Ball machine advice, used vs. new

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by Weaverpsu, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Weaverpsu

    Weaverpsu New User

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    I have been looking for a ball machine for a while now. I missed out on a Wilson Portable machine that was only a couple years old and was originally $1100 and sold for $500. They threw in about 8 cans of new balls too! Anyways, there is a Sam P4 machine that retails for $1800 and is listed at $750. It has remote and all the bells and whistles-oscillation, spin, up to 75mph, etc. On the other side is the option of getting a Silent Pro machine brand new for 699. Has spin, oscillation, up to 95 mph I think. What's are your thoughts? The Sam is $1800 because of remote and maybe some features I may not use. I would like a machine that is programmable, don't recall now if P4 is, I think it is. (have to check).

    So new with warrantee or used with every feature? Thanks! Also I would offer $650 for SAM machine.
     
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  2. tball

    tball Semi-Pro

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    As far as I can tell, there are no wearable parts in the machine, except the battery. So, you are basically safe in buying a used machine. Just plan on getting a new battery. There is also not much "tech" in the ball machines, and even if some is present, it is not useful. So, you are not missing on anything if you are buying a used machine.
     
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  3. Weaverpsu

    Weaverpsu New User

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    Thanks

    Thanks! Was hoping for more responses... I mean, it is an $1800 machine for maybe $650 so that seems like a good deal to me. I have heard some issues about ball machines not being very reliable so a new machine with 2 yr warranty sounds good in that regard. However the P4 seems like it has it all. Man I want a ball machine so bad lol.
     
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  4. ramos77

    ramos77 Semi-Pro

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    You guys have it easy...

    We pay between 2-3k for a basic new ball machine in Australia...

    Buy one new (what ever your budget allows) so you don't have to worry about it breaking down and costing you $$.

    You can always sell it for a decent price if you stop using it.

    IMO you want something that can oscillate randomly horizontally, as well as vertically... can throw lobs etc
     
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  5. Weaverpsu

    Weaverpsu New User

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    Bump..

    Any other thoughts?
     
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