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Lifetime 48 Inch Portable Basketball Hoop

4.2 out of 5 stars 299 customer reviews
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  • Service provided by a local pro
  • Assembly of 1 portable hoop
  • Typical assembly time of 6 hours
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  • Moving the basketball hoop to a new location is not included
  • Longer assembly times may result in additional service fees

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  • Service provided by a local pro
  • Assembly of 1 portable hoop
  • Typical assembly time of 6 hours
  • Moving the basketball hoop to a new location is not included
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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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Product Description

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. About Lifetime Sports Lifetime has been transforming basketball since 1986, providing products that let you throw down a slam dunk or shoot up the perfect game-winning shot. Makers of the first adjustable basketball pole, Lifetime is the world's leading producer of home basketball equipment. Lifetime makes it all a part of your game right at home with family and friends, the way it was meant to be. 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.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 49 x 34 x 10 inches ; 80 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 80 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B015OXUS4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,545 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

From the Manufacturer

Backboard Size 48 Inch 48 Inch 48 Inch 44 Inch 48 Inch
Backboard Material Makrolon Makrolon Makrolon Makrolon Makrolon
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
Rim Style Slam-It Salm-It Slam-It Classic Slam-It

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By Karl Burrows on January 7, 2012
Size: 48-Inch Verified Purchase
I bought the $100 42-inch model for my 5 and 7 year olds for Christmas and when I took it out of the box, the backboard was hollow formed plastic and just didn't seem like it would be a good long term solution to grow with the kids, so I exchanged it for this model. Again, when I opened the box the backboard was 1/4" plexiglass (polycarbonite), I was skeptical. From all the positive reviews, I decided to go ahead and assemble it and give it a try.

First, assembly is not for the timid. You will need multiple sets of tools to put this together. The instructions will state to use (2) 1/2", 7/8" or other size wrenches. The reality of it is you will probably need a wrench set and a socket set. I was lucky enough to have both at hand. The wrench is good for the holding the nut and the socket is much better for the tightening. Some of the lock nuts are very tough to tighten down. You will also need a socket extension when you assemble the height adjustment bracket. Without these, it will be a struggle to assemble it correctly. Secondly, the instructions are very detailed, but some pages are very hard to follow. There are many bags of parts, but none are labeled and sometimes it took a few minutes to figure out which parts went with which section of instructions. Also, there is not one picture of a fully assembled unit and some of the pictures leave you making an educated guess as to which parts go in what direction, etc. Once you do figure it out, you will find that most parts fit snugly and appeared to be machined well. No rough edges and only one screw that was a bit out of line on the backboard.
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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!!!!

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Overall, I'd say the Lifetime 51550 Courtside Portable Basketball System is an excellent choice for anyone looking to buy a portable hoop system.

PACKAGING:
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.

INSTALLATION:
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.
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This goal works well and my kids love it. I love the sound of the basketball being dribbled outside:

1) it means my kids are outside getting exercise

2) they are not inside, bothering me

HOWEVER

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.

Got it.

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.

A 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...

Really.

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.

Well, almost.

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.
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