Best ball hopper for personal serve practice?

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  1. vintagefan

    vintagefan Rookie

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    What ball hopper size is best for personal serve practice session? Looking for one that is durable, won't rust and will fit into the trunk easily. Any recommendation? Thanks!
     
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  2. pingu

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    I have a Gamma Hi Rise 75 for five years with no problems. You may want to use the one that can stand up itself so you won't have to bend down and pick up the balls from the baskets. Check on your local CList, you could find a good used one for $10 or less.
     
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  3. StringingIrvine

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    personally i've liked the plastic ball hopper by tourna/unique

    Seach on amazon for
    Tourna Pete Sampras Ballport

    I liked it because it is a lot lighter than those metal hoppers and is a nice square shape so it stores easily. I've had mine with almost weekly use for almost 6 years now. Some pieces have chipped off but its still going strong.

    Also the two bars on the bottom roll so picking up balls seems to be easier when compared to the metal ones.
     
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  4. goran_ace

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    I also have this one. It does have handles can fold underneath and form a stand so you don't have to bend over every time you get balls out of it. Also, there are two plastic bars on the top of it that can slide to keep the balls in if you throw it in the trunk of your car.
     
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  5. sundaypunch

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    Ditto. These are great.
     
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  6. stringmaster

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    +1 I love these:)
     
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  7. Tamiya

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    have seen the Ballport 36 & 80 sold under Tretorn branding,
    so Tourna probably doesn't make them inhouse themselves


    Need to get a basket here too, still undecided between
    Ballport Mini 36 or the commoner wire baskets.
    Played a bit with both in store & the Ballports seem a bit
    clumsier in their standup/handles down routine.
    Some of the wire variants have sprouted wheels too!
     
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  8. taurussable

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    the gamma high rise good quality but too heavy. Maybe plastic ones are good choices.
     
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  9. lcalamar

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    +1 on this.
     
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  10. MikeK

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    I recently got the 80 ball Sampras Ballport from Amazon and thought it was crap. Any amount of pressure on it when used as a stand and the legs would flip out and it would topple over. The two rods in the top didn't slide well in the channels, which made that feature useless. Plastic is going to warp in the sun, too. I returned it.
     
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  11. Vlad_C

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    After reading some reviews online, I got the Gamma Ballhopper Hi-Rise Gold 75.
    It is a few dollars more than the others, but well worth it, in my opinion. There is nothing on this thing that can break, so no worries.

    I was also looking at the Wilson 75, but people were saying that the welding can break easily.
    The plastic ones, bad reviews everywhere, apparently those are the least reliable.
     
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  12. StringingIrvine

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    I don't think it really matters that much since all it does it just hold balls, technically a bucket and some manual labor is just as effective.

    -I've had my plastic carrier for years and live in so cal, it gets hot here but not extremely hot and i've never had issues with warping.
    -As for it standing up mine has locks so that it prevents the legs from opening, i could put my 9 racket bag on it with no problems.

    For the price difference its all the same! Get what makes you happy =)
     
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  13. Chotobaka

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    I am surprised that Hoag has not been mentioned. Pretty much the standard when it comes to build quality.
     
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