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50' Batting Cage Kit w/ L-screen and #21 knotted nylon netting
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easy and quick to assemble
portable, durable, and safe
may be used indoors or outdoors
flexible in size - may leave out a section to make it shorter
fits uneven ground and may be adjusted for odd shaped yards
passes strict homeowner's CC&R's
one year money back guarantee
What you get:
#21 gauge netting, breaking strength 200 lbs per strand, 800 lbs per mesh
connectors for frame
complete L-Screen, including L-screen poles.
What you need: 28 poles for the 50' frame.
Everything is included except the 10' poles needed for the frame. The poles are 3/4" electrical conduit, steel galvanized pipe (EMT), and are readily available in stores such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. The trade name for these poles is “thin wall.” They are in the "electrical conduit" aisle Here is a link to home depot's page for the needed poles > http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100400406/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=electrical+conduit&storeId=10051
Affordable - Priced with the family in mind -- a 50' cage with #21 netting the price is only $567. This price includes netting, connectors, and a complete L-screen. No installation kits to buy, cement to pour, or holes to dig. (You will need to buy the frame poles. They are readily available at places like Lowe's and Home Depot.)
Durable - The system is stable and safe. It is a personal preference, but I like knotted nylon better than poly net. Knotted nylon is much stronger than poly net (poly is about 30% weaker than knotted nylon). Knotted nylon is strong, UV protected, and will last for years. The #21 gauge has a burst strength of about 200 pounds per strand or about 800 pounds per mesh (diamond). Look or ask for the tenacity rating on knotted nylon. It is a measure of its strength and durability. An ok rating is 8. Good quality netting should be at least 9.0. Ours is above 9.
Portable - Unlike other cages, this system is PORTABLE! Two people can put up the cage in about 30 minutes, my son and I have put up a 50' cage in fifteen minutes. This works out great for a team practice. With help from your team, it will go up in minutes! It comes down in even less time. The L-screen is portable too, its support legs come off and the screen folds in half.
Flexible - Put up as few or as many sections as you like, up to the length of your cage. Each section is 10' long. It automatically fits the contour of your ground, which does not have to be level. It can be adjusted to fit narrower confines and can even be tapered to fit odd shaped spaces.
Versatile - Indoors or outdoors. Not only does it make a great outdoor batting cage, but it can be taken indoors during inclement weather or during winter to keep your players in shape. Utilize existing space and create an extra hitting station.
Dimensions - The cage is trapezoidal in shape: 10' tall, 10' wide at the top, and about 14' wide at the bottom. The poles are 3/4" EMT - Electrical Metallic Tubing. The trade name is "thin wall." The poles are 10' long steel galvanized pipe and available at hardware and electrical supply stores such as Home Depot or Lowe's. The L-screen is 6.5' tall by 7' wide with a 3'x3.5' cutout.
Netting - The netting is 1 7/8" knotted nylon mesh. The #21 is rated at 200 lb. breaking strength per cord or 800 lb. per mesh. The netting hangs on the diamond, not on the square. This allows for more give when hit by a ball so there is less chance for tear and less abrasion. It also allows water to run-off more quickly. One of the most important aspects of quality netting for batting cages is its tenacity. It should have a tenacity rating of at least 9.0.
UV Protection - The netting is dipped in a bonding agent for protection from weather and UV. Unlike other cage companies, our netting is dipped after the knots are made. This sets the knots so they won't come undone.
Less Sag - Another advantage of our design over the traditional netting is it has much less sag. With our ten foot sections and the fact that the netting is hung over the frame means considerable less sag, only a few inches rather than feet. Traditional cages normally have only three or four frames to support the netting. The weight of the netting causes tremendous sag, in some cases 2-3' of sag. It is not uncommon for a 12' high traditional cage to only have 9' of height clearance. Look at some of the pictures on the web and see. Most of the time the other cage manufacturers will only display drawings of their netting, of course with no sag!
What You Should Know Before Buying
What we send you and what you have to buy.
You will receive one box approximately 42" long by 17" wide by 17" tall. Since we make 40', 50', 60', and 70' long cages your box will weigh 80, 90, 100, or 110 pounds, respectively. The box will contain the cage netting, cage connectors, L-screen netting, L-screen connectors, L-screen poles, extra twine, packing slip, copy of your invoice, and assembly instructions. You will have to buy the 10' poles for the frame. These are 3/4" EMT (electrical metallic tubing), standard electrical conduit. They are 10' long steel galvanized pipe. The trade name is "thin wall." We buy ours at places like Lowe's or Home Depot. For the 40', 50', 60' or 70' cage you will need to buy 23, 28, 33, or 38 poles respectively. You will need a 7/16" wrench, we use a ratchet or socket wrench, assembly goes faster that way. That's it.
You can Assemble Our Cage Quickly
Our instructions are easy to follow. My son and I have put our 50' cage up in 15 minutes. It may take you longer the first few times. But it really is easy. On the other hand, our competition's instructions are lengthy and complicated, involving snap hooks, turnbuckles, aircraft cable, cutting tubing to certain lengths and requiring some to have a "swedge" ends while others don't. And the list goes on. Our system requires no cutting or no additional hardware to buy. You just buy the standard 10' long 3/4" EMT poles and you're ready to go.
You will get years of trouble-free use from Our Cages.
