Hey guys, I've been doing a lots of research on these boards in the last couple of weeks as i'm looking to acquire a ball machine as soon as the temperature here in Montreal, Canada allows for outdoor play. I've basically narrowed it down to Silent Partner Quest and Tennis Tutor Plus. However, reading the various reviews, it seems that the quality of either machines is a bit of a hit and miss with some users saying the machine worked flawlessly out of the box and others running into all sorts of problems? With that in mind, I'm starting to second guess investing 1k-2k in a tennis ball machine? Are the higher priced models built any better than the low end ones? Another dilemma I had last week was that I talked to the owner of my local tennis shop, they carry Tennis Tutor only where as I think a Silent Partner would fit my needs more for probably a bit less money. However as I explained to him my dilemma between the 2 machines, he claimed that they used to carry Silent Partners a couple of years back and that the machine had HUGE reliability issues, but that Tennis Tutor was very reliable, but from reading the various reviews on the web, I don't fully trust his statement. I would like to buy from my local shop so that if the machine breaks, I can deal with them for 1 year, but I heard good things about Silent Partner's support, and they're a Canadian company, so really i'm a bit lost and hesitant... All I want is a quality built machine that I can rely on, that will fit either in my trunk or on the backseat. Here's what I want to practice with the ball machine : - Volley's - Smashes - Returning heavy top spin/hard shots (I definitely need a machine that can send a hard shots) - Backhand/Forehand (Just practicing my form, don't care much about the speed) I need something that will shoot balls at a good pace as I want to improve my footwork, I don't want to wait 10+ seconds for every shots. Judging by the reviews and my needs, I don't think investing in those "player" models with those pre-set that simulate different styles of play will bring much value vs the extra you pay for, but I could be wrong? So if you guys could help me clear out my mind, I'd greatly appreciate!