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Top Of The Best Spring Tension Rods Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Tension Rods, WindBreath 16″ by 28″ Pack of 2 Spring Tension Rods Shower Adjustable Closet Rod, 22 Pounds Maximum Bearing Weight, White
№2 – 3 PACK Heavy Duty Extension Small Tension Rod 16.5″ to 27.6″, White
№3 – Bali Blinds Oval Spring Tension Rod, 36-60″, White
It has very high ratings as far as baby gates go and is a very functional gate. Not only is it taller than a standard gate, but it looks classy with a bronze finish!
The door is a bit narrower than other similar gates, so if that is an issue for you, then you might not be happy with this option.
One interesting feature of this product is that it also has the option to become a permanently attached gate, not just a pressure mount. It may not necessarily be the best choice for someone who needs that particular feature, but if you like the idea of having either/or then this is definitely a plus.
Eve is an online only brand that has developed one mattress to fit all, with an ethos of keeping things simple, beautiful and affordable for every budget.
The Eve mattress comprises of three stacked layers: a high density base layer, a breathable cooling layer and a new generation memory foam layer to top it off. What’s different from the standard pure base foam is that Eve use an ultra resilient Reflex base foam that reacts to your movements, making the whole mattress reactive to your needs.
The memory layer is unlike other leading memory-foam mattresses where you get that sinking feeling, quite literally. The high-point elasticity has been developed to provide a responsive, soft cushioning without cocooning the contours of the body.
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Simba Hybrid Mattress
The Simba Hybrid is one of the new breed of mattresses that pops out of a handy-sized box. It’s the way the world of mattress shopping is going, as it’s convenient and super easy – order it today, get it tomorrow and trial it for 100 nights! Once unleashed from its box, the mattress takes 3-hours to fully take shape, ready for a night’s sleep.
Simba Sleep claims its high-tech mattress satisfies the sleep needs of 95% of the population. With odds that high, we asked what makes it so ground breaking? James Cox – CEO and co-founder of Simba Sleep told us, ‘It’s the first dual-spring and memory-foam mattress of its kind in the UK market. Its cutting-edge technology offers the comfort of five layers of memory foam with the support of 2,500 patented conical pocket springs.’
The patented springs make these mattresses unique, moving horizontally and vertically to fit the shape of your body and give you the best sleep. The Simbatex layer provides cool, gentle support, whilst the Visco memory foam moulds expertly to your body shape. It’s like a mattress that’s tailor-made for you.
Hovag Pocket Sprung Mattress
This is Ikea’s best-selling mattress by a mile! There’s no denying its unbelievable value, ideal for those on a budget. Take note first-time buyers and renters! One of the Ideal Home team was so impressed after testing it that they went and bought it. They describe it as the perfect balance between firm support and comfort.
You get support in all the right places thanks to the individually wrapped pocket springs that work independently and closely to follow the contours of your body. It’s designed to be slept on one side only, therefore it doesn’t require turning – although it’s fairly light. This is the best cheap mattress you can get.
Tempur Cloud 2Medium Mattress
The original masters of memory foam, the Tempur design model provides a top comfort layer made of a specially developed ‘extra Soft’ material for a feeling of instant relaxation. This unique fabric was designed to regulate temperature and humidity. Aptly named the cloud, the nature of this mouldable mattress material cocoons your body as it reacts to your body heat, making it ideal for relieving pressure points, such as hips and spine.
Working in perfect harmony with the lower support layers, once you settle your body weight is redistributed reducing pressure while you sleep. In addition to the comfort factor, this mattress also features a removable and washable cover, which is ideal if you are an allergy sufferer.
The Drysdale Pocket Sprung Mattress
This is the best-selling model from UK sleep experts Button & Sprung. Founder Adam Black tells us this is popular due to the unique IQ Spring system and six-layers of all-natural filling – with cotton, that’s strong, breathable and temperature-responsive.
The IQ system is something the Button & Sprung team developed exclusively. It provides an advanced level of comfort by offering ‘progressive support’. In other words, the more you push it the more it pushes back so everyone, regardless of their weight, gets exactly the right amount of support.
Fixed rods are traditional shower curtain rods. They come in an array of styles and designs, and are relatively easy to install. They can be straight or curved, and they mount onto the wall using hardware, making them a more secure option.
Custom Rods are square, rectangular, oval, or d-type rods that are attached to the ceiling and encircle the tub space or attach to the walls for corner showers.
