Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by MikeHitsHard93, Nov 21, 2012.
Is it difficult to string these rackets?
No more difficult than any other racket assuming you have the knowledge and tools to string it. What type stringer and tools do you have?
I am getting a klippermate. And whatever comes with that. I'm going to buy two backup rackets to my pro open and the o3 white is a contender. I also own an o3 emerald os
You'll need a Prince boomerang to string that on a Klippermate. Call Prince and they will send you the correct boomerang for your rackets, if they have them in stock.
What if they don't?
They you are SOL. The Klippermate has no brake.
The other alternative is doing a 50/50 on the Prince rackets.
When stringing the O3 rackets I like using the two piece 50/50 method. A 50/50 WILL NOT WORK. That way all you need is a Klippermate and nothing else. if you want to string your racket one piece mount the frame down in the stringer so the throat support is as close to the end of the bar as possible. This gives you fewer O ports above the pivot point and reduces the problem. Then use your boomerang or anything (sharper cap) to keep the strings properly spaced and there is no problem.
Lol ok I'm not gonna buy a o3 then. Trying to decide between a few rackets that are on sale under $100. Prince tt warrior, Dunlop 500T, some others. Traditional grommets are what I'm gonna go for then. Thanks!
Some O port rackets have traditional grommets.
Yeah I know, but I don't believe that the o3 white does and that's really the only one I'm interested in except for the speed port black
BTW a wooden spring loaded clothspin should work to string O3 rackets very well.
Speed port black has traditional also. Not sure about the white.
Oh ok...can I order the racket with the traditional grommets installed?? That would be sweet.
I would not call them traditional grommets. They are more like inserts with grommet holes, but Prince still recommends using a brake or boomerrang to support the string. If you don't it could blow out the grommet.
Your best bet, save up for a better machine, even a used one with a brake.
I probably won't ever get a better machine. Not worth all that money for me
^^^ the grommets may tear out unless you use the 50/50 on the crosses or a tool (boomerang). they are still going through the Oports, just also through a plastic grommet hole (gives more traditional feel).
I used to play and string the Speedport Blacks and My GF uses the o3 white. No real difference when stringing.
edit: Lakers beat me to it.
Don't sell your self short. Deals pop up all the time. Like AndyRoo's Winn Pro 1000. I paid $200 for my first machine, an Eagnas Flex 940.
i have forgotten once or a few times while string the speedport blacks with grommet holes and NOT used the brake or boomerang and have not ripped them out, but.....
not advised, no frame supporting the load. only a wee bit of plastic.
My KlipperMate has a brake and I had no problem stringing O3's and Speedports. I did call for the Boomerang tool and it was at my door in 3 days.
I had a k-mate (court and slope) in the mid-late 80's, got it used.
looks just like the current higher end models with the drawer etc. Mine did have floating clamps (vise grips), can't remember if it had a brake...
but it did have a very crude 6 point mounting system, kinda seemed an add on but it helped.
also, there are a few or more boomerang tools pending the racket.
I bought my klippermate this summer and it came with a brake
And yet another alternative is to use the S-hook method.
I recall someone suggested using an S-Hook, but I've never seen the application. Now that I've actually seen how it is used, it makes sense now. The thought of metal touching the frame was going to damage the paint. I have a couple of S-hooks for hanging the calibrator on my Gamma tray.
I'll stick to the boomerang and table brake for now.
Heat shrink takes care of the metal contact on the paint. I say to each their own, but it's my method of choice nowadays. With my son, two of my students, and my wife having ported sticks, I get to do my fair share of 'em. As a result I've gotten to be pretty smooth with the procedure, and I use two s-hooks; one for each side, so there's no switching like in the video.
Anyway, this was meant to give the op another option besides the boomerang or the 50/50. I not suggesting it's superior to either, it's just...different, but very effective.
That music really put me in the mood...but not to play tennis.
I'm going to have to try this. Stringing my rebels with a dinky little x-2 is a pain.
Tried the brake but it was too much a hassle; settled on the sharpie method. Not really a big deal but honestly I'd have just gotten a different racket if I'd foreseen the added step. (And finding out the hard way that it make a BIG difference in short side when doing one piece stringing.)
It must depend on machine you use, as I use the brake routinely on O port racquets, and it is no big deal.I pull a knob out and table is locked solid, push it in and its free again.Takes a fraction of a second.
As to the short side, if you mix it up and have the long side on the short side, then just weave the top cross with the short side and you are resynchronized, as that even makes it so the top and bottom cross strings as the tie off strings.
Unfortunately these tools are not made well in that you lose a good amount of tension since the cross string is never horizon when pulled with these tools in place. I am not sure why Prince did not test these tools better. Irvin do you feel the same way about these tools? In other words, that you lose a good amount of tension when using them? The prince exo3 Silve 118 seems to be the worst in tension loss.
The old Gamma X-ST brake is not strong enough to hold the turntable in place. Supposedly the new design can do it though.
There are three points of friction when pulling tension using a boomerang (two points on the boomerang and one on the frame) and each point will reduce tension. Then there is the issue of using the boomerang that fits in the hole and does not pop out. I don't like using the boomerangs and would prefer my string method or I think a spring loaded clothespin would work great. it should not be hard to fabricate a tool either shaped like a U to drop over the frame.
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