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Eagnas Hawk 80
Eagnas Hawk 80

Evaluations of the Eagnas Hawk 80:

Dan Martinez, June 17, 2001:

   Place of purchase:UK

   Date of purchase:06/2001

   Warranty: 5 years

   Price: $315

   Equipment:

Table top drop weight, 2 fixed clamps, 6 point mounting, loads of extras

   Experiences:

I think it's great and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good solid machine without having to spend a fortune.


Weiheng, August 06, 2002:

   Place of purchase:Taiwan

   Date of purchase:06/2002

   Warranty: N/A

   Price: $220

   Equipment:

Table top drop weight, 2 fixed dual action clamps, 6 point mounting

   Experiences:

Right out of the box and without applying mechanical intuitions in operations, I can see some people frustrated at this machine and its results.
When I first got mine, one of the clamp bases moved slightly (<1/3") when the base is 90 degree to the direction of string tension during initial release of string gripper. Determined to make it work, I took the clamp bases and their nuts and bolts apart to clean the turntable-clamp base contact thoroughly (with rubbing alcohol). I also used rough sand paper to sand out residual paint on the bottom of clamp bases. After such treatments and putting everything back, the clamp bases were rock solid.
The 4 extra mounting points can be called useless by someone without applying proper procedures. For this part just use some of your mechanical intuitions and it should work. Otherwise, send me an email and I'll try to help. I found my racquet very secure with even just those 4 mounting points (except in the vertical direction that the head and throat clamps still need to be applied).
The QC might not be the best possible. I needed to exchange one of the clamps for better action. But at least I got the replacement promptly at no cost. By the way, my machine has factory installed ratchet gripper.
Well are the $450 Gamma with similar or less features better? I haven't used it but believe so. But, at a price this low, I think this is a great deal and good machine.


Mike T., August 25, 2002:

   Place of purchase:www.eagnas.com

   Date of purchase:08/2002

   Warranty: 5 years

   Price: $289

   Equipment:

Table top drop weight, 2 fixed clamps, 6 point mounting

   Experiences:

I think this is a great machine for the money. It is built very solid and I don't think I'll be having any problems with it any time soon. It's very easy to use. I strung my first racquet (first ever) in about an hour and all the rest in about 40 minutes. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a great machine at a low price.


Dennis Burke, August 31, 2002:

   Place of purchase:Maxline

   Date of purchase:10/2001

   Warranty: 5 years

   Price: $289

   Equipment:

Table top drop weight, 2 fixed clamps, 6 point mounting

   Experiences:

This was my first experience with a stringing machine, ever. I had never even watched anybody string a racquet. I felt compelled to purchase a machine because my son was going through 2 sets of strings on 2 racquets every 2-3 weeks... Originally was shipped from Maxline with the wrong size bolts for the swivel clamp. I bought some bolts at Sears Hardware to use until I received the correct bolts from Maxline which took about 7-10 days to receive. The basic tool kit from Maxline was back-ordered for about 30 days so I did not have the proper awl size nor the rubber grip tool to hand pull the strings. (I really pinched nerves in my fingers until I saw how the rubber grip saves your hands). In retrospect I should have used a 1" piece of PVC to pull the strings.
I've strung about 40 racquets in my first year. Maxline's instructions were a little hard to understand but Joe's Stringing Machine Forum had great how-to instructions for a beginner like me.
The only problem I've had is with the main swivel not wanting to lock down tight which you perform when you tie-off the main and crosses (I prefer stringing with 2 strings vs a single piece). Taking the swivel apart and cleaning thoroughly has helped but it's not quite lining up perfectly as it should but a little proding does get it to lock.
One warning.... the unit is constructed of heavy duty cast iron. It is quite heavy to lug around so if you are looking for a very portable machine to lug around to matches, etc.... you might want to consider a lighter weight machine.
Other than that..... this machine has saved me fortune and with my son bringing home a few of his friend's racquets to re-string on quick notice I have more than paid for the machine 2+ times over.
After getting over those few little bumps mentioned above I have few complaints about the machine and do recommend it to others.


Phil, February 5, 2003:

   Place of purchase: pw1.netcom.com/~maxline/index.html

   Date of purchase: 01/2003

   Warranty: N/A

   Price: $289

   Equipment:

see above

   Experiences:

Imported direct from the states to the UK without problems.
Easy to assemble, fairly well manufactured. However, it pulls 7-8lbs MORE than the scale suggests - potentially lethal to your favourite racquet if you start out with a high tension.
I have found getting the weight to drop to the horizontal (dependent on the length of string pulled through the string gripper on the tension arm) very tricky - there must be a knack I haven't acquired yet! Stringing is taking me a minimum of 75 minutes. I would probably go for a crank type machine if I was buying again and save myself a lot twenty minutes each time I string.


Phil Graves, February 22, 2003:

   Place of purchase: Maxline (direct)

   Date of purchase: 01/2003

   Warranty: N/A

   Price: N/A

   Equipment:

see above

   Experiences:

BE WARNED. Three people have now posted that Maxline machines were pulling excessive tension (potentially damaging to your favourite racquet). Mine pulls 7-9lbs more than it's set to.
BE AWARE that Maxline don't consider this an issue worth responding to - they have not been responsive to my emails and I would not recommend them to anyone.


Billy, May 21, 2003:

   Place of purchase: Maxline mail order

   Date of purchase: 05/2003

   Warranty: 1 year

   Price: $289

   Equipment:

see above

   Experiences:

The handling is good overall, but I have problems with getting the right tension. It pulls too much on the string. I'm not a master stringer but I've been stringing for ten years or so, so I have a good idea and feel for about how much stress the string can handle. I usually use 16 gauge synthetic gut which is, of course, quite elastic. But this two-weight drop is too heavy.


Lawrence Hegarty, Jul 19, 2006:

   Place of purchase: Maxline

   Date of purchase: 2003

   Warranty: N/A

   Price: N/A

   Equipment:

see above

   Experiences:

The big problem with this machine is that there is a lot of play between the top and the base. This makes it impossible to have any idea what the actual tension will be. I sent it back to Maxline and after a very long wait, they finally sent a replacement that was worse than the original. When I got through to someone and complained they basically told me to get lost. I recommend avoiding this company and its products.


tennisguy, Sep 27, 2006:

   Place of purchase: Eagnas

   Date of purchase: 05/2006

   Warranty: N/A

   Price: $289

   Equipment:

see above

   Experiences:

Delivery is within 7 working days, and quite easy to setup. The manual is few piece of paper, out of order.
I used it for less than 5 months, in total re-string about 15 racquets, then the drum which holds the string gripper loosened. The drum was fixed on the base when I got the machine. When I opened the drum, I found out there is a spring inside, and one side of the spring bends towards outside to form a hook, which supposed to stop the string gripper turning counter-clockwise. What happened is the hook broke, and the whole machine became useless. I bought this machine based on some excellent comments online. After using it for 5 months, my comment is poor design and lousy quality.
The worst part is when talking to Eagnas about repair and warranty. In short, they won't care about customer service. Good luck if you buy from Eagnas.

Note that the information on this page reflects the personal subjective opinion of the evaluators. If you disagree, please send in your own opinion.