Hi guys, Im looking into a stringing machine for personal use and maybe some of my club mates. Seen the Shuttle express as a nice budget machine, is it good enough to learn on or should I try to convince the wife that I need a better machine?
If you looking for a cheap source of Pro's Pro machine then it might be worth checking out Arfaian.com. They're legit, but based in Austria. I read somewhere they supply PP machines to W&D.
Here's a warning though, I had trouble undoing the bolt between my 2 dropweights and asked Arfaian for support. They would've sent me a replacement weight, but I would have to pay for freight charges. Luckily a local car enthusiast managed to undo it using a clamp and large wretch for leverage and it turned out the bolt was rusted through. But the rest of the machine has so far been fine for me.
There is no simple answer.
Pro'S Pro electronic module has some disatvantages. Frequent calibration, no constant pull,poor grip (some strings require 2 turns around the spool), no other function (different speed, foot pedal). But IMO it's better than crank mechanism.
In the other hand crank (psp pilot) it's easier to improve to Wise2086.
I'm using psp tx500 (like tx700) with my improvements (stand and side supports).