The MiStringer appears to be designed for true portable use where the stringing quantities are very low.Why do you call it "light weight". It's over 10 kg and with additional clamps and tools it will be probably over 12 kg.
It's portable, but not light weight. In this case it doesn't much matter using the spring or drop weight tensioner. Drop weight is more reliable option.
For light weight stringing machine, see MiStringer, weight is less than 3 kg, fixed clamps, 6 point support.
Maybe move to the other thread . . . would be interested in the details concerning the "very bad results" including the experience of the operator. Also for what it is worth, I don't think the MiStringer is targeted at the same consumer as is the Stringway portable (no question the SW is a superior machine).yyyggg222
I have a friend who knows some one who has strung with the MiStringer. Very bad results. So sorry they wasted time/money.
Ask Fred (@Technatic), he'll tell you the price.Do you guys know how much it would cost for single action clamps and the side attachment rods? I'm thinking of upgrading my ML90 but the Stringway website doesn't sell those parts separately.
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Of course, I think you would be better to say "consistency of electronic stringer when stringing a range of different racquets at different tensions".Thank you! That's exactly what I meant.
In the past, I had chance to use Gamma X-ElS a few times and I think that stringing on MS140 is faster and more pleasant.
By operation MS140 is similar to crank machine with accuracy of electronic stringer.
Of course, I think you would be better to say "consistency of electronic stringer when stringing a range of different racquets at different tensions".
I have a 25 year old LO Crank stringing machine. I string a very limited range of racquets in a limited range of tensions and my results are very consistent.
However, I'm certain using the Stringway Automatic DW system would be much easier than using a Crank.
I mentioned to Fred if he would consider producing a tensioning solution to retrofit to LO machines (a la the WISE solution). However, it would probably reduce sales of existing machines so I can understand why Stringway wouldn't be keen to do it. It would have to come in at a price point that is at most 30% of the retail cost of a WISE electronic head to make it viable. So on that basis alone it probably isn't worthwhile.
It's kind of a quirky habit for me to review the performance and my satisfaction with products over a period of time--lawnmower, snowblower, bicycle, stringing machine. It triggers questions like, Did I make the right choice? Do I still like the design? Do I think it will last? Has it been reliable? Would you buy something different next time? Do I have any constructive suggestions for the supplier to help them improve their product?Your post made me dig in the memory and I realised that I will have 1 year anniversary too next month
I owned an ML100 before I switched over to the foot-operated machine (MS 200 ?). If memory serves, the standard weight that comes with the machine has a maximum tension of around 60 lbs, so if you plan to go higher than that, you need to purchase an extra weight.I am interested in purchasing a ml-100 but wanted to first clarify something about the tensioner. I am purchasing the machine to string my own racquets and string natural gut (VS) in the mains (Prince Graphite mid-plus). Does the drop weight have enough range to tension the longer gut mains without bottoming out? In other words, does the gut string stop its most significant plastic deformation before the stringway bottoms out? I am not interested in the machine if I need to do a re-pull "two step process" because my gut mains bottom out. In that case I would consider something like a Wise tensioner on a Prince Neos. Your feedback is much appreciated. Thanks!
I agree. I actually prefer the separate ruler. It's dead simple, accurate, reliable, versatile for lots of different situations, and I'll bet way less an expense pressure on the cost to produce and sell the machine. I also have an older Klippermate, besides my ML100, and the tension markers on the rod are worn, too small to read easy, chipped and peeling. Still works fine, but looking a little tawdry and tired, unlike my ML100, whose rod and ruler are still in mint condition after 100's of uses.Yes, stretchy strings can be tricky. I normally "pre-stretch" while putting the string in the clamp with one movement. Then I very rarely have to pull twice.
And the ruler.... Would be nice if it was engraved on the rod. But, as you can use different weights, and pounds or kilo's, it would be a mess (and actually impossible). For me the ruler works fast and accurate.
Yeah, Yanter, you may be imagining doing 30-40 bicep curls, all with one arm. I've done a few hundred racquets, badminton and tennis with the ML100 (fixed), and some with stretchy gut or syngut. The first few mains, yeah, very occasionally may require a couple of lifts, but after that marginally slow start, no more doubles. By far, the majority of pulls with most strings would not bottom out.
I assume if this is a deal-breaker for you, the fatal flaw, you're finding all other things equal between the ML100 and other machines. I hope you don't consider it an engineering mistake, but more you're own peculiar, do-or-die pet-peeve. My final selection of the ML100 came as a result of holistic comparison with other machines, build-quality, simplicity, versatility, design, cost, accessories, operating procedures, mounting system, brake, modularity, ease of repair, corporate support, clamp quality, life-cycle costs, expected life, resale value, maintenance demands.
So, yeah, in a scoring matrix with all these types of criteria, the ML100 might score slip a little on this one aspect of operating, but in the whole scheme of evaluation this weakness would not likely exert a distorting influence. Instead, it would show for what I'd consider it is, a minor blip, a trivial irritant.
In conclusion, I'd be somewhat suspect that your own idiosyncratic and quite singular preference doesn't cause you to wander to far from all the other machine attributes you could and should be weighing and comparing.
Good luck, whatever your final selection!