Locking Turntable: when to use?

#1
I have a Pros Pro XP Plus without a locking turntable, and have just been given an Eagnas GA3 which does have a locking turntable.

Is the only use of a locking turntable when tightening knots?
 
#3
I use the turntable lock for Prince racquets with O-holes, Head racquetball racquets with string channels and Wilson racquets with rollers. When I am asked to put a Python grip on a racquetball racquet, I mount the racquet on my machine and lock the turntable then as well.
 
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#5
You can lock table for many reasons that call for it
Oport rakets is 1
when threading mains on a 1 pc, long side;. I lock table and thread long side mains (with extra length for the pull/tension)
 
#6
I never use the table lock unless I’m making a video close up and don’t want the table to move the subject of the video out of frame.
 
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#7
Use the locking table whenever you feel it helps you.
Some depends on ease of table lock of the machine.
Years ago my old Serrano machine never had a table lock' so was never needed back then.
After a break from stringing and starting again a number years ago, with a new machine that has a great lock, as just pull knob in and its set, push in and its unlocked..
It was so easy to use, I was using it to lock table even when weaving.
Now I just typically use it on O port racquets, tying knots and weaving last 2 cross strings, as I find it easier to weave those last 2 cross strings with table locked, especially with nat gut as last 2 cross strings has tendency to twist, and it just takes a little more time to weave those, as I either push a loop, or weave one at a time like you are stitching so string does not twist at the end.
 
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#8
Agree with @jim e ease of use is a big factor
my newish prince.5000 has a easy table lock, as descrived above
my first dropweight machine, klippermate, had a manual removable 3" lock pin;, I would use it to lock the "table",, PITA,, I used it very rarely..
 
#10
I have a Pros Pro XP Plus without a locking turntable, and have just been given an Eagnas GA3 which does have a locking turntable.

Is the only use of a locking turntable when tightening knots?
@amoeba,
Only you know if you'd find the turntable brake useful or not. Some do, some don't. Many people have a brake on their machine, but don't use it.
On one of my machines (happens to have glide bars), I have a brake, but never use it.
On another machine (happens to have swivel clamps), I use the brake for all sorts of things (mounting/unmounting, tightening knots, final straightening of strings, and when using a calibrator). However, I never use the brake (on any machine) for stringing O-port/EXO3 type frames. Why? That's another conversation, for another time.
 
#11
I don't understand why so many people say they use it when tying knots. I only use the lock on the annoying Prince O-ports/Speed-ports/whatever. Other than that, I find it unnecessary, although some people might find it useful in other situations.
 
#12
I can tell you when I use it. When I make a video and I don't want the table to turn. If I could save 2 cents for a stringer without a turntable lock I would.

EDIT: The best thing about the lock is catching the string while you are stringing.
 
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#13
I have a Pros Pro XP Plus without a locking turntable, and have just been given an Eagnas GA3 which does have a locking turntable.

Is the only use of a locking turntable when tightening knots?
I use the turntable lock to keep the turntable in one position when threading strings through partially blocked holes.
 
#18
I use the table lock for O-ports and sometimes when trying to get string through a blocked hole. When my stringer isn't in use I lock the table and put the cover on. Why? No clue. Just have always done it.
 
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