Roller Hoppers--Worth it?

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by billyboybeacon, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. billyboybeacon

    billyboybeacon Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2005
    Messages:
    148
    I have the 90 ball hopper and the tretorn 90 ball bucket to carry my 150 or so balls to the court but like the idea of the roller hopper to p/u and transport..anyone use one and is it worth the $160 buckaroos??
     
    #1
  2. pmata814

    pmata814 Professional

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2005
    Messages:
    1,195
    I have the gamma roller 150, which I use with a ball machine, and I absolutely think it's worth it. The only time it's hard to use is when it is very windy and the balls get blown against the fence. Then you have to go pull them off the fence first then pick them up. If the wind is REALLY bad then you have to collect them as you're pulling them off with your foot. That's annoying, but it doesn't happen very often.
     
    #2
  3. JordanR

    JordanR New User

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    58
    I think its definitely a good idea and if $160 isnt a stretch for ya I would get it. Much better than stomping a regular hopping down 100 times :p
     
    #3
  4. jluspo

    jluspo New User

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2006
    Messages:
    10
    Who sells it for $160???
     
    #4
  5. varuscelli

    varuscelli Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2006
    Messages:
    1,231
    Location:
    Houston. Texas
    I managed to pick up a slightly used one for $120 (Gamma Rollerhopper 150), but I guess that info is really of little use -- unless you're looking for a rough frame of reference for used ones that crop up once in a while.
     
    #5
  6. Zets147

    Zets147 Banned

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Messages:
    1,744
    It rolls too slow imo, the first time I saw one, I thought I could go Mexican style and just "mow" the balls down. I was dissapointed. $160 is too much.
     
    #6
  7. billyboybeacon

    billyboybeacon Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2005
    Messages:
    148
    ...fleabay has them for 160...I go thru 5-6 tubs of balls when I take the machine out so 600-700 stomps gets old and thanx varuscelli I was wondering what you paid, I put in a wanted post after you and got no responses..looks like I will have to find a local one and try it because I thought you could mow them fast.
     
    #7
  8. varuscelli

    varuscelli Professional

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2006
    Messages:
    1,231
    Location:
    Houston. Texas
    You know, I picked up that Gamma Rollerhopper a little couple of months ago, and since then I went on a vacation for a couple of weeks and then came back and almost immediately injured my calf playing. So it's been over a month since I've used my ball machine and I haven't once been able to take the Gamma roller out to the courts to seen how it works.

    I'm guessing at this point I will have had the thing for three months (or more) before I actually get to use it. I'm hoping that I end up liking it (but from the overall feedback I'd read on them in various places on the internet, they seem like a good buy -- especially if you get a good price on one).
     
    #8
  9. JeffCyner

    JeffCyner New User

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2007
    Messages:
    17
    How fast/slow is it to pick up 150 balls? The Gamma Rollerhopper 150 certainly looks great especially on its legs as a repository to hold balls as you practice serving.
     
    #9
  10. whoster69

    whoster69 New User

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2006
    Messages:
    83
    Location:
    Ukiah, California
    How heavy is the Gamma Rollerhopper 150?
     
    #10
  11. austro

    austro Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2005
    Messages:
    893
    Check out the WIlson one. It works very well and if I recall correctly it was only $100 or so...
     
    #11
  12. whoster69

    whoster69 New User

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2006
    Messages:
    83
    Location:
    Ukiah, California
    Which Wilson hopper are you referring to? There's more than one.

    Thanks.
     
    #12
  13. austro

    austro Professional

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2005
    Messages:
    893
    #13
  14. whoster69

    whoster69 New User

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2006
    Messages:
    83
    Location:
    Ukiah, California
    Thanks Austro. It does look nice.
     
    #14
  15. luke_1983uk

    luke_1983uk Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2005
    Messages:
    655
    i might have to get one of them too, how easy is it to carry around from car to court as well as taking a ball machine at the same time, would love to know, does anyone here have any other photos of the hoppers
     
    #15
  16. whoster69

    whoster69 New User

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2006
    Messages:
    83
    Location:
    Ukiah, California
    I've wondered about this as well. They look kind of awkward & heavier than regular hoppers for carrying up steps. If you're on flat sidewalks you could roll them.
     
    #16
  17. luke_1983uk

    luke_1983uk Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2005
    Messages:
    655
    exactly! what we need to see is a picture of someone taking the hopper and carrying the ball machine at the same time, i have a lobster elite and a regular ball basket and although its not easy to carry both at the same time its managable, would love to see this hopper in that situation, if its easier then it would be a great buy!
     
    #17
  18. JeffCyner

    JeffCyner New User

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2007
    Messages:
    17
    I just bit the bullet and bought the Gamma Rollerhopper 150. I am awaiting arrival of it as well as my 12 dozen Tretorn Micro X balls. My SAM SP-4 arrived last week and looks like a Sherman Tank stored in the garage. Alas I have currently no tennis balls to test it out with :sad:

    My scenario going forward is loading up 12 dozen balls into the Rollerhopper 150 prior to leaving home. Park at Tennis Court 2 meters from entry and roll SP-4 onto court first then carry RP 150 and Tennis bag separately. No way would I be able to carry/roll all 3 simultaneously to court over a distance of 20+ meters. I might need to invite my girlfriend to play regularly for that :)
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2007
    #18
  19. luke_1983uk

    luke_1983uk Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2005
    Messages:
    655
    let us see some pics of the hopper once you get it Jeff?
    would love to see it next to you just for size purposes
     
    #19
  20. volusiano

    volusiano Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2006
    Messages:
    1,639
    I recently bought the Gamma 150 balls rollerhopper brand new on the big auction site for $165 Buy It Now price with $20 shipping. I've used it maybe 4 or 5 times now and I can say that it's alright. It works best when you roll over a ball or a line of balls at a time, but not when there is a large cluster of balls right next to each other. But if you miss any you can simple roll it back over the missed balls and forward you go again.

    You can stand it up and open the door to access balls, too. But I especially like the fact that you can remove the handle for easy transport.

    I have a good size luggage rack with 2 nice big wheels. So I put my Tennis Tutor Plus on it, then remove the roller hopper handle, put the roller hopper on top of the TT+, then the handle of the hopper on top, strap and wheel everything around easily all in one shot, while strapping my 12-pack tennis bag on my back.
     
    #20

Share This Page