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The Best Budget Tennis Stringing Machines

So you are looking to start stringing your tennis rackets but don’t want to break the bank by purchasing a high-end tennis stringing machine?

We have you covered.

In this article, you’ll find the best budget tennis stringing machines in the market, exhaustively tested by our experts – along with what to look for in a cheap stringing machine.

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Tourna 150-CS

The best of the test

4.8/5
tourna 150 cs

Our experts classify the Tourna 150-CS as the best budget stringing machine in the market.

While it’s slightly more expensive than the other models in this article, it is still very cheap. It has some outstanding features typically only available on high-end models, such as the 360º turntable with a brake or the 6-point mounting system.

What sets it apart from its competitors?

This budget stringing machine is incredibly complete for its reduced price tag. While it is a drop-weight tensioning machine, its 6-point mounting system and 360º rotating turntable with a brake make it much stabler than its competitors. 

Suppose you want to keep costs to a minimum but have a highly capable, secure and comfortable tennis stringing machine. In that case, the Tourna 150-CS is the way to go. One of the best tennis stringing machines on the market.

Key Performance Indicators / Specs:

  • Drop-weight tensioning system
  • 6-point mounting system
  • 360º rotating turntable
  • Floating clamps
  • Tabletop setup

Pros

  • 6-point mounting system, way better than most of its competitors of the same price interval
  • 360º rotating turntable with brake
  • Highly competent
  • Durable

Cons

  • None

Gamma X-Stringer X-2

Best value for the money

4.7/5
gamma x stringer x2

Gamma’s entry-level model is a highly reliable tennis stringing machine from the world’s leading brand in tennis racquet stringing machines.

It is also incredibly cheap – only a few hundred dollars – making it the perfect model for any player who wants to start stringing their own rackets.

It features a drop-weight tensioning mechanism, 2 point mount system, and 2 composite floating clamps.

A standout feature of the Gamma X Stringer X 2 is that it includes a 360º rotatable turntable – adding to your stringing comfort in a price range that typically does not have this feature.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

Gamma’s entry-level model has some features that typically are not found in stringing machines of this price tag. 

It comes with a 360º rotatable turntable, a drop-weight mechanism, 2 mounting points in contact with your racket’s frame, and 2 clamps.

Its low price is this machine’s prominent attraction feature and fierce competition for the best seller Klippermate.

Check our complete Gamma X Stringer X2 Review.

Key Performance Indicators / Specs:

  • Drop-weight tensioning system
  • 2-point mounting system
  • Floating clamps
  • Tabletop setup

Pros

  • Stable and reliable
  • Cheap
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Durable

Cons

  • Not the best clamps

Klippermate

Best cheap

4.4/5
klippermate

The Klippermate is one of the best budget stringing machines on the market. 

Not because of its advanced features (because it has none), but because of its price tag of just a few hundred dollars.

Its convenience of use, paired with its incredible price tag, made the Klippermate one of the most sold tennis stringing machines ever.

What sets it apart from its competitors? 

It is the perfect device for those who want to start to string their own rackets, as it is very competent for its price tag and more durable than expected. It is also very lightweight and portable, making it easy to move around and string your rackets wherever suits you best.  

Since investing in this machine breaks even after just a few restrings, we recommend it to every amateur tennis player interested in the art of racket stringing.

Check the full Klippermate review here.

Specs / Key Performance Indicators / Specs:

  • Drop weight tensioning system
  • 2-point mounting system
  • Floating clamps
  • Tabletop setup

Pros

  • Very cheap
  • Durable
  • Good construction for its price tag
  • Very portable

Cons

  • Clamps do not always work consistently
  • Serious stringers will outgrow this machine
  • It takes considerable time to string a racket

Gamma Progression II 602

Honourable mention

4.1/5
gamma progression ii 602

The Gamma Progression II 602 is the brand’s model for those who want minimal costs but want a highly competent and precise tennis stringing machine. Think of it as the evolution of the Gamma X-Stringer X2.

It features a 6-point mounting system and a 360º rotating turntable in a lightweight, portable tabletop setup for easy transportation.

What sets it apart from its competitors?

This is a highly competent model and, among the cheap ones, it is one of the best tennis stringing machines in the market. 

It rivals the Tourna 150-CS in terms of price and functionalities – between them, it is a matter of preference, as the machines are very similar.

Key Performance Indicators / Specs

  • Drop-weight tensioning system
  • 6-point mounting system
  • 360º rotating turntable
  • Floating clamps
  • Tabletop setup

Pros

  • 6-point mounting system, way better than most of its competitors of the same price interval
  • 360º rotating turntable with brake
  • Precise
  • Durable

Cons

  • None

What to look for in a cheap tennis stringing machine

Number of Mounting Points

This is an essential decision point to look for. 

