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Stringing Machine Forum

Stringing one's racquet oneself gets more and more popular. A growing number of players want to get their own stringing machine so they can string their own racquets and thus save a lot of money on the long term. But which machine should one buy? Where can one get the best machines? The Stringing Machine Info page provides an overview, but I don't have experience with different models so I cannot tell which brand you should get from which dealer.
Because of this I created this stringing machine forum. Here the prospective stringer can get information about specific models provided by other stringers who post their experiences.
I would like to ask all stringers - in contrast to the usual surfer mentality - to give instead of always take, by submitting their experiences with stringing machines either by e-mail or using the submission form.

Please send comments to:   info@stringforum.net

Drop Weight Machines

Model (sorted by price) Price Tensioner Clamps Mounting points Design Warranty # of eval. Last eval.
Eagnas Hawk 15 (Badminton) $65 drop weight 2 flying 2 portable N/A 1 Aug 05, 05
Eagnas Hawk 10 $89-$117 drop weight 2 flying 2 portable 5 years 3 Jul 07, 05
Alpha String Pal $110 drop weight 2 flying 2 table top N/A 1 Jun 16, 06
ATS Super Stringer II $134 drop weight 2 flying 2 table top lifetime 2 Jul 30, 03
Klippermate $135-$145 drop weight 2 flying 2 portable lifetime 50 Sep 30, 10
Gamma X-2 $132-$160 drop weight 2 flying 2 portable 5 years 23 Apr 27, 10
Eagnas Hawk 20 $139 drop weight 2 flying 2 portable 5 years 1 Jul 24, 03
Eagnas Hawk 26 $149 drop weight 2 flying 2 portable 5 years 3 Jul 07, 12
ATS Traveler $185 drop weight 2 flying 2 portable lifetime 1 Aug 07, 00
Eagnas GE II $189 drop weight 2 flying 6 tabletop 5 years 1 Jul 24, 03
Silent Partner Swing $200 drop weight 2 flying 6 tabletop 5 years 8 Aug 22, 09
Eagnas Hawk 40 $209-$239 drop weight 2 flying 6 tabletop 5 years 2 Dec 22, 04
Eagnas Hawk 80 $220-$315 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 9 Sep 27, 06
Eagnas Flex 740 $219-$329 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 8 Oct 29, 08
Czech Sports CT100 $299 drop weight 2 6 tabletop 5 years 1 Jan 17, 01
Eagnas Combo 710 $299 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 1 Feb 06, 08
Gamma X-6 $299-$350 drop weight 2 flying 6 tabletop 5 years 2 Aug 23, 07
MS 700 $299 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 4 Sep 17, 09
Tyger StringEco-45 $300-$400 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 2 Oct 15, 05
Eagnas Challenger 1 $319 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 2/5 years 2 March 10, 10
Mutual Power Hercules 610 $319 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 1 Oct 03, 06
Gamma Progression II 602 $339 drop weight 2 flying 6 tabletop 5 years 1 Oct 30, 10
Laserfibre MS200 ECO $349-$450 drop weight 2 flying 5 tabletop 10 years 4 Sep 02, 05
Alpha Pioneer III $270(u) drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop N/A 1 Aug 03, 06
Alpha Pioneer DC $400 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 1 Jan 29, 04
Alpha Pioneer DC Plus $429 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 1 Feb 23, 11
Pro's Pro Challenger 1 $250-450 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 3 years 3 Aug 30, 10
Stringway M50 $549-750 drop weight 2 glide bar 5 tabletop 10 years 5 Aug 02, 03
Laserfibre MS200 TT Eco $600 drop weight 2 flying 5 tabletop 10 years 1 Mar 24, 07
Laserfibre Quantum TT Premium $679 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 10 years 1 Apr 29, 09
Stringway ML100 $695-$1300 drop weight 2 glide bar 5 tabletop 10 years 6 Dec 02, 14
Spinfire Flame $750-$850 drop weight 2 fixed 6 tabletop 2 years 1 Jan 20, 11
Serrano $770 drop weight 4 flying 2 upright   2 Aug 22, 06
Serrano UV550B N/A drop weight 2 glide bar 2 upright   1 Feb 11, 10
Laserfibre MS200 TT $800 drop weight 2 glide bar 5 tabletop 10 years 1 Feb 20, 05

