Stringer Recommendations

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by GatorTennis, May 14, 2018.

  1. GatorTennis

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    I did some research on here a while back about stringers. I was set to buy a Prince Neos used, but could never find one locally or on a reputable site (i.e. tennis machines). Their price new does not seem like a great value. My local stringer is raising prices and his customer service has gone downhill, so I am revisiting purchasing a stringer.

    I am thinking I'd like to purchase the Wise constant pull tensioner as well. Given it's been a couple years since my research, I know there are new models out there now. What recommendations do you guys have and why? Thanks in advance for your help!
     
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  2. Irvin

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    The NEOS is a great machine but since parts are getting hard to find I would have my doubts. BUT!!! If I were in the market for a LO and found one at a good price I would jump on it in a heartbeat. Don't get me worng it is a great machine I would just not be willing to put lots of work into one to get it up and running.

    Since you have done the research before you should have a good idea of what you're looking for. For my vote quit wasting time and get yourself a machine.
     
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  3. RobS

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    I have a NEOS and love it. Finding a good used one at the right price is a bit of a waiting game though. For new machines, Gamma X-ST, Alpha Revo or Axis Pro would be 3 to look at for fixed clamp and crank in the $700-$800 range. I've owned the Gamma X-ST and it's a solid machine for a home stringer. The Axis Pro looks like it could be the best value of the 3 but I haven't seen or used one to speak on the quality. Any of the 3 could take a Wise if you wanted to go that direction at a later date. If you're certain on the Wise or electronic in general I would just go Gamma X-ELS as it would be cheaper than any of the crank options with a Wise. The Gamma X-ELS is probably the best bang for the buck on a an electronic machine for the home stringer.
     
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    I would recommend either the 1000 1500 or any Alpha. The new version of the Wise is awesome as well.
     
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    I’ve owned many mid-price stringers from Alpha and Prince. I’ve also owned a Klippermate and a Gamma X2.

    I currently own a Neos 1000 with a Wise but am seriously considering selling it and just going with the X2. I just don’t enjoy stringing for others and I don’t need to string but a dozen times per year. I’m not string sensitive and I think too many people make too big of a deal over this or that.

    Nearly everyone of us will agree that the stringer person is more important than the machine. I’m confident I can do just as good of a job and do it just as quickly on the X2. There’s no point for me to have a Ferrari when the speed limit all around me is 25mph.

    What’s your limit? Will you be stringing for many others often? Do you like tinkering and spending hours weaving string? If so, buy big. If not, get a used Klippermate or X2 and save money. You’ll get good enough to string your racquets proficiently.

    Otherwise, the Alpha machines are a great value and do a fine job for the money. If buying a Wise, I’d look around for an old Ektelon as long as the mounting has been updated. Sometimes you can get them for as little as $100. The only difference is the quickness in mounting a racquet between it and the Neos along with slightly longer glide bars for the Neos. It’s not going to matter unless you’re stringing giant granny racquets.
     
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    If getting a crank and also purchasing a Wise, you may be better off purchasing an electronic machine from the start like the Alpha Ghost.If you plan on stringing for other players as well, you would be best to get as much machine as you can afford, as it will make the job easier.
     
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  8. graycrait

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    I have a fully reconditioned Prince Neos 1000 from TM for about 1/2 price of new. It is the only machine I have owned. I am going to sound redundant but I see the local uni's Gamma ELS used everyday all day. That thing has never quit. I will not change from my NEOS 1000, but then I drive a 2001 Honda CRV - that may say something. But if I were going to buy a machine that was tethered to electricity I would buy the Gamma. If I win the lottery I might buy a Wilson Bairdo. I need to buy a lottery ticket more than once a year.
     
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  9. GatorTennis

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    Going to take your advice and see if i can find the Ektelon. I had forgotten which brand was similar to the NEOS.

    For the rest of you guys, thanks for the suggestions, and I'm wide open. I probably should have given more background. I'm going to string for personal use. I'm over the poly string fad and going back to syn gut or multi. I'll probably string a couple racquets a month and have no desire to string for others. Although if I do follow thru with the purchase, I will probably string more to tinker with tension and string types. Not to mention playing with more racquets in my collection.

    So keep the ideas coming, but I think i am set on a constant pull machine.
     
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  10. gmatheis

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    Do the math. If you plan on stringing 2 racquets per month and your stringer charges you $15 labor that's $360/yr.

    How many years do you think it is reasonable for your investment to recover it's own costs? two? three?

    If you feel 2-3 years is fair then your price point is $720 - $1080

    You get the idea ... plug your own numbers in and come up with your price.

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    Then let me throw one more thought into the mix for machines ... check out stringway. Their tabletop stringer with fixed clamps is about $950 with shipping. It's a constant pull dropweight that doesn't need to be horizontal to get proper tension.

    Alpha revo (700) or gamma st II (770) _ wise (625) = $1325 to $1395

    Used Neos (lets say 600) and wise(625) is still $1225
     
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  12. am1899

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    ^^ I don’t want to start WW3 here (again). But I think it’s important to point out that Stringway is a stringing machine manufacturer. So, however informative these articles Stringway puts out may be....any stringing manufacturer who puts out such information may or may not be objective in doing so.
     
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  13. John Doe

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    The article contains interesting technical information about stringing machines, not recommendation to buy Stringway machine.
    Have you read it? Probably not.
    Read it, then decide, no pressure.
    By the way, there's nothing wrong with Stringway machines.
     
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  14. am1899

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    Actually, I did read it.

    You’re certainly entitled to your opinion. I found some of the statements made to be lacking in scientific proof to back them up. And again, I can’t help but question how a manufacturer can possibly be objective in writing this type of material.

    By the way, I didn’t say there was anything wrong with Stringway’s machines (I actually think they make really good stuff).
     
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