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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2010
This is a very solid, and heavy, system. A few notes: The 3-piece square pole assembly does require effort and patience to assemble, but it really does fit together tightly with a little persistance. I sprayed a little WD-40 around the edges, although I don't think that probably helped too much. You just have to slam the pieces together. The instructions say "bounce" it together on a block of wood, and that is essentially correct, although I think "repeatedly slam" is probably a better description. Once the first two sections are together, those combined sections are quite heavy to "bounce" repeatedly onto the remaining third section. At this point I put the pole assembly on the ground and hammered the last section into the first two sections using a block of wood and a heavy hammer just to get it started (and that wasn't particularly easy, either). Then, once I got it just started, I picked the whole assembly up and did the "bounce" action as described in the instructions and let gravity help in getting the pieces to butt together fully.

I assembled this system by myself, but if I had to do it again I'd recruit an adult to assist. It'll go much easier. I found the instructions to be entirely satisfactory, overall. I took it slow, and was able to get it all together quite easily, and I'm not the world's greatest mechanical wizard. However, it was challenging, particularly for one person. It's heavy and awkward, and that's probably the most difficult part of the assembly.

I would never try to move this hoop with the base filled. I think you'd damage the unit. Instead, move to your desired location and then fill it up (having another person to hold it until it's steady enough that you can continue on your own.) If you need to move it again, you should probably empty it before attempting to roll it anywhere. It's really not that "portable." Also, when you go to stand the unit upright for the first time, have a second person nearby to help. I nearly lost control of it as it was very top-heavy and took a suprising effort to get upright. If this thing ever does fall over, heaven help the person under it. Make sure you have the base weighted down securely and full of water or sand.

The best part of this hoop for me is the cranking height adjustment. Even my 6-year-old can do it, which is great as he can lower it down to shoot all by himself.

The biggest disappointment is probably the rigidity of the backboard. It looks great from a distance, but upon close inspection it's just a very thin (1/8 inch at most) sheet of not very rigid polycarbonate, and it seems to make a lot of noise when the ball hits it. The backboard reinforcing/mounting brackets on the back side are rather close to the center of the backboard, so anything that hits outside of that small central area above the rim will cause a quite a lot of vibration/noise. I was very surprised to see how thin the backboard was. Naturally you can't expect tempered glass quality at this price point, but I think there are thicker acrylic backboards on similar systems that are much more rigid and would provide a more satisfying bounce. And for what it's worth: there's a lot of conflicting information out there about polycarbonate vs. acrylic. My understanding, and I think I'm correct, is that polycarbonate is "stronger" than acrylic in that it resists shattering or cracking. However, acrylic--although in theory more fragile--is more rigid and provides a better bounce when you throw a basketball at it (all else being equal, such as the bracing and support posts, etc.). I've heard that some people have put foam behind the backboard on this model to reduce the noise and vibration, but I'm not sure exactly how you would do that. And I don't mean to make too big of deal about the noise. It's still a very fun hoop to use, and I've used cheaper hoops that reverberate even more.

And an odd note: the NBA sticker was placed on my backboard upside down. No big deal, but still, it be nice to have the NBA logo right side up. The rim is very high quality, too.

For me, the cranking height adjuster is awesome, and it's something of a beast for a portable unit. If the backboard were just a little thicker and more rigid I'd give this 5 stars, but it's still so much fun that I'm very pleased with it and give it 4 stars without reservation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2009
I do not know why there are so many complaints about the setup. I have to agree with E.E Naya, this was not that hard to put together and the instructions although not great, were good enough for a person with basic reading comprehension skills. I agree that it may be a bit odd to "bounce" the sections of the pole together but if you follow the instructions it was actually very effective. In my opinion the most difficult part was lining up the top/middle/bottom sections the right way, because if you mess that up and need to pull them apart I could see that being next to impossible. All you need to do is align the stickers that are labeled Top/Medium/Bottom on the same side and you are good to go...the instructions could have been a little bit more detailed on this part but all I did was look ahead a few steps and see where the holes were used in the following steps and then it was clear as day. Once the 3 pole sections were aligned and "bounced" together the rest was a walk in the park.

It should take 2 able bodied, sober adults no longer then 3 hours to go from box to pick-up game. AFA the unit itself, the base is a little cheap, but the rest was higher quality then I expected for $339. The backboard has good bounce on it and the break away rim was much higher quality then I expected. Can easily withstand me dunking on it (at 7.5 feet of course) with not ill effects. Great first hoop for my 6 and 8 year olds and the occasional pick-up game in the driveway. I would highly recommend this hoop for the money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
FIRST let me say... I usually don't write/send in reviews - but, after reading a few negative reviews by some that purchased this system, I was driven to send in my own experience...which questions how anyone could send in a negative review on this product...In other words, I just don't understand how they could have had a negative experience??? (Keeping in mind, that when you buy this product...you need to know that you'll need to put this thing together...with a few bolts, screws and nuts (no pun intended) - it's not a out of the box fold open and ready to go product...it's a some assembly required product.)
Please Read On...