Spring Tension Machines

Model (sorted by price) Price Tensioner Clamps Mounting points Design Warranty # of eval. Last eval.
Pocket Pro $260 spring 2 glide-bar 4 portable   2 Nov 17, 05
Pro's Pro Pilot $339 spring 2 fixed 6 tabletop N/A 1 Dec 04, 14
Mutual Power Alpine 2000 $379 spring 2 glide-bar 2 upright 5 years 1 Apr 11, 04
Eagnas 300 $389-$400 spring 2 glide-bar 2 upright 5 years 3 Jul 27, 07
Eagnas Flex 920 $399 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 1 Jun 06, 05
Eagnas Beta $399-$505 spring 2 glide-bar 6 upright 5 years 2 Sep 18, 07
Eagnas Flex 940 $399-$500 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 21 Apr 12, 15
Alpha Revo 4000 $450-$599 spring 2 fixed 6 tabletop 3-5 years 9 Dec 20, 10
Mutual Power Alpine 6000 $460 spring 2 glide-bar 6 upright 5 years 2 Aug 14, 06
Mutual Power Alpine 4000 $479 spring 2 glide-bar 4 upright 5 years 1 Nov 04, 04
Eagnas Hawk 800 $495-$695 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 8 Dec 13, 05
Eagnas Combo 910 $499 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 2 years 4 May 09, 10
Eagnas Smart 909 $500 spring 2 fixed 6 upright N/A 1 Nov 22, 04
Eagnas 700 $500 spring 2 glide-bar 4 upright 5 years 2 Jan 28, 09
Mutual Power Hercules 630 $500 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 1 year 2 Nov 27, 05
Silent Partner Jazz $599 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 3 Apr 29, 07
Mutual Power Titan 7600 $610 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 1 Apr 13, 07
Gamma Progression ST II $639 spring 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 4 Sep 23, 10
Alpha Revo 3000 $629-649 spring 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 3 May 22, 02
Alpha Axis $650 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 3 years 1 Apr 19, 01
Gamma X-ST $659 spring 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 3 Nov 29, 09
Gamma 4000 $699-$949 spring 2 glide bar 4 upright 5 years 4 Jun 20, 03
Topserve Pro 200 $700 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 2 years 1 Jun 04, 03
Alpha Axis Pro $750-$949 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 2 Jul 16, 08
Ektelon Model H $850-$1100 spring 2 fixed 2 upright N/A 2 Dec 13, 07
Silent Partner Maestro $850 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 1 May 09, 06
Gamma 5003 $899 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 9 Dec 26, 09
Alpha Apex $995 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 1 Jun 29, 04
RAB Stringmaster 1000 $1000 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 1 year 1 Mar 04, 11
Prince/Ektelon Neos 1000 $1000-$1200 spring 2 glide bar 2 upright 5 years 4 July 19, 07
Eagnas Plus 6500 $1095 spring 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 1 Jan 29, 09
Gamma 6004 $1150-$1299 spring 2 fixed/flying 2/6 upright 5 years 3 May 30, 10

