Updated: October 12, 2015
Tennis Stringing Machine Reviews:If you play tennis a lot, then odds are you are having to get your racquet strung every few months, maybe more often. I used to play quite a bit and would have to get my racquets strung every month, although I did use the more durable Prince Pro Blend string. I had friends that played on the Satellite and Challenger circuits for the tennis tour and they were stringing racquets almost every other day. If you are using natural gut then your stringing budget needs to be pretty high since those types of strings are very expensive. Most players go with synthetic gut since it's cheaper and should last just fine for beginner and intermediate tennis players. The most expensive part of playing tennis can be having to buy string and get your racquet strung. Racquets go for about $120 to $180 while stringing your racquet every month could cost you $300+/year. I don't want to worry you, most beginners and intermediate players don't even break strings (maybe once a year), but as you get better and hit more spins, your strings will start to wear and restringing is essential to keeping your game on track. I knew several local players that bought stringing machines to try and cut down on the costs of constantly having to get racquets restrung. Which tennis stringing machines are the best? What do they cost?
When looking into stringing machines, keep in mind there are 2 model types - tabletop and upright. The upright stringing machines are floor models that have a stand and can be setup almost anywhere. The tabletop racquet stringers need to be placed on a table or desktop. Tabletop models are cheaper, but for an extra $200 the upright machines allow you to string your racquets standing up and the process tends to be quicker. The standard machines (tabletop and upright) have either drop weight or spring tension head and cost between $400 and $1000. The difference between the drop weight and spring tensioners is small, as both are fairly accurate. Some reviews of these machines say you need to be more precise with a drop weight machine and there is less room for error. A drop weight machine has a rod with a weight on the end that is movable. As you move the weight towards the end, the tennis string is tightened and therefore you can adjust the string tension based on the placement of the weight on the rod. Spring tensioner machines are slightly different and with them you need to use a screw to get the proper weight and turn a crank to get your proper tension. Both types of tensioners string at about the same speed. Frame mounting systems vary from machine to machine but most offer 2 point, 4 point and 6 point systems. Six point mounting systems are ideal for support, but consider things like strength, resistance, and ease of use as well. If you plan on stringing the wider frame racquets, make sure your frame mounting system supports that type. The string clamp system is another feature to look into on the stringer you want to purchase. The 3 types are starting, floating and fixed clamps. Experts say the fixed clamps are the best for accurate stringing and ease of use for the stringer. Stringing machines do vary in price by $100's for what appears to be the same machine, quality plays an important role in determining price. Some machines come with longer warranties while others expect you to fix them from day one. The tension on the parts of a stringer can wear them out over time if you are stringing quite a few racquets each week. For professional stringers, there are electronic machines that are as precise and accurate as you can get, although you will pay a hefty premium for most of them. Prices range from $900 to $3000 and the machines are really made for those doing high volumes of racquet stringings like pro shops and tournament sites. The top makers of tennis racquet stringing machines are Gamma, Eagnas, ATS, Klippermate, Alpha, Mutual Power, Silent Partner, Babolat, Prince, and Ektelon. We have also included many of the manufacturer websites in the reviews down below. In terms of finding reviews on certain machines, there is no site better than Stringforum.net which offers up expert reviews on all the latest stringing machines from all manufacturers. You can browse the top selling stringing machines here.