Installing a Tension Rod
Start by opening or extending the rod by turning each of the ends in the opposite direction. Do this until the tension rod is 1-inches longer than the distance between the two walls and set aside.
To measure the height for installation, take your shower curtain and hold it against one of the walls above the apron of the tub. Adjust the height of the curtain until its hem is sitting inches below the edge of the tub. Use your pencil to mark the height of the curtain on the wall. Measure the height of the pencil mark and duplicate it on the opposite side of the shower.
Slip the shower curtain rings onto the tension rod before installing.
Wedge the tension rod into place, making sure to hold one end over the mark on one side of the shower while compressing the rod onto the other mark on the opposite side. Once the rod is in place, adjust it accordingly.
Tension Curtain Rods Explained
The difference between a tension rod and other kinds of curtain rods is the method of hanging the rod. Unlike other rods that are mounted to your walls or window frames using hardware, a tension rod simply fits snugly between two walls and is held in place by the tightness of the fit. Most tension rods are adjustable in length within certain dimensions. You can extend the rod so that it fits as tightly as possible between the two walls. Most rods come with rubber tips on either end to protect your walls from scraping. They are very much like shower curtain rods and work under the same principle.
Once you have your tension rod in place, you can hang your curtains.
Shopping for Tension Rods
You can find tension rods for sale in all of the big brick and mortar retailers that you would turn to to shop for other kinds of curtain rods. Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Wal-Mart, Marshalls Home Goods and Lowes are just a few of the places you can find good deals on tension rods.
Before you make a purchase, be sure to measure the space between the two walls where the rod will hang. Unlike traditional curtain rods, you do not measure the window frame itself. The rod needs to fit wall to wall tightly, so use the measurement of that space as your guide. Likewise, check the maximum weight allowed on the rod before your make your purchase to be sure the tension rod you’re getting is up to the task of keeping your curtains in place.
Why you should trust me
I’m a United States Coast Guard–certified master captain, and I have been fishing since I could walk. I grew up working on charter boats in and around Long Island Sound, and reliable fishing gear has been paramount not only to my profession but also to my life. Having fished on a budget in settings as varied and diverse as the spring brooks of the Adirondack Mountains, the brown sludge that is the Hudson River, and the emerald coastal waters of New Zealand, I can say that a careful selection of the most durable all-around tackle has been essential to me.
Your guide, Owen James Burke, testing our picks on a beach in New Zealand.
To supplement my own expertise, I enlisted the help of veteran spinning-reel reviewer Alan Hawk and also consulted Salt Water Sportsman editor-at-large and NBC Sports television host George Poveromo on what would be the ideal spinning-rod-and-reel setup for a casual fisher.
Who this is for
Like most fishers, I’m not able to carry, store, or afford a different rod and reel for every species of fish or method of fishing. So I picked an affordable, high-quality spinning-rod-and-reel combo that can work in as many fishing conditions and settings as possible—including saltwater and freshwater. This spinning-rod-and-reel setup is approachable enough for a novice to learn on, yet it performs well enough for a seasoned veteran to depend on.
In researching and testing, I prioritized attributes such as durability and build quality—features that anyone, regardless of skill level and intended use, can appreciate—over more specialized features such as multiple-geared reels for using live bait or especially stiff rods that can handle big fish but not smaller ones. In other words, the Ugly Stik GXand Daiwa BG SW combo is what I’d recommend if someone were to ask me, “What fishing pole should I get if I don’t know what I want?”
This spinning-rod-and-reel setup is approachable enough for a novice to learn on, yet it performs well enough for a seasoned veteran to depend on.
If you’re more experienced and looking for a specific rod and reel, apart from the size of the fish you’re targeting, you’ll also have to take into account what kind of fishing you’ll be doing: Will you be casting artificial lures (objects designed to look like fish or other prey with a hook attached), or using bait (smaller fish, worms, or other natural prey, either alive or dead)? Most lure fishers will want a stiffer rod composed of graphite (or mostly graphite) so that they can “work” a jig or plug to imitate the movements of prey, while bait fishers might seek out a rod that’s a little looser or more sensitive, so as to detect the slightest strike. Our rod recommendation can do both things decently, but if you know you’ll be doing only one or the other, you should look into a more specialized setup.
