Locking Turntable: when to use?

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  1. amoeba

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    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?
     
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  2. amoeba

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    Sorry admin, meant to put in the Stringing section. Can you move please?
     
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  3. 10shoe

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    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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  4. Rabbit

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    I use the turntable lock on the Mighty Sensor when I tie off knots or when an O-port comes in.
     
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  5. 1HBHfanatic

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    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)
     
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  6. Irvin

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    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. jim e

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    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. 1HBHfanatic

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    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..
     
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    @jim e great tip on licking the break on the last 2 crosses. I’ll try it next time!
     
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  10. Wes

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    @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.
     
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  11. Big Bagel

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    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.
     
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  12. Irvin

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    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. Karma Tennis

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    I use the turntable lock to keep the turntable in one position when threading strings through partially blocked holes.
     
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  14. Rabbit

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    Yep, literally hundreds of uses! :)
     
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  15. Karma Tennis

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    And another one. I lock the turntable when I am transporting it from one place to another. :)
     
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  16. Rabbit

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    @Karma Tennis who'd a thunk it! If this thread continues, I may have to up my estimate to literally 1000's of uses....
     
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  17. jim e

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    My advice to OP is to lock the table when you do not want it to move.
     
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