If you’re an avid tennis player, chances are your racquet has needed some TLC frequently. The strings on your racquet may need to get more tension from time to time. This is why some people choose to invest in a tennis stringing machine.
Many people aren’t sure if a tennis stringing machine is worth the investment or how to use it once they do buy one. From the different types to how to use one, we’ve got you covered. We’re also going to share some of the top tennis stringing machines that are available at North State Resurfacing.
Tennis Stringing Machines: The Basics
What is a Tennis Stringing Machine?
A string machine is used to install strings into a racquet. There are different aspects of stringing such as mounting the racquet, pulling the strings, and clamping the string to hold the tension.
Types of Tennis Stringing Machines
As you start your search for the ideal tennis stringing machine, there are three main categories to consider:
- Lockout (Mid-range)
- Electronic machines
While they all use some type of clamp to fix the racket to a turntable and to keep the string taut before it is tied off, they differ in what they use to stretch the string.
Drop Weight Machine
The drop-weight machine is the most economical. They are usually on the smaller side and can be portable. The standard design uses a weight that is fixed to a lever. The string that needs to be tensioned is attached to the lever and the weight is allowed to fall, which stretches the string. Once the string is clamped, the next one can be worked on. This method is slower and can be less accurate compared to the other two machines.
These machines use a spring-loaded mechanism to stretch the string. To use this machine, there is a hand crank that is turned until the correct tension is reached. This is when the mechanism locks out. A clamp is then applied to the string, and the next length is tensioned. These machines are easy to use and are more accurate than drop-weight machines.
Computer-controlled electric machines
A computer-controlled electric machine uses a motor to apply tension to the string. There is a constant-pull approach where the tension is maintained once it is set. This is what makes these machines the most accurate of the group. The electronic control system has more advanced features and some can even remember the user’s specific preferences.
Why Do You Need a Tennis Stringing Machine?
If you hit the ball hard and use a lot of spin, it’s likely your strings will break. If this happens frequently, it may be more cost-effective to invest in a tennis stringing machine rather than paying someone to do it every time you need to.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Tennis Stringing Machine
How much do you want to spend on a tennis stringing machine? You can get a tennis stringing machine for under $500, and you can also get one for under $3000! There is a wide range of prices. Knowing how much you want to spend will help you narrow your search.
Frequency of Use
Think about how frequently you pay someone to string your racquet. If you hardly have to, then it may not be worth buying a tennis stringing machine. But, if it feels like you’re always looking to get it done, then you may want to start shopping.
Types of Racquets
Check to see if the type of machine you’re considering is used for tennis racquets. Not all stringing machines are designed for every type of racquet. Most stringing machines do support tennis racquets, but it’s always good to double-check.
Features of Stringing Machines
Different machines have different features. Some have a foot stand, while others are portable. There are also wants that take up more space than others. Consider these options as well as your current fitness level. Some of these machines require a lot of strength. If you’re not up for the job, a stringing machine may not be worth the money.
How to Use a Tennis Stringing Machine
Preparing Your Racquet
If you’ve never used a tennis stringing machine before, you want to start by measuring the string. It’s generally better to have too much and waste some than to start with too short of a piece and have to start again.
Be sure to cut the old and broken strings by starting with the ones in the middle and cutting towards the outside strings.
Stringing Your Racquet
Next, you’ll want to mount your racquet on the machine you’ve chosen. The technique for this will vary depending on the machine you’ve chosen, so be sure to follow the directions.
You will have to choose from a one-piece or two-piece stringing pattern. As you begin stringing, be sure to string the cross strings from the end of the racquet to the bottom of the face of the racquet. This is because the tension of the strings can warp the racquet significantly. Since the handle is weaker than the head of the racquet it’s recommended to start at the top and work down.
As you’re stringing your racquet, you’ll want to pull and knot the main strings and be sure to string the crosses and knot them. Be sure to choose the string tension you want as well.
Maintaining Your Tennis Stringing Machine
Maintenance is key if you want to keep your tennis stringing machine working well. Check the instruction manual for specific care instructions and for what can and cannot be used to clean your machine.
For most machines, rubbing alcohol, a cloth and an old toothbrush should be all you need. You can dampen the cloth with alcohol and rub down the glide bars, rails, and clamp surfaces.
Our Top Tennis Stringing Machines on the Market
The price of a tennis stringing machine can range significantly. You can get a simple drop-weight machine for as little as $300 or an electronic machine for as much as $7,000.
We’re going to share some of our top picks that are cost-effective and those that are more expensive.
If you’re new to the tennis stringing machine game, this machine is made for you. It’s easy to use and is considered an entry-level model. It has a broad base design that includes a diamond-coated, rotational ratchet gripper and a 2-point mount system.
Tourna 150-CS Tennis Stringing Machine
The Tourna 15o-CS Tennis Stringing Machine comes with an ultra-smooth track and base and a 6-point mounting system. The adjustable V-supports are designed to minimize stress on the frame and prevent frame warping while stringing as much as possible. This stringing machine comes with two 5-tooth, slip, quick action, rotating, and adjustable swivel clamps as well as a cone lock swivel base clamping system.
This Gamma model is on the expensive side but is a good investment if you plan on using it frequently. People love this machine because of its adjustable string clamps, custom tension range, and universal string clamps. It also includes a toolset.
There’s no need to calibrate the stringer frequently because it has an electric string tension operation.
GAMMA X-Stringer X-6FC 6pt Quick Mount Stringing Machine
This model uses the drop weight tension system for racquet stringing. It has a diamond-coated wheel gripper that helps to secure the strings. The 6-point mounting mode also makes it more comfortable to support racquet borders with better balance. It also works to provide more precise tensioning and reduces the risk of bending the racquet frame.
Many users comment on the way that this machine allows them to get the job done quicker than some others.
Finally, there’s the Tourna 850-ES Precisions Stringing Machine. This is the most expensive on the list, but for good reason. It features a special tensioner and linear-pull for the most delicate strings. It also has a Glide to Activate string gripper that allows tensioning with one hand. The patented down-press clamps and gravity release make this the quickest, most agile machine on the market. It also comes with an auto-electric brake, 4 levels of pre-stretch, 6 pull speeds, and an 8-memory setting.
Tennis Stringing Machines FAQs
Is it worth it to buy a tennis stringing machine?
If you frequently need to string your racquet, then it can be worth it to buy a tennis stringing machine. You have the convenience of having the machine with you and can save on having to get it done by someone else. You don’t need the most expensive machine, just one that will get the job done accurately.
Can you make money stringing rackets?
You can make money stringing rackets if you do enough of them. It does require dedication and getting the word out about your services.
How much does a string job cost?
The average cost to restring a tennis racket is $40, but prices can range from $15 to $75. Labor can range from $10-$25 with strings costing as little as $2 or as much as $50 per set.
Final Thoughts On Choosing The Right Tennis Stringing Machine
When it comes to choosing the right tennis stringing machine, you need to consider how often you’re going to use it and how much you want to spend. These factors will lead you to the right stringing machine.
Also, consider the type of machine you want and whether you have the strength to operate some of the models. You don’t want to hurt yourself or be unable to use the machine properly. Consider how much room you have to dedicate to the machine and how important portability is to you.
Shop North State For Your Tennis Stringing Machine Needs
North State Resurfacing has a wide selection of tennis stringing machines to suit your needs. If you’re not sure which one is best for you, one of our team members will be happy to guide you in the right direction. Call us today at (919) 365-7500 to learn more or check out our inventory online.