Stringer for tennis and badminton racquets?

Pavlos

Rookie
Hi all,

Looking for my first stringer, and as a friend of mine plays badminton, we are thinking of getting one that can serve us both.

I hope you can give me a few pointers on this issue...I ran a search with 'badminton' as keyword on TT, and also a Google search, and it seems to me that it is generally possible to string a badminton racquet on a tennis stringing machine. However, it also appears that some of the tennis stringers may not support this, or they might need 'add on hardware' in order to be able to string a badminton racquet. These were my conclusions from my own research, but might be incorrect.

I would like to ask this question directly to those who might know with certainty - is it possible to string a badminton racquet on any tennis stringer? Do you need a special stringer to do this?

And, is there an electronic machine that you'd recommend for this, with a cost that does not exceed $900?

Thanks.
 
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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Wow you are asking for a lot. Let me point out that most stringers (especially the lower end ones) are meant to string tennis rackets. Tennis racket have fewer grommet holes and more space in the throat and head areas than other rackets do. If you get a two point machine you are going to have a hold down bar that goes on top of the racket in the 6 and 12 o'clock positions. When you string racketball and badminton rackets this will cause some problems. I would go with a 6 point machine which has a more open working area. Check out this thread you will see what I mean:

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=406027
 
You have the Stringway machines. There are extra sets (+20 euro) to fit badminton frames. These are great machines, I use one that's older then I am!
 

Pavlos

Rookie
Thanks for the replies :) Looks like an electronic might fall outside my budget. But those Stringway machines look very nice, and all I've read here is good comments about them. I might be going for an automatic dropweight then...
 
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Hi Pavlos,

I know the owner of the brand I can only recommend Stringway. It's just great quality. My machine is made in 1990 (eletronic, with constant pull!) and still works great! The automatic dropweight I only hear good things about, altough I've never tried one. There's also one with a foot pedal.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
Thanks for the replies :) Looks like an electronic might fall outside my budget. But those Stringway machines look very nice, and all I've read here is good comments about them. I might be going for an automatic dropweight then...
You would be surprised. I remember seeing an Alpha REVO 400 with only 30 string jobs on it for sale for $300. Add a $500 Wise to it and you are within your budget. Look for a used machine and possibly a Wise Tensioner if they sell them in Europe.
 

mars76

Rookie
Hi,

I bought an used Ektelon with fixed clamps and it works perfetcly fine for strining tennis and badminton racquets. ( i bought the badminton clamps from eagnas)

Only thing you might need to get Badminton clamps ( depending on whether your machine comes with swivel or fixed clamps).

Try to get it from tennismachines if the original manufacturer doesn't carry them.

thanks.
 

Buddy

New User
Take a look at the Eagnas machines which are discussed frequently on the TW forums. I purchased a flex 940 years ago and it is for both tennis and badminton. The six point mounting system came with special adapters for badminton racquets. Here is an excerpt from the flex 940 product description:
"String all racquets: tennis, oversized tennis, widebodies, longbodies, fan patterned, squash, racquetball, and badminton."

I suspect there are other quality stringing machines capable of handling both racquets, but thought you would find the above info helpful.
 

Pavlos

Rookie
Thanks to all for your info!

The Klippermate is a sweet cheap option, but I think a machine with a better mounting system would be preferable.

I have looked at the Eagnas machines and while their prices are very attractive (even for their electronic machines), I've read a lot on TT forums about their build quality (or lack thereof) and 'weird' customer service. This makes me have some second thoughts.
 

ATP100

Professional
Thanks to all for your info!

The Klippermate is a sweet cheap option, but I think a machine with a better mounting system would be preferable.

I have looked at the Eagnas machines and while their prices are very attractive (even for their electronic machines), I've read a lot on TT forums about their build quality (or lack thereof) and 'weird' customer service. This makes me have some second thoughts.
Just for fun I will tell you some top 10 touring pro's in a pinch use a Klip when they have to. (Not very often, but it does happen)
The stringers at the tourneys are very very good, but sometimes, rarely, but sometimes, they are not.
 

Pavlos

Rookie
Does anyone have any thoughts on a machine named "Premium Stringer 8700 Elektro"? Check out its brochure...

The price is also very good, almost too good to be true! The questions would be
- Is it any good on the whole? Has anyone seen a review?
- Is this a true electronic, constant-pull machine (looks like a table top electric like Gamma Progression ES II+)?
- Opinion on swivel clamps?
- Opinion on this machine versus the Stringway ML-100 dropweight?

Thanks!
 
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