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Portable sucks ass. Your kids will set it to dunking height and break it. Put it in the ground, and get out there and get some exercise yourself.
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Yeah I plan on using it a lot, which is why I want a good quality one but i'm not rolling in the dough like 99% of this board so 1k is a lot IMO
My dad got me a permanent backboard for my 8th birthday and I got thousands of hours of use out of it. The setup is still in the driveway.
And even they feel cheap about it. Go in-ground. My neighbor's portable one fell down in the wind all the time and finally broke.
OK, Debbie Downer. I'll echo what others have said, my parents never paid for anything that got more use than our in-ground hoop. It's been there more than 12 years, and when I lived at home, there wasn't a summer day that went by without me putting some shots up. My parents loved it in the winter because I would always clear the driveway so I could shoot. Now my brother uses it all the time, and I still do when I go home.
Not to mention, I saw one of my first sets of breasts after betting a girl I could hit a shot down the sidewalk a ways. Good times.
Dig the hole and pour the cement yourself. It's not difficult and you'll save yourself a lot of money.
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I agree, I'm no do it yourself wiz, but found installation surprisingly easy. Its not like the old days when you had to set the pole in he cement. You set a base in the cement and bolt the pole onto the base.
My dad mounted ours on the roof so it was centered over the driveway. He then used highway paint to paint a lane with the tick marks, and a three point line...all to spec (with an F logo in the lane). Put flood lights in the tree next to the driveway so we could play at night. It kicked ass and we were out there all the time.
The portable ones are shitty....a lot of times the backboard is very small, it's not the right height, and the ball doesn't bounce very true off them (ie they're very soft).
My dad did this too.
Definitely go in-ground. Goalrilla systems are great. I would highly recommend them. They have a 4 bolt system that makes it not so hard to move if you ever move. They have thicker poles than other systems. The glass is good quality.
Just had my ProShots installed today and I got the 5 x 5 poll with 54" glass. It works for us...my boys are young 5 and 6 and we probably won't stay longer than 3 years here. Paying an extra $200 for 6 more inches of glass wasn't worth it to me...maybe if I planned on staying in my home longer. Total cost in stalled will be about $950.
I can't believe people pay for installation. Part of the fun is helping dad set the pole than going crazy for a week until the cement hardens and dad has a day off to attach the backboard.
In ground. My parents hoop lasted 20+ years. It was used everyday in the summer. I got to bring it down last year. Alot of good memorable moments. One on one games til dark with my brothers.
This post was edited by Spartan8Ball 2 years ago
Sometimes you have to just write the check. Is 5 hours or my weekend better than writting a check for $250 to have it installed? I use to cut my own grass because "I'm a man Damn it!" Now I pay a guy $23 a week and have 3 extra hours on the weekend to doing other more important stuff
Lol what does your broke ass do now that you couldn't do when you used to cut the lawn?
And weren't you just complaining about a grand being a lot of money to you? Why don't you just cut your grass for 10 months to save the money?
This post was edited by SpartanElement 2 years ago
That's what she said.
"Leave the gun.....take the cannoli"
"It's not your job to be as confused as Nigel."
Thanks for your understanding....50+ hours a week working, 3 kids so let's see maybe I could spend that extra 3 hours every Saturday hanging with them. Not sure where you live but the grass mowing season in Michigan is 7 months tops so I spend around $500 a year.
Never said I was broke just think 1K for a basketball hoop is a lot to drop at one time.
Anything else you'd like to critique?
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