Used Eagnas crank stringer

jlandry

New User
Looking to get a used stringer to start stringing and found a used Eagnas crank stringer for sale near me. I am not sure of the model number, but it has a stand and 6pt mounting. Are these machines any good? What are things to look for or problems with these machines. All help/expertise is appreciated.
 

esgee48

Legend
[1] does seller have all the parts; if model number known look up parts list from their web site
[2] manual to show operation, parts and maintenance
[3] Bring frame and string, then string a few mains to make sure you can mount, pull tension, clamp to ensure it all works.
Customer Service with the guy is a hassle according to some. But cranks are old mature tech so if it works now, it should work in the future. Then if it all works, etc. start negotiation. If it does not work, walk away.
 

Joe Garfield

Semi-Pro
Can you post a pic or link to an ad?

Eagnas customer service has not the best reputation (I have no first hand experience) but they are a distributor and there are other brands selling the same machine. Point being that parts may be available.

A friend here has an Eagnas machine and it's almost identical to my Alpha Pioneer DC+. It's a good machine.
 

jlandry

New User
From the pictures it looks like a flex 920. Seller says that it works, but it has been sitting in his garage. What do you guys think it might be worth?
 

esgee48

Legend
What's the seller asking? How badly do you want it? Have you done any of the points I posted earlier? I will not provide you with a price since only you know how much you are willing to pay.
 

Folsom_Stringer_Musa

Professional
From the pictures it looks like a flex 920. Seller says that it works, but it has been sitting in his garage. What do you guys think it might be worth?
From the pictures it looks like a flex 920. Seller says that it works, but it has been sitting in his garage. What do you guys think it might be worth?
The clamp base on that machine is not that great or solid.
Mounting system will be ok to do the job.
The tension head will do fine but needs to be checked.
If the spring is sitting idle at high tension (say 50lb e.g.) for years, it may not perform well. Need calibration check to see.

If you share photos, we can have better view and feedback.
How much is the asking price anyway?
 

jlandry

New User

Here is a picture of the machine. This is everything there is. no manual, or other parts. It is a little over an hour away. This would be my first machine to learn to string on.
 

jim e

Legend
Make sure that the base clamps hold well. Those are cone lock bases, and over time they do give problems.
Possibly the owner can string a racquet while you are there so you can see if all functions properly.
Check over for smooth operations and rust, as looks like this was kept in a garage, as there is a gas can in corner, and depends on location , a garage may not be best environment for a machine, as extreme weather can cause condensation, etc. If you zoom up on the picture you can see rust on the arms and racquet supports, and that's a red flag on how well it was kept up. If he let rust form what else was neglected?
If it was me, I would pass on this one, unless he sold it dirt cheap.
Hard to see on that picture if the one mount has the large yellow pad on the mount, as the opposite side has the smaller pad missing for badmitton, but cannot see it the tennis pad is there from that picture, as it may be missing, and why the picture was taken at that angle so you wont see it missing.
My best guess is the seller quit stringing, and placed machine in garage , over time rusted, neglected and not used, now thinks to sell it since not used, but condition has deteriorated. Price should reflect that.
 
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Folsom_Stringer_Musa

Professional
Make sure that the base clamps hold well. Those are cone lock bases, and over time they do give problems.
I agree with your comment on the cone lock base system.
Given the glide rail thickness I see, he should be able to upgrade with gravity based or better clamp base.
Machine looks better than I thought.
 

jlandry

New User
Thanks for all of the advice and discussion. You guys are awesome. I am going to go look at it hopefully on Saturday. It looks like a new one would be $800. Is 300 a good price for this machine? I also saw on the website that there is an electronic tensioner to replace the crank. Is that a bad idea or a good one? Is this the base that was mentioned?
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
I've had that same model of Eagnas stringing machine for about 15 years and it's been relatively problem free. It's a copy of the 6 point mount and spring tension crank machines that have been around for decades. There are some things that can break down, but they are fixable, and there are also many upgrades you can do as well.

One thing I noticed in the pictures is that the tension is set at 54 lbs and it sounds like it was stored that way. I was taught to always lower the tension down to 0 after stringing so that the spring doesn't lose integrity, so you might have to recalibrate it.

Aside from that, this would be a fine machine to learn how to string on... for the right price. To answer your question, yes, $300 or less would be a good deal. Don't be afraid to negotiate... the lower, the better. It sounds like this has just been taking up space in this guy's garage and it's not like people are lined up around the block to buy stringing machines!
 

Irvin

Talk Tennis Guru
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Your travel screw is turned in a long way it looks like. Chances are the string is going to slip in the gripper especially if you're using a thin string. I'd keep an eye on that.
 

struggle

Legend
For a couple hundred bucks (USD), i'd say it's definitely worth it assuming it works properly.

As others have said, the base clamps aren't the best, BUT if in working order they are perfectly serviceable.
 

am1899

Hall of Fame
The rust is a little concerning...calls into question how it was cared for (or not), stored (sounds like was in a garage, which isn’t ideal).

Is $300 his price or is that what you’re thinking of offering? FWIW, I sold a similar machine, in better condition, from a more reputable brand for $300 a couple years ago. Granted, it was to a long time friend. But this particular machine, for me at least, $300 is a bit steep. $200 would be a good deal IMO. I’d probably live with paying $250. Anymore than that, I’d pass.
 
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struggle

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The rust is a little concerning...calls into question how it was cared for (or not), stored (sounds like was in a garage, which isn’t ideal).

Is $300 his price or is that what you’re thinking of offering? FWIW, I sold a similar machine, in better condition, from a more reputable brand for $300 a couple years ago. Granted, it was to a long time friend. But this particular machine, for me at least, $300 is a bit steep. $200 would be a good deal IMO. I’d probably live with paying $250. Anymore than that, I’d pass.
I actually didn't look closely (small phone screen), but i think the rust can me remedied. I agree with what you say.
 
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