***Stringway Machine Users Club***

Jbmgh

Rookie
Thanks, that’s what I do too. Seems to work ok! But there’s a contingent that are against starting mains by pulling from the throat. I was just trying to understand the thinking.

I do it the same way I just described except I pull and clamp on the throat side and pull under the throat.
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
That’s correct. No 360 rotation on my machine.

Knowing that, and what it entails, how would you go about starting mains on the Stringway?
If the string starting to throat, pull from the head, if the strings start in the head pull from the throat
 

nsu11ivan

New User
Just wanted to post here first in case there was some advice from users who've had any experience selling a used machine. I would like to either sell or trade my ML100 for an MS140. Is the "For Sale or Trade" forum better or worse than any of the other well known options? I would imagine shipping costs and payment options are going to be somewhere at the top of the list of concerns, but would really appreciate any input from this community to help navigate this process.

Also, if this kind of discussion is not appropriate for this forum, that would be useful information as well. I don't want to violate any guidelines, just wasn't sure where to start.

thanks
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
I bought mine on here like 10 years ago through a contact. I still use mine so it’s been great. If I was to sell it I would probably try locally first because its such a heavy item to ship.

Payment wise most ppl here seem to prefer paypal. Shipping, you could use pirate ship to save a substantial amount.
 

nsu11ivan

New User
I bought mine on here like 10 years ago through a contact. I still use mine so it’s been great. If I was to sell it I would probably try locally first because its such a heavy item to ship.

Payment wise most ppl here seem to prefer paypal. Shipping, you could use pirate ship to save a substantial amount.
Thanks for the info on Pirate Ship...never heard of it, sounds interesting! Definitely trying for a local sale first, but have been surprised at the lack of interest from some relatively decent players in the area. I would have thought there would be a bit more interest in maintaining their own racquets and maybe even making a couple of bucks stringing for others.
 

Power Player

Bionic Poster
Thanks for the info on Pirate Ship...never heard of it, sounds interesting! Definitely trying for a local sale first, but have been surprised at the lack of interest from some relatively decent players in the area. I would have thought there would be a bit more interest in maintaining their own racquets and maybe even making a couple of bucks stringing for others.

Yeah it may take a while to sell locally, but PirateShip will help you cut some costs on shipping if you go that route.
 

hadoken

Semi-Pro
Thanks for the info on Pirate Ship...never heard of it, sounds interesting! Definitely trying for a local sale first, but have been surprised at the lack of interest from some relatively decent players in the area. I would have thought there would be a bit more interest in maintaining their own racquets and maybe even making a couple of bucks stringing for others.

Better luck listing on TW IMO. The Stringway is a niche machine....given it's MSRP someone looking for a used machine will be drawn to a crank vs the Stringway unless they really have done their research. It's really for someone who wants accurate portability.
 

nsu11ivan

New User
Better luck listing on TW IMO. The Stringway is a niche machine....given it's MSRP someone looking for a used machine will be drawn to a crank vs the Stringway unless they really have done their research. It's really for someone who wants accurate portability.
Good point! Also, I've seen the glazed over look in the eyes as I'm trying to explain the benefits of a Stringway drop weight over the Klipper or X-2 at about half the cost. Thanks for your input!
 
Hi guys,

We received this question from a French stringer:
Are there wear parts on this machine to check from time to time?
We are interested in your answer to this question:
How old is your Stringway machine?
Did you have to replace any parts because of wear?

Thanks for your feed back.
 
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To replace clamp system T98 by T92.

Every now and then we get questions about replacing the T98 double action clamp system with the T92 system therefore more information about this.
- The T92 fits on a Stringway machine when the main beam has the T-slot shown on the picture. The distance between the cross holes must be 400 mm (was 370 mm long ago.

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When the main beam is not suited for T92 replacing is still possible but that includes a new beam.
 

Jbmgh

Rookie
Just wanted to write a quick post in praise of Fred and his machines:
I had a weird issue with my ms200 which I bought used and is probably 20 years old. Fred was amazingly patient and must have answered about 15-20 emails from me. We eventually got to the bottom of the issue and the machine is working tip top again. Plus I got a real appreciation for the quality of the engineering in these machines when stripping it down to give it all a clean.
I can’t imagine you’d get this level of service for a 20 year old machine from any other company. Really impressed. Thanks Fred.

Can’t recommend Stringway highly enough.
 

