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Thread: Yonex Protech 8
04-18-2013, 05:04 PM #69
04-18-2013, 05:38 PM #70
Hurry and pickup your Protech so I can pickup your Gamma
04-18-2013, 05:43 PM #71
LOL! Hold your horses! This machine better arrive...
04-25-2013, 12:19 AM #72
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED!!!
Strung 3 racquets so far and it's a pretty sexy machine! I'll post some pictures as soon as I clean the place :P
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04-25-2013, 08:24 AM #73
Sorry - I am not able to take any videos for now but have some pics of the machine
Some small things I noticed about the quality of the machine:
Clamps - these are world class! Very easy to lock clamp base as well as the clamps themselves. The clamps are super light (not heavy like the Gamma ones). The base can be unlocked in 2 ways: via the button on the switch or having the clamp hit a secondary button that sits below the switch (I don't believe this is different from the ESPRO 5). I was told the replacement for this part can run to around $300!
Chuck - this is the tension head and can be initiated to PULL using 3 methods:
1. Chuck will start tensioning once the string is between the tensioner head and pulled in such a way to move the tensioner head forward (no need to push any buttons). This makes things extremely fast when stringing. This is only used for pulling.
2. Sensor button on the back of the tensioner can be "touched" (not pressed like a button) and it will initiate the tensioner head to pull or release.
3. Sensor button on front panel of machine (big silver one) - makes it easy to release "chuck" when finished clamping instead of reaching all the way to the other sensor button located behind the chuck.
Mounts - this is very differently from the Gamma 6004 and does take some time to get use to, but after looking at the Yonex ESPRO & PRO 5, there isn't much difference. Basically you can adjust the 12 & 6 oclock mounts individually using the knobs on the ends and once they are set, you use a lever located on the side of each arm stand to lock them in place. Then you use the same knobs to adjust the arms to support the sides of the racquet.
Digital Display - all settings are controlled by a touch screen. There are some interesting settings which are different from the WISE 2086 (i.e. multiple speed settings for pulling AND releasing). What I noticed in this particular machine is that there are no memory settings for tensions (like how you have M1 and M2 on the WISE). To adjust the settings on this machine, you touch either the top half or bottom half of the number to increase or decrease values. I read about a "timer" setting which controls how long the pre-stretching is performed for but haven't tried it (used the default time). Touch screen is easy to navigate (intuitive for IT guys) and doesn't take too long to figure it out.
Overall, the machine is built extremely well. You can see where the money is going towards when you assemble the machine. Lots of little details when this machine was manufacturer to not only make smooth edges (prevent damaging strings) but also designed in a way to prevent strings from catching the edges or corners of the machine (like when the string gets caught on the Gamme 12 and 6 oclock arm stand adjusters - those who have a Gamma 6004 will know what I'm talking about).
I will try to post some more pictures and maybe get some videos up. Please let me know if you like to see a picture of a particular area of the machine and I will be more than happy to share!
04-25-2013, 11:14 AM #74
04-25-2013, 02:36 PM #75
the string gripper (on the tension head) is now metal? i think they used to be plastic on the ES5Pro(tech)
04-25-2013, 02:41 PM #76
04-25-2013, 02:50 PM #77
all the rounded edges are much improved from the ES5. the turntable and even the end posts have inserts to prevent string getting caught.
04-26-2013, 09:48 AM #78
Some pictures of the menu(s) would be nice - see how the fuctionality compares to the PT.
I thought the ES5/PT mounting system was pretty good - the time I used it I just left the 6 o'clock billiard locked for the entire day. PT8 looks the same, but they've "domed" the adjustment knob to keep string from getting caught on it. Pretty obvious in hindsight.
04-26-2013, 05:30 PM #79
Welcome to "Make The Change" !!
04-26-2013, 05:36 PM #80
Thanks for all your help Koyo!!!
04-27-2013, 12:58 AM #81
Got to see this big toy tonight (Trinhity's)!
It's even better in real! Looks so sturdy and they took care of so many details, I just love it.
The Gammas just look like Eagnas machines besides it heh.
04-27-2013, 01:58 AM #82
Thanks for coming by dude! Enjoy the Gamma!
04-27-2013, 02:44 AM #83
Above is a display of all the possible settings on the machine. Let me know if there is a setting you would like to know more about.
04-27-2013, 04:34 AM #84
^Ah - a speed option. The ES5 pulled really quick, and I'd have liked a slower one for my starting knots.
04-29-2013, 04:24 AM #85