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Plan to buy Pro's Pro Pilot

Discussion in 'Badminton Stringing Techniques & Tools' started by sudirman, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. sudirman

    sudirman Regular Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I am looking to buy a stringing machine in the UK, after 2 days research, seems that WD strings is a good shop, no complains at all.

    I was told that I should avoid the drop weight ones, and I don't have much space at home, I am thinking to go for the table top one, Pro's Pro Pilot.

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    £199 + VAT is about £234, with badminton clamps £20 more, is this a good deal?

    Can you experts give some comments before I buy it (not after :))) and if I go for this one, any other tools I should buy as well?

    Thank you very much in advance for any comments!
     
  2. utopia_imminent

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    dropweights are good in terms of tension accuracy but they are slow and dangerous to use if inexperienced. the crank machine u shown is pretty good from the specs. i'm not too sure if it is cheap or not. 250 pounds for that machine including shipping is a good way to go if you do not want the hassle of buying things from other countries and paying extra shipping and tax.
     
  3. sudirman

    sudirman Regular Member

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    thank you very much for the quick reply, considering the warranty it's better to buy from the local shop rather than overseas.. i guess.. yeah i am new to stringing, no experience at all, i should probably go for a easier machine like this crank one instead of dropweight.
     
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    This particualr machine looks very good value indeed, & W&D are a reputable Company, but I would wait to get feedback from actual users of the Pro's Pro machines before buying one. Sometimes you will find that the cheaper machines look the part, but are not very well engineered and so can be much more difficult to use than the better quality machines. If it is only for occasional use then maybe it will be ok, but just be wary, as you tend to get what you pay for with stringing machines. As regards other tools you will need it varies, but a grommet grinder tool is useful for removing damaged grommets and a tension calibrator for checking your machine regularly is a good idea. Spare grommets are also needed.
     
  5. sudirman

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    thank you utopia_imminent and ramada77 for your quick reply, I just found out the price in Germany and Netherlands are the same price, but IN EUROS!!! crazy UK importers always import things from US, Europe and keep the same price but just change Dollars to Pounds, Euros to Pounds....
     
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    i have exactly this machine since january and strung aprox 20 racktes with it already. it is a great machine with its 6 supports you can savly string racktes at vry high tension without breaking it. Just Buy it.
     
  7. sudirman

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    got the machine, but cannot rotate that crank of the tension head. any tips?
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    PLEASE read the manual first. The crank is either locked, like in the picture or you have to loosen the tension bolt as they may have tightened it for shipping purposes.

    Again, please read the manual completely before posting questions like this.


     
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    Make sure that the small lever on the top right in the picture is locked by the catch under the string-gripper; then you should be able to move it


    EDIT: DinkAlot, I bought a Pro's Pro machine from W&D strings once and it didn't come with a manual; I can't be sure but maybe sudirman's didn't either
     
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    Why would they not send a manual? That's crazy. :(
     
  11. LazyBuddy

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    I think some manufacture just purchase OEM and sell it right off hand. Plus, badminton string machine has quite a small market. :cool:
     
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    Yeah, only machine, and receipt, no manual, no instruction, and I haven't even seen anyone did stringing before... thank you all for the quick reply!! now it moves :) and sorry about the stupid question..
     
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    I am sure you can get a lot of good info from BC. There's never stupid questions. We all learn and share. Hope you enjoy the process.;)
     
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    What? No receipt and no manual is just not acceptable. And people complain about Eagnas? Actually, Pro's Pro is made by Eagnas. :eek:...:p

    Anyway...have fun.
     
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    sure

    yeah, learning, did first string tensioning :)) feeling good now :))
     
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    looking forward to your pre-string video still Dink:))
     
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    He said he got machine & receipt, but no manual (I guess that would be Eagnas fault then).
     
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    My first racket was almost done,,, almost the second last cross, then one main string "Pang", broken, O_O........ have to postpone the photo of my first racket :(((

    Tension was 25, not too high.... luckily my next badminton session is in 2 days, try to make it tonight...
     
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    you have never anyone string a racket b4? then, u should try to pre-weave the racket first cos it is safer plus since you are new, it does not require you to weave while tensioning (dangerous if you are too slow as there is pressure on the racket. imagine the yourself being operated for too long on the operating table)
     
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    yeah, but I can only do the mains(pre-weave), have to do the cross after the mains are tight... isn't it? I use 2 strings(4 knots)..
     

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