How we picked
First off, I had to decide what kind of rod and reel we would focus on, which was an easy choice—if you’re going to own only one fishing rod and reel, a spinning-rod-and-reel setup is the most versatile and the easiest to use.
Compared with a baitcasting or fly-fishing setup, a spinning setup is more comfortable to use and is usually easier to repair; it also requires less finesse to cast. Think of it as the “automatic transmission” version of a fishing rod and reel. If you’re starting from nothing, a spinning outfit offers the highest chance of success. If you’re a beginner, it’s much easier to pick up than either of the other options, and it’s far less likely to become tangled than a baitcasting setup.
Key features of a fishing rod
In my 20-plus years of fishing, I’ve come to learn that when you’re shopping for fishing rods—as for any tool—paying a little attention to a few key features can be telling before you even pick up one. The rod’s material, flexibility, sensitivity, and line-guide construction all make a difference in how well the rod will perform and last.
As mentioned previously, bait-hucking fishers will want something that’s more sensitive and flexible, while lure fishers will want something stiffer (known as “fast action” in fishing jargon). Most rods are made out of fiberglass, graphite, or a mixture of both. The more graphite in a rod, the lighter and stiffer it is, but such rods are also more brittle, so you wouldn’t want to hand one to a 3-year-old. Fiberglass is heavier but more flexible (“slow action”)—like a whipping stick—and nearly impossible to break. For a beginner or an all-around angler, a combination of both materials offers the most versatile package: It gives you enough stiffness to adequately manipulate a lure, while maintaining enough sensitivity for detecting small bites.
The next most important specification you’ll want to consider is the material that makes up the guides—the loops that lead, or guide, the line from the reel to the tip (the skinny end) of the fishing rod. Lower-end fishing rods (and many higher-end ones, too) usually feature guides made of either thin stainless steel or aluminum oxide (ceramic) frames holding cheap ceramic O-ring inserts (rings designed to protect the insides of the guides and prevent line wear) that chip or corrode, and eventually fail.
The rest, including the grip material and the number of pieces the rod itself breaks down into, is up to you. I will suggest that, if you can accommodate it, a one-piece rod will almost always outperform a two- or three-piece rod. A one-piece rod offers better stiffness and more control—fewer pieces make for fewer problems with durability and performance, although portability suffers.
How we tested
We got into the weeds to find the best rod-and-reel combination for most anglers.
I tested all of the rods and reels from beaches, rocks, boats, and riverbanks. I fished with lures in rivers for trout and salmon, and I set 1- to 1½-pound live baits from my skiffs, catching ocean fish up to 20 pounds with each rod and reel. I also tested the gear on smaller bottom fish, including summer flounder, sea bass, and porgies (or scup), as well as red drum and spotted seatrout in Charleston, South Carolina. While I didn’t test much in lakes or ponds, I did spend several days fishing freshwater rivers for trout and smaller salmon, and a couple of days fishing private ponds and lakes for largemouth bass. I beat up these rods and reels, from the mouth of the Hudson River in New York to the Cook Strait of New Zealand.
I used each reel with 6- to 15-pound test monofilament line (depending on the reel size), and also tried either 40- or 50-pound test braided line on each of the saltwater-oriented rods. (Braid can come in handy for lighter-weight rods and reels, but for the inexperienced angler, it can also bring on the nuisances of knots and snags.)
Initially, I washed everything down well after each use as I usually do. Then, a week in, I decided to see what leaving salt and grit on and in them would do, which was extremely telling—especially after I took the gear apart.
Testing drags with a force meter.
After logging plenty of catches (and abuse) on each reel, I took them to Henderson’s Ltd. Tackle and Repair Shop in Blenheim, New Zealand, to get them disassembled so that I could examine the insides for signs of quality construction, design, and materials (or lack thereof). The teardown test made it easy to see why some brands earn reputations for lasting longer than others, and it allowed us to discover how some seemingly similar models are actually quite different inside.
To make certain that I put each reel and respective drag through the same amount of strain, I took the top four reels I tested into a local fishing shop and attached them to scales using a 50-pound test leader. (None of the drags would stand up to 50 pounds of tension, and this way the line would break before the drag, just in case.)
The Ugly Stik GXwas introduced last year as the first major redesign of the Ugly Stik series since its debut in 197Compared with the original, it includes more graphite and less fiberglass, giving the rod more of a backbone for working lures and handling heavier fish, while still keeping the soft fiberglass tip that makes it sensitive enough for detecting subtler strikes and smaller catches.
