Silent Partner Edge Star

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by AYone, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. AYone

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    So I received my SP Star within 2 days of the order. It was undamaged and almost fully charged. So far, I've been very happy with the service. Steve has been very receptive to my questions and concerns.

    I took the machine out for the first time Friday morning. I will say, in terms of set up, it is a process to get the machine into your car and then on the court and then in position and calibrated to launch the balls properly. The machine is definitely not light or easy to lift IMO. So, if you are pressed for time, like I was before work, or you have a windy path to your local courts, I would say you should budget your time. I will definitely enjoy using the machine more when my coop's courts open for the Spring because I can basically roll the machine down the block.

    In terms of performance, I was very satisfied. The balls shot out nicely with the desired pace and topspin. I hit a few hundred balls in about an hour and practiced some serves with the balls that I hit into the net.

    One other note. Apparently, the owner of the local hard courts I play at said he normally doesn't allow ball machines because they leave a lot of felt/fuzz around the. I guess this is true, but it wasn't that bad. I'll probably use the machine on off peak times to not cause a lot of commotion.

    For me, seeking a reliable tennis partner, I have found just that in the SP Star. I hope it continues to run without issues.
     
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  2. WileyCoyote

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    Fuzz

    I don't think the Star leaves any more fuzz than what the balls normally lose when you play with them.

    Sooner or later, they lose their fuzz in normal play. More aggessive players cause it to depart the ball sooner. So I am not sure what the owner is really complaining about, but keep him/her happy.

    At the end of my sessions, I tilt the machine sideways and forward to get the fuzz and dirt to fall out. You might want to do the same, pick up the dirt and fuzz with a dustpan and show the owner that you are a good citizen. Mine makes a lot more dirt than fuzz and I know the dirt comes from the courts.

    Glad you like the Star. I love mine. For me it is the same as you--a reliable practice partner that provides me hundreds of balls to hit in less than an hour.

    Sooner or later you may have a problem, but Steve will come to your rescue. I have had to make some minor repairs to mine and he sends me the parts and we both turn out winners because we don't pay freight on the whole machine both ways.

    Harry
     
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  3. gmatheis

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    Congrats on your ball machine! I had the star about 2 years ago - sold it since I had a game almost every day and never used it.


    The fuz - It does produce a fair amount of fuz. That was one of the first things I noticed when I used the machine , but maybe if you brought a broom and cleaned up afterwards they would see that you're responsible and would let you get away with it. (unless it's a clay court then I don't know what to say)

    The Machine - I loved the machine, as you said you have to spend a minute or two getting it set up. The machine throws nice heavy balls with plenty of pace if that's what you want, and with the remote you can stop/start the oscilation and therefore hit 50 backhands then 50 forehands then 50 randoms without having to run over to the machine.

    If I ever get another machine I will be glad to buy a SP again ... I just think I'll want to go with the one with power elevation controls for convenience as long as I can spend the extra money.

    I used to put mine in my trunk on it's side with no problems , and I have a Volvo sedan. so it's not all that big although it's not tiny either.
     
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  4. Luisooo#

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    Waiting on my STAR

    The thread/Threads posted here have been very helpful for me to arrive at my decision to select an SP star for me. Basically I don't wish to make such decision twice. I want a machine that will see me from were I am 3.5~4.0 forward as far as I can go. The biggest reason is to have a back up in case of an unexpected scratch in my schedule. These are inevitable as are the days you just want to practice that shot without inconveniencing your partners.

    I guess if you play tennis enough sooner or later you end up purchasing a ball machine.

    How much use out of it when there is no shortage of hitting partners... will depend on how much training I get to do and how much I get out of training with it. Time will tell....
     
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  5. gmatheis

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    I really do miss my SP Star sometimes ... wish I didn't sell it. Especially now that the one I borrow sometimes throws such a slow ball I really miss the heavier/faster ball that the SP threw.

    Hope you enjoy yours!
     
