Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by Kal-El 34, Dec 22, 2008.
That's a nice looking machine! I believe that is an Alpha Saturn.
All of the Sports Authorites around me have these to string with, they look really nice!
I think it may be an Alpha Orbitor. I think the saturn has the upgraded tennis racket holder on the base, but I'm not positive on this though.
Funny you mention Sports Authority cause that's exactly where I work. But yeah it's a great machine. Hasn't let me down yet.
man i miss this machine. its a good one
I already have a stringer but I walked into a local tennis shop the other day and seen a couple of stringers sitting out on the practice court. I asked what they were going to do with them. One was for sale (Babolat Star 5) and one (Babolat Sensor) wasn't. I asked what they wanted for it and almost fell over when I got the price.
The machine has had 3,480 rackets strung on it. Clamps and table look fine. They said there was a problem with the tension module which I tested out. It works but intermittent so I've decided to buy a new tension head for $450 exchange plus shipping. Now I will have a used turntable and new tension module.
Star 5 stringer
Old tension module
^^Nice Find, Irvin. I guess I need to buy less stuff on-line and walk into a tennis shop every now and then.
I saw this machine at a local Sports Authority store In Superior, CO.
I wonder if you work at that Sports Authority store ?
Sooooo, how much was it?
Sorry but I rather not say.
I'm in Sunny Southern California my friend.
You don't have to show your cards.
We can just play Hot or Cold.
My guess is they just gave it to you.
What does it matter?
That question was unethical to begin with.
he had a good deal. As simple as that.
Great find Irvin. Congratulations. Star 5 is a great machine.
Nice find Irvin!
I'm sure you will enjoy that machine.
Best of luck to you with it, I'm sure it will be great.
I'm sure once you start stringing with your new machine you will not go back to your old one.
It's nice that the Old tension module come off in a unit like the picture shows.
Thanks Jim I think I am going to stay with the Star 5 simply because of the clamps. Not that the clamps on the 6004 aren't but I think the Babolat clamps are more ergonomic ally made. With the arthritis I have in my thumb that's a big plus. I did mount a racket on the Star 5 and it is much faster and easier on the 6004. I believe both have some excellent features.
I couldn't believe how easy it is to remove the tension module either. Disconnect the power cord, losen two Allen screws, and slide it out like a drawer. And I would never send one back for repair. At $450 exchange you have a current software version of the tension module with all zero counts. If yours goes bad order a new one and it ships that day. No waiting to find out what the repair cost will be, time to repair, and time in shipping. I'm sure you could overnight it if you want. Then put the old module in the box and return. Don't know if new software version makes any difference or not. Of course the the serial numbers on the tension module and machine won't match up anymore. Can't wait to get the new module and give it a spin.
congratz on your babolat star 5. looking forward to your impression of this machine.
Glad you posted pictures, Irvin! Please post your impressions of how the string beds compare in feel/firmness. I know the Star5/sensor pulls a little tight.
Will do DD. I was reading an article from racquettech and they said the Sensor is stiffer than the Star 4 and the Star 5 is even stiffer. First thing I am going to to is check the tension and compare. Then I string my racket one with the Gamma and the other with the Star 5 at the same tensions and let you know.
Irvin: I bet the center mains will feel tighter with the Star5 as you will not be pulling over the frame at such an angle like your gamma with the wise, as you will pull under the frame with minimal friction with the Star 5.
Whoa Whoa. I apologize if I came off as a ****** bag. Totally not going for that here. Like I said he doesn't have to tell us. I'm on your side.
wow star 5. dream machine
congrats, Irvin. as a former owner of a 6004, i can say without hesitation that the star 5 is a much better machine. the 6004 simply doesn't compare to the babolat machines.
thx for sharing the cost info on the tension module exchange. good to know in the event the tension module goes haywire on my sensor that a new one won't cost me an arm and a leg.
Mad dog1 the Sensor I would assume is similar but I'm sure different. You would have to call to get the actual cost. But I really like the fact that you can so easily take out the heart and guts of the machine and replace it so easily. That tension module includes everything from the AC plug to the nosecone (diablo.)
yes, the sensor tension head is modular, too. i wonder if the sensor and star 5 modules are interchangeable? i could send my sensor tension module when it needs servicing and exchange it for a star 5 tension module. :idea: i would love to add a diabolo to my sensor.
