04-12-2012, 06:43 PM #35
04-13-2012, 09:15 AM #36
Here's my machine, try not to laugh too hard
This was given to me near the end of last year by a friend, he'd never used it and it'd been kicking around his shed/attic/house for a number of years. It came to me with no paperwork/manual but did include an unfortunate amount of rust. I pretty much had to strip the thing down to it's base parts. I then removed the rust with emery cloth and re-greased where needed.
The clamps that came with the machine can be seen in the final picture, the ones fitted to the machine are Watdon universal clamps (arrived last week).
As you can see it's a drop weight machine and that the side clamp position (relative ot the north/south clamps) can't be adjusted.
From the picture below you can see the side clamps end up a little close together. This gives me the impression the machine was designed primarily with Tennis rackets in mind:
Here's one of the side clamps in action, plenty of room to thread the grommets. When tightning them to the frame I have to keep shaking them to try to remove as much slack as possible. The clamps have a pole in the bottom of them that just slots into the machine so there is a ton of play. Three of the clamps are in this condition....
...one isn't. That's a strip of RKEP grip functioning as a replacement cushion (I'm sure Eric would be proud). Looking at this photo I've noticed that the bottom nylon cushion has dropped and the bottom of the racket is sitting on the metal, I'll have to take a look at that. . Also note the broken knob, used for tightning the clamp to the frame, still works fine though.
This is the drop weight, when I got the machine the bolt holding the weight to the lever was corroded in place. Spent and hour or two trying to free it, eventually the tapered tip of the bolt broke off and I could remove the weight. Even missing its tip the bolt still grips the lever arm fine. The scale is in Kilo's the top meter is for the single weight, the bottom is for when the second weight is attached (pictured later).
Here's the gripper. This turned out to be a colossal pain in the backside as it was badly badly rusted when I got it. It's basically two plates nestled inside another two, a spring forces the inner plates apart. The inner plates are free to move against the outer plates as a set of ball bearings separate the plates. Both sets of plates have grooves milled into them and the bearings sit in these grooves. As the inner set of plates slide against the outer the bearings move along the groove, the depth of which isn't constant, so the plates are forced together and grip the string.
I had to completely disassemble this mechanism, clean the plates, the grooves and the bearings of rust. Re assembly seemed to require 3 hands but I got it done and now it runs smooth. Before I cleaned it there was sufficient resistance in the mechanism that the plates would stick and not grip the string.
If your wondering what's in the jaws of the gripper, that's masking tape. I don't know if the plates were once coated but after cleaning the plates were slippery, so sometimes the string was slipping in the gripper when under tension. I used to use a paper shim, crafted out of an old envelope but it required positioning on every pull and was eating up time. The masking tape isn't perfect but it seems to be doing the job at the moment.
Surprisingly the shaft of the new Watdon clamps is a better fit than the originals, leaving very little play when using the fixed clamps.
You can see the lockout knob for the turntable just under the turntable. When stringing I am constantly getting my loops of string caught on all the protruding knobs, it's a real pain.
Here's the tool tray, if anything pokes up it tends to stop the turntable from rotating. Also loops of string like to get caught on the handles of any pliers or cutters I might have resting in there.
And finally, here are my tools.
From bottom left: Blunt nose pliers, Cutters, Needle nose pliers, String mover (yes really) Digital scale.
From Top Left: Old clamps (with masking tape to stop slipping), ZM62 offcut for moving strings over blocked holes on DX frames, tape measure.
That's it, hope you enjoyed reading
Last edited by HappySachs; 04-13-2012 at 09:27 AM. Reason: Edited for spelling
04-15-2012, 09:56 AM #37
Just got WISE installed.. will never go back to drop weight again
Here's the picture
04-16-2012, 10:38 PM #38
Done pimping my machine. Here's the result:
Featuring WISE 2086 tension head with Kwun's alumium plate mount.
There doesn't seem to be any slant.
Featuring Michal Chudek's side supports
Gamma badminton frame support:
And Watdon's badminton fixed clamps:
Sorry for the bad quality, I hate photos :P
04-17-2012, 06:02 AM #39
04-17-2012, 10:08 AM #40
I have to say that it happened unintentionally.
The only thing I did special is that the line formed by the bottom holes on the plate are at 90 degrees perfectly. There's maybe a 2-5 degrees angle. This lifts up the diablo little bit while not compromising the 360 degrees rotation.
Aside from that, all the holes are drilled (approximately) straight into the plate and the wise is tightly screwed on the plate.
04-17-2012, 08:40 PM #41
04-18-2012, 09:21 AM #42
here's mine sorry for the mess lol
04-19-2012, 01:52 PM #43
And the new tools to go with the new machine.
04-27-2012, 12:39 PM #44
Pro's Pro TX500 (+PsP flying clamps) with custom stand and custom side supports.
06-19-2012, 03:35 PM #45
adding pics of my 6004:
07-08-2012, 03:00 PM #46
hello,i'm nubie called ronald from indonesia,i also try to be a stringer.i will posted some pic of my "weapon" tomorrow,coz there's one tool i have no idea what is for...lol.thanks guysss
07-29-2012, 12:03 AM #47
08-07-2012, 12:39 PM #48
Got my new Gamma 6004/Wise 2086 SUPER EXCITED!
08-11-2012, 12:38 PM #49
08-12-2012, 09:24 AM #50
08-13-2012, 10:58 AM #51
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