What makes the Ugly Stik GXso much more durable and versatile than other rods is that it uses both graphite and fiberglass to provide sensitivity and strength without sacrificing too much of either. It features a primarily graphite shaft for stiffness, along with a soft, clear, and flexible fiberglass tip.
That flexible tip means it won’t be ideal for manipulating lures, but we think the added versatility is more valuable to most fishers—especially beginners. While the GXisn’t better than a specialist rod in either application, it is a capable performer in both—which can’t be said of the Ugly Stik Tiger or the Penn Squadron.
In addition to having a durable shaft, the GXis the only rod in its price category that comes fitted with one-piece stainless steel line guides, which can literally be smashed with a rock and still maintain serviceability. During testing, I accidentally planted my foot directly on the guide of a rod that I’d left in the bottom of my boat—as one does—but it was unscathed. Cheap, flimsy aluminum-oxide guides are the industry standard at this price, so it’s nice to see Shakespeare, the maker of the Ugly Stik, take durability seriously. Apart from higher-end models that cost four or five times the price, I’ve never seen this feature in a spinning rod. This design also represents an upgrade from the old Ugly Stik, which had two-piece pop-out guides that were the only weak spot in an otherwise bulletproof rod.
One quick shopping note: Make sure you’re buying the spinning rod, not the casting version of the same rod from the same manufacturer. They’re easy to confuse, and our chosen reel won’t fit the casting version.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
The downsides of the Shakespeare Ugly Stik GXare few but worth noting. First, it’s heavier than more high-performance graphite rods (which usually run about ounces for a medium-heavy 6-foot-or 7-foot rod), and some people find that tiring. But if you’ve never held a high-end spinning rod before, you won’t notice the difference.
Another problem with the Ugly Stik GXis that the guides are not always perfectly placed. This is something you’re likely to find in any mass-produced base-level spinning-rod model; it’s not something children will notice. Guide placement becomes more essential when you’re fighting trophy-sized fish, which is not something the average angler will put their gear through. If you do happen to be fishing big game, you’ll likely have to step up in price range, or find a good deal at a garage sale.
Shimano’s Saguaro series is every bit as versatile as the Ugly Stik GX2, but the guides are nowhere near as durable as Ugly Stik’s Ugly Tuff guides. While I found the rod itself to be more clunky and cumbersome overall—especially when casting lightweight artificial lures—that’s also what made me recognize and appreciate it as a dependable workhorse.
Compared with the similarly priced Ugly Stik models, the Shimano Saguaro is a stiffer graphite composite. While this design can be advantageous for casting plugs, it offers less “play” or give, which can hinder other applications like setting the hook while bottom fishing with bait and a heavy sinker, where some flex is advantageous.
Apart from the Saguaro’s less durable guides, the primarily graphite rod is more brittle, and less likely to survive a spill or a misplaced foot.
If you plan to fish with care (and not with children), the Saguaro can make an excellent rod for medium-weight jigging and topwater fishing, but it is less than ideal for lightweight artificial lures or bait fishing, and nowhere near as sturdy as an Ugly Stik.
Stiffer and lighter
If the Ugly Stik GXis unavailable, or if you know you want something stiffer for doing more lure fishing, the Ugly Stik Elite series is a good bet. These rods are available in the same wide range of sizes as the GX(for the most all-around versatility, we’d still recommend a medium to medium-heavy rod in the 6-foot-or 7-foot range), but they have a cork grip instead of an EVA foam grip and contain 3percent more graphite, which makes them a bit stiffer and lighter overall. The added stiffness makes the Elite ideal for manipulating lures and giving them “action” (a fishing term for making lures dance or hobble like wounded prey).
Who else likes our reel pick
Salt Water Sportsman, expert reel reviewer Alan Hawk, and Sport Fishing Magazine are all raving about Daiwa’s BG SW, and I’ve yet to find a reason to disagree with them. “To me the BG SW is the new best value spinning reel available anywhere today,” writes Alan Hawk, “and it will be a lot of fun to sit and watch how it will steer the entire industry in a new direction, to our benefit this time.”
