Got a challenger and a few questions

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Mazilla2219, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. Mazilla2219

    Mazilla2219 Rookie

    Oct 2, 2008
    Alright after much thought I went with the challenger just b/c of price. I know all the bad rep that Maxline has received but the machine arrived in great shape, just a couple of paint nicks. They did forget to send me the starting clamp that I ordered and the free string that came with the machine, I already contacted them and hopefully I will get these shipped to me soon, but all in all the machine is pretty much diesel. Before this machine I had a klippermate with floating clamps and here is where the questions starts, with the fixed clamps are the clamps suppose to move up and down to match the height of the string bed or is my machine missing some pieces? I know the clamp base locks but the height of the clamps compare to the string bed are greatly different, I will have to manually pull the clamp out of the fixed based just a little every time to match the string height. Is this normal.
  2. LttlElvis

    LttlElvis Professional

    Dec 2, 2005
  3. Revman

    Revman Rookie

    May 14, 2004
    I too am thinking of buying a Challenger. If you could please report back on how satisfied you are after a few stringing jobs, I would really appreciate it. Did you order online, or by phone?
  4. Irvin

    Irvin G.O.A.T.

    Mar 15, 2007
    Marietta, Ga
    That is normal so you can release the clamps lower them and clamp the next string.

    You should not be pulling the clamp out of the fixed base but just enough to reach the string bed and clamp your string.

  5. antonio

    antonio New User

    Dec 19, 2006
    Challenger 1

    Dear Challenger,

    I have a Challenger 1 machine that I have had now for two years. It is still working great. I did have to clean it up a bit when I got it as I remember. There was too much greese in the clamps so I just took it apart and wiped off the excess. You do have to adjust the machine once in awhile. All in all, for the money, I have to say it's a terrific value and is very consistent. It is just a little slow at times. Maybe that's just me though. :) By the way, yes you have to pull those clamps up to meet the string.
  6. Speedygonzalez

    Speedygonzalez Rookie

    Sep 19, 2007
    I am also using a Challenger now and I have been using it for almost a year. It is a great value machine. Clamp base, bolts of the tension arm need some adjusting sometimes but that's it. I don't have any problems whatsoever but will upgrade to another machine though. With the ratchet system I string a 18x20 racquet in 30 minutes. Again, for the price you cannot beat it.
  7. princemidplus

    princemidplus Rookie

    Aug 11, 2008
    there has been several reviews of this machine recently. search for the challenger model in the search tool. i wrote a review about a month ago.

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