Here's my story...I received my hoop yesterday via UPS...it came in one large box. My wife called me at work to give me the heads-up (as she wanted me to put it together before my son's bday, which was only two days away.) With only two days to put together the unit...she was a little concerned, as she had read a couple of the negative reviews left by others (which after building the unit myself -- based on their feedback, I can say -- they must have been incompetent -- and I say this in a nice way -- as I just don't understand why they could have run into any issues.) Regardless, my wife being like most...was more interested in the negative reviews then the positive ones (e.g., difficult to construct, took 8 hours to build, etc, etc, etc...) I assured my wife that I'm good at reading directions and putting things together (e.g., BBQ Grill, Bike, Bed Frame, etc...) so I was not overly concerned with the negative reviews and figured I was up to the task. I got home by 5:00 and started into the project...ready for the worst.

All-said and done, it was EASY-EASY-EASY to build. It took me and my son (8 turning 9 in two days) just over 2 hours to put together. To give you and idea of how easy it was...the hardest thing to do was getting the net connected to the hoop. Everything else was as easy as pie. Putting the poll together was easy (a little heavy - but easy), bolting items together was easy (two people makes it easier to do...but one can still do it alone, if necessary). Connecting the back board to the frame was easy. And believe me when I tell you that I'm no rocket scientist. I'm just a regular guy that can read directions...I have the tools recommended...I set myself up in my garage, laid out all the parts before I started...and then went to work. After reading the negative reviews, I was expecting it to be difficult and time consuming.

I truly don't understand what their problems were...other then they have problems (if you get my drift). The directions are well written. The parts are well labeled. I just don't get what their problem in building this unit was...other then they can not read directions properly, or they are not (just a little bit) mechanically inclined.

After two hours of (having fun with my son) building the hoop...we where playing a little one-on-one in the driveway with an outstanding, well constructed, easy to use, good quality basketball hoop.

I would recommend this system to my friends and anyone else looking for a reasonably priced, easy to build, good quality portable basketball hoop.

It's a great buy. I would say good luck...but you will not need it...it's that good and easy:)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2010
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I've had two other portable hoops that cost about the same, but this one is in a class by itself. This is the most solid, substantial portable hoop I've ever seen. It seems like near professional quality.

All right, assembly is not the easiest, but only a little more difficult than any other hoop I've owned. It's best done by two people, but a third couldn't hurt. My 14 year-old son and I got the job done without too much grief. The trick to connecting the three post sections is to use a little lube like WD 40 on the surfaces that slide into each other and then hold the sections together and drop them onto a wooden board to get the connection started. Once that is accomplished the rest is relatively easy. Just follow the directions in the order they're given and Bob's your uncle.

The finished product is amazing. This thing is SOLID, and looks absolutely great. For less than $400 and free shipping you can't go wrong. And it looks like it will last forever. This hoop is worth twice the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2010
Very surprised at the negative reviews on this product. I found the goal to be quite easy to assemble within roughly 2 hours. Directions are pretty clear for most people. For a portable goal it is very sturdy. This goal is very well designed. Adjusting the height is so easy, my 7 year old daughter can raise and lower with ease using the Screw Jack system. Lot's of value for the price.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2008
This product shouldn't be sold. Step 1 in the assembly there were problems with the weel attachment. I had to rig something up to make it work. Ok and hour later...step 2 after wondering why the bolt instructed to use in the assemble didn't work, I quit. Then, I was talking about this problem with some parents and one said they had the same hoop and encountered the same problems. The problems didn't end with the instructions having a misprint with the bold. They continued to the supporting bars (the main support that held up the net). They don't fit together....it seems like the engineer for this system forgot to calculate for the paint on the "tight fit" of the support and paint stripper must be used to remove the paint in order for the parts to fit. What a nightmare! I have yet to finish assembling mine. My friend finished the project in 7 hours. I don't have 7 hours to remanufacture this disaster. I tried a jillion times to call tech. support with spalding. Conviently, no matter what hour you call, nobody answers. I'm going to see if I can return this to the store I purchased at.
Don't waste you money and toture yourself.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2008
I am having the same experience as previous poster Michelle Sims with the Spalding NBA 68395 Portable Basketball Hoop. In my case the parts for the wheel assembly were of poor quality and broke. These are the same wheel assemblies you find on many toys and this was terrible quality.
The three pieces of metal pole will not fit together. I have tried just about every type of force and there are still 3" or more that the poles need to move inside one another. Now with some small progress it seems impossible to back them out to try removing paint as Michelle Sims mentioned. The backboard also looks junky at the corners with glue visible. I bought what I thought was the best one but it was a terrible, awful buy.
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Very durable. Easy instructions. Definitely need two people to put together. We used a sturdy table instead of a sawhorse.
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on January 15, 2013
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The product was what we expected. Very good at a good price. Our grandsons were very pleased wth theQuality of the product
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on June 1, 2011
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As with all b-ball goals, there's nothing different about putting this one together.(this is our 3rd one) Took my husband & I about 30 mins. Its the best one we like so far.
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