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Pitching Machine Basics

Any player who has the ability to walk out the back door to hit is at a distinct advantage over his competition...players just do not swing it enough otherwise!

Coach JP Baseball Tips Owner

Pitching Machine Categories:

*all throw official game weight & size balls though there are a few built for light balls only

Wheel Style Pitching Machines - 1,2,3 & 4 wheel models & optional auto feeders

The most popular types from backyard baseball to pro baseball. They use a spinning wheel(s) & a motor to propel the wheel(s). Most wheel pitching machines have adjustable speed controls & direction adjustments mounted on a steel frame that's attached to a tripod. All run on 110v current & can handle a generator. Most can be purchased as baseball pitching machines, softball pitching machines & some are in a combo unit for both sports. 1 wheel is entry level, 2 wheel are most popular & now 3 & 4 wheels that throw about anything you could want at Major League speeds.

Arm Style Pitching Machines - 4 rack fed & hopper fed models

These are sometimes known as Iron Mike Pitching Machines. That is the made in USA brand you may have seen & used at a commercial batting cage. They weatherproof & tough enough for years of service without trouble. All have auto ball feeders in a rack or a huge hopper that holds hundreds of balls.

Compressed Air & Non Electric Pitching Machines - No electricity needed

Some very clever engineers have created alternative styles that fill particular needs. The Zooka Pitching Machine uses compressed air & rechargeable internal battery that is an engineering wonder. Our UPM 45 Ultimate Pitching Machine is the official model for Cal Ripken baseball & softball machine pitch leagues. It uses a spring loaded concept so needs no electricity.

Heater Slider Pitching Machine - Uses Slider Balls

  • A great 1st pitching machine - You Control Speed
  • Just plug in & hit - Includes Free Auto Ball Feeder
  • Batting practice anytime of year - Inside or Out
  • Throws fastballs up To 60 MPH & RH/ LH curves!
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Please call to complete your order at 1-800-487-7432.
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The Slider Lite-Ball Baseball Pitching Machine Throws Fastballs & Curve Balls Too!

The powerful A/C motor throws lite-balls at variable speeds up to 60 miles per hour. The Slider also includes an automatic ball feeder that holds 12 lite-balls. Just turn on the feeder and each ball is dropped into the Slider pitching machine every 9 seconds. Take batting practice without the need for another player. And with a simple swivel adjustment you can also hit fastballs and curve balls. Plug the Slider into any standard wall outlet & hit! You may also consider the optional Power Alley or Xtender Backyard Batting Cages and improve your hitting right in your own backyard.

What JP Says about the Heater Slider Pitching Machine - Uses Slider Balls

Does Hitting A Light Ball Cause Any Negative Swing Mechanics?

I've been asked often as to whether hitting a lighter ball is a good or bad idea... It just seems wrong to some. The answer is really quite simple... there is no difference. I don't care if you are swinging at rocks...
Keep Swinging & Keep Learning!

The difference-maker may very well be whether players swing enough... and are they doing it correctly!

The more important aspect is "correct" and "more" and with that in mind, another bright garage engineer came up with lighter balls that require less power to propel them and lighter weight portable backyard batting cages that will withstand these lighter weight balls!

More Batting Practice Swings & Less Cost!

The Heater Slider is great where limited size backyards & perhaps budget is the difference between having a backyard batting station! I've met very few good young hitters who didn't like playing the game of baseball but I have met many who left the game before finding out how good they actually could be. So, any player who is so fortunate to be able to swing a lot can get very good, very quick and then find out how far it takes them. It almost has to be in the backyard unless there is a very interested parent with tons of available spare time and who want to get in the car every time their player wants to hit.

And now, with more inexpensive lighter-weight backyard baseball pitching machines, balls and batting cages... it becomes a no brainer to afford... and they fit small backyards!

You Now Have Options Like Never Before!

  • Slider Lite Ball Pitching Machine 
  • Slider & 20 ft. long Power Alley Backyard Batting Cage

Start With Your Budget & Go From There

If you have read this far, the Slider Pitching Machine is probably of interest and in your price range, so let's complete the thought process and talk about pushing forward or moving away from it.

A batting cage is truly an important piece because too many pitching machines get left under-used... probably in the garage. Adding a small footprint, portable batting cage right out your back door... and pitching machine use goes way up... translating into thousands more swings & a much improved hitter... which makes players want to hit even more... which turns them into an even better hitter!

With a lite ball pitching machine like the Heater Slider, you can add an inexpensive 22 foot long Power Alley Batting Cage for an unbelievably low price and be up and running in an hour after you receive the boxes from UPS (around 7 or so days).

Additional Information

Shipping Note Free shipping offer is not valid to addresses outside of the continental United States. This includes addresses within Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Warranty 1 Year
Warranty Details 1 year manufacturers warranty for parts and labor.
Maximum Pitching Speed 60 MPH
Pitch Interval 9 Seconds
Pitch Type Fastball, RH & LH Curve/Slider
Power Supply AC Plug
Ball Capacity 12 Lite Ball
Choose Outdoor or Indoor/Outdoor Model Here Indoor or Outdoor
Sport Used Baseball
Feeder Yes
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