Care and maintenance
When rinsing a reel, first tighten the drag, sealing it so that water doesn’t work into the washers. Lay the reel out horizontally so that any water that gets in has an easy path out, and don’t blast a reel with water to avoid blasting out the grease; just make sure it receives a thorough flow. If you want to be particularly diligent when cleaning your fishing gear (it will pay off in the long run), you can soak a cloth in freshwater (even with a little soap—boat soap works) and wipe everything down. Once finished, loosen the drag; if you leave reel drags tight, they tend to get stuck that way and lose their precision.
Additionally, keeping your reel packed with grease will reduce corrosion and improve longevity. You can find reel grease in almost any outdoor-sporting store, but if you’re not confident in taking your reel apart to apply grease, having it done in-store would be worthwhile.
For more tips, see expert reel reviewer Alan Hawk’s reel-care guide.
We also tested Shakespeare’s original Ugly Stik (now discontinued) alongside the GXjust to get an idea of the differences. While Ugly Stik loyalists familiar with the original series complain that the GXis not as flexible overall, I find that it is more applicable to a wider variety of fishing methods, which is good for people who want to buy one rod to do it all. Besides, the original is no longer being made.
We looked at Lew’s Mach II Speed Stick due to its popularity with bass anglers. The IMgraphite and “Carbon Nanotube Coating” make this rod ultra-stiff and, as the name states, speedy, but it’s so stiff that it would never serve as a bait-fishing rod. It’s a great rod for freshwater bass fishing and inshore saltwater fishing, though in all honesty, it’s so obscenely hideous that I would never want any of my fishing buddies to catch me with one in my hands—at least not in the light of day. The soylent-green decor on the handle and decal is a color that belongs only on a NASCAR vehicle. But if you can bear the coloring and graphics, it is a highly serviceable rod for casting lightweight artificials to spotted seatrout, redfish, and largemouth bass. Maybe I’ll sneak out with it for some low-lit night-fishing excursions.
The Fin-Nor Lethal is another excellent reel that came highly recommended by expert spinning-reel reviewer Alan Hawk. I had never fished this reel before seeing his recommendation, and I was thoroughly impressed. With its all-metal body, it’s definitely a workhorse. The only real issues I had were that the line lay wasn’t even (line seems to bunch up in one place on the reel) and that the bail (the metal part that holds the line when the reel is engaged) was finicky. You have only one way to open it, and if you’re not careful to handle it right, it closes back over. This presents a hazard when you’re casting, as it can close midcast and stop your bait or lure short, flinging your hooks back at you or a nearby friend. One other problem was that the clicker on the drag (the noise that you hear when line is running off the spool of a reel) sometimes didn’t engage. Twice I looked over, and the line was spinning off the spool (a fish was on the other end), but I hadn’t noticed. Fish I had hoped to release had already swallowed the hook and had to be brought home. All in all, it’s a very strong reel, and I think it could live a long life, but after seeing both novice and avid fishers nearly knock me out while attempting to cast with it, I hesitate to recommend this reel for an inexperienced fisher or a child. According to Alan Hawk, Fin-Nor’s next model up is its best, but it’s much heavier and geared toward fishing larger game.
Curved VS Straight Shower Rod
Space. Curved rods create more elbow space in the showering area. On the other hand, they curve outward and take up some space outside the shower, leaving less free space in the bathroom. Straight rods do not increase or decrease space neither inside nor outside the shower.
Design. Thanks to the unusual shape, curved rods look especially elegant. They can add a special vibe to your bathroom. Straight rods are a perfect choice for those who like a minimalist design with strict lines and regular shapes.
Safety. Curved shower rods are a safer option. Creating more space and keeping the shower curtain further from you, they make getting caught in the curtain almost impossible. With a straight rod, you can accidentally get wrapped in the curtain when having a shower. This may cause a fall and a consequent injury.
Curved Bathroom Shower Curtain Rod from InterDesign
Thanks to the variety of finish colors, this rod will be a nice match for a bathroom of any design – from antique to modern. You can choose bronze, brushed stainless steel, matte black, or white. The model is made of stainless steel and plastic. Being rustproof and corrosion-resistant, these two materials are a perfect combination for the bathroom.
The Curved shower curtain rod from InterDesign has an adjustable design. Its length can be expanded from 4to 7inches. It can be installed quickly and easily as it comes with all the necessary mounting hardware. The package also includes a decorative cover that covers the bracket and creates a perfect alignment with the wall.