Since we started in 1998, none of our clients have had a single hole in the netting due to being hit with a baseball nor has the netting deteriorated due to weather or UV from the sun. This is due mainly to the unique design we invented. The netting is draped over the frame and not attached anywhere to the frame. Because of this, the net can give, there is less wear and tear and abrasion on the net, hence longer life and more years of trouble free use for you. I will admit, even we have been surprised. We have had clients run over the net with a lawn mower and animals have gathered to chew on the net (we provide patches and repair kits for such occurrences free of charge). While I can't say for certain how long your net will last I am getting some calls from clients that after 5-10 years of use their net needs some minor repair.
Do you have an odd shaped yard or uneven ground? Our Cage will fit.
Does the space between your fence and house taper? Is your ground uneven? Is your yard too short? None of these are problems with our cage. We have clients who have had these problems and our cage works. Put up as much or as little of the cage, up to the length of your cage let the excess hang on the end. Does your yard taper? No problem. The poles are flexible, you can even taper the width if necessary.
You can use Our Cages Indoors or Outdoors and they are Portable.
This can save you hundreds of dollars on coin operated machines. Leave it set up in your yard all year long (we recommend taking it down if you are in a snowy climate). Because you can take it down easily, it complies with neighborhood's Covenants and Restrictions. Some clients take it down in the winter. Some move it to a gymnasium or other indoor facility. It has been reported by some of our clients that it is a neighborhood magnet. Take it to your team practice - be the envy of the rest of your team! We have some teams where five players on the same team have our cage.
Some History, Comments, and Suggestions.
We started in 1998 and our history has been interesting and exciting. We sold our 1000th cage in July 2002, our 2000th cage in April 2004, our 3000th cage in June 2006, our 4000th cage in May of 2008, and our 5000th cage in May of 2010. We have sold cages in all 50 states and Washington, DC. We have sold internationally as well. We have cages in Canada, Curacao, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, and Puerto Rico.
More and more companies are copying our idea, some are making subtle changes. You, as the consumer, should be aware of what you are getting. For example, I got a call from a prospect, who became a client, saying that one of my competitors was offering a cage similar to mine and at a cheaper price. They were even going to throw in the L-screen. When I investigated further, I found out they were offering poly net rather than knotted nylon. Poly net is quite a bit weaker and less expensive than knotted nylon. In my opinion, knotted nylon is a lot more durable than poly net. Since we started in 1998, we have never had a water problem, UV deterioration, or any breakage of our net. Knotted nylon is easy to repair. So when shopping make sure to compare what you are getting. Ask a lot of questions.
I get calls about accessories for our cages. Some of my competition provides leaded rope, others sell backdrops, still others offer other things for sale. I'm cheap, sorry frugal, I try to find inexpensive alternatives. Here are some. Leaded rope is expensive and heavy to ship. I used to offer it, but now I make my net wider. It is 36' wide and the perimeter of my frame is only 30', so there is 3' of overhang all the way around. But if you still feel you need something, try a simple garden hose. It is much cheaper than leaded rope and will do the same thing - provide a little extra weight on the net so it won't blow around as much in wind. Some companies offer expensive backdrops. I suggest an inexpensive piece of carpet. Hang it from the roof corner connectors.
Wind is the one weakness of our system. Strong cross winds can actually tip over the cage. Our system is a free standing light weight system. If you are in a windy climate and your cage is in the open, that is, you don't have a barrier like a house, fence, or trees, you should anchor down the cage in some fashion. Here are a few suggestions. Tie rope to the roof corner connectors then anchor the other end of the rope in the ground with a tent peg or stake. This method will handle most reasonable winds. A few of my clients have offered some other suggestions. One used "ree-bar" and pounded it next to some of the leg poles and then wrapped wire around the leg pole and the ree-bar. Another bought some 1" conduit and put some of them into the ground at the same angle as the leg pole and then inserted the leg pole inside the 1" conduit. He then drilled a hole through the poles and inserted a bolt or wire to secure the two together.
My cage is not perfect and may not be for everyone. However I think we have made a good product and people feel they are getting very good value for the dollar they spend. We also provide excellent customer service and support.
SAVE Hundreds On Our Batting Cages Over The Competition's
From time to time I do some comparison shopping on the internet. Here are some of my findings and suggestions when shopping for a batting cage system.
Shipping costs are hard to determine. Many companies don't tell you what shipping is until you "check out" of their shopping cart. One well known company was over $1200 more than our system and I still could not figure out the shipping costs.
It is difficult to compute the total cost of a cage. Some companies have unbundled pricing and sell "net only" so trying to compare apples to apples is difficult. They sell frame kits separate, or don't include an L-screen, or if they do, don't include the poles for the L-screen.
Most companies suggest buying the poles for the frame locally. This can save you hundreds of dollars as these items are very heavy and shipping them is very expensive. However, check out the prices yourself. For example, some companies say they use 1 5/8" top rail. Most of these types of poles need to be cut to the proper size. So some of their prices online may be outdated.
Some companies sell "poly" net rather than knotted nylon. Knotted nylon is more expensive, but knotted nylon is stronger and longer lasting than poly net. Knotted nylon doesn't curl like poly net does. Knotted nylon is easy to repair.
Some companies sell the connectors with thumb screws you tighten by hand. Hitters will eventually hit the thumb screws and break them off. We use 1/2" bolts.
Be diligent and ask a lot of questions. Find out the complete cost of a cage before you buy. We are hundreds of dollars less, in some cases well over a thousand dollars less, than some company's complete batting cage systems. Others that look similar to our cage and are close in price, either don't offer an L-screen or the poles for the L-screen or they sell poly net instead of knotted nylon.