First time: am I doing something wrong?

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by AlexDK09, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. AlexDK09

    AlexDK09 Guest

    Hi everyone,

    I bought a Pro's Pro Challenger II machine this week and I tried to string my frist racquet today.

    It's very hard to do for me haha, but something went completely wrong I guess.

    This is how it went: I put the first mains in it and secured it in the quick release, after that I pulled down the weight but the string didn't get any tension. So now my question is: Am I doing something wrong?

    Any advice is appreciated!
  2. AlexDK09

    AlexDK09 Guest

    I tried to string again today and the same thing happened, I do everything right according to the manual but when I pull the weight up and down there won't come any tension on the strings. :(
  3. Radicalized

    Radicalized Semi-Pro

    Aug 10, 2010
    Check these out to see if they help. That might be easier than us guessing what is going wrong. So mount the racquet properly. Insert the string to start the mains. Clamp as necessary (noted below). Pull tension (noted below). When the string is tensioned, clamp. Continue, alternating sides.

    See Yulitle's "Starting Mains"
    as you have fixed clamps. Be sure the clamps are clean and adjusted tightly enough to hold the string.

    You have a dropweight with a linear gripper.
    See this video (by Topanlego--the only one I remember from here without going on a full internet search) on using a linear gripper. However, you do not (if am I correct) have the ratchet as shown in the video. Take this into consideration when feeding the amount of string. Remember, synthetic guts and multis, for example, can stretch a lot. Polys stretch very little.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2012
  4. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

    Mar 15, 2007
    Marietta, Ga
    Alex did you clamp the string first? You can't pull tension on a string unless there is something to pull against. Put the first two mains in the racket and clamp one string as far from the tension head as possible. If you are stringing a racket that starts in the throat one main will be clamped at the throat with no tension on either string. Then tension the string that's not clamped. And clamp it as close to the tensioner as possible.
  5. AlexDK09

    AlexDK09 Guest

    Thanks for the replies, I will try it tomorrow!
  6. AlexDK09

    AlexDK09 Guest

    The solution of my problem is as followed: The machine was broken from the very first day I bought it. That's the reason I couldn't get any tension on the strings. I'm getting a new part this week and I will try to fix the machine.
  7. fortun8son

    fortun8son Hall of Fame

    Apr 27, 2011
    The Desert
    It's always a relief to find out that it wasn't your fault, after all. :)
  8. jswinf

    jswinf Professional

    Sep 30, 2009
    So it's working right now? Congrats!
  9. AlexDK09

    AlexDK09 Guest

    I fixed the machine and it's working now! I'm going to string my first racket right now!

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