Expandable Curved Shower Curtain Rod from Bath Bliss
This stylish shower curtain rod will become a nice addition to any bathroom. It comes in three finish colors – chrome, satin nickel, and bronze – each equally beautiful. Apart from the elegant design, this model comes with the advantages of a sturdy construction and a rustproof material. Designed for drywall installation, it comes with all mounting hardware included.
Just like most modern shower curtain rods, this model from Bath Bliss can be expanded to fit most bathtub and shower enclosures. Its length can be adjusted from 4up to 7inches. This rod can also prove very helpful for increasing space in the shower. It can add up to 10.inches of elbow space when at full length.
Adjustable Shower Curtain Tension Rod from Carnation Home Fashions
This model is available in a wide range of finish colors including antique, black, bone, brass, bronze, chrome, linen, nickel, sage, slate, tea rose, and white. Such an array of available colors will satisfy even the most demanding customers. The finish is neither matte nor too glossy. The rod can be expanded from 4to 7inches.
This shower curtain tension rod from Carnation Home Fashions is made of durable steel to offer a perfect performance for many years. Its construction includes rubberized end caps to protect tile bathroom walls from scratching and chipping. The diameter of the rod is one inch. The design of the rod includes internal springs to hold the tension and keep the rod mounted.
Crank Stringing Machines
Also commonly known as a Lockout type of machine, the crank stringing machine uses a Lever to pull the strings up to desired level of tension. A spring-loaded device in the machine locks the string in place so that it is effectively stretched.
Such machines demand lot of physical efforts from you, but are better in accuracy and reasonably priced. It is more accurate than drop- weight stringing system. In this category we recommend Gamma Progression II to be most optimum one.
Electronic Stringing Machine
By far, this is the most expensive type of machine that is integrated with a microprocessor inside used to measure the string tension. Some other models also use computer-operated Electronic motor to determine the tension.
Best one in this category is Gamma 600with Point Suspension Mounting, an impeccable choice for Professionals. Electronic stringing machine is widely used in professional stores as well as tournaments.
SIZE OF THE EQUIPMENT
Tennis stringing machine is offered in two designs: Tabletop and Standalone. If you are looking for a portable device which is fairly affordable as well, then you can opt for tabletop design. They can be easily maneuvered around in any vehicle. On the other hand, Upright type of machine has a stand of its own, providing you with convenience of use and flexibility.
Stringing process will be much faster in upright type of design as compared to tabletop. You will also find advanced features and high-quality built in Upright machines. Which is why, they carry a hefty price tag. On a side note, many Tabletop models are compatible with a stand nowadays.
EASE TO USE
If you are stringing quite a few racquets per week, you need to see whether the machine is convenient to use or not. In drop-weight type of stringing, you have to lift the lever for every string, which is quite exhausting. So look for Drop weight machines that are offered with one pull action. Electronic models offer most convenient and faster stringing experience.
Every stringing machine is designed with different mounting system. Some models have mounting points, whereas others come with 4, or points. These mounting points hold the frame of the racquet in place. Each type of mounting system design has its own advantage.
or 4-point System won’t allow messy entangling of strings or block the holes. But, such system is not very stable as well. Whereas, or 6-point systems work great for oversized racquet frames. It won’t distort the frame whilst stringing.
There are three types of clamping systems provided with the stringing machine viz. Flying Clamp, Swivel Fixed Clamp and Non-swivel Fixed Clamp. Flying clamps are separately offered (not attached) along with the machine. Such clamps make use of one string so as to create tension on the next string. Consistency of string tension is not very great, but they are very low in price.
Non-swivel fixed clamps come attached to the glide bars. You need to reposition it while switching from Mains to cross stringing. Range of motion for such clamp is from 0° to 90°. Swiveling fixed clamps have flexible range of motion which allows you to create fan patterns. If you have a Tennis Pro Shop or are a regular professional player, you must invest in high-quality fixed clamps.
For occasional stringing, flying clamps are acceptable. High-quality of clamps will result in highly accurate stringing tension. The string should not be damaged or slipped away from the clamp. If you are on a budget, I would suggest that, it is better to choose a machine with good quality of flying clamps rather than the machine that offers bad quality of fixed clamps.
RACQUET SUPPORT SYSTEM
A good support system will prevent the racquet from any kind of damage or breaking while you string it. The stress in the racquet should be as low as possible during stringing, or else the racquet might develop mini cracks into it. Eventually, this will cause it to break during the actual tennis game. The supports must be as wide as possible. Direct support system is much better than indirect support system, as it never results in cracking of racquets.
