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08-27-2010, 05:11 PM #1
New Cross Weaving Technique and the SP eStringer DG
So I stumbled upon this video while browsing a tennis forum, and its pretty cool in making your crosses go faster unless you're a master stringer. Here's the link for the tennis forum, the links to the videos are contained there.
Also, I just purchased a used mint Silent Partner eStringer DG for $600
Never used, but 3 years old. I just want to know if anyone has had any specific experience with using this machine for badminton, and if I really need the SP badminton supports.
08-27-2010, 11:37 PM #2
Since badminton strings are thinner and closer together you're gonna find it hard to thread each cross this way.
You end up pulling the string with your fingers in between the mains and it starts to hurt after a few string sessions
So the best advice? get your younger sister or daughter to prestring the crosses
08-31-2010, 12:46 PM #3
the advantage is that it 1/2 the amount of weaving that needs to be done (1/2 because it only works on alternate strings).
the advantage isn't as much as it seems because it does take time to loop the string. within which time an experienced stringer would already have weaved it through already.
it does save some finger sore i guess.
08-31-2010, 03:59 PM #4
The looped string tool only needs to be made once, then it can be used over and over and over again. I believe it would help beginners more than experts, but can still be of use unless you're one of the few who can string a mounted racket in under 20min and get a decent stringjob out of it.
08-31-2010, 05:18 PM #5
we need someone to try it.
08-31-2010, 11:42 PM #6
I would, but I don't have video recording equipment, just an iPhone. I already use the technique for tennis stringing. Got me down from an hour to 40min, including mounting time.
09-01-2010, 03:33 AM #7
OK - that's cheating (but I'm definitely going to try it) - for the price of two weaves you can get 11 or 12 for free. I can get mains in in about 7 minutes, but crosses really chuck a spanner in the works for me - big hands and no dexterity.
09-01-2010, 08:47 AM #8
its not that bad of a technique but it does take practice to cut time. i find it a hassle when i get to the the last main and i just remove the whole "mechanism" and go by hand. =T
09-01-2010, 09:05 AM #9
Interesting. As Kwun mentioned, it will help 1/2 of crosses. But it is 1/2 of crosses and saving 5 sec on every other cross. That will take out about 50 sec at the most for experienced stringers. It will take extra 15~20 sec to set it up. My guess is it will save me about 30~40 sec per racquet.
09-02-2010, 10:24 AM #10
I tried it last night. I am not sure if any one experience similar problems.
1) to hold the tip of the string, you need to twist the white guild rope. Once it is through and string is removed, the twist is back and you spend a little time to insert the tip back in on the next time.
2) If the tip is too short, the guild rope slip a couple time during the pull and I have to weave the rest of the string.
3) The twist on the guild rope will run over to the end and lose the grip.
09-02-2010, 10:38 AM #11
Since this technique was developed for tennis, it needs a bit of a modification for badminton. The tensions for tennis are high enough and tennis string is stiff enough that it doesn't slip out of the simple thread loops. For badminton, I think you need to do the following:
1. Insert string through grommet
2. Insert tip of string through end of pulling loop
3. Hold string tip with one hand, and pull the thread loop with the other
4. Once string is woven, pull remaining string through, and pull through grommet, tension and clamp.
5. Weave next cross, and as you pull the slack, pull the thread loop as well. Assuming you've attached one end to the machine, there shouldn't be a fear of overpulling.
6. Start at step 1 again
this should eliminate the need for the twist, and the problem of losing the string mid-pullweave
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