So I’ve decided to write this review on one of my most trusted pieces of equipment, my Pro Stringer stringing machine. To take you back a little I first heard of the Pro Stringer back in 2011. When I first got wind of an electric stringing machine that weighed only 2 kilos in total, I was both excited and extremely sceptical. Having been used to great big Babolat and Wilson machines I wasn’t convinced that a machine so small would be able to string to an accurate and consistent enough level that I needed. One of the first distributors for Pro Stringer in Europe was a friend of mine and he did everything he could to convince me of this machine. Knowing that I’m a keen stringer and that I’d always attempt to travel with my machine where possible, (Note: At the time I had a big electric machine weighing over 20kilos so traveling with it was somewhat limited). He badgered me constantly on the “amazingness” of the ProStringer and I just assumed he was trying his best to make a sale, which he may well have been. My scepticism changed the day he lent me his Pro Stringer to try because that was it, I was astounded!
From that point on I was convinced and proceeded to purchase my own machine. I couldn’t believe how easy everything was from the set up to the stringing. And the size?! For anyone that knows what a regular stringing machine looks like, this thing looks like a toy, not something capable of stringing to the highest level.
The Pro Stringer comes in a neat padded bag no more than 35cm x 12cm x 17cm and with all it’s content really only does weigh 2.5 kilograms. To set up the unit doesn’t take more than a minute, a table clamp secures easily to any flat surface. Trust me! I’ve tried; tables, desks, chairs, shelves, you name it! Screwed into the clamp is the mounting pole that holds the turning unit. The turning unit comes in two pieces that slide together effortlessly which is simply placed on top of the mounting pole where it can spin freely. You then place your racket onto the turning unit where you secure the frame in place with padded fixing screws at 12 and 6 o’clock. And that’s it, plug in your machine and you’re ready to string.
One of the things I like most about the machine is that it sits up against the frame to pull the string giving it consistently accurate tension pulls. It also means I save string as less is needed to string a racket so I get one to two more whole sets out of a 200m reel. Every little counts…
With any machine, to really find your stringing groove, it takes a little time. The Pro Stringer is no different because the frame is held by a bar down the centre of the frame, this means you need to weave in two goes which in the beginning takes a little time to get used to. Also as the pulling unit is free standing you just need to become acquainted with moving it around a little, but after a while neither are hindrances.
Perhaps one of the questionable aspects of the Pro Stringer is that the frame is secured at 12 and 6 o’clock as opposed to the regular 10, 2, 5 and 7 o’clock setup. I can safely say now having strung over 1000 racket’s on the machine in the 3 years I’ve been using it, that it doesn’t affect the frame what so ever. I’ve seen no change in head shape or any warping of the sort. Further more the pulling unit being up against the frame also causes no scratches or markings to the racket in any way.
Perhaps my only criticism of the Pro Stringer can be the tension dial, in that it’s a knob that you twist which moves up and down an analogue scale to your desired tension. My criticism is only that it’s tedious when having to change tension often. I’m hoping that in future models of the Pro Stringer they find a way of incorporating a digital display. Rumours are that there’s a new model of the Pro Stringer due to drop at the end of the year. So far I’ve heard nothing about it, but suffice to say I’m eager to find out what they’ve come up with!
My Pro Stringer has been with me all over Europe, Africa and America, I’ve never had any problems traveling with it and have now racked up a string count of over 1000 frames in 3 years. I can whole-heartedly say that the machine is sturdy and will serve you well. If you play tennis, travel and string, purchasing a Pro Stringer is a no-brainer in my opinion. The money I’ve made and saved from stringing have well surpassed it’s €600 price tag. I would even say that it performs better than most other stringing machine, regardless of size, in that price bracket.
I very much look forward to see what the guys at Pro Stringer come up with for their following model! If you have any more questions about the Pro Stringer, stringing in general, or are interested in purchasing a Pro Stringer, you can contact me and I’ll be happy to help you out!