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  6. Luisooo#

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    I love the Star ball machine

    Its a handful to deal with but its solid and will see most players through their needs until the go on the circuit practically. I never have to worry about the battery running down. I charge it up and it holds the charge really well from one week to the next.

    Only issue I have had so far is the wheels came off. My fault learning to handle the machine and put it in the backseat of the car etc... Steve was very helpful with new pins and technique tips for re-installing the wheels back on. Also its going to take me sometime to sort out whether I want to use a hand cart or the machines wheels. :-?

    Right now I want to try using the machine's wheels and a 110 ball hopper. One tennis racket, one ball machine with the wheels and One hopper full of balls is the simplest less time consuming production. Don't want to waste time strapping the machine to a hand cart unless I really need to. I am still on the learning curve here.:neutral:

    I usually have no problem finding partners to play but sometimes they need to take some days off and that is when the machine comes in handy. :)
     
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  7. beernutz

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    My Star has been solid over almost 5 years now. I use a cart I bought at HarborFreight to push it, plus my hopper, extension cord, and racquet, to my neighborhood courts which are about 1/3 mile from my house. That has helped save the tread on the Star's wheels but it really doesn't take much time to get there and get everything set up and firing balls once I decide to go.

    I changed my Star from battery powered to AC powered about a year ago since I have electricity at my courts and I don't have to worry about replacing batteries or keeping a charger on the machine now. Having no battery also makes my Star much lighter and easier to carry.
     
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  8. Luisooo#

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    With any luck we will be out there the nxt 2 days

    If the weather allows I might get some practice with the Star next two days.
    My partner is got me between penetrating hard drives and/or no pace short balls.:(

    I can reach most of these but without proper positioning I usually end up overcooking them. Very frustrating.:confused:

    I need to practice with the Star random pattern feature coming at full throttle from behind baseline and putting away the short dead squirmy drop shot want to be balls I have to deal with. :evil:
     
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  9. Luisooo#

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    playing up to the star is not easy

    I am finding that the star is much more of a technical challenge than my tennis partners. They are human with human strokes. The rockets the star fires at me are manageable but very challenging.

    If I am to improve my tennis I need to hit those balls with more ease and more easy pace without getting hurt. Anyways the star will make me a much better player by far. :)

    I got it together now. The Star is big and its heavy and it is what it is. The balls it feeds you make it all worth it. I am using a cheap but very rugged Haper hand Truck ($ 65) with inflatable wheels. I removed the Star wheels for ease of transport in my car. Besides The Harper hand truck is needed to go over rough terrain and to carry the Star and hopper and the 150 balls I take along.:)

    I use the Tretorn Micro X balls which last forever and account for some of the difficulty I find in hitting them when the star feeds them to me.:)
    Still I love them, been playing them for years. Can't stand each time I play breaking open a can of crappy penn's or wilson's and having dead balls that at any rate are done before the day is done. What a waste of material and money....:(
     
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  10. jpeguero

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    Best SP for a tennis instructor?

    I hab been reading the threads on the SP Edge Star and others SP models.
    Very helpful! Thanks everyone. My sister is a tennis instructor developing carpal tunnel syndrome. I want to get her a SP but not sure which one will be better for her. My current budget is $1800. Any help will be appreciated. Merry Christmas to all and very happy new year.
     
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  11. Luisooo#

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    Battery life in my Star is great

    My court time is approaching two hrs. with no battery issues. Of course it takes time to pick up 150 balls...It recharges after I get home really fast too. One of these days I will have it out for three hrs. or more and really gage the battery life then.

    The production to get up and go with everything to the courts is working very smooth now.:)

    My hitting is outrageous now that I found the right settings that work for me and can't wait to get back out there. I am dialing in my natural forehand more and more.:)

    The backhand is working great and my slices are also dialing in. I can hit slices any number of ways and need to see which ways are best. :)

    2015 will be the year of the ball machine for me. Can not help but improve my techniques and I am really looking forward to working with the Star all year.:)
     
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