GAMMA X-Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine
Gamma is one of the leading Manufacturers of Stringing Machines for about 2years now. This one in particular is called X-series featuring different models viz. X2, X6, X-6FC and X-ST. All of them are designed as a tabletop equipment for effortless portability. Each of them differs in its features, price and functionalities.
X-is an enhanced version of X-model, but uses the same drop-weight tensioning system. The only pro feature in this model is that it comes with 6-point Mounting system, which allows more accuracy in stringing. Plus, your racket is less likely to twist during the whole process.
X-uses a drop weight tensioning system, so it requires a little extra time for setup. Tension range for this particular model is from to 90 lbs. Featuring a 2-point mounting system, X-might be not that great in preventing your racket from twisting while you string it. Moreover, it includes floating clamps, which are not as efficient as fixed clamps.
X-6FC is a versatile equipment that does not just string tennis racquet but also can be used for badminton and other types of rackets. It also comes with high-quality clamps that will hold your racket precisely during tensioning.
X-ST is the most advanced and expensive model of this X-series. It operates with manual stringing process, unlike other drop-weight types. Which is why, this particular model offers high accuracy of string tension as compared to drop-weight tensioning system. However, it does require some amount of physical efforts from you. It features 6-point Mounting system just like X-and X-6FC models.
All of the models in X- series are offered with complete tool kit along with an inbuilt drawer under the machine to prevent the tools from getting misplaced. The base of all these units is made from lightweight aluminum frame. For those of you who are just beginning to string racquets might want to consider these units from X-series. Even the top-end model from the series i.e., X-ST is quite reasonably priced.
Gamma Progression ST II Stringing Machine
Next up on the line is another one from Gamma called as Progression ST II stringing machine. It is expensive than the above mentioned X-series and boasts a Manual tensioning system. For those of you who prefer Crank stringing machine, this one might be the best option for you. It uses a hand Crank, with which you can set the tension level in the string anywhere from to 90 pounds.
Featuring a 6-point Mounting system, ST II makes stringing tennis racquet frame much easier and precise. Besides, the racket frame is less prone to twisting or distortion. Yet again, this unit from Gamma has tabletop design with extremely lightweight structure. And so, you can maneuver this machine around effortlessly.
The bottom of the unit has been incorporated with two drawers where you can store all of the tools for handy use. Additionally, progression ST II comes with fixed swivel clamps for Precision of tensioning. Not just that, you can even string squash as well as badminton rackets with this unit.
Gamma 600Stringing Machine
If you own a professional tennis Store or you are a professional coach or player, then this Gamma 600is of high benefit for you. It is one of the best electronic tennis stringing machine available in the market today, ideal to string bulk quantity of rackets. Designed as a spring tension winder stringing system, this unit can string Tennis, racquetball, squash as well as badminton rackets pretty quickly. Featuring a 6-point Self-centering Suspension mounting system, the racket is free from any kind of twisting.
Swivel fixed clamps provided with the unit are very strong and durable. The Stand included with the machine has Adjustable design and also comes with the tray to hold the tools. As a bonus, you also get 1sets of Gamma strings for practicing. This product has been backed with years of warranty period. Not just that, you also get a diamond coated string gripper for ease of use. The turntable features 360 degrees range of motion for a flexible stringing experience.
Given all these amazing features, the Gamma 600is one of the best stringing machine for tennis store owners or professionals who string their racquets frequently or in bulk quantities.
Tension on a string is nothing but the pressure that is applied onto a string whenever it is pulled by a stringing machine. This pressure is measured in pounds. Low stringing tension means the ball will bounce more when it hits the racket. On the contrary, high string tension means the player will have better control over the racket so as to master the shots.
Make sure to look for the string tension range that is imprinted on the racket for reference. This range is generally from 50 to 70 pounds. You can customize your desired level of tension. The tighter you keep the strings, more control you will gain over the ball.
When to actually restring a tennis racket? The number of times you play tennis per week is the number of times you must restring your racket every year. For example, if you play tennis times per week, you must restring your racquet times per year. Heavy-hitters must restring their racket more frequently as compared to occasional players.
Make sure you always follow the user manual that comes with the stringing machine to understand the proper tension mechanism. You can even refer to several YouTube videos that show you the process of basic stringing.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
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