Electronic Machines

Model (sorted by price) Price Tensioner Clamps Mounting points Design Warranty # of eval. Last eval.
Eagnas Hawk 26e $199 electronic 2 flying 2/6 tabletop 5 years 1 Jul 02, 07
Silent Partner e.Stringer $249-$299 electronic 2 flying 2/6 tabletop 5 years 14 Jul 29, 08
Eagnas Hyper 220E $395 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop 2/5 years 1 Feb 16, 04
Eagnas Flex 722e $399 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop 1/2/5 years 1 Jul 29, 07
Silent Partner e.Stringer SC $399 electronic 1 fixed
1 flying
6 tabletop 5 years 3 Mar 02, 02
Eagnas Pro 845 $459 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop 2/5 years 1 Mar 06, 03
Silent Partner e.Stringer CL $469 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 4 May 30, 06
Wise 2086 Professional Tension Head $500 electronic N/A N/A N/A 2 years 2 May 10, 10
Eagnas Flex 865S $499 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 2/5 years 2 May 25, 06
Mutual Power Alpine 6500 $569 electronic 2 glide bar 6 upright 5 years 1 Nov 14, 05
Silent Partner e.Stringer FL $599 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 2 Aug 26, 05
Mutual Power Hercules 870 $609 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 1 Apr 03, 07
Mutual Power Hercules 880 $672 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 1 Dec 30, 07
Eagnas Combo 3800 $704-$759 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 1-5 years 2 Nov 05, 08
Eagnas Neon CXS $775-$800 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 2 Mar 02, 05
Gamma Progression ES II+ $849 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 1 Apr 03, 04
Eagnas Smart 3000 $850 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop 5 years 2 Nov 13, 06
Gamma X-ES $900 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop 1-5 years 3 Mar 03, 10
Silent Partner e.Stringer DG $999 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 4 Dec 16, 07
Eagnas Smart 6000 $1000 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop N/A 1 Jul 14, 06
Signum Pro S-5000 ED $1000 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop 1 year 1 Nov 04, 05
Tyger String Ultra 610 $1149 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 1 Jul 01, 04
Eagnas Plus 8000 $1295 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright N/A 4 May 18, 14
Gamma 6500 ELS $1700-$1799 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 1 year 2 Aug 02, 10
Babolat Star $2000 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop   1 Jun 21, 01
Babolat Star 5 $3000-$3200 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 3-5 years 3 Aug 20, 09
Gamma 8500 ELS $3500 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 2 Jan 28, 05
Tecnifibre Pro Cord $3500 electronic 2 fixed 6 tabletop   1 Aug 05, 02
Babolat Star 3 $4000 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright   4 Sep 07, 03
Prince Neos 2000 $4000 electronic 2 fixed 2 upright   1 Jul 01, 05
Babolat Star 4 $2200(u) electronic 2 fixed 6 upright   2 Mar 06, 09
FST Pro 950 $4800 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright   1 Nov 21, 13
Babolat Sensor $5300-$6476 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 7 Dec 22, 14
Wilson Baiardo $6000 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 3-5 years 1 Feb 04, 10
Yonex ES5 Pro $6500 electronic 2 fixed 6 upright 5 years 1 Aug 01, 08

Other

Model (sorted by price) Price Tensioner Clamps Mounting points Design Warranty # of eval. Last eval.
Prince P200 $1800 pneumatic 2 glide-bar 2 upright N/A 7 Aug 18, 09
Alpha Shuttle 2000 $275 N/A 2 flying 4 tabletop N/A 1 Feb 23, 05
Laserfibre MS200 FX $1079 constant pull 2 glide-bar 6 upright N/A 1 Jul 02, 14
Laserfibre MS200 DX $1500 constant pull 2 glide-bar 5 upright 10 years 2 Oct 23, 06

Letters

- Israel Gefen on Stringing Machines in General (July 11, 08):

