Used Tennis Tutor Prolite worth it?

bank5

Semi-Pro
I’m considering getting a ball machine and saw a used Tennis Tutor Prolite Battery Oscillator in my area listed for $550. Seems a bit high although the ad says perfect condition with new battery.

I don't think I would need a feature rich ball machine, and am not sure how often I'd use a ball machine so am thinking this could be good enough. Thoughts?
 

zinzan8

Rookie
If truly in perfect condition, seems in the ball park of a reasonable price. You can always try to negotiate, but only you would know what you’re willing to pay for a ball machine, and what features you do or don’t want to pay for.

I am happy with my Prolite, but mine is a plugin model, which I prefer. I think most people prefer the battery model.
 

smboogie

Semi-Pro
Those are nice ball machines and I was looking to purchase one before joining a local club that has a ball machine to use. That's a good price seeing as how, brand new they are around $900. The key to usage will be ease of portability and access to courts. If you have those covered you should get good use/value from it, but only you will know that.

This is good for basic drilling needs, which for a good hitting session should be enough.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
That is at the upper end of the price. In the COVID market, it’ll sell. The low end would be $200.

The good news is the price range hasn’t changed in 10 years. You can own it and sell it later for the same price 5 years later if you wish. Good luck!
 

bank5

Semi-Pro
Well, I offered $400 for it hoping he'd come down on the price but he said it sold already (in less than a day).

I guess that's good news if I decide to buy one new, but not sure if I will or not
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Try a Tennis Tutor with spin and discover how much of a difference it makes. No human can bring the heat like that.
 

dak95_00

Hall of Fame
COVID has put higher demand on many things like ball machines. If I were buying new, I’d buy a Silent Partner just because you get more features for less money. I’ve owned Tennis Tutors, Lobsters, and Silent Partners. I buy them when they come up for sale in local classifieds, refurb them, and resell them.
 

zinzan8

Rookie
Yeah, I bought my Prolite back in April, after a few weeks of only hitting from a hopper. To be honest, I've already got my money's worth out of it, but I plan to enjoy it for many years.

But still--wasn't willing to spend a lot more for a ball machine, even though, sure, topspin would have been great. I also didn't want a much larger machine, as I drive a fairly small car (Subaru BRZ).

I'm sure if time is not an issue, then sure, you could eventually find one in not new condition for $2XX, so technically that might be the bottom of the range. But for one in "perfect" condition with a new battery, that wasn't a reasonable low end if OP is not willing to wait long.
 

louis netman

Hall of Fame
I own a Prolite, among other TT models. It is my favorite in terms of weight, my least favorite in terms of performance. I think the newer ones have inferior motors as they take longer to get up (and down) to a set speed. The manual height adjustment is also a pain. Both of these issues makes it difficult to quickly dial in height and speed of throw.

Mine is modified with a Pickleball Tutor control panel to allow for remote control-- it works fine some of the time, but often becomes embarrassing in professional situations. I let my student hang on to it for personal practice...It is fine for this application.
 

schenkelini

Semi-Pro
I have a Tennis Tutor Plus. I bought it used 7 years ago. It has really changed my game. The service from Sports Tutor is excellent! I would not buy another brand.
 
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