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    Default Stringing machine questions and recommendations.

    Hi, i'm completley new to the stringing area and I've been seriously considering buying a machine lately. I have a strict $150-$170 max budget (including shipping) and at first was going to go with the Klipper M140, but adding in practice strings and shipping, it goes over my budget...

    I live close enough to racketsupply, which by their website says they sell gamma x-2's, to drive by and buy one. I've read some good reviews on this machine but was wondering if it is ready to string badminton rackets or do i need to modify it? (different weight, clamps, etc.). If it's ready to go for badminton rackets this would be my top choice.

    the eagnas hawk 15 looked enticing but i was worried about the gripper as i read that i could damage strings at higher tensions. If it was possible to replace the girpper with a better one, then this would be a viable option as well. also i'd be mostly stringing with microlegend or bg-65 so i dont' know how that will affect any stringjob that i might do.

    I'm not sure if there's many machines out there that fit my budget and are safe to string with at my usual tension of 24-25lbs so i would really appreciate any help at all .

    also if anyone is selling a used machine in my price range, please pm me .

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    Yo, Save up, buy a good machine, learn how to string then charge your friends and make money. I got a Yonex ES5 Pro if you want to buy, I am looking at getting the Yonex ES5 Pro Tech =)

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    ah, i would do that but it's more for personal use than anything else, any money that i make would just be icing on the cake. I'd be happy with a 2pt. dropweight =].

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    Quote Originally Posted by kakinami View Post
    Yo, Save up, buy a good machine, learn how to string then charge your friends and make money. I got a Yonex ES5 Pro if you want to buy, I am looking at getting the Yonex ES5 Pro Tech =)
    most people wont' be able to afford the ES5 even if you give 90% discount!

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    ..what's an ES5? sounds super expensive from kwun's statement

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbinbette View Post
    ..what's an ES5? sounds super expensive from kwun's statement
    Yonex top of the line machine $6500 USD. They might drop since Yonex ES5 Pro Tech coming out. More ergonomical for stringers backs as is new Wilson Machine.

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    i see, but i can't afford something like that...just an entry level machine would be great

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    Quote Originally Posted by kakinami View Post
    Yonex top of the line machine $6500 USD. They might drop since Yonex ES5 Pro Tech coming out. More ergonomical for stringers backs as is new Wilson Machine.
    Personally, at that price point, I would go for the Wilson machine (which is also very expensive) but either of them would be superb.

    Just out of interest, how much are you looking to get for the ES5PRO? Actually, PM sent too.

    Personally, if I was just starting stringing, I wouldn't bother with the high end stuff, probably not even the midrange machines (300 or under for your first machine, probably much lower than 300). Buy a decent low end machine such as the Gamma you mention. In fact, the Gamma is probably even better than the Klipper - it's a superb machine and people on the tennis forum (tt.tenniswarehouse.com) absolutely love it. I don't think I've seen a bad review of the X-2 yet. The Hawk 15 (although I have no first hand experience of it) looks like a hateful thing, all the reviews seem to say you get what you pay for with this machine, meaning not much . Oh and the Gamma will be fine at those relatively modest tensions. At 28Lbs and above, I'd be a bit worried about the 2 point mounting but it'd probably still be fine if you were very careful.

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    thanks a lot! but i was wondering, since the gamma x-2 is a tennis machine, do i need to modify it in anyway to work for badminton rackets? will the tennis weight work for badminton?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbinbette View Post
    thanks a lot! but i was wondering, since the gamma x-2 is a tennis machine, do i need to modify it in anyway to work for badminton rackets? will the tennis weight work for badminton?
    I'm pretty sure it works out of the box for badminton (the weights go down to low badminton tensions and right up to the highest of tennis tensions) but there are some additions you can buy to make the experience better. Please see this TW thread for information on these parts from someone who actually works at/for Gamma. Oh and sorry for posting an incorrect link in my previous post, the TW forums are http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com if you want more information, I recommend you PM Bret (on TW under Gamma Tech).

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    alright, thanks. gamma x-2 currently my top choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbinbette View Post
    alright, thanks. gamma x-2 currently my top choice.
    I got one of these I dont use if you are interested
    http://www.amazon.com/Gamma-Progress.../dp/B000MKTU5Y

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    the gamma x-2 is now currently over my budget as i just called racket supply and they don't have it in stock, i'd have to get it shipped to me and that puts me over $200 with badminton clamps....as of right now the only option i see is an eagnas hawk 15...

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    Try
    http://www.atssports.com/
    Ask if they have a used X-2 or May be some other used machine.
    If you call KlipperUSA, they might have a used M140 you can get for cheaper price and fit it in your budget. Also, ask if they can include a set of their badminton string for you for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbinbette View Post
    the gamma x-2 is now currently over my budget as i just called racket supply and they don't have it in stock, i'd have to get it shipped to me and that puts me over $200 with badminton clamps....as of right now the only option i see is an eagnas hawk 15...
    How many rackets you plan to srting?

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    thanks a lot silentheart.

    i'm planning on using this for personal use and maybe for friends so i wont' be stringing a ton. but i do break strings a lot so that's why i'm investing in a machine.

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    actually, ats sports fits my budget for the machine. I'm just badminton clamps. Are there any cheaper Clamps that wont slip at 25 lbs? i know most people recommend Hi Qua or yonex but those are really expensive.

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