Lobster Elite 3 or Spinfire 2 (v2)?

Rhody

New User
Trying to decide between the Lobster Elite 3 (w/ internal battery and 10 function remote) for $2148, or the Spinfire 2 (v2) for $2400.
Please let me know if you’ve owned / or have used both (real life comparison), or your experienced thoughts between the two. I know the Spinfire is probably more comparable to the Lobster Grand IV, but with the added remote the Lobster is more expensive, and I don’t want to spend $2700+ for a ball machine before taxes, etc. Thanks!
 

snoflewis

Legend
i have the lobster elite 3 w/o the remote and it's been reliable. can't comment on the spinfire.

if i were in your position and the features were similar, i'd decide more based on my location. lobster is in socal and spinfire is in the east coast, so if you ever needed to service the machine, it may be easier to decide based on that location
 

Rhody

New User
I’m in the west (NV). Good point. The machine is for me and a beginner 11 year old. Spinfire may be overkill.
 

2ndServe

Hall of Fame
I‘d consider weight too. I had a friend who worked at a tennis retailer with space to use and I got to try the elite 1, 2 and 3 a lot.

I wouldn’t spend the extra money on the elite 3 for the 2 line option. If you just set the feed interval at 5 seconds or whatever it’s literally the same as 2 Line oscillate as it shots one to the forehand and backhand.

Plus there‘s an extra switch sensor in the ball feed that stopped working. Otherwise he said he’s let people rent, demo the machines for probably 50,000 balls+ and hasn’t had any issues.

I know someone said they have the 3 without the remote. I‘d suggest a remote ( I really like a remote and liked the 10 function remote, ability to adjust speed, spin, along with feed and oscillate) .

The lobster is skinnier than the Spinfire and lighter. Read the thread about people putting a lithium battery in their tennis machines. A lot of us have done that and it’s significantly lighter.

The Spinfire has the internal oscillate which is the only one I can think of that has this feature. I think you’ll be happy with whatever you get.
 
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Rhody

New User
Like you said, the only difference between the Lobster Elite 3 and 2 is the 2-line function (narrow and wide…wide for the cardio workout ). Lithium battery would make it lighter, but I’m not too concerned with 5-7 extra lbs right now.
Spinfire seems good (internal oscillation), but it’s more expensive and I don’t need preset drills, etc., nor will the beginner 11 year it is for as well.
 

2ndServe

Hall of Fame
Like you said, the only difference between the Lobster Elite 3 and 2 is the 2-line function (narrow and wide…wide for the cardio workout ). Lithium battery would make it lighter, but I’m not too concerned with 5-7 extra lbs right now.
Spinfire seems good (internal oscillation), but it’s more expensive and I don’t need preset drills, etc., nor will the beginner 11 year it is for as well.

Looks like a lobster is what you’re leaning for. I never thought 10 lbs would mean much but it’s the odd shape of tennis machines that makes it an awkward 44 lbs to move. It’s 44 lbs with the 18ah lead acid battery. That battery was about 14 lbs. The lithium 8-10a battery is 3 lbs ( this lasts about 2 hours and change, I’ve never been there longer than 2 hours) . Carrying in/out of the car was much better with the lithium.

That’s up to you and what you need/want but as someone that has used the elite 2,3 for many hours I‘d sacrifice the $200 for 2 line and get the elite 1 or 2 with the remote. There‘s been times when I forgot the remote at home and the experience was definitely really sub par. Might want to ask people their opinions but I consider a remote highly valuable.
 

Rhody

New User
I‘d consider weight too. I had a friend who worked at a tennis retailer with space to use and I got to try the elite 1, 2 and 3 a lot.

I wouldn’t spend the extra money on the elite 3 for the 2 line option. If you just set the feed interval at 5 seconds or whatever it’s literally the same as 2 Line oscillate as it shots one to the forehand and backhand.

Plus there‘s an extra switch sensor in the ball feed that stopped working. Otherwise he said he’s let people rent, demo the machines for probably 50,000 balls+ and hasn’t had any issues.

I know someone said they have the 3 without the remote. I‘d suggest a remote ( I really a remote and liked the 10 function remote, ability to adjust speed, spin, along with feed and oscillate) .

The lobster is skinnier than the Spinfire and lighter. Read the thread about people putting a lithium battery in their tennis machines. A lot of us have done that and it’s significantly lighter.

The Spinfire has the internal oscillate which is the only one I can think of that has this feature. I think you’ll be happy with whatever you get.
If I go with lobster I’m definitely getting the 10 function remote.
Looks like a lobster is what you’re leaning for. I never thought 10 lbs would mean much but it’s the odd shape of tennis machines that makes it an awkward 44 lbs to move. It’s 44 lbs with the 18ah lead acid battery. That battery was about 14 lbs. The lithium 8-10a battery is 3 lbs ( this lasts about 2 hours and change, I’ve never been there longer than 2 hours) . Carrying in/out of the car was much better with the lithium.

That’s up to you and what you need/want but as someone that has used the elite 2,3 for many hours I‘d sacrifice the $200 for 2 line and get the elite 1 or 2 with the remote. There‘s been times when I forgot the remote at home and the experience was definitely really sub par. Might want to ask people their opinions but I consider a remote highly valuable.
I’m definitely getting the remote. I may get the lobster 2 after considering your real life experience with them. Thank you for your advice (sincerely). I appreciate it!
 

Rhody

New User
Looks like a lobster is what you’re leaning for. I never thought 10 lbs would mean much but it’s the odd shape of tennis machines that makes it an awkward 44 lbs to move. It’s 44 lbs with the 18ah lead acid battery. That battery was about 14 lbs. The lithium 8-10a battery is 3 lbs ( this lasts about 2 hours and change, I’ve never been there longer than 2 hours) . Carrying in/out of the car was much better with the lithium.

That’s up to you and what you need/want but as someone that has used the elite 2,3 for many hours I‘d sacrifice the $200 for 2 line and get the elite 1 or 2 with the remote. There‘s been times when I forgot the remote at home and the experience was definitely really sub par. Might want to ask people their opinions but I consider a remote highly valuable.
I believe I can get the lobster with an external battery. That way I can leave the machine in the car and only bring the battery in to recharge. I can then put the battery back into the machine after I take it out of the car and wheel to the court (and take it out before putting back into the car). Lobster says the a fully charged battery should last 4-8 hours. I’ll never play that long, but will get 3+ sessions playing out of one battery charge (vs the lithiums that are far less)
 
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