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Tourna Pete Sampras Ballport, Holds 80 Balls
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1) The leg locking system is ill designed, such that you can expect the legs to collapse on you at any point, throwing spilled balls to scatter everywhere. This happened on my first try. If you put your hand inside the crate to retrieve a couple of balls and put a slightest pressure on the rest of balls, the legs can collapse. This IS the product's achilles heel. If it can't stand on its own two legs, then it's a cripple. I'm currently trying to come up with a DIY fix to this, if I can.
2) The screws that hold the crate panels do not tighten up. They just turn and turn and turn once they reach the end point... This can only mean that eventually the panels will come apart forcing you to retighten. I'm thinking about dipping the screws to a PVC cement and retighten for additional strength.
A minor issue... The crate may hold 80 balls if you try to brainstorm in ways to come up with the most effective manner in stacking and cramming the balls into the crate. However, if you just throw the balls into the crate, the way you'd actually do at the court, it'd hold about 65-70 balls comfortably to the top. By the way, I haven't tried a scientific way to cram the balls to see if it'd hold the claimed 80 balls. I'd rather play tennis than scratching my head in trying to figure out how to cram 80 balls into the crate.
I'm amazed that, after having now used this product for over 6 months, none of my initial experience and impression held up to be true in long-term actuality. Since I wasn't too happy with the product to begin with, I used (more like "abused") it roughly -- banging hard on the floor when picking up the balls, throwing it down (well, I was tired), and so on.Read more ›
The Unique Ballport is made up of a hard plastic (similar, tough material found on a plastic bicycle pedal). The plastic will withstand a good amount of damage and use. I don't foresee it breaking or cracking from the daily wear and tear.
Putting the hopper together is easy by screwing in ten or so screws at the corners and legs sides. The legs will not come apart since they are secured by screws directly into the basket. This means you won't have to fiddle around with the legs falling off (like in the Wilson and Gamma hoppers). In addition, the leg locks that keep the basket upright or in the carry position are well designed so that the hopper is stable and secure in both positions. It keeps transporting easy, and provides peace of mind when setting it up for usage.
In addition, the spinning sticks at the bottom allows tennis balls to be easily "hopped" or sucked into the basket. I found it much easier to pick up balls with the Ballport than with any other hopper. Since the base sticks spin, the fuzz on the balls are not torn up, the balls glide right through the basket, and most importantly the sticks retain their shape keeping balls in the basket. Metal hoppers can become mailable and as a result the wires shift and become wider over time.
Lastly, the top sliding locking sticks move easily and will keep the balls in the basket during transport.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Can't believe the price of this hopper, given the incredible quality and functionality it brings to the table. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Petar Leonard
This product does not looks that durable. The metrication fo assembling is poor however it's not that difficult to assemble it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kams
WITHOUT THE PICTURE ON THE BOX THERE WILL BE A HARD TIME FOR ASSEMBLY BY THE POOR INSTRUCTIONSPublished 1 month ago by User-1