String bed Cutters

Thought I would contribute a little for others that are interested.

For removing the string bed I have used probably the same things that most others have. I have been hard pressed to find nice comparative reviews. Everyone always asks me how long it takes to string a racquet. I tell everyone it varies from racquet to racquet and string to string, but it take me 30 minutes to process a single racquet. That includes cutting and removing strings, measuring out new string, stringing, updating my customer database, and printing invoices. I do not string tons of racquets, maybe 10 a week on busy weeks. But, when the University is playing locally, or they are hosting a tournament I can have 30 racquet days. So any time I can save is great.

Regular snips that you can find at most hardware stores, craft stores, etc. I have used Gamma, Craftsman, Black and Decker, and some no name brand. Cant remember which. The cheaper the snips the worse they perform. Obviously they all cut one string at a time. I cut diagonally where strings cross to cut two at a time. Still time consuming and very inefficient. The Gamma and Craftsman worked fine, cut all strings, and cut clean. Black and Decker worked but did not cut as clean. The no name brand had a gap in the jaws and would only cut near the tip. They also had a hard time cutting soft strings. They tended to just flatten them out and pinch, but not cut. Range in price from $1 to over $20.

Regular scissor in my opinion just suck. Because of the angle you can still only cut one string at a time until you are almost halfway through the string bed. They hurt your hand trying to cut polys, it is hard to put any force on them. Better scissors cut better as they are sharper, but still inefficient and no better than using snips.

I have tried garden shears, but they were worse than the scissors. For the most part they would not cut. Stiff polys would cause them to twist and often would get stuck in the cutters keeping them from opening back up. Multis wouldn't really cut per se but would tear them apart after a couple of tries.

I have also tried the straight garden shears and they were almost identical to scissors. The only advantage they had over scissors was that they did not hurt my hands, so I could use more force on them. Still no real advantage to using snips.

These have worked fantastically. They vary in price depending on were you get them. I picked mine up at JoAnn's with a coupon for a little over $20. You can cut several strings at a time taking about 3 to 5 seconds to get through a string bed. They have stayed sharp, but I also have a honing devise that I run them through often. These have been my number one time saver so far. Because they are angled you can cut the full length of the blade on the first cut. They cut through thick polys like butter, and almost feels like they cut multis before applying any pressure. These things are sharp. They have a lock to keep the blade closed.

Babolat string bed cutters. Again, these are fantastic. Razor sharp and glide through a string bed. I paid around $25. The angle is great, very little effort needed to cut, and feel good in the hand. They have a lock to keep them closed, and an adjustment for small or large hands. You can cut the full length of the blade on every cut. Highly recommended.


Hall of Fame
The Babolat and the Kimony string bed cutters are great. But I've found that my $4 surgical scissors work really well too (I keep a pair in my bag to cut my strings out when I break one while playing).
I have a pair of end cutters similar to this. I think that I've used it to cut through steel things in the past and it can be used to cut leather. Strings are really easy with this. The only tricky thing is orienting it as it has to be near parallel with the string bed.



Hall of Fame
Here is what I use in my bag to cut strings when they break while playing (honestly, every bit as good as my $20 Kimony cutters on my tool tray and cost me $3 at the drug store):

Add some more items here that I have used in the past. All of these items will cut strings, some are just faster and easier than other. I have used all of these items at one time or another depending on the situation. But, when you have 20 plus racquets waiting, the fastest, easiest, and most comfortable way is what I will go with.

I got a pair of these from a box of flexcuffs when I was in the military. They cut extremely well, but are limited to one string at a time unless you cut at the crosses. They will cut easily through a cross and are easy on the hands. I have been using the same pair for 23 years, and still cut like they are new out of the box until last year when I lost them.

The trusted nail clippers. Cut one string at a time, and as slow as you can get. But they work. I have sat watching matches and used these to cut strings while I was waiting on more racquets. Bigger the clipper the easier they cut.

Kitchen shears, a little better than regular scissors, but not my favorite. Hurt my hands trying to get enough pressure to cut polys. One string at a time until you can get then at an angle.

Cuticle cutters. I have used these a few times, but the wife got pissed so I quit. Not as nice as nail clippers, but they will cut one string at a time.

Bandage scissors. I hate these. hurt my fingers, will not cut polys, one string at a time. I do use them to cut wraps, but that is about it.

I have struggled to get these to cut polys, they hurt my hands, but they do cut. I have had them twist in my hands while cutting. Maybe mine are just cheaper than others who like them, but not even close to my Babolat or Fiskar cutters.

Use what works for you. If you do one racquet once a month nail clippers are probably great. If you have 3 hours to turn around 9 racquets, probably want to use something else.

old man stringer

I have used snap-on (2 pair) for 20 years that are used on small electrical wires and they are the best i have ever seen. after 20 years snap-on replaced them for free having gotten a little less sharp.