02-03-2006, 06:48 PM #18Originally Posted by J_M_V
Congratulations on your new machine.
02-07-2006, 02:21 PM #19Originally Posted by Quasimodo
02-08-2006, 12:49 PM #20Originally Posted by J_M_V
1. Clamps. The way you described, seems to be a good source of tension lost. By "twisting" the string, you will lose tension, once it's going back to straight. Don't ignore the extra 0.5cm u created. That might equal to 5lb tension lost!
2. Knoting: Well, this is one of the major source of tension lost.
3. For drop weight, sometimes, u want to give it several sec to let the "levler" settle down. You will be surprised about the difference, as the leveler might "sink down" another 20' or so, after several seconds. This is specially true for stretchy strings (i.e. some gosen ones, BG65/85, etc)
02-13-2006, 03:50 PM #21Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
You are right, part of the loss comes from the first two points. That is why I just ordered two badminton flying clamps. For knotting I guess you always lose a bit of tension, but this can be taken into account during tensioning (add a bit extra which you lose while knotting). Third point sounds interesting, have to give it a try. Though if I'm using always the same string (BG80) and do the stringing the same way, then perhaps the end result should be quite the same anyway (=doesn't matter even if the strings stretch a bit)?
BTW Maybe it is just me being butterfingers but even the sixth stringing job took me about an hour... I'm hoping that the flying clamps takes some 10 - 15 min away from this.
02-13-2006, 04:04 PM #22
Personally, I say by using drop weight machine, it will take you at least 40+ min for a decent job. Of course, this is based on my lowly skill and fat fingers. In general, it takes a bit longer due to the way it tensions the string and perhaps lack of ability to "pre-string".
02-13-2006, 04:30 PM #23Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
02-13-2006, 08:32 PM #24
It takes ages to do proper string job on a drop-weight machine. Every string I get to wait at least ten seconds. Often I let the weight drop vey slowly to avoid breaking the frame.
02-13-2006, 08:36 PM #25Originally Posted by J_M_V
I would rather take 60 min to do a good job, rather than 45 min to rush and make mistakes. Unless u open business like string 10+ rackets per day, guess everyone can afford to spend an extra 10-15 min per day to get a good job done.
02-13-2006, 08:38 PM #26
You are faster than me. I usually take 1 hr 45 mins .
Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
02-14-2006, 02:55 AM #27Originally Posted by Pete LSD
an extra benefit is that it takes some of the coil memory out of the string so it's easier to work with
02-14-2006, 06:49 AM #28Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
02-14-2006, 07:18 AM #29Originally Posted by J_M_V
Before you start stringing the racquet
take your full length, say 10m, and stretch it for 30-60 seconds.
I stretch by putting a starting clamp on each end, put the middle around a circular knob on top of the post at the top of my stairs, and pull both ends together.
Then cut it into 2 pieces if you are going to do 2-piece stringing.
How hard to pull and for how long?
open for debate.
no more than the tension you are going to string at maybe
(if you double the string around something you have to pull 2x as hard)
For how long?
different for different string thickness, construction
(gotta go to a meeting...more later maybe, but as usual a search will probably turn up previous discussions)
02-15-2006, 01:45 PM #30Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
04-17-2006, 03:39 PM #31
are you sure that you want that machine? i have just ordered the pros pro comet 1, which is there top of the line free standing crank model. it is only £275 + VAT, i ordered it from http://www.watdon.com/wd_home.html , delivery to the UK is free but im sure you could organise some way of delivering to you. read this thread: http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...489#post366489 it has a picture of the comet 1 and some details, if you are interested in pros pro machien then http://www.watdon.com/wd_home.html has all of them including the challenger I which is at a very cheap price; £225 + VAT
04-17-2006, 06:51 PM #32
Seems like the Comet 1 has suspension-style mounting arms. You may want to ask whether you need an extra kit to mount badminton racquets on it. Because often times the arms end up being too long and/or don't close enough to grip the frame. Just as an example, Babolat offers a badminton/squash kit for their machines which contains, among other things, deeper billiard posts(?)---they're the head and throat support posts, not quite sure what the technical term is---and extra slip-on side paddings to make sure the side supports would sufficiently grip the racquet.
But, if you can make it work, I think this type of a mounting system is the way to go. Provided that it's well-made, of course, just like everything else. It's a little quicker to use---4 controls instead of 6---and is less likely to block holes.
04-17-2006, 07:32 PM #33
The Babolat badminton kit sells for CAD 649 in Canada!!! Freaking expensive . . . I can get a pretty decent Eagnas crank machine for that amount of money.
04-17-2006, 07:35 PM #34Originally Posted by Pete LSD
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