I don't think they are interchangeable, the Sensor appears to be a lower profile Tension Module than the Star 5. I can take a picture of the diablo closer up so you can see if maybe you want to look into it more. Just let me know.
thanks, Irvin, appreciate the offer.
i think you're right. it was more wishful dreaming on my part. when the time comes, i'll inquire w/ babolat on the interchangeability. for now, my sensor works a-ok. no sense in spending $450 just to add a diabolo.
EDIT: upon closer inspection of the tension module pic, the star 5 tension module is not interchangeable w/ the sensor. the LCD displays are in different locations.
Mad dog1 I want to go on record to say I hate your ever lovin' guts. I went down to look at the tension module just after my last post and I just happened to slide the gripper back and fourth to see if I could get a good picture of it. The tensioner is chain driven and the chain should have go on a sprocket coming off the motor. The chain jumped off the sprocket. Then I had to go run some errands so I didn't even get to look any more. I have not put it back on yet I wanted to talk Babolat Tech first but he is busy. Now I think I have a Tension Module on the way I don't think I need. Darn you anyway. LOL
I am going to to play.
EDIT: OK mad dog1 i forgive you. I tried to get the chain back on and it just will not go on. I talked to the Babolat Tech and he says there is no easy way to do it. You just about have to take the Tension Module apart to get it back on. I am not going to go that route so I am going with the new module. BTW I cheched with the tech and he said if I were not replacing the module it would cost about $2,000 for the tension module. I didn't want anyone thinking they could get a spare for $450.
LOL! glad i'm no longer hated.
yeah, make no mistake, the parts are expensive as hell if you are buying them straight up. but if you're sending back a core, babolat seems to make it very reasonable. i did it before w/ the base clamps.
Hummmm? Base clamps I wonder if I can send back my bases and install the Sensor bases? I may have to check on that.
looking at the pics of the turntables, they appear to share the same parts so i think the bases are interchangeable. i read that the star 5 bases have even less drawback than the sensor bases so you may just want to stick w/ the star 5 bases.
If the star 5 is good enough for Irvin, it's good enough for me. Total overkill for my needs, but oh well. Picked it up from a sporting goods store going out of business. Owner claimed it's 6 months old with ~200 string jobs under its belt. Looks like new.
Good deal. If you want to see how many string jobs are not it just press and hold the S key until it beeps. The let go and press and release the S key until rackets comes up and it will give you the count.
I've also read that the star5 can be tightened/cranked down for less drawback.
Don't understand what you're saying. Are talking about the clamp bases being tightened or the frame supports?
256 string jobs. Close enough. I'm just starting to familiarize myself with the machine, so any little quirks you can share are appreciated.
Well you're ahead of me I am waiting on a new tension module so I can start using mine.
Sorry, was very distracted when writing that post. I meant the clamp bases
^^Funny Albert told me the same thing and I've never heard that before. I've seen where they recommend only slight pressure when locking the bases and only light press on the string with the clamps.
how much did you get it for?
Are those autographs from Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka, and who's the one in front of the tool tray?
A lot. At least I got a tool set and a bunch of strings, though. I'm sure I'll never recover the initial cost just stringing for a handful of people, but I couldn't resist.
Looks like Serena. I think we have a real pro here.
Not a lot of amateurs using Baiardos.
well, with these things you dont tend to. the joy of owning one will overshadow the monetary loss congrats on the purchase. its my dream machine. i string over 3500 frames a year and yet i dont have a machine
very neat. i wouldnt let azarenka sign my machine though
Well you can use my machine anytime you want. 3500 string jobs/year; how do your fingers not fall off? What machine do you currently use?
That's a lot of stringing. Assuming your place of business is open Saturdays & closed on Sundays, that's about 11 racquets per day.
Not sure if you have done it or not but you may want to get the serial number off the machine (bottom side of tension module in front) and the tension module (use shift key to step through options.) If they match you have the original tension module and the warranty may be transferable. You can call Babolat USA to find out. 1 (720) 542-6290 x117
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