How many string jobs in 1 reel?

How many string jobs for my racket are in a reel? I use a Wilson Pro Staff 97LS (18x16 string pattern) and use the Luxilon 4G 125 string reel which is 200m / 660 feet in length.


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tpro2000

Rookie
If you have a 660ft reel, assuming you're cutting approx 40ft a job, that's 16.5 string jobs. If you cut it under 40ft and know you can get the job done, you could squeeze out another one (maybe). That's just been my experience...
 

tpro2000

Rookie
I believe you can find most info here.
Yes, that site is great. I use that site for older racquets, etc, but most sites tell you the "recommended amount", not what you could actually get by with off a reel. I know it does depend on the type of string.

Ex) it say 20ft m, 19ft x for my Prince Textreme Tour 95, but I knew I could use 18ft m, 17.5ft x to fit it with poly at low tension.
 

cluckcluck

Hall of Fame
out of curiosity do you have a "rule of thumb" amount per head size / string pattern? thanks!
What I've done, that works best for me, for a 16x19 is count 8 racquet lengths for the mains and 7 racquet lengths for the crosses. For an 18x20, I do 8.5 racquet lengths for the mains and 7.75 racquet lengths for the crosses. For a 1 piece, I do 6 wingspans (I'm about 6') and my forearm for a 16x19, for an 18x20 I do 6.5 wingspans.
 

tpro2000

Rookie
What I've done, that works best for me, for a 16x19 is count 8 racquet lengths for the mains and 7 racquet lengths for the crosses. For an 18x20, I do 8.5 racquet lengths for the mains and 7.75 racquet lengths for the crosses. For a 1 piece, I do 6 wingspans (I'm about 6') and my forearm for a 16x19, for an 18x20 I do 6.5 wingspans.
Interesting, I'll have to try that. Thanks!!
 

Kevo

Legend
To maximize my stringings per reel I start with the published pattern lengths and then when I get to the last pull I measure the excess beyond the gripper. I then take that off for the next stringing. On my current frames I string one piece and can do it with about 31ft of string. So I can get 21 stringings out of my reel. So it costs me less than $5 per stringing using a string that is usually over $11 per set. Not too shabby.
 

tpro2000

Rookie
To maximize my stringings per reel I start with the published pattern lengths and then when I get to the last pull I measure the excess beyond the gripper. I then take that off for the next stringing. On my current frames I string one piece and can do it with about 31ft of string. So I can get 21 stringings out of my reel. So it costs me less than $5 per stringing using a string that is usually over $11 per set. Not too shabby.
Damn! What racquet are you using? That's also a pretty good idea as well
 

Kevo

Legend
Damn! What racquet are you using? That's also a pretty good idea as well
Yeah, it helps to play with an old school Rossignol. :) I believe it's 82 sq in., but I haven't seen official specs. I think on my previous frames, PC95 it took just under 36ft. so I could only get 18 out of a reel with those, but they were also 18x20.
 
To maximize my stringings per reel I start with the published pattern lengths and then when I get to the last pull I measure the excess beyond the gripper. I then take that off for the next stringing. On my current frames I string one piece and can do it with about 31ft of string. So I can get 21 stringings out of my reel. So it costs me less than $5 per stringing using a string that is usually over $11 per set. Not too shabby.
I do the same and know the length I need down to the inch (I string up my Blade SW104 one-piece with exactly 35' 4" of Silver 7 Tour and 10'4" for the short side). For stringjobs on the same racquet with a different string or the same string at a different tension, I'll add a few inches on either side just to make sure.
 

McLovin

Legend
As always, the answer is 'it depends'.

If you use the whole reel for yourself, and you do a one-piece, then you can likely get away with 32-35 ft per job (depending on head size, string pattern, and string type (e.g., multi stretches more than poly)).

If you do a two-piece, then you'll use at least an extra 2-3ft, depending on whether or not you use a starting knot on the crosses.

Sometimes, for a frame I am familiar with and have to do 2-piece, I'll cut for a 1-piece, but after the last pull on the long side, I'll cut just enough to tie off, then use the remaining for the crosses. Only saves me about a foot, but I cannot tell you the number of times I've thrown out the last 16-ft of a reel.
 
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