    Dear Sir
    just few comments as an MRT, CRT stringer and a stringing machines expert.
    Eagnas Combo 3800 electronic string puller is not reliable on too may occasions, that is why I have stopped selling it. It will function very well with the Wise 2086 Tension Head.
    Quite a few modern electronic stringing machines have poor braking system which slow down stringing Prince O3 tennis and squash rackets. The disc braking system under the turntable of a few machines is the best, such as Neos 1000, Smart 909, 808 and many others similar to mention.
    Eagnas Hawk 126E and some others similar with the same electric string pullers are very poor, cannot be adjusted to correct tension for tennis stringing (pulling 70 lbs instead of 60 lbs), the drum rotary puller is very inaccurate, will not open wide enough for 15 gauge tennis string and therefore the machine will be just about ok for badminton with some fixing of the drum rotary puller. Also the 2 white pins on the centre support on both sides do nothing, cannot be of any help or support at all and better left out.
    Quite a few machines from the far east are too low for European customers and the same will apply to US customers. No matter how much I ask for it and cannot get a positive reply from the manufacturer.
    Gamma swivel clamps with the 2 rollers are probably the best in the market, but plastic sleeves on the handles will make them even better. They are too hard on the fingers.
    Some expensive machines have a tilt of the turtable when pulling a cross string which is quite poor.
    Wise 2086 Tension Head is very good indeed and will solve a lot of problems to dodgy electric and electronic stringing machines on the market. It will also speed up stringing on any manual machine.
    All swivel clamps with cam action have to be kept lubricated constantly at the cam point. I have seen too may worn out swivel clamps for the last 20 years.
    The same applies to double string clamps which have to be kept lubricated at the pressure points and all the screws in the clamp.
    The same principle applies to glide bar clamps which have to be lubricated at friction points including Neos 1000 clamps.
    Gamma Progression ES II + is a very good electric stringing machine, but in two cases I found the drum rotary puller to be too sharp at the entry to the string guiding ditch which broke polyester strings at the first pull. It did not break normal string which is softer. I just filed the sharp edges and solved the problem.
    Many machines are not friendly to squash and badminton stringing, just too bulky, 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock supports are too thick, and the side supports are too thick too.
    For any advice please don't hesitate to contact me by email.

    Thanks.
    Israel Gefen
    igefen(at)btinternet.com

- Stan Parry on the Wise 2086 Tensioning Head (July 25, 04):

    Just had a look at your website and was interested to read the summary by Gaines Hillix. It mirrors my experience of the unit which I have recently bought and fitted to an Exthree lockout EX757. I have been looking for someone who might be able to comment on reliability and endurance of the unit. And note that the Gainex Hillix article is over a year old so perhaps has a history worthy of report? My initial worry was the loss of 360 degree rotation but after just a week or two it isn't a problem at all and the increased accuracy of the straight pull is well worth the small inconvenience. One thing I would like to see is a Diablo ahead of the gripper to take some of the tension away when using softer strings and natural gut. In fact I have mentioned this to Herb Wise in an e-mail. I would also be interested to learn who if anyone have a repair/adjustment facility U.K. based for these units?

    Regards Stan Parry (UKRSA-USRSA-ERSA)
    scmparry@compuserve.com

- Roman Zajac (May 10, 03):

    Hi tennis friends,

    I want to share with you my experience with one stringing machine. Personally, I prefer to restring by myself, because I feel better when playing then. I travel a lot for tournaments and I restring according to balls, temperature and weather just before the match to have favourable advantage against opponents. I usually use tension 23/23 kgs in average temperature of 20C and non-windy conditions. When wind blows against, I have just one racquet strung 21/20 to 19/18 depending on balls and wetness, so that I can keep balls deep enough in the court. Well, this is just a personal thing, but everyone should think about it if he/she want to improve the game and make winning easier.
    Obviously, it is not easy to reach stringing service just before the match, when you decide what stringing tension is the best. It takes me about 20 minutes to restring, so that I still have some time for warming up before every match.
    Also savings are interesting. I need just three racquets, have service free. I can also use thinner gauges for more precise performance. In my estimation I also considered the life-time of the strings in average 2.5 hours. I calculated my annual savings in total 1500 USD.
    The portable machine I really do like. It is a crucial thing to take it on trips with me so that a can make restringing wherever, whenever and whoever needs. It is superb. In my rating you will find a picture of the POCKET PRO stringing machine.

    Bye
    Roman Zajac
    Czech Republic

- Gainex Hillix about the Wise 2086 Digital Electronic Tension Head (Apr 27, 03):

