Jbird, I don't know who makes the best. I do not have a Beiter but do have 1 Cavalier, 2 Bjorn, and 2 old Martin servers.
I generally use the Bjorn or Cavalier on center servings, but for ends, especially the axle pully end of a cable, I use the old simple Martin server. Nothing but a sheet metal U shape with friction washers and a thumbscrew.
The problem with serving is not the server. It is the quality of winding the serving on the spool and the spool itself.
When winding tight servings, the thread digs down into the remainder of the spool and then the tool intermittently tightens and loosens causing a limpy serving.
This occurs especially when the thread is pulling from over near the edge of the spool.
To get the best quality consistent smooth serving I will reel off enough thread and then hand wrap it back in the center of the spool as tight and consistent as I can. This then produces a more consistent serving.
I know guys that use fishing line and just hand wrap every single wrap without a tool at all.
Due to the loose spools, I am not sure a Beiter tool is worth the money.
I like The Beiter too Jay, I've been using one for a while now and altho big, it is great. I used to primarily use Bjorn before that, they also work well if you can get the serving through the bushing! Good shooting, Pinwheel 12
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