String bed Cutters

Herb

Semi-Pro
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.
 

MAX PLY

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).
 

MixedMaster

Semi-Pro
Thanks guys!!! This is some great info that I never thought about. I've just been plodding along but now "ya'll" have opened my eyes. Thanks!!
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
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.

 
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Deleted member 23235

Guest
I've always used toenail clippers to cut string.
definitely the best for me too...
the bigger version, that you find in a $1 store.
easily portable, and less likely to rip a hole in your bag (than wire cutters).
 

MAX PLY

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):

 

Herb

Semi-Pro
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.
 
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old man stringer

Guest
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.
 

LOBALOT

Semi-Pro
I hope you guys don't mind that I dug up this old thread. For quite some time I was using wire cutters to remove string which was like using a scissors to cut through a chain link fence!!!

For the last 6 months I have been using an offset pruner and it has really been working great to quickly remove old string. If you head to the river and search on "Fiskars 92756965J" this is the model I have been using and it cost me $10 at the local hardware store. I am sure there are other offset pruners available that will work just as well.

What I like about it is the bottom jaw is very thin to reach into the stringed and then the curve of the top blade let's me cut multiple strings at once. It has no issues cutting through poly as previous posts commented about.

They have really work well!
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
I gave up being gentle with strings
I use "wire cutters", when cutting string beds
I use the harbor freight snips for more delicate work
below is my collection
ive been surpriced how good the scissor wire cutters have worked, its going to last me a while
ive been breaking the spring inside some of these wire cutters in a yearly basis, these scissor style "red", wire cutters, have no spring :)
http://instagr.am/p/BwS1hdggU23/
 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
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.
i remember the pain now that i see these tools ^^
beleive it or not, Ive actually used most of these!!, and vividly remember struggling to cut stuff with them at one time or another
 

graycrait

Hall of Fame
@1HBHfanatic , This is what I use to cut out stringbeds now. 10bucks and is very efficient even cutting many beds of Kevlar string. It is fast, efficient and durable.

 

1HBHfanatic

Hall of Fame
@graycrait yup, I can see why youde use it too!!
Kevlar is a PITA to cut with most normal cutters, ive resorted to "sharp!!!!!!, scissors", in the few occasions ive had to cut out the Kevlar strings..
 

ElMagoElGato

Semi-Pro
I use these carpet scissors. I’ll use them for my life time.

 

CivicLx

Hall of Fame
I was in the Dollar Tree a few months ago and looked for something cheap to get. I actually found something in the checkout lane. For about a buck, I think I got this pair of cat nail clippers (small scissors) or something like that. I know it's definitely something to be used on a pet:D
 

LOBALOT

Semi-Pro
I use these carpet scissors. I’ll use them for my life time.

I like the carpet scissors idea as well. Based on the feedback I have included a picture ;) of the offset pruners I have. They do a good job with Kevlar too.

 

SpinControl

New User
No need for a 1 use tool.
Use the wire snips at the start of a pair of needle nose pliers. Then use the needle nose pliers to help with feeding string into tight spaces (or pull string from a tight grommet once you've fed it through).

 

LOBALOT

Semi-Pro
No need for a 1 use tool.
Use the wire snips at the start of a pair of needle nose pliers. Then use the needle nose pliers to help with feeding string into tight spaces (or pull string from a tight grommet once you've fed it through).

Thanks but with a lot of racquets I would find that too slow.
 

Arvin_C

New User
Rich (BB code):
I've always went to the hardware store for my "stringer" tools. When I bought my Tourna stringer, I went to H**e D***t and bought Crescent-Wiss' flush wire cutters, micro-tooth pliers and their multi-purpose metal snips. The snips make quick work of cutting out string beds, especially with cutting Kevlar/Aramid. All three cost me less than $25 bucks...which is crazy considering I paid $30 for my Gamma starting clamp!

Arvin C
 

SpinControl

New User
Thanks but with a lot of racquets I would find that too slow.
I scratch my head.
How are you cutting?
I cut diagonally (main+cross), and it takes me no more than 10-20secs to begin removing the cut strings.
2 minutes (tops) to rid the racket of all strings.
Don't be fooled to think that something so narrow has little torque or strength to cut.
They can easily cut thick paper clips, and I would think that no string (Kevlar or not) is stronger than steel.

But to each his/her own.
Just a suggestion to those who wish to save $ and try it out.
I only string tennis rackets, so maybe racketball or badmidton equipment requires more delicacy.
 
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LOBALOT

Semi-Pro
I scratch my head.
How are you cutting?
I cut diagonally (main+cross), and it takes me no more than 10-20secs to begin removing the cut strings.
2 minutes (tops) to rid the racket of all strings.
Don't be fooled to think that something so narrow has little torque or strength to cut.
They can easily cut thick paper clips, and I would think that no string (Kevlar or not) is stronger than steel.

But to each his/her own.
Just a suggestion to those who wish to save $ and try it out.
I only string tennis rackets, so maybe racketball or badmidton equipment requires more delicacy.

Hi Spin Control:

I cut out as you do and only tennis racquets. I was in a position to buy a tools for cutting out string, trimming, and also bent nose pliers and use those but certainly understand the efficiency in having 1 tool as you indicate.

Thank you!
 
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