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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.

Wheeler Dealer Automatic Soft Toss Pitching Machine

  • Electronic height control: 1 to 6 feet
  • Electronic frequency control: 1 to 9 seconds
  • Compact & portable - its on wheels
  • Easy to use: No set up time required
  • Backed by a 5-year guarantee
  • No other toss machine holds more balls
  • Uses tennis, dimple, whiffle & baseballs & softballs
  • It's rechargeable - 10 -12 hrs between charges
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  • The Best Soft Toss Machine We Have Ever Offered!
  • Use For Baseball & Softball In One Machine
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The Wheeler Dealer is Totally Portable - Easily Stores In Any Car Trunk!

Here’s your solution for station or solo training!   No other toss machine holds more: 27 Baseballs & 17 Softballs!  For single players, it’s a perfect station that will outlast the strongest and most dedicated players before needing a recharge… all you need is a portable catch net and a bucket of game softballs, yellow dimple softballs or wiffle softballs (2 dz)

What JP Says about the Wheeler Dealer Automatic Soft Toss Pitching Machine

Soft Toss – The Drill You Do Throughout Your Entire Fastpitch Career!

Players just never seem to get enough swings during practice. Too many other players and too little batting practice time.
And not every player is fortunate enough to have a batting cage & pitching machine right in the backyard. But even those players must incorporate the skills that sof toss engrains (the ball tracking and exploding contact that we all know as muscle memory).
The bottom line is that you can’t take soft toss without a partner unless you have a soft toss machine… and our Wheeler Dealer combines the best qualities I have ever found in a very efficient and long lasting automatic sof toss machine.

What Makes The Wheeler Dealer Softball Soft Toss So Good?

It’s the most versatile I’ve found… delivering many different kinds and sizes of ball at intervals of less than 1 second to 9 seconds and at heights of less than a 1 ft to over a 6 ft arc!... all adjustable with two simple knobs. Perfect for Drag-Bunt or Snap-back Drills, Incremental Speed-up Drills and the Quickest Hand Drills Possible!

Added Versatility To Your Baseball or Fastpitch Drills

It’s not just for batting practice into a catch net or on-field batting drills

  • Perfect for Drag-Bunt Drills - Snap-Back Drills - Incremental Speed-Up Drills & Quick Hand Drills! Need more ideas? Check our Wheeler Dealer drill

My Summary

Portability is a real issue and a real plus with this unit. It fits in my trunk, sets up in 30 seconds and rolls on its own wheels. My unit is over 8 yrs old & still going strong… and I cannot tell you how many times I have forgotten to recharge it, knocked it over or left it outside (not advised). Soft Toss is important and this is our best!

Money Saving Combos

Wheeler Dealer & Outdoor Hurricane Portable Catch Net (7 ½’ x 7 ½’ Total size with #21 nylon net & telescoping fiberglass poles)
You See This Soft Toss Station All Over The Travel Fastpitch Circuit…especially in California, and for good reason. Our Hurricane Net was designed by an old Southern California buddy of mine who spent many days on the beach. You’ll notice that it resembles an oversized volleyball net and not by accident!
It has two fiberglass poles that telescope and lock into place with a net end attached to each pole. Simply stake down the guy ropes, raise the telescoping poles and you’re ready to hit.

Add our awesome Wheeler Dealer Soft Toss Machine and you have a soft toss station, fastpitch practice or warm up an entire team for pre-game… all in a very small space! Both pieces will easily fit in your trunk.

Wheeler Dealer & Hurricane Net Combo
( You can add our Hurricane Net to your order by clicking the Hurrican Net picture on the right side of the page)
$569 & FREE Shipping

Wheeler Dealer & Our Indoor/Outdoor Zip Net (Heavy 10’w x 9’h max #30 nylon net & 25 ft of cable & hardware for walls or rafters) Here’s A Unique Batting Net That Slides Across An Included Cable&hellip with all the hardware included. Think of it as a shower curtain that slides in and out of the way with a tough enough net that will last any size player for many seasons.

