Please post pictures of your swivel clamps.

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  1. 10shoe

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    I have been searching for replacements for the swivel clamps on my machine for a good long while and the search continues. It's hard to even know what is out there so could you guys using swivel clamps post pictures of what you've got? Thanks!
     
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  2. Irvin

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    All swivel clamps are not the same. Some clamps have hostels that fit on posts, some clamps have post that fit into hostels. The bases fit sometimes on rails, sometime in rails, and sometimes there are no rails at all.
     
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    Okay, everybody but Irvin.
     
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    Ok what type clamps do you have? Do they fit on to your basses or into your basses. Do you have glide rails? Do you want 3,4, or 5 teeth?
     
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    Irvin. At some point, I will not be the only person on TW looking to replace a swivel clamp. Is there a thread about swivel clamps here? I didn't search, but I suspect not. So I started one.
     
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  6. Irvin

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    LMAO do a search for ‘replace swivel clamps’ there are 42 not counting yours
     
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    There are no prior threads of PICTURES of swivel clamps. Personally, I think it would be a useful resource. Especially if the pictures were accompanied by information about the clamps like what the shaft diameter is, whether it has rollers or cams, whether the clamp allows for string below the tooth level, etc.
     
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    Do a google search for tennis swivel clamps and click on images
     
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    SHORT version: JPTFP

    LONG version:
    If you actually have swivel clamps on your machine(s):
    - first look to see if any one has already posted this information in the thread and done so correctly for that make/model of machine + clamp

    - If NOT posted already, then:
    -- post a picture of the clamps and describe sufficient detail (see below) in a single post
    -- string machine make/model
    -- clamp model type (relevant if clamps were previously upgraded, and you ordered a certain part number, from where, cost perhaps)
    -- the way clamps attach to the turntable: hostel or homeless, in/on rail or not
    -- any other relevant information

    I am reasonably certain @10shoe intended for this thread to:
    - grow into a visual reference/guide/compendium for swivel clamps
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    - not devolve into one debating the merits of various clamping systems, models, etc.
     
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    Thank you sir!
     
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    Then why did he start out saying he was looking for replacement clamps for his machine? Parts for all machines are not interchangeable.
     
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    [EDIT added] @10shoe first provided background for his request to answer any "why are you asking ..." type of questions from the usual poster(s), then he continued ...

    YMMV
     
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    This is a Babolat Star 4 clamp.

    Weight: 14.4 oz
    Width at tooth level: 1-3/4"
    Shaft dia: 11.99mm
    Tooth surface: Diamond dusted
    Material: Non-ferrous
    Cam or roller: Cam

    Pros: Can hold tension on virtually anything. Versatility...as good with badminton string as tennis string.
    Cons: No longer available. Adjuster has no visual cues. Adjuster can nick adjacent crosses. Cams tend to get scored and wear out. Not possible to clamp below level of teeth so will leave marks (ghosting) on susceptible mains.
     
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    @10shoe please excuse Matlock. He's so used to being picayune he does it without thinking (as is the case with 99.999% of his posts). Once the Mighty Sensor shows up, I will post pictures of its clamps.
     
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    here is a picture of the Babolat Star 5 clamps if you're interested. Notice they are not interchangeable with the Star 4.
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    EDIT: Also the adjustment knob on the Star 4 can not damage the adjacent cross string. Never in 1,000,000 years. Think about that one. Unless of course if you take the clamp off the machine and beat the crosses with the clamp from above.

    EDIT: Those clamps are the Badminton clamps but the Tennis clamps are very similar, just bigger.
     
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    ...but they look like they could be interchangeable with the Sensor clamps.
     
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    i'm pretty sure they are. But my contention is that all clamps from all machines are not interchangeable. Therefore, if the @10shoe wants to replace his clamps what machine does he have now? It is obvious is I have a Star 5 I can not use a Star 4 clamp unless of course if I want to change the bases too. Not sure what the price of Star 5 clamps and bases would be, but I'm sure I would rather pay the price for a used Star 4.

    EDIT: And if I replace the bases on a Star 4 with the bases on a Star 5 or Sensor will they fit?
     
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    This is a Toyo Zouki clamp.

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    Weight: 9.7 oz with roller handle
    Width at tooth level: 1-7/8"
    Shaft dia: 11.96mm
    Tooth surface: Unknown
    Material: Aluminum
    Cam or roller: Either, 2 handles were available.

    Pros: Clamp is both gentle (non-abrasive) yet holds virtually anything. Clamping is possible below tooth level so ghosting on mains is minimal and slippage is negligible. If these were still available I would purchase another pair in a heartbeat.

    Cons: No longer available. It's a large clamp, sometimes too large for things like the last cross on a badminton racquet.
     
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    Congratulations you just made it to my growing ignore list. You don't want help but you really need it.
     
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    Thanks for posting pics.

    Please tell me what the correct wording would be to describe how far from ideal the location of the adjusting knob is in the picture below. Thanks! (BTW, that string is touching the knob. It's not just an optical illusion or unusual camera angle).


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    10shoe said:
    If these were still available I would purchase another pair in a heartbeat.

    Yes, I ought to be shot for that remark.

    Actually, I wish you had put me on ignore before I started this thread so it would be more compact and dominated by photos instead of drama.
     
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    @10shoe - CONGRATS!!!!! Your life is now much less contentious and your blood pressure should stabilize. :)

    The picture posted of the Star 5 clamps is the same as the Sensor clamps. The clamp fits down over a post. You might be interested in the Prince Clamps, which do the opposite. The have a post which goes down into a hole in the base. They are 5 toothed and look really close to the picture you posted. You can get them from TennisMachines and JC should be able to provide you with any descriptive info you need.
     
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    Some clamps even though they can look similar are actually a different diameter. I believe someone posted a few years back that he had an Alpha machine and Eagnas clamps needed to be machined down to fit, where the eagnas fits a Babolat Star4, as well as my Pro Master machine,which is same as the older Wilson machine, so pictures may not tell proper fitting of clamps.
     
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    Precisely why I started this thread and why both the photos I posted are accompanied by info including shaft diameter. I have 4 more clamps to post and when I am not quite so buried in work I will add them. I have been trying to do them on a 1 per day basis since it is time consuming. My most recent purchase was a pair of Alpha Ghost 2 clamps, which I sent back the next day because they don't fit my bases and they don't have rollers. A waste of Mark's time down in Austin, several emails and $15 in postage.
     
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    That was me that posted that. I have an Alpha and wanted some 3-tooth clamps like the old Babolats. I had to take them to a machine shop and have the posts made to fit the Alpha clamps. I don't know if the Ghost clamps will fit other Alphas or not. I'd like to get sturdier base clamps too.
     
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