Head racquet pallet removal... HOW TO DO IT!

dak95_00

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#1
I’ve seen many videos and tried using a hair dryer and heat gun. It’s very difficult and frustrating to use those methods. It takes a bit of patience....

The EASY METHOD is to boil water and then pour the water into a water thermos or jug. I use the same half gallon one I take to the courts. After removing the grip, butt cap, and the tape that’s over the pallet, submerge the racquet with the pallet into the hot water. Let sit for two minutes and begin to peel back the pallet. Be careful not to rip it. It’ll be stuck to the two sided tape so you might also use a flat head screwdriver to slide along and help with the removal. If it gets stuck, just resubmerge in the water and try again after 30 seconds. This is by far the easiest method.

So you’ve got it off and it’s changed it’s shape. Just dip the pallet into the hot water for 10 seconds and then reshape it on the racquet. It’ll quickly find its shape again and still come off. I hold one side of the pallet and then flip and hold the other.

Good luck. I’m done for a small period of time but if I do it again, I might just make a video. I hope this helps you.
 

Zoolander

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#2
Nice story. But its crap!

Everybody says do the boiled water way, but the EASY way is to use a little bit of turps in an eyedropper and a long thin screwdriver. No boiling water, no burney hands with hairdryers, just the delicious fragrance of fresh turpentine everywhere.

Mmmm......... turps.
 
#3
would boiled water melt silicon if there’s any in the handle? Also how do you remove/reapply staples? I did this once and used duck tape for the new buttcap. It felt loose afterwards.
 
#4
would boiled water melt silicon if there’s any in the handle? Also how do you remove/reapply staples? I did this once and used duck tape for the new buttcap. It felt loose afterwards.
Hot water does not melt silicone.

You need an electric or pneumatic staple gun to go through the pallet into the hairpin.
 

dak95_00

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#5
would boiled water melt silicon if there’s any in the handle? Also how do you remove/reapply staples? I did this once and used duck tape for the new buttcap. It felt loose afterwards.
I’ve not stapled and never had on every come loose. I use the buttcap that fits the pallet so it’s still a tight fit. Then I wrap the grip on very tight. I’ve never used a staple to start a grip either.

Nice story. But its crap!

Everybody says do the boiled water way, but the EASY way is to use a little bit of turps in an eyedropper and a long thin screwdriver. No boiling water, no burney hands with hairdryers, just the delicious fragrance of fresh turpentine everywhere.

Mmmm......... turps.
I’ve never tried a solvent such as turpentine but I also don’t have any just lying around the house so....not as easy.

The wife didn’t like me using her hairdryer either. I purchased a heat gun for golf club work years ago. We used to remove golf club grips by injecting solvent and then twisting them off. It was easier to do with an air compressor though and no solvent.

The water isn’t at boiling after a couple of minutes at room temperature. I’ll let someone else use Newton’ Law of Cooling to give the actual temperature. I’ve not burned myself yet. I don’t trust myself with the heat gun though. 30 years ago I worked at a restaurant so I’m still used to hot ovens and such.
 
#6
Ill be posting a video on removing pallets in a few days. heat gun and pneumatic stapler style. I've replaced probably 20-25 pallets and thus is the method that produces the most consistent results. I'll post link once video up.
 

dak95_00

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#7
Ill be posting a video on removing pallets in a few days. heat gun and pneumatic stapler style. I've replaced probably 20-25 pallets and thus is the method that produces the most consistent results. I'll post link once video up.
Please make it a new racquet that’s never had the pallet swapped. I hope you choose a Graphene Touch racquet to show its ease.
(Note: I’m rolling my eyes as I type since I’ve tried with great frustration the other methods. There are videos out there already. Racquets that have been previously swapped are so much easier than first timers.)
 
#8
Please make it a new racquet that’s never had the pallet swapped. I hope you choose a Graphene Touch racquet to show its ease.
(Note: I’m rolling my eyes as I type since I’ve tried with great frustration the other methods. There are videos out there already. Racquets that have been previously swapped are so much easier than first timers.)
He never said easy. He said it was the method that he found to produce the most consistent results
 
#12
It's interesting racquet brands still don't have a modular system for swapping pallets in this day and age. Head has the ASP system for changing string patterns but not pallets. I would have thought having an easy modular pallet changing system would reduce inventory costs drastically.
 
#13
It's interesting racquet brands still don't have a modular system for swapping pallets in this day and age. Head has the ASP system for changing string patterns but not pallets. I would have thought having an easy modular pallet changing system would reduce inventory costs drastically.
The pallet system is a modular system. Molded handles are not modular.
From a "one piece flow" manufacturing standpoint, making the same hairpin for any model and slapping on a pallet to suit grip sizes makes total sense, particularly if the intent is to not have the pallet easily swappable by the normal tennis playing population.
As you can see from the level of questions/ approaches/ issues, swapping pallets isn't something a normal person would want to do.
 
#15
If you look at Head’s adapatable system as an example, though, the grip and pallet come off and go back on the hairpin much more easily. They could just do that without the grommet switching portion. Pallet changes might eventually be more “normal” if such a system were common.
 
#16
If you look at Head’s adapatable system as an example, though, the grip and pallet come off and go back on the hairpin much more easily. They could just do that without the grommet switching portion. Pallet changes might eventually be more “normal” if such a system were common.
I think the reason why you don't see Head or any manufacturer selling pallets separately is the liability with a racquet that goes flying and hitting someone. Europe seems to be a different jurisdictional venue in regard to this.
 
#17
I think the reason why you don't see Head or any manufacturer selling pallets separately is the liability with a racquet that goes flying and hitting someone. Europe seems to be a different jurisdictional venue in regard to this.
You’re correct about liability concerning the pallet system in your video. I was referring to the system on Head’s recent adaptable ASP racquets which are sold in the U.S.. If they or other manufacturers sold similar pallet kits in different shapes and sizes, the process of switching grips would be much easier.
 
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