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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2010
We were looking at purchasing a Goalrilla basketball system for a few years now. The newer GS54 seems to be of the same quality as the older models and though it's a little cheaper than the old series it feels rock solid. Either way, we finally decided to pull the trigger and get it in place for a recent party. Assembly is pretty easy but the instructions are a little off on the amount of concrete it says is needed. We went through 12 x 80lb bags of Quickrete and we dug our hold according to specs so word of advice buy extra concrete. Two more bags should not cost you more than an additional $10 so save yourself some hassle. I had 10 bags mixed (2 at a time) and poured them into the hole before finding out I needed two more!!! Good thing is I am minutes away from Home Depot. Outside of that I managed to get the pole up myself and bolted and to get the rim up I backed my pickup up to the post and hefted the backboard onto the mounting arm while my wife put the bolts on. You'll probably be better off with 2-3 people to help with that step but I had to try it myself. Final result is an absolutely great basketball system that plays like a professional system!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2010
For the basketball goal itself, I rate it 5 stars. It's made of thick steel that will last a lifetime. Glass backboard plays like a regulation goal and is so much better than acrylic/fiberglass. Artificial boards are often found on portable goals which shake like a Quaker on stims when the ball hits. The Goalrilla stays still and true.

It's heavy so be prepared to get some help, especially mounting the backboard. It took 3 of us with the goal lowered to its lowest position, 2 on ladders and one behind to put the bolts through. The rest of the assembly can be done by one person. I chose to put up the bare pole first then attach the arms and crank. Total time was about 3 hours spread over 2 days.

I took off 1 star because of the shipper. Some may feel that's unfair when rating the product, but shipping is a big deal for something this big & heavy. Vitran Express damaged the pole and lost the pole cap. I decided to live with the damage and spray paint it to prevent corrosion.

Overall I'm very pleased with this goal and recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2012
In the words of my 11 year old: "It's amazing!" We just got this at Amazon, it arrived quickly (through one of their sellers) and was in perfect condition. The install is similar to what everyone described here - my husband did it over the course of a week or so due to our schedules. Because we had read the reviews here, he bought more concrete than the instruction called for - about 10 bags which worked perfectly. The system's been up for about 1 week and is great - very little shake, plays like a professional system. We have an 11 year old son and 10 year old daughter who both love to play and this system is great, expect it will grow with them through the years. My husband's been shooting on it too and has commented on how awesome it is! We had a Lifetime portable system that was 15+ years old - so shaky (and loud when they shot!) and in hindsight should have been replaced long ago. This new net is sturdy and expect it will remain that way for years. Great price on Amazon - consistent or lower than the big box stores. I took a while to decide what to get and where because I couldn't "see" it and see how sturdy it was so didn't want to spend that kind of money if not sturdy. If you're thinking of buying, go see in the store, if necessary and buy here - the store display isn't that great so you really can't get a feel for truly how sturdy it will be when setup until you actually see one that is installed properly in the ground. But I can assure you, there is very little shake when they are shooting. Love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2014
Very happy with the purchase. the bball system is top notch.

arrived by freight in 3 days in great shape though pieces are heavy and large as can be expected. i do recommend checking out their youtube video for additional instructions so you can prep the install space as you need to dig a 48" hole for the anchor. Once that is done installation is rather simple just make sure everything is level and you are good to go.

this also was much cheaper than the local dicks sporting goods (by $100) and outdoor equipment store (by $400) and it came with a pole pad of which both the other stores were going to charge at least $100 for.
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on December 14, 2014
I purchased this same system (slightly different model number, but from what I understand, same guts) from Dicks. Very nice goal. Some shake, but for the price (was deeply discounted) I have no complaints. I have a large concrete driveway areas and I ended up boalting the goal to my driveway pad as opposed to pouring a separate footing. Required 3/4 inch holes in the 5+ inch pad (had to rent a rotary hammer to do the job). Epoxied in Simpson strong tie 5/8 inch bolts with Quickcrete extra strong epoxy (all available from Home Depot/Lowes). Worked like a charm and much easier than 9 80# bags of concrete mix IMHO and ended up at about the same cost. As I said, some shake, but nothing more than other have commented on. Before you go this route though, make sure you know what you're doing. Not all concrete driveways/pads are created equal. If yours can handle it though, its perfectly possible.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2014
I really wanted the Goalrilla, not some cheap Knock-off. It was well worth the extra money.

It is high grade, but the crank is very slow.

Tip: Be careful when setting the bolts in the cement. It is easy to get the bolts at an angle that makes installing the pole very difficult.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2013
After seeing this same item in local stores for the same price, I decided to buy this one. This had free shipping and free pad. This saved me over $150 and was deliver to my door.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
So I've played with the hoop for a week, installed it into an existing concrete pad and it's great. Though made in China, this is the most quality control I've seen in anything from there. The hardware was shrink wrapped with identifying numbers and the coatings were very even. Since installation does require so much time I will discuss my install. I rented a walk behind cement cutter from Home D**** to remove the 20" (16" with a 20" bottom is recommended) rectangle I wanted to put it in. I broke up the concrete and dug the required hole and yes it sucked because it's a very deep hole and you have to use a post hole digger. Then like the other reviewers here, you end up needing more concrete than you initially expect so buy extra 2-3 80# bags and return the remainder. Allow plenty of time for the cement to cure and don't over torque the base's nuts. All things else were like other reviewers, mounting the post isn't so bad but you definitely need 3 people for the backboard even when standing on a truck bed. I'm psyched about my HOOP!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2010
Bought this as a birthday present for my son, but really, something this solid is a gift for everyone on the block. Set up took 11 bags of concrete due to a slight variance in hole size (you must dig a 48" deep by 20" wide hole, basically). I recommend standing on a pick-up tailgate to install the backboard on the pole. It will take two men and a boy, minimum. It's a heavy-duty system, and we look forward to years of hoops with it. All pieces present, and just had to slightly de-burr one hole to make it all fit just right. Quality product. Good instructions.
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on August 26, 2013
The system is high quality and was easy to install. The backboard is heavy so you will need a couple of stong helpers to make this part of the installation manageable.
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