Ball Machine Selection (HELP!!!)

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by Oldsnake, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Oldsnake

    Oldsnake New User

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    Hello,

    I am thinking of buying a Ball Machine and then taking it back home with me. The problem is the Emirates Airline has a limit on the size of luggage and baggage.

    So i am looking for a Ball machine with the following specs

    1) Dimensions of the machine should be less than 56" (L+W+H)
    2) Weight less Than 21kg
    3) Must have vertical oscillation (depth control)
    4) Must have Horizontal oscillation

    My budget is 1900$
     
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  2. mmk

    mmk Professional

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    Sounds like Tennis Tutor ProLite or ProLite Plus
     
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  3. Oldsnake

    Oldsnake New User

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    Thank you MMk.

    Is the tennis tutor better than the Lobster Elite 3 ?

    Cause i checked online and the Lobster Elite 3 is 44Lbs and around 54" inches in Dimension (L+W+H) and Emirates Airline has a limit of 62" plus it has vertical oscillation.

    Can any lobster owner please explain how vertical oscillation works ?

    Can i get the machine to throw balls in a straight line but with varying degrees of depth like deep, Middle and drop shots ?

    And is the Elite Grand 4 worth the extra 300$ ?
     
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  4. Oldsnake

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    BUMP.

    Please help Lobster owners.
     
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  5. Tight Lines

    Tight Lines Semi-Pro

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    I have the Lobster Elite 3. It is a solid machine with plenty of playing time (more than 4 hours of continuous time?) as the battery is very heavy.

    I chose this machine because it can do topspin and slice unlike some of the ball machines out there. I think it does have the vertical oscillation feature, but have never really played with it. Sorry.

    The maximum speed is supposed to be 80 mph, but I don't think mine goes that fast. I would say 60 is probably the top speed although I could be wrong here.

    There are other machines that claims to do 90 mph. So if speed is important for you, then you may want to consider other machines like the silent partner.

    Harry
     
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  6. CToney

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    Please contact Lobster Sports to assist you in your purchase of a portable tennis ball machine. The Elite 3 is a terrific machine, as well as, the Grand IV still being within your given budget.

    Both machines meet the requirements mentioned but by speaking to Lobster Sports you will obtain greater information needed to make your decision.
     
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  7. Oldsnake

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    Thank you Ctony and Harry.

    I have finally decided to buy a Lobster Elite Grand 4. Placed my order yesterday and hopefully i'll get my Lobster tomorrow.

    I'll just share my experience

    1) The Lobster website does not accept American Express Credit cards.
    2) Called Lobster and they told me to go to sports Authority and order it from there since they accept Amex.
    3) The Sports Authority Charged me an extra 9$ for urgent delivery.
    4)I'll test the machine this weekend

    Now the real challenge is taking it back with me .

    The limit for Emirates airline is 62 inches ... the lobster EG4 is 54". I'll most probably change the packaging and use some really heavy duty protective material.

    I hope i can take it back in one piece and start playing tennis again ... (its been 7 years now) otherwise i'll have to DHL it and pay another 350$
     
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  8. Oldsnake

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    110V vs 240V

    Once i get my machine it will have a 110V charger with it.So in order to make it work in my own country i'll need a 240v charger, right ? most probably a 240v Euro charger.

    Is that it ?

    Or does lobster make two different versions like local version and Export version :confused: :confused:
     
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  9. Bolivian10s

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    Make sure you don't tell them there's a battery inside the machine, it might get red flagged by TSA, if they find out you might have a big problem on you hands getting that through. You might need to take the battery out before you send it off. Even though the battery is sealed they still might freak out.
     
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  10. Oldsnake

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    I'll take the battery out. I think they use Leoch batteries and we have a leoch battery distributor near by so no worries on that front.
     
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  11. mrw

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    Silent Partner makes great machines.
     
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