    Place of purchase: www.tennishead.com
    Date of purchase: 10/2002
    Warranty: 1 year
    Prince: $495
    Experiences:
    I had it setup and running in 15 minutes. The 2086 couldn't be easier to setup or use. On my Alpha Axis Pro, I just removed the tension head stop screw on the back of the tension arm, slid off the old crank tension head, slid on the new one, tightened the retaining bolt on the new head, reinstalled the stop screw and plugged it in. It ran through its internal self test after it powered up and signaled it was ready to go. It is very easy to operate. Setting the tension is just a matter of using the up/down arrow buttons (it is set at a default tension of 60 lbs.). The tension setting feature has a slow and fast adjustment mode (hold down on the button and it changes rapidly). It is adjustable in 1/10 of a lb. increments. Once you set the tension, all you have to do is put the string in the linear string gripper and hit the start button, actually a generous sized area behind the string gripper that is touch sensitive. If you press your finger anywhere on this area, the tension head is activated.
    If constant pull is set on, it pulls to the reference tension and keeps adjusting as the tension changes. It's fascinating to see the digital readout going up and down in 1/10 lb. increments until you clamp off. Simply touching the start button area releases the string gripper and returns it to the start position. The basics are literally that easy.
    It also has a lock out mode if you have a customer who is used to having their frames strung on a crank machine. There are 3 tensioning speeds, but my understanding is that most people leave it on #3, the fastest speed. It has prestretch mode in several percentage increments. This causes the string to be "over-tensioned" by the % selected and then the tension is returned to the set reference tension. It has a pause feature, which stops the string gripper/tensioner and it can also be used to "bump" the gripper ahead a little at a time. There are also 2 memory registers that can be used to store/recall tension settings. This can be useful if you string a lot of the same racquets or do proportional stringing where you have many tension changes, but have to return to a particular tension during the job. The sound can also be turned on and off (it beeps when reference tension is reached, for instance, if this feature is turned on). You can also get a foot pedal to operate the tensioner if speed is important. I didn't get it and wouldn't unless I was stringing full time.
    I lost 360° racquet rotation, which I thought I'd miss a lot, but it really took only a minor adjustment to get used to this. There were only 3 or 4 times during my first job where I had to rotate the frame around the other way. The string gripper is on the same plane as the grommet holes, so there is less friction and less strain on the frame. It was noticable that there is less down force on the frame and mounting arms when pulling tension. I did a lot of research on this machine and spoke to Herb Wise before I bought it to make sure that any of the issues with the early models had been addressed. I am confident they have been and my initial experience with it is excellent.
    One other note, the packaging was excellent. It came in a high density foam enclosure in a heavy cardboard box. There was plastic wrap over the painted surfaces. My old tension head fit in the foam enclosure/box too, so I have it stored away for safe keeping in case I ever need it again. There were also setup and operating instructions in the box.
    UPDATE (Jan 26, 2005):
    After over 2 years of use and several hundred tennis frames of all types I thought I'd post an update. So far I've had no major problems with this unit. In fact, I've only had one problem that was easily fixed. There are ball bearings in the string gripper and after about 18 months one of them fell out. I was able to put it back in, but it would occasionally fall out again. I contacted Herb Wise and he sent a replacement set of ball bearings that are slightly larger. It was easy to remove the gripper and disassemble it to replace the bearings. There was no charge. It's still funning perfectly. It's mounted on an Alpha Apex base.

- Stephen Chertok (Nov 06, 02):

    I switched from a portable Gamma model, to the Prince/Ektelon Neos 1000 model recently and can say this machine is fabulous!
    2-point mounting is accurate, reliable and easy. Floating clamps are the easiest, possibly the best clamps ever designed! Upright, swiveling is effortless. Tension gauges are accurate and easy to set. Tensioning is flawless and extremely friendly!
    Its engineering excellence and simplicity that sets this machine apart.
    Stephen Chertok

- Jerry Snyder (Feb 05, 02):

    I've been stringing for almost 20 years and the Laserfibre MS200DX is the greatest machine out there especially in its price range ($1600). Its foot operated mechanism is super easy and fast to use!!!!
    Try one out. Jerry Snyder

- Sam about the Alpha Revo Machine (Apr 14, 01):

    Purchased a Alpha Revo Stringing Machine. It's O.K. My biggest complaint is it was advertised that the racquet had a 360 degree rotation when stringing. When I got it it could not. The racquet handle would hit the crank mechanism so you would have to swing the racquet back around. When I contacted the Alpha they could care less. With them once you buy you are on your own. If you get it good luck if you have questions or a problem.