Sports Attack Junior Hack Attack Baseball Pitching Machine
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- The Junior Hack Attack will throw right and left handed curves, sliders, split fingers, knuckle and Fastballs up to 70+ MPH
- Recommended for youth league, backyard, travel teams, drills at all levels including high school, college and professional
- Throwing head pivots instantly in any direction for ground balls, line drives, pop-ups and 250 ft. fly balls
- Extremely portable, fits into any compact car, including a Mini Cooper
- Five year limited warranty
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The Junior Hack Attack Baseball Pitching Machine has all of the unique features of the Hack Attack Professional Pitching Machine. This unique three-wheel design allows you to see the ball clearly all the way through the feeding motion, acceleration and release, just like a live pitcher. The hitter sees when to stride and the angle of release, giving him an actual live-arm sense of timing and location. In developing hitters, especially at younger ages, there is nothing more important than timing and vision. Any change in pitch, from fastballs to any breaking pitch, is quickly dialed in using the three speed knobs. (All two-wheel units require time consuming awkward throwing head adjustments to change from fastballs to curveballs or right to left handed breaking pitches.) With a quick turn of the dials you can effortlessly throw 70+ MPH fastballs, and right and left handed breaking pitches including curveballs, sliders and split fingers. (On other two-wheel pitching machines it may be an awkward time-consuming adjustment.) The elevation adjustment handle will raise or lower the pitch. With a simple turn, you can even move the pitch up or down within the strike zone between pitches. Throwing head pivots instantly in any direction for all fungo work including deep 250 ft. fly balls, line drives, catcher's pop-ups, infield pop-ups and grounders. The Junior Hack Attack quickly moves on and off the field, just tilt it, unsocket legs and easily roll on two transporting wheels. The front wheel guards insure the throwing wheels never come in contact with the ground. The Junior Hack Attack is designed for use with all regulation and pitching machine balls. It is also the only pitching machine that will convert quickly to throw a special 7.5" diameter vision training ball. This critical size forces centering and tracking while maintaining proper hitting mechanics. No assembly is required. Product dimensions: approx. 25” x 20” x 26” 75 pounds Shipping weight: 100 pounds
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The machine needs to be first lifted onto the base and securely seated, it does not bolt or tighten down in any way. You need to lock the machine to the base before installing the legs. You'd think it would come locked but it does not; you have to crank the vertical position crank almost all the way down before locking it. You then insert the back leg first. The machine then needs to be tilted forward a little to put the other two legs in, they all secure with a pin that is built into each leg. Then make sure to lift from the front to stand it and not with the legs.
This is the quietest pitching machine I have ever used. When standing at the plate you literally cannot hear it at all, which is good because you don't want the distraction of unnatural noises when you are taking batting practice. This machine makes it seem like it's just you and the pitcher, giving an very realistic simulation of a live game. The machine is also incredibly accurate. Once you have it setup how you want it will continue to throw the same pitch every time. This allows you to focus on the purpose of batting practice which is getting the fundamentals of hitting down right. The variety of pitches it can throw are endless and it a great machine for practicing on curve balls, which can be hard for BP pitchers (usually your coach or dad) to continuously throw accurately.
The purpose of me buying this machine was for my 30 and older "senior" league. I did a lot of research on pitching machines and found that a three wheeled machine is incredibly more functional then a 2 or 1 wheel machine. 2 wheel machines can throw a variety of pitches but they require funky positioning to get the pitches right and can be a pain for setup. 1 wheel machines can do some different pitches other than fast balls but it requires practice and skill for the feeder to get right. The 2 wheel machines take all the guesswork out of throwing different pitches; it's just a turn of the knob after looking at the very useful guide that is right on the machine itself next to the controls.
I narrowed my selection down to the Junior and the regular Hack Attack. The regular Hack Attack is bigger but it can throw the balls at speeds up to 105 mph. The Junior tops out at about 75 mph. You can move the Junior from 55-60 feet in to about 45 feet and you can simulate the reaction time of about a 90-95 mph pitch. The reason I went with the Junior was because for the league I am in, no one is throwing 100 mph, or even 80 for the most part. When you think about taking BP, even the pros, they don't take BP against 90 mph pitching. BP is not really about hitting fast pitching. But if you wanted to hit fast pitching the Junior can still do that by moving the machine in closer. The Junior is considerably lighter and more portable than the regular Hack Attack. You can fit the Junior into any compact sedan; you can't do that with the regular Hack Attack. I paid $2050 ($1900 for the machine and then $150 for tax and shipping). The regular Hack Attack costs about $3225 (including tax and shipping). I didn't feel being able to hit 105 mph pitches was worth the extra $1200+ dollars. The Junior and the regular Hack Attack have all the same other features. Except for the size of the machine and the velocity of pitch thrown, the Junior and regular Hack Attack are the exact same machine.
Another reason I went with this machine is the functionality of being able to do fungo work and work on outfield fly balls but also give accurate and continuous infield ground balls that have a real simulated feel of a ball off the bat. It can be taxing for someone to repeatedly hit fly balls or grounders and this machine allows for more practice without anyone getting sore or possibly injured from overuse. Finally, what made me jump and buy it is because Sports Attack is one of the most reputable sports machines companies out there. They have shown they will stand by their products if you have a problem and they design their equipment to last a very long time. I'm only 30 right now and currently have no kids. The wife and I have discussed family planning and we will start having children shortly. I fully expect that this machine will see use with my future kids whether they be playing baseball or softball (there's a conversion kit available).
Also, a suggestion for future design, I wish the motors were installed on the posterior side of the chassis so as to shield them from a direct baseball hit. Looking at the current build, I wonder if this was ever a consideration.
Having 3 wheels is key! Pitching machines that have 1-2 wheels just can't provide the variety of pitches that 3 wheels can. It can do al the pitches as described, and my batters really appreciate seeing everything from left/right curves, solid 70mpg+ fast balls, and even knuckles. Can't do all this with many other machines out there at this price point.
Transporting it isn't too bad - easy to get in/out of a car with 2 people, and can be done, though can be awkward, with 1 person.
I've found it works well with new and even older/dirty baseballs. With mostly clean balls, the pitch consistency is great - surprisingly.