D, DE, F, and Prince Neos 1000. This one has a different stand. It appears to have some sort of hydraulic mechanism with a lever on one of the feet and the pump inside the bottom of the post nearest the floor.

Does anyone know how this works? Like I said, I've never see it before.
 
#2
It appears to have some sort of hydraulic mechanism with a lever on one of the feet and the pump inside the bottom of the post nearest the floor.

Does anyone know how this works?
Sounds a lot like a barber chair... however, I have zero familiarity with it.
Did the height raise when you pumped the lever?
 

dak95_00

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Sounds a lot like a barber chair... however, I have zero familiarity with it.
Did the height raise when you pumped the lever?
I wasn't able to get it to raise but I was able to lower it by stepping on it and pushing down on the table. Yes, it's like a barber chair but the lever isn't that big. I also had to put it together so I'm not certain I did it correctly. That's why I'm hoping someone has experience. I've got to call Tennis Machines today so I'll ask them too.
 

MAX PLY

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Wow, I am stumped on this one. I have seen/owned/restored many Ektelon/Prince machines, including several original Neos machines and have never seen what you mention. Does the stand come with the brand on it? Hope you post some pictures and let us know what TM tells you.
 
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Wow, I am stumped on this one. I have seen/owned/restored many Ektelon/Prince machines, including several original Neos machines and have never seen what you mention. Does the stand come with the brand on it? Hope you post some pictures and let us know what TM tells you.
I, too, was thinking that perhaps someone had retrofitted some other kind of base on it.
Yeah, some pics would help.
 

graycrait

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That is pretty neat if you can get it to work. I would like mine just a tad lower I think without taking off my casters or getting out the hack saw.
 

dak95_00

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Just talked with Tennis Machines. I was first asked if I had the short bars and my answer was yes. He said, "That's a model J. It's the first Neos made. They got rid of the short bars and the hydraulic lift and reduced the cost by $100 since nobody used them."

Incidentally mine has an engraved code of J01007 which I was also told made it the 1007th machine made.

They must've also started using cheaper paint finishes because this one looks great.
 

dak95_00

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That is pretty neat if you can get it to work. I would like mine just a tad lower I think without taking off my casters or getting out the hack saw.
Look at my arm in the pictures. The machine definitely is higher by maybe 8" in the first one. I then lowered it down.

The lever will allow it to raise if I don't lock in the hex nuts under the table. Then if I step and push down it'll lower. Sort of interesting. I'm only 5'8" so the lowest is fine by me. My brother who is 6'4" might like it higher.
 

MAX PLY

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Well, I'll be darned. Never knew there was a Model J. Thanks for the info and the pics.

BTW, that machine looks in very good condition. You made a comment about the paint, etc. and I think you will find that the early Neos (or in your case the J (wonder if there was an I?)) machines, like the Hs, seemed to just be made sturdier and of superior materials than the still-very fine later versions. Great find.
 
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dak95_00

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I'm more intrigued by the Prince Graphite Pro 110. Nice ride.
I've never hit it. It's got a 4 1/4 grip and is in like new condition. I got it in a lot with another for under $30. I've thought about it like this:
1) I could give it away.
2) I could sell it for close to $30.
3) I could salvage the grommets and bumper which would fit the POG 107 and sell them on eDay for $50 where, I'm ashamed to say, I've sold sets for that much recently when the Menace is asking for $100/set.
 

dak95_00

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Well, I'll be darned. Never knew there was a Model J. Thanks for the info and the pics.

BTW, that machine looks in very good condition. You made a comment about the paint, etc. and I think you will find that the early Neos (or in your case the J (wonder if there was an I?)) machines, like the Hs, seemed to just be made sturdier and of superior materials than the still-very fine later versions. Great find.
Sturdier/superior materials....

I agree. I was just telling a friend about this same idea. The 'dogs' I believe they're known as must be a very heavy duty spring in these. When I release the clamp that holds the racquet mounted to the machine, those lever literally jump or spring up much stronger than I've ever seen on any other Ektelon machine. I guess they could be newer but I doubt it based upon everything else being original.

The only thing that stinks is it was missing one long glide bar and one clamp. The existing clamp has the J01007 engraving too.
 
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