Jerry Snyder

New User
Just wanted to write a quick post in praise of Fred and his machines:
I had a weird issue with my ms200 which I bought used and is probably 20 years old. Fred was amazingly patient and must have answered about 15-20 emails from me. We eventually got to the bottom of the issue and the machine is working tip top again. Plus I got a real appreciation for the quality of the engineering in these machines when stripping it down to give it all a clean.
I can’t imagine you’d get this level of service for a 20 year old machine from any other company. Really impressed. Thanks Fred.

Can’t recommend Stringway highly enough.
Fred is a mechanic genius and I wish I had just a tiny bit of his ability…..
 
DEFECT MS200
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We got a question this morning about a used MS200 on **** this morning.
The machine is defect and the question is if it “repairable”?
The answer is:
Yes it is repairable. Not many parts on the MS200 can go wrong.
Our advise is: Always ask what the defect is and contact us so that we can say what we can do.
We do not make the machine anymore but we still have some parts left.

This pictures shows the simplicity of the system.
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kabrac

Professional
DEFECT MS200
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We got a question this morning about a used MS200 on **** this morning.
The machine is defect and the question is if it “repairable”?
The answer is:
Yes it is repairable. Not many parts on the MS200 can go wrong.
Our advise is: Always ask what the defect is and contact us so that we can say what we can do.
We do not make the machine anymore but we still have some parts left.

This pictures shows the simplicity of the system.
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I still hope to attain one...one of these days, and use my Stringway Triple/Double flying clamps. Machine seems so streamlined and simple.
 

Jerry Snyder

New User
No competitor discussion, please.

Add me to the club, I retired my Laserfibre MS200TT a few years back. It now lies with my good buddy - brownbearfalling (actually his brother, but they use the same login).
Hi friend I know this is an oldddd post but do you still have you ms200tt I’d like to buy it
 

JFrijhoff

New User
Am looking to buy a first stringing machine, mainly for myself but possibly also for some friends, and based on what I'm reading here, this looks like a great option, for a very long time, looking at the ML100.
 

djsamsel

New User
Anyone interested in buying an almost new stringway machine (ML100-TL92 with tilt base and the stringing spreaders)? i bought it for my son 2 years ago as he was playing high school tennis and i loved stringing when i played tennis in college. we’ve maybe strung a dozen racquets and he’s not playing in college.
 

coltsfan34

New User
Anyone interested in buying an almost new stringway machine (ML100-TL92 with tilt base and the stringing spreaders)? i bought it for my son 2 years ago as he was playing high school tennis and i loved stringing when i played tennis in college. we’ve maybe strung a dozen racquets and he’s not playing in college.
Where are you located
 

JFrijhoff

New User
Well, I can be added to the club! Got my hands on a secondhand ML100 with double flying clamps here in the NL, so looking forward to my first steps in stringing! Now it’s time to put the YouTube viewing and forum reading into practice.
 
Well, I can be added to the club! Got my hands on a secondhand ML100 with double flying clamps here in the NL, so looking forward to my first steps in stringing! Now it’s time to put the YouTube viewing and forum reading into practice.
welcome to the club
If you send me an email I will send you the manual and more stringing information including a starting course.
stringway.fred@gmail.com
 
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STARTING CLAMP OR STARTING KNOT.

We made a starting clamp on request but we are not a great supporter of starting clamps.
When we get questions about it we explain the advantage of a starting knot compared to a starting clamp when starting the crosses:
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Using the starting clamp:
When using a starting clamp then tension is taken over from the starting clamp with the tension system.
To compensate for loss of tension when making the knot the tension can be raised to “knot tension”.
Making the knot with minimum loss is very difficult also because the first crosses are very short.

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Using the starting knot.
When using the starting knot the tension on the first string can be lowered a little to protect the knot and because the first strings are much shorter.
Advantage is that it is much less complicated and there is no “take over loss”.
 

kkm

Hall of Fame
STARTING CLAMP OR STARTING KNOT.

We made a starting clamp on request but we are not a great supporter of starting clamps.
When we get questions about it we explain the advantage of a starting knot compared to a starting clamp when starting the crosses:
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Using the starting clamp:
When using a starting clamp then tension is taken over from the starting clamp with the tension system.
To compensate for loss of tension when making the knot the tension can be raised to “knot tension”.
Making the knot with minimum loss is very difficult also because the first crosses are very short.

