Gamma 6004 + Latest WISE

xvrickh

New User
I was looking to pair a Gamma 6004 + WISE as it was a cheaper option than buying a higher end standing Gamma electric string machine such as the Gamma 6900 ELS (this was last year). Inspite of the price change of the 6004, has the most recent WISE allowed for 360 rotation when paired with the 6004? I have read posts from 2015 that said no, then down in the post more there were people saying yes but don't add some adapter/diabolo. Just trying to get the most up to date answer before making a machine purchase. I emailed WISE last week and never got a reply.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
All Wise tensionheads allow for 360 rotation on the Gamma 6004 unless you use the Gamma Adapter which is not necessary. Just use the Diablo that comes with it.
 

Herb

Semi-Pro
why not get a Gamma X-ELS or Progression ELS and add a stand? They have the same tension head as the 6900 ELS, are excellent machines, and cheaper than the 6004. May be able to save you more than that. I have one that I may be selling early this summer.
 

xvrickh

New User
I currently have an old, unnamed, crank, gliding clamp stringer that must be 15+ years old. It was purchased used, and I have had it for 10 years where it was mostly kept outside in a shed during spring, summer, and fall near the Illinois-Wisconsin boarder, which is not great for maintaining metal pieces. This was done to allow tennis students access to the stringer without needing a key to the building. I have a kid now, so I don't have an hour+ to putz around with my current machine, and the machine will be kept inside at all times.

I'm trying to get the most accurate string job, a reduction in time while mounting, and a decent price with quality also thrown in the mix. It's a long list. Gamma SC models fit the reduction in mounting time while the X-ELS and Progression have 4 arms that need to be put into place individually. Self centering will allow for the most accurate tension and also reduce time of mounting.

I originally looked at the X-ELS and Progression II and thought I read something about linear gripping vs rotational gripping and some issues with Gamma's rotational gripping, which is why I wanted the WISE which has the linear gripper.

The Eagnas Flash 930 is essentially a Gamma 6004 clone, but obviously cheaper, and also on my radar. Again, reviews have been iffy about Eagnas/Maxline. Specifically the poor reviews I have read dealt with a DOA electric tension system, which is not what I'd be getting from them.
 

Herb

Semi-Pro
as a person that has both a rotational and linear gripper I will tell you that they both grip the string and both pull tension. I have had 2 of the Progression ELS machines and never had a problem with the gripping. Most people that have reported problems I believe have finally discovered that it was user error. The style of tension head is all user preference. Once you get a rhythm neither is faster than the other.
 

eelhc

Hall of Fame
One thing to consider... The Gamma 6004 comes with better base clamps than the 6900 ELS and even the 7800 ELS. It's quite pricey to upgrade the base clamps.
 
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