The number of mounting points in a tennis stringing machine refers to how many machine points are in contact and securing the racket’s frame when stringing. 

The more mounting points there are, the less the frame distortion – resulting in a more accurate, precise and comfortable process overall. This is especially valid on oversized frames since they distort more than regular-sized ones.

We always advocate for more mounting points – for an extra 100 $ or 200 $, it is very worth investing in a 5 or 6 mounting points machine detriment of a simple 2 mounting points one.

Portability

There are two types of stringing machines:

  • Standalone – these devices come with a stand that allows you to use them as they come (think of it as a pre-built table to string on). They provide more stringing comfort, but they are not portable due to their weight and bulkiness. Premium, professional stringing machines are usually standalone due to their added comfort and the ease brands have to put extra features when space and weight are not a concern. This is only sometimes the case since there are also premium tabletop models.
  • Tabletop – These are manufactured to be used on the top of a table or the floor. They are highly portable due to their reduced size and weight. Players who must transport their machines often (to their tennis club or tournaments, for example) should choose a tabletop model. Entry-level models are almost always tabletop.

As seen above, you should think of portability when purchasing a stringing machine. Portable models are usually cheaper (so, as you’re looking for a budget tennis stringing machine, you’re in luck!). 

A portable model can be used as a stay-home device or as a transportable one. A standalone machine can only be used in one place.

Pricing

Since you are looking for a cheap tennis stringing machine, pricing is a major deciding factor on which model for investing in.

A budget tennis stringing machine sells for somewhere between 250$ and 600$, depending on the above factors and materials used (sturdier materials will increase the machine’s long-term durability).

Is a cheap stringing machine right for your needs?

While we all want excellent products at the lowest price possible, we urge you to consider if a budget tennis stringing machine will suit your needs.

If you are a recreational tennis player who plays a few times per week and only needs to restring your own tennis racket, a cheap stringing machine should be more than enough – you probably won’t string that often, the loss of tension that cheap, drop-weight systems provide is neglectable and probably reducing 10 or 20 minutes of the time it takes to string a tennis racket isn’t worth the additional money you would spend in a premium tennis stringing machine.

If, on the other end, you are a competitive tennis player or a business owner (whether a tennis shop or club owner or have your own stringing business), chances are you string tennis rackets quite often and have clients that are willing to pay for tension accuracy. If this is the case, a crank or electronic device might suit your needs best.

The decision boils down to 3 main factors: frequency of stringing, the desired string tension accuracy and how much time you wish to spend stringing each racket.

Let’s detail these decision factors.

Frequency of Stringing

A recreational tennis player typically plays 2 to 4 times per week.

Given that a tennis racket should be restrung every 50 matches or training sessions (rule of thumb – highly variable depending on your hitting power), the typical recreational tennis player should have his racket restrung every 3 to 6 months.

If this is your case, chances are a cheap tennis stringing machine will suit your needs best than spending a lot more on a high-end machine to have a little bit more tension accuracy and stringing speed.

On the other hand, if you are a competitive player or a business owner, you have to string tennis rackets every week (or even multiple times per week).

If this sounds like you, it should be wiser to invest a little more in an advanced tennis stringing machine. It will make your stringing processes much more comfortable and accurate while decreasing operational time greatly.

Desired tension accuracy

When strings are secured in place, there is a loss of tension that will reflect on the overall stringing job. 

The vast majority of tennis players won’t notice this tension reduction. However, if you are a competitive tennis player, you will – consider that professional tennis players change rackets several times during a match because of the tension loss.

If you are paying someone to string your tennis racket, you expect a professional job – including accurate string tension.

So, if you are a competitive tennis player or business owner, a simple, budget drop-weight machine won’t suit your stringing tension accuracy needs – if this is the case, an electronically controlled constant-pull stringing machine might suit your needs better.

If you play tennis for fun and only want a DIY method of stringing your tennis rackets, you will be more than happy with a budget tennis stringing machine.

Stringing process speed

The stringing process speed is highly dependent on the stringer’s skill.

As you improve your skills with time, you will notice that the time spent with each tennis racket progressively diminishes.

However, the stringing mechanism plays a huge part in the process speed. 

With an electronic stringing machine, the overall process takes between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the stringer’s skill. 

With a drop-weight device, even the most skilled stringer would have difficulty finishing a tennis racket in less than 30 minutes – typical stringing times vary between 35 minutes and 1 hour.

If you only plan to string your own racket every few moons, spending some more minutes in the process probably won’t concern you.

When you string multiple times per week, this adds up – meaning a higher-end machine will save time, headaches and, in the long term, money!

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