New Machine Opinions/Wilson/Babolat/Prince????

I know this has been discussed a thousand times but I am in the market to add another machine as my workload is growing. I am currently stringing on a Wise/Revo combo which is great but for a higher volume scenario I need something "better" (for lack of a better term). I have been on the fence between 3 machines. Baiardo, Prince 7000 or the new Babolat Modular machine (I am worried about a sensor even though it is a great machine as parts may become an issue in the coming years). I really like the functionality of the Wilson but I am afraid that with more motors and moving parts to run all of the functionality there is a higher risk of failure of said parts. I welcome any and all opinions in relation to this.
 

kkm

Professional
Go for the Baiardo or the Babolat modular machine. I heard that they haven't ironed absolutely everything out of the new Babolat machine, which is probably the reason they're using a mix of the new machine and Sensors at the FO. The Baiardo is modular too, so if something has a problem it can usually be swapped out pretty easily.
 

esgee48

Legend
What is slowing you down in your opinion? If it is weaving, new machine won't make much of a difference. If it is ergonomic, then perhaps yes. If you want pure speed, a LO with SC everything is really fast or use the WISE with the fastest pulling speed. If I had to make a choice, the Wilson because you can get parts for it. 2 cents.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
I can speak to the Baiardo a bit. I don't use the tilting function for the mains and crosses...the turntable inevitably spins, making my life miserable. Personally, I think it's a bit gimmicky...but I've encountered a few people who like those features. However, the ability of the machine to retain user presets individually - height, knot %, etc is pretty nice.

Over a few thousand string jobs, I cant think of any issues with electrical components. Every once and a while, a reset is required - switch off, unplug, plug in, swith on...good to go. The weak point of the machine it seems to me are the clamps. 1 failed entirely, and the other than is still original to to the machine does not engage smoothly (it clicks noticeably when engaging it).

The tension head was replaced once, due to one of the screws holding it in place shearing off. When we contacted our wilson rep about this problem, they over nighted us a new head...no questions asked, free of charge. Pretty good customer service if you ask me.

This is a little nitpicky...but the plastic pads on the 6 & 12 billiards aren't held on by much. Inevitably, they fall off, causing half baked attempts to re-secure them with super glue, finishing tape, or whatever else is laying around.

Overall though, the machine has been a solid workhorse. And what minor problems we've had with it (as outlined above), Wilson has responded immediately to help us return to business as usual. If I had a need for a top of the line machine, the Baiardo would certainly be at or near the top of my list.
 
What is slowing you down in your opinion? If it is weaving, new machine won't make much of a difference. If it is ergonomic, then perhaps yes. If you want pure speed, a LO with SC everything is really fast or use the WISE with the fastest pulling speed. If I had to make a choice, the Wilson because you can get parts for it. 2 cents.
Weaving is not the problem. Its really ergonomics of the machine. I am not sure that I would use the tilt feature of the Wilson but the easily adjustable height would make a difference. I can string a frame on the wise/revo in sub 15 minutes but doing that for 10/15/25 frames a day is a different story.

I appreciate everyones input thus far.
 

kkm

Professional
I don't know the clamps of the Babolat Racket Station. The Sensor and Star 5 clamps were easily better quality than the Baiardo clamps, but the tooth spacing on the Baiardo clamps IMHO is easier to work with than the tooth spacing on the Sensor.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
I don't know the clamps of the Babolat Racket Station. The Sensor and Star 5 clamps were easily better quality than the Baiardo clamps, but the tooth spacing on the Baiardo clamps IMHO is easier to work with than the tooth spacing on the Sensor.
I used a Wilson once and did not like it. The shop where I used it also has a Sensor and all stringers prefer the Wilson. I did not like the free spin on the turntable, the bases, or the clamp teeth. The diablo is a big plus though and the new Babolat does not have one. I guess it is to each his own but if it were me I'd consider a new Star 5 while you can still get one. my second choice would be the Babolat Modular stringer.

EDIT: The clamps on the Star 5 and Sensor are the same only the bases are different.
 

MCstringer85

New User
I've been trying to reach the Yonex Rep here for Mid Atlantic... No luck on a deal on this machine... Ended with a Baiardo...
 

MCstringer85

New User
I tried both email and calls... But like I said our Wilson rep came through for us so we just went for it... We had all the Babolat line before dropping it worrying that parts will be harder to find for star and sensor machines
 


I should've sold the sensor machine sooner
I appreciate the input. I am really leaning this direction. Id love to try and see if I could get one that has been used at a tournament that Wilson does the stringing. If not I will pony up for a new one.

Thanks again.

Tony
 

Nokwazi

New User
I know this has been discussed a thousand times but I am in the market to add another machine as my workload is growing. I am currently stringing on a Wise/Revo combo which is great but for a higher volume scenario I need something "better" (for lack of a better term). I have been on the fence between 3 machines. Baiardo, Prince 7000 or the new Babolat Modular machine (I am worried about a sensor even though it is a great machine as parts may become an issue in the coming years). I really like the functionality of the Wilson but I am afraid that with more motors and moving parts to run all of the functionality there is a higher risk of failure of said parts. I welcome any and all opinions in relation to this.
Talking of Babolat modular how much does it cost?
 
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