Evaluations of the Pocket Pro:
Roman, May 10, 2003:
Place of purchase: from friend
Date of purchase: summer 2002
portable, spring tensioner, automatic brake, 4 rigid fixing points, two clamps from top, special bag, set of tools, 360 deg turntable, guidelines
Must be skilled, because you have to assemble racket
holder with base frame, and make sure that you tighten the hook of the clamps to the frame well.
I appreciate the crank tensioning and light weight (12 lbs, easy portable). I'll keep it forever!!!
Kurt, November 17, 2005:
Place of purchase: eBay
Date of purchase: 11/2005
Spring tensioner, 4-point mounting, 2 spring-loaded clamps, portable with upright stand
Racquet mount is fairly stable for its simple and
minimal support. Rotating racquet mount table can be set to tilt like 20-30 deg, which I found helpful
pulling the string straight(er), especially for crosses. Pull head jaw closes as you crank and hold the
string tight without slipping or damaging, then it releases when you crank back. Racquet handle could
interfere the crank when stringing middle mains, but you can manage it. Automatic one-way clutch holds
the pull head at or near preset tension (you can adjust it), while allowing you to crank further as you
monitor the change in tension on the scaled brass rod (i.e 4 notches, 2 lbs apart). This makes
pre-tensioning and compensating initial tension loss very easy and accurate. While clamp is spring-loaded
and easy to hold the string securely by twist of a lever, it is semi-fixed onto the table so you need to
set it up carefully to prevent moving/tension loss. With little getting used to, I found it works just
fine. You would need to replace the cord periodically as it wears and eventually breaks. I broke one came
with the machine during my first use just after pulling 2nd main. Do not try to use cheap generic/household
cords or ropes, which will not hold up long. After little bit of search I found 300-lb rating cord from
an outdoor supply store (i.e REI), which is working great and only cost me like $4. Accessing inside the
tensioner is as easy as just removing 2 screws holding the bottom plate, but replacing the cord took some
patience in terms of routing it correctly while keeping under some tension. Once you do it no big deal.
Included was a print with step-by-step photos of stringing procedure in front and exploded view of the
stringer in the back. Overall, this little machine is easy to use with useful features, perfect for
personal stringing with unique portability. Reliable, good quality, great value.
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