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12-12-2008, 03:44 PM #1
UK Stringing machine Recommendation - Shuttle Express v Challenger2
Fellow forum users - I need your guidance.
I have been considering for a long time whether to buy a stringing machine to learn stringing, and lately I have been considering the Shuttle Express:
Portability does not matter to me. Does anyone have any thoughts on the suitability of this machine for a beginner or how good the machine is?
What are the pros (no pun intended) and cons of this machine versus the Challenger2 shown below:
Or would you recommend another machine altogether for a similar or lower cost. The visa from my wife allows a minimal spend amount, and this time she is serious!
Thanking you all in advance.
Last edited by klc28; 12-12-2008 at 03:48 PM.
12-12-2008, 06:00 PM #2
12-13-2008, 12:34 AM #3
Constant pull or crank / direct or indirect support.
I would recommend to have a look at post 12 of this discussion:
And concerning the racquet support please have a look at this one:
My advise would be to go for a Constant Pull and direct (inside support).
A dropweight like the Challenger with a ratchet system is already much more accurate than any Crank.
12-16-2008, 02:38 AM #4
The Shuttle Express is a small, lightweight unit that is easy to use. The build quality could be better. Mine had a crank handle that doesn't fit too snug on the spindle (solved by pop can shimming).
Once you are accustomed to it, stringing can be very consistent. I've compared my rackets strung on this unit with ones done on a machine with the WISE electric head set with constant pull, and it's not that far off. It depends a lot on how the cranking is done.
If I had a choice, I would go for a unit that has a floor stand instead. The Express works best when on a table. That makes it take up as much space as a floor unit.
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