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Silent Partner Swing
Silent Partner Swing

Evaluations of the Silent Partner Swing:

jericchoe, September 09, 2005:

   Place of purchase: Silent Partner

   Date of purchase: 9/2005

   Warranty: 5 years

   Price: $200

   Equipment:

Drop weight, table top, six point mounting, two flying clamps

   Experiences:

It took 2 weeks (from Buffalo to Hawaii) but finally got it. But I'm having a hard time getting started. Tough part being using the drop weight tensioner, confusing & frustrating (wish there was a video). I think SP is pushing other models, but I think I can either upgrade / exchange to the electronic. Any thoughts or suggestions welcome!
Don't get me wrong... I'm very dexterous & been playing & customizing rackets for over 20+ years. The reason I decided to get a stringer finally is because of cost for one & other reason being the quality of the string jobs or lack thereof!


mig29, January 19, 2006:

   Place of purchase: Deuce Industries Ltd.

   Date of purchase: 1/2006

   Warranty: 5 years

   Price: $199

   Equipment:

Drop weight, table top, six point mounting, two metal flying clamps

   Experiences:

Ordered Friday afternoon and got it delivered Tuesday within Canada.
I received the machine today and strung my first racquet in less than one hour. I was expecting the drop weight system to take more time but it went great. The metal clamps worked fine and were easy to ajust. They seem to hold tension pretty well. Mounting system is easy and stable without blocking any holes. Manual is easy to understand.
It's been 15 years since I strung a racquet and it worked as if I never stopped. I recommend that stringer to anyone.


tomot, August 08, 2006:

   Place of purchase: Silent Partner

   Date of purchase: 8/2006

   Warranty: N/A

   Price: $199

   Equipment:

Drop weight, table top, six point mounting, two metal flying clamps

   Experiences:

Ordered the unit on a friday, arrived about 5 days later in Canada. Was easy to assemble, good manual, I was a bit confused at first how only 2 clamps can tension a string particularly at the starting loop.
Regardless I strung my first 2 rackets ever yesterday with this machine. One mid size one regular both from different manufacturers. First racket took 3 hrs, second racket took 1.5 hrs. I'm sure I can improve on the time next time. The learning curve is what slows the process, i.e. counting strings holes, where to tie off a string, learning how to weave, and most important NOT missing a weave, learning how to tie a half hitch knot.
I can see where a model with fixed clamps would be an advantage, since with flying clamps there is always a slight pull back, when the clutch is released. I would estimate I have to increase my tension by 2 to 3 lbs over my normal tension to compensate for the flying clamp pull back.
Otherwise I'm very happy with the value of the machine.


John, January 06, 2007:

   Place of purchase: Silent Partner

   Date of purchase: 2004

   Warranty: 5 years

   Price: $200

   Equipment:

Drop weight, table top, six point mounting, two metal flying clamps

   Experiences:

Average delivery time of 5 days.
Assembly was easy. Under 5 minutes. User manual included. Quality of manual average. Special features are the 6 point mounting system. Very stable. The handling of the machine is good. Very durable. The clutch system works well although a huge improvement would be to place rubber on the outside edges so that it is easier to hang onto when returning the drop weight to horizontal position. Takes muscle! Clamps are easy to adjust and are secure. No issues so far with durability. For a drop weight stringer, this is a solid performer. The clutch system could use a rubber though! I would choose a different model next time but stick with the same brand. The drop weight stringer is very portable to take along to tournaments.


CCL, February 07, 2007:

   Place of purchase: Silent Partner

   Date of purchase: 01/2007

   Warranty: 5 years

   Price: $199

   Equipment:

Drop weight, table top, six point mounting, two metal flying clamps

   Experiences:

It took only 7 days from the east to west coast for delivery which was just as Silent Partner (SP) indicated.
Assembly took a few minutes because the instructions were very clealy written and well illustrated. You could, in fact, get a head start on learning by getting the instructions through the SP website. I did this before I decided what brand and model to buy.
The quality of the SP Swing was better than expected. The machine is very well made and sturdy in all respects. To a certain extent you can even say that it was "over built" considering the low price. All the components including the tools are of good quality. I feel I got my money's worth.
The day after I received it, I strung 3 racquets. The first took the longest since there was a lot of instruction manual reading as I went along. The second racquet took a liitle over an hour to string, while the third took just under an hour. Weaving the crosses is what I think takes some practice and required the most time.
I like the clamps. They did a good job without any required adjustments.
The mounting hardware is solid, straight forward in their use, and out of the box did not block any holes. Included were some spacers to handle any problems with blocking holes, but I did not need them.
I am really pleased with both my machine and the customer service I received. When I was deciding to buy I called SP's toll free number first to make sure someone would be at the other end and I got through quickly and spoke with the SP rep who handled himeself professionally and courteously. Admittedly, I had called another supplier before SP and no one answered at the other end. It was this alone that led me to call SP. The SP representative could have sold me a more expensive device, but considering my accuracy concerns and throughput requirements, he felt this unit would best meet my needes. I would, therefore, not choose a different model or brand.