( You can add our Hurricane Net to your order by clicking the Hurrican Net picture on the right side of the page)


  • Uses it in a garage door opening
  • Suspend it from garage or basement walls, studs or rafters
  • Outdoors suspended between trees


It goes from my trunk to setup in less than 2 minutes. It's the fastest way I have found to warm up an entire team.
Coach John Peter
There is no greater hitting aid than the Wheeler Dealer. We use two Wheeler Dealers in our circuit training.
Ralph Weekly, University of Tennessee Softball Coach
The Wheeler Dealer is a great device to teach timing and hand-eye coordination....It gives you a timing mechanism....When the ball comes up, that's the indication to load. When the ball goes down, we hit. So now you're actually working on some type of a rhythm. You've got a timing mechanism, loading mechanism, and you can get repetitions without anyone around.
Mike Candrea, University of Arizona Softball Coach
If you have the ability to take 100 swings and you know exactly where the ball is coming each and every time, you avoid the middleman and somebody tossing you the ball, not tossing it the right way, tossing it too soft, not tossing it fast enough. And then you're getting in bad habits. With the Wheeler Dealer, you know where the ball is going because you set it up. Your habits are consistent swing after swing.
Tony Scruggs, former Texas Ranger

Used by:

Florida State, UCLA, Georgia, Tennessee, Arizona, Florida, Arkansas, Washington

Additional Information

Warranty 5 Year
Warranty Details 2 Year Battery
Battery Life 10-12 Hours
Pitch Interval 1-9 Seconds
Pitch Type Soft Toss, Flip Drills, Infield Feeds
Power Supply Rechargeable Battery Pack
Ball Capacity 17 Softballs or 27 baseballs
Choose Outdoor or Indoor/Outdoor Model Here Indoor or Outdoor
Sport Used Softball and Baseball
Feeder Yes

Product Drills


Speed Up Drill

The SPEED-UP DRILL is a fantastic power building muscle memory drill. One complete cycle of balls is hit at a slow, comfortable interval. When the cycle completed the machine is loaded again and the control is set to a faster interval. In all four cycles are recommended, decreasing the time interval between each. At the end of the last cycle the hitter should be drained.

Snap Back Drill

Another excellent quick wrist drill is the SNAP-BACK DRILL. The Wheeler Dealer speed control is set as high as the hitter can handle. When the ball reaches its apex, the batter begins a normal swing. But, upon impact, the swing is immediately halted and the bat is returned to the ready position as rapidly as possible.

Rhythm Drill

The RHYTHM DRILL is a great for learning how to powerize a ball with a smooth rhythmic "Ted Williams" type swing, rather than by always trying to muscle it. The batter sustains a continuous motion, with absolutely no break - as if a dance - counting to himself 1-2-3-4; 1-2-3-4 -Hitting to ball on "1" or "2" and returning on "3- 4". With the toss being regulated electronically by the Wheeler Dealer, the ball will always be there at the precise, same time, freeing up the hitter to just concentrate on those sweet, relaxed swings.

Quick Wrist Drills

The QUICK WRIST DRILL is an excellent drill for developing bat speed. Holding a short one handed bat, the batter can either hit from a standing or kneeling position with one leg forward. This isolates the lower body causing the wrists to work harder. With the Wheeler Dealer the frequency control is set as rapid a speed as the batter can handle. (Show) When one arm tires, the bat is quickly switched to the other hand.

Placement Drill

By coordinating the height setting to the distance of the Wheeler Dealer in relation to the hitter, allows the hitter to place to ball in the exact spot where he or she wants to work.

Slap Drill

THE SLAP HITTING DRILL is for softball only. By setting the Wheeler Dealer control at a set frequency, the hitter is able to rhythmically work on timing her approach to the ball. Timing the ball's arrival with a smooth, clean approach then allows for a quick break to first. This is the secret of great slap hitting.

Switch Hitting Drill

Learning to hit from both sides of the plate is something that is often overruled by the young player for fear of appearing awkward. This problem is easily eliminated by the Wheeler Dealer. Now the hitter can practice swinging from the other side of the plate, alone, in total comfort. Being able to switