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Lifetime 48 Inch Portable Basketball Hoop
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- 48" Shatterproof backboard provides a virtually unbreakable playing surface
- All-weather resistant, designed to withstand the harshest elements
- Speed Shift height adjustment mechanism easily adjusts from 8-10 feet in 6" increments
- Solid-steel Slam-It Rim with double-compression springs and welded net hooks
- 31-Gallon base can be filled with water or sand; 5-year warranty
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Portable Basketball System
We've come a long way since our beginning. It all started as an idea in a garage in Riverdale, Utah. Lifetime Products' founder was a father who simply wanted to build a better basketball hoop for his family.
His passion for innovation quickly expanded beyond his initial project, and he created a company in March of 1986 called Lifetime Products. The philosophy for the name, as well as the goal of the company, was to build durable lasting products for consumers.
Lifetime Products has become a world-wide trusted brand as it has broadened from basketball hoops, to picnic tables, and to folding tables and chairs. Now our sheds, kayaks, and more are leaders in their competitive markets. From those first years in Lifetime's history, the company has grown from 15 employees in a partial warehouse to over 1,500 employees — all over the globe.
Portable Basketball System
This portable basketball system from Lifetime Products features a 48-inch Shatterproof Fusion backboard with a Speed Shift height adjustment mechanism that adjusts from 8 to 10 feet high in 6-inch increments. It also includes a Slam-It Rim with an all-weather nylon net and a 3-inch diameter round steel pole. With a 31-gallon portable base, this system can easily be moved to a desired location. So bring the arena to your home with a residential basketball system from Lifetime Products.
- Shatterproof Fusion Backboard
- Fade-Resistant Backboard
- Slam-It Rim
- All-Weather Net
- Speed Shift Height Adjustment Mechanism
- 3-Piece Powder Coated Round Steel Pole
- Heavy Duty Portable Base
- 5-Year Warranty
Speed Shift Adjustment
Adjust the height of the rim and backboard from 8 to 10 feet in 6-inch increments using only one hand with the innovative Speed Shift Mechanism. The counter-balance springs are the key to the ease of use, adjusting the height with minimal effort. Now, you can dunk like the pros!
Shatterproof Fusion Backboard
Shatterproof Makrolon polycarbonate combined with an unbreakable polyethylene frame gives this playing surface the style and play of professional glass made to laste. Screen-printed graphics are formulated with UV-protected ink for long-lasting superior color and protection from weather and intense game.
This 3-piece 3-inch steel pole is protected with a weather-resistant powder coating and even protects the materials from rusting or corrosion.
Transportable Rolling Base
The entire system is supported with a blow-molded durable base. Fill with sand or water and play today! To store, or protect strong winds, simply tilt the system forward and roll to your desired location.
|Backboard Size||48 Inch||48 Inch||48 Inch||44 Inch||48 Inch|
|Height Adjustment Mechanism||Speed Shift||Quick Adjust II||Quick Adjust II||Quick Adjust II||Speed Shift|
|Height||8 to 10 Feet||8 to 10 Feet||8 to 10 Feet||8 to 10 Feet||8 to 10 Feet|
|Base Size||31 Gallon||31 Gallon||31 Gallon||31 Gallon||34 Gallon|
Turn your driveway into a serious basketball court with the Lifetime 48-Inch Portable Basketball Hoop. This state-of-the-art portable unit uses the latest technology to ensure a quality game in any driveway. The shatter-proof 48-inch Fusion backboard brings together a polycarbonate playing surface with an unbreakable polyethylene frame for a durable, professional look. Graphics are screen-printed with UV-protected inks for vivid color that lasts outdoors. As far as the rim, the Slam-It features double-compression springs which launch the ball back into play, and an all-weather nylon net. The Speed Shift unit allows you to easily adjust the height of the rim from 8 to 10 feet. Although your slams are sure to shake things up, you'll want to keep the hoop in place, so the three-piece round steel pole is supported by a heavy-duty 31-gallon portable base. Just fill it with sand or water - no cement is needed. One of the largest manufacturers of blow-molded polyethylene folding tables and chairs and portable residential basketball equipment, Lifetime Products also manufactures outdoor storage sheds, utility trailers, and lawn and garden items. Founded in 1972 by Barry Mower, Lifetime Products operates out of Clearfield, Utah, and continues to apply innovation and cutting-edge technology in plastics and metals to create a family of affordable lifestyle products that feature superior strength and durability. 48-inch rectangular polycarbonate backboard. 3-inch-thick steel pole. Simple 1-handed height-adjustment system. Height adjusts between 8 and 10 feet. 31-gallon heavy-duty portable base. Slam-It rim features double-compression springs.
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UPDATE: Year 2 (Aug 2013) and this bad boy is still in great shape. Still no faded paint, no rust, original net, still filled with water through the winter. Again, this equipment has been set up and left outside for 2 full years and still looks and functions like new. Upgraded from 4 to 5 stars after considering overall quality and durability.
UPDATE: After having this up for the entire year (Aug 2011 - Aug 2012), I'd like to report that it is virtually identical to the first day I set it up. Great durability, no faded paint, backboard still in great shape, left the base filled with water all through the winter, net still in good shape, etc. Still sturdy, solid, and strong. BEST... PURCHASE... EVAH!!!!
Overall, I'd say the Lifetime 51550 Courtside Portable Basketball System is an excellent choice for anyone looking to buy a portable hoop system.
The box itself is pretty big, although I'd say it's as small as they could make it while still containing all of the parts, the largest pieces being the base and the backboard itself. There's a lot of little hardware, but all of it comes packaged in several bags, all of which are clearly marked and numbered.
I rate the quality of the installation instructions very highly. The first few pages indicate all of the individual parts, which numbered bags they can be found in, and what that part is used for (backboard assembly, pole assembly, etc.) so there is no confusion. Then when you actually start the assembly, at the top of each page, they show what tools should be used and what parts you will be assembling. It's really very easy to put together, and I read online that others estimate around 3 hours to put it together. I took my time, though and it probably took me about 5 hours, including the time it took to go through and make sure I had the right number of parts for everything.
TO FREEZE OR NOT TO FREEZE? (UPDATED)
Another point to note is that while Lifetime indicates you can fill it with water or sand, others online recommend against sand because it is very difficult to get out if you ever need to. I would definitely recommend going with water. Others online also recommend using a combination of water and anti-freeze for colder climates, but Lifetime specifically indicates that you do NOT need to use anti-freeze, that the base is made from a material that will expand if the water inside freezes. (UPDATE: I've had the hoop set up since the summer, filled with just water, and as of 2/1/2012, it's still fine. Our winter temps so far have been around 15-35f, with some crazy daily fluctuations causing regular freezing and thawing, and the base is still in perfect shape.)
As others have noted, once the unit is assembled, it's very easy to adjust the height of the backboard using a one-handed operation. The backboard itself is of a decent size, and the rim is built to withstand jams. It also comes with a nice wrap-around pad to protect kids from smashing their head into the pole, and a height adjustment sticker that shows the adjustment from 8' to 10' in half-foot increments.
One thing I have noted is that there is a good amount of "give" when the ball hits the backboard (i.e. the backboard wobbles), so the rebound ability of the ball is affected. Not greatly, but don't expect the same rebound response that you'd get from a permanent backboard. It could just be that I need to get up there and tighten all of the bracket bolts, but they were pretty tight when I first assembled it, so I assume it's just an effect of the portable system. (UPDATE: I've since determined that most of the wobble is due to the fact that I have the base on an somewhat uneven surface, and so it doesn't have the same stability as when it is on a flat surface.)
Still, a great buy. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a portable hoop.
1) it means my kids are outside getting exercise
2) they are not inside, bothering me
Lifetime Inc. goes to great pains to explain that you should fill the base with sand, not water.
Point taken: freezing water expands, breaks open the base, melts, spills out, unbalances the base, base falls on kid, emergency room.
The base's volume will hold about ten 50 lb bags of sand. That weighs like 700 lbs (I've never been so good with the math).
The instruction book recommends using a funnel (you think?) to get this all in a hole about the size of quarter.
The cartoon characters in the installation book seemingly had no problem with this. As depictions of people and not actual human beings, they can actually perform this task without complaint.
A real human would be confronted with the need to eat, watch TV, sleep, feed the kids, go to work...
Sand clumps up, even when it is relatively dry. You are getting a tablespoon in every few seconds and next to you sits a trunk load of bagged play sand.
I'll bet no human has ever found his life so worthless that he has ever wasted it doing such a thing.
Even I quit after a few cups of sand.
I threw the bags on top of the base for a few weeks. When my neighbors started complaining how "unsightly" it was, I just told them to buzz off.
I actually ended up cutting big hole in the top of the thing with a jigsaw. A sand-sized hole. A Whole square foot (take a lesson, Lifetime).
I got the sand in in only eight hours.
Now my base has a hole in it. So far, though, my neighbors have not noticed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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* Love being able to adjust the height of the basket
* Great price
* Looks good
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