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Eagnas Flex 865S
Eagnas Flex 865S

Evaluations of the Eagnas Flex 865S:

Rob Bankoske, December 1, 2005:

   Place of purchase: Eagnas

   Date of purchase: 10/2005

   Warranty: 5 years / 2 years tension head

   Price: $499

   Equipment:

upright (convertible to table-top), electronic constant-pull tensioner, 6 point mounting, 2 swivel clamps

   Experiences:

New to stringing. Have completed 6 string jobs to date. After researching online and reading the seemingly neverending trash talk between Eagnas, Silent Partner, Mutual Power, etc. decided on this model. Had some input from a couple of stringing professionals as well. Delivery time was approx. 10 days. Assembly was straightforward. Company delivered wrong user manual and mailed correct one. Watched a friend string one racquet on this machine and have been on my own ever since. Clamps work fine. Was told that these are the same kind of clamps you'd find on the high-end machines. Note that this machine does not come with a starting clamp. Purchased one separately from Eagnas. So far, so good with this machine. Have not yet calibrated the tensioner but it appears to be a bit off on the low side. Size of the tensioner control box is such that the mounted racquet does not swing clear of it. You need to lift the handle of the racquet slightly to do so. Eagnas gives you a reel of 16 gauge synthetic gut that is surprisingly adequate. Have used it in crosses of hybrid with Pro Hurricane in the mains and is even pretty good as a standalone string. Similar to Bablolat's Super Fine Play. Specs for this machine can be found on Eagnas.com.
[2005-12-15] Follow up note re. calibration. Tested about 4 lbs. under displayed tension. Right on after making adjustment on tensioner.


Mike B., May 25, 2006:

   Place of purchase: Eagnas

   Date of purchase: 05/2006

   Warranty: N/A

   Price: $499

   Equipment:

electronic rotational tensioner, upright, 6 point mounting, 2 swivel clamps

   Experiences:

The 865 is a solid, heavy duty machine that performs as advertised and is a good value. The "fit and finish" is not perfect but it is not meant to be a luxury car after all. Living locally, I visited the warehouse to purchase the machine and met "Victor" who went out of his way to open the boxes and show me the machine. He even calibrated it on the spot. It was 2 pounds light on the pull but it is a very simple adjustment with a small screwdriver to correct.
Bottom line, the tension is more accurate than you could ever tell on the court and ± 1 pound once calibrated. I'm fairly confident that the advertised DC motor is consistent as it pulls smoothly to the set tension. Don't look for it to continually adjust once it stops pulling however.
Assembly was easy although the holes for the stand's legs didn't line up perfectly. Again, my main impression is that the parts are solid and heavy duty. Glad I got the stand although I was considering a tabletop. It's bigger and heavier than the photos on the website had me believe.
The clamping systems work very well. No slippage whatsoever and no crimping of the string. I considered the upgrade... for $100 you get the spring assisted clamps. They would be nice if you strung every day but as a part-timer the standard clamps work fine. I did try both at the warehouse and decided to save the $100 but could have gone either way. They would make it faster.
I got a few extras including a tension tester, starting clamp and a reel of polynova string. All the tools including the free ones are of excellent quality.
Overall I'm very pleased with the machine and happy to have saved $400-$500 over the bigger name brands.


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