Tom, May 13, 2007:

   Place of purchase: Silent Partner

   Date of purchase: 12/2006

   Warranty: N/A

   Price: $199

   Equipment:

Drop weight, table top, six point mounting, flying clamp, all necessary tools and 660 feet of syth gut string included

   Experiences:

Works well. I've now done 6 racquets and it still takes about 1.5 hours to do the whole job, including removing old sting and measuring new string. Pays for itself very quickly.


otherleft, April 30, 2008:

   Place of purchase: Silent Partner

   Date of purchase: 04/2008

   Warranty: 5 years

   Price: $199.99

   Equipment:

Drop weight, table top, six point mounting, 2 flying clamps, awl, needle nose pliers, one 660' reel of string

   Experiences:

Ordered on a Friday, delivered on the following Monday to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Shipped out of their Toronto warehouse via Canada Post.
Assembly of the machine was simple. Everything was assembled except for the dropweight arm.
User manual included contained nice illustrations and detailed instructions for stringing.
2 metal flying clamps are solid and easy to use and adjust. They feel very solid. Mounting the racquet was simple and sturdy. The inside 6 pt mounting system came with additional supports and spacers for easy adjustments. I had no problems with blocked holes. Had no problems stringing my first racquet.
The customer service from Silent Partner is outstanding. They're quick to reply to emails and are very helpful.


Johnny S., November 26, 2008:

   Place of purchase: Silent Partner

   Date of purchase: 2005

   Warranty: N/A

   Price: $200

   Equipment:

Drop weight tensioner with clutch, table top, six point mounting, 2 flying clamps

   Experiences:

I've strung almost 300 racquets with this machine and it's still holding up fine. It does take a little muscle to use however for the cost, it's exceptional and measuring the tension accuracy with a string meter, it's almost spot on as long as the arm is horizontal +/- 1 degree. Works great to take to tourneys. 16 X 19 pattern takes about 40-45 minutes to string with the 18 x 20 pattern slightly more. For those just learning to string, always hold on to the ends of the string whether stringing the mains or crosses. This saves considerable time. Weaving two crosses at a time leaving enough slack (large loop) to attach to the string gripper will also help on time. Position the clutch to a favorable position. You can purchase a non-slip rug pad which provides an excellent grip and is very easy on the hands (just cut to about a wash cloth size and fold into quarters). Using a damp wash cloth and wringing out virtually all of the water works if you have nothing else available but beware, too much moisture and the string will slip through the clamps.

No issues with the flying clamps or the stringer itself.

The manual is adequate and the rest can be learned through experience.

I'll purchase a lock-out tensioner machine for quicker stringing in the future but there will always be a need for this reliable drop-weight as a constant pull stringer has its advantages.


TxT858, August 22, 2009:

   Place of purchase: Silent Partner

   Date of purchase: 07/2009

   Warranty: 5 years

   Price: $200

   Equipment:

table top, drop weight tensioner with clutch, six point mounting, 2 flying clamps, awl, needle nose plier, set of allen wrenches

   Experiences:

How long was the delivery time?
1 week

How easy was the assembly of the machine?
It was pretty much all set up already. Only thing you have to do is put the drop weight and stick in the clutch mechanism. Use the allen wrench to tighten.

Did you get a user manual with the machine?
Yes there is a user manual that came with the machine. You can also view the manual on their website.

How is the quality of the manual?
The quality of the manual is good. It's just a printed copy.

What are the special features of the machine?
Quasi-six point mounting system. Although I do think this mounting system is better than the Gamma X-2. Everything is adjustable with the turning of the knobs. So no tools is needed to adjust when mounting your racquet on the machine. Unlike the Gamma X-2, you have to use the allen wrench to move the mounts in or out to fit the racquets. The clutch tensioner is smooth. So you can make minor adjustments when pulling tension. Unlike the Gamma X-2, it clicks, so you have to turn it just enough to make it click. This machine is heavy, thus I think it's made of real good quality. Example, the black horizontal bar that holds the racquet is solid. Initially, I thought it was hollow, but once I got the machine and inspected it. It's solid and the axis where it is attached is screwed all the way through. So the allen screw goes through the black bar and screw into the other end of the cross bar. It makes for a better, more secure, quality axis point. The clutch is actually made of aluminum alloy. Unlike the Gamma X-2, which I think is made of plastic.

How is the handling of the machine?
It's heavy although it's low profile. The Gamma X-2 is a little bit taller.

Clamps: Are the clamps easy to adjust? Do they hold the string securely without squeezing it?
You get two metal floating clamps. They are of high quality. The handle to open and close the clamps are easy to work with. I've strung 5 racquets so far. With poly, synthetic and 16, 17 gauge strings and it has not slipped on me once. I did not even have to adjust it. It worked great right out of the box.

Mounting: Does the mounting system hold the racquet securely? Does it block holes?
The mounting system holds the racquet well. It does not block any holes. I've mounted racquets from Prince 110sq, Wilson 110sq, Head 98sq, Wilson 95sq, Babolat 100sq and I haven't had any issues with slipping or sliding of the racquets.

Did you face any problems so far? If yes, after what time and with which parts of the machine?
No issues so far.

Did you have to get spare parts? If yes, how easy was it to obtain the parts?
No need for spare parts. Everything worked right out of the box.

Would you choose a different model next time?
No, it seems to work great for me. I think the only thing that I would change about this machine is maybe add some grooves or hexagon shape on the clutch itself. That way it's easier to turn the wheel. As of now, the clutch is perfectly smooth and circular. You really have to grab it, hold on to it and turn slightly to drop the weight. After a while it'll hurt your hands a little.

Is this your first machine? If not, how does it compare to your previous model?
Yes this is my first stringing machine. I have seen and played with my friend's Gamma X-2.


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