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Using the starting knot.
When using the starting knot the tension on the first string can be lowered a little to protect the knot and because the first strings are much shorter.
Advantage is that it is much less complicated and there is no “take over loss”.
Is that a picture of the starting clamp you made on request? With the five teeth, it looks the same as your fixed clamps.
 

kkm

Hall of Fame
Please explain. Which gap?
esm is just mentioning that it doesn’t have eyelets or holes as most starting clamps do to allow it to be more easily used as a bridge in case of the string coming up short to reach the tensioner. With your improvised starting clamp someone could still clamp both the too-short string actually being used to string the racquet as well as “scrap” string to reach the tensioner.
 

kkm

Hall of Fame
@kkm
Yeah… that’s for that, I didn’t think it was also good for using on the short side and a scrap piece of string in this improvised version! Suppose both strings should be of the same gauge….
Definitely not ideal to have to clamp two strings in the teeth of a clamp.
 

kkm

Hall of Fame
First off, using a starting clamp to start the crosses is not complicated for any remotely competent stringer, any takeover loss can be minimized, and no one should be hitting the ball very close to the top cross. Using a starting clamp also gives the stringer more options for where to tie the knot.
 
esm is just mentioning that it doesn’t have eyelets or holes as most starting clamps do to allow it to be more easily used as a bridge in case of the string coming up short to reach the tensioner. With your improvised starting clamp someone could still clamp both the too-short string actually being used to string the racquet as well as “scrap” string to reach the tensioner.
We did not test this action.
I do not see how you can clamp 2 pieces of string in this clamp.
 
We promote our double flying clamp also as starting clamp because it has obvious advantages:

* When the string is clamped up and down it offers twice the friction as a single starting clamp.
* it is very easy to use it as mentioned above to pull tension on a short piece of string.

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Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
@Stringway Official actually the triple would make a better starting clamp. The center string is the string you’re trying to tension, and the outer strings could be used to go to the tensioner.
 

10SDad

Rookie
@Stringway Official

Not sure if I can reach out here, but hoping I can ask a question on parts here.

I have one of your LaserFibre branded Stringway ML100-T92's that I've been using for a number of years. Recently the string slipped out of the tension head after I had lowered it and was clamping, and the lever arm/weight fell hard. Then the machine would not reset and hold the tension bar in position. After inspecting, I saw two things potentially wrong, of which I will include pictures below.

1. The lock lever is bent and appears almost smashed, so it was preventing the locking lever from returning all the way up and lifting the tension head up. I was able to bend it back a bit, but it needs to be replaced. Not sure if this unscrews or how it is inserted.

2. The steel bar that is positioned below and supports/locks the tension head in place, seems to be sheared and/or damaged. I can't quite tell, but it appears that perhaps it is barely supporting the tension head when returned to normal position.

Are either or both of these parts replaceable? If so, how can I obtain those parts and are there instructions for replacing them?
Both pics here:
 
Hi, @10SDad
Here are a few answers:
Of course we can help you to replace the locking bar but this is a little complicated.

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The position of the release roller is individually adjusted for every tension head.
So you can measure that position on your locking bar and we use the same adjustment on the new one.

On the other hand: The damage of the locking bar has not influence on the functioning you can just remove the burs with file.

Replacing the bolt for then knob is easy:
Just unscrew it out of the locking bar and we can supply a new bolt.

If you have questions let me know.

Kind regards
Fred
 

The.Bloke

New User
Figured it out. After removing one side of the stand/legs, I was able to fully visualize the locking pin and the spring.
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It looks like when the pin is in the non-locking position or down position, the knob/lever and pin is supposed to hold the spring down, under compression. In other words, the spring should always be pushing the pin up. My spring had coiled up the pin and around the knob/lever enough so that it was no longer under compression and therefore unable to push the pin up.

Simple Fix: Simply unscrew the knob/lever from the pin, push the spring down below the level of where the knob/lever screws into the locking pin, screw knob/lever back into the pin, keeping the spring compressed below the knob/lever.
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Hope this helps others. I do wonder how long it will take for the spring to coil itself back up past the level of the Knob/Lever...

-Br.
Well , I had, still have the problem few years ago.
Never took the time to fix it.
But after 4 years of injuries, I am now back playing. Very slowly as I've discovered that my legs aren't used to move side ways. Cramps appeared quickly.
Moved place and now can take the time to check it and deal with it.
Thanks
 
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The.Bloke

New User
In continuation of my last thread, I moved to a smaller place but now I can have my MS200 at home.

I have not strung any racquets for the last 4 years, so that's going to be another old new experience. Completely forgot how to do it.
Thanks the guys for some of the videos on the tube.

Due to space now, I would like to put it on castor wheels. Heavy duty, 75mm high.
I also wanted to raise the machine a bit as I'm fairly tall.

What I would like to know is what size thread do I need for the castor wheels?

(Can't attach pics from my tablet)
Thanks
 
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