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Discussion: Soft Toss Machine

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Dec. 3
Retired Spur 22
Men's 70
7 posts
Anybody have an opinion on using a soft toss machine over the winter, and if so one they would recommend?
Dec. 3
Fred S
Men's 85
297 posts
Depends if you are batting alone or with a partner.
Dec. 3
Men's 70
516 posts
I had a Wilson soft toss machine. It didn't toss the balls high enough to simulate slow pitch pitching. I built a stand so that the balls would go higher, but, with regular softballs, it was too erratic to do any good. Possibly, if you used cage balls or something else with out seams, it would perform better. After storing it for 12 years, I ended up putting mine by the curb for the local junk guy to pick up. Maybe it improved his hitting.
Dec. 3
Men's 70
3233 posts
About ten years ago the talk was that The Wheeler Dealer was the one to get. It was found that it needed to be elevated on a milk crate before an acceptable height was obtained.
I don't know if they are still manufactured.
Dec. 4
Fred S
Men's 85
297 posts
Bruce: Your right. IMO that was the machine going for the price. I have used that machine for about 15 yrs. Unfortunately they are no longer made. I went to order a new one and John said the price of steel got so high that it wasn't worth it anymore. I don't know what I am going to use when mine finally breaks down. I guess it will back to hitting off my hand like the old days. LOL
Dec. 9
Men's 60
51 posts
check this thing on youtube called POP TOSS
Dec. 10
Men's 60
236 posts
I have gone thru 2 Wilson soft toss and am on my second Ultimate ball toss machine. My 1st Wilson lasted a couple years until spring broke and piece spring attached to came loose, my second lasted 2 years until the flipper that tosses the balls broke in half. My first UBTM lasted about a year then had an internal electrical problem(still works but have to mess with it), the last one has just gone thru it's first season and is going strong. I love these machines for breaking in bats, I can get about 100 swings in an hour. I have to set it up on milk crates to get height but that works fine for me. Good way to get in some swings if you don't have a bp partner, but it messes with my timing a little bit. I paid $150 each and bought a hitting net so I don't have to leave my yard(200 swings in hour). I also am on my second pop toss, first one spring messed up but they replaced whole machine. I do not care for the pop toss because it is to erratic, balls never go the same twice but it is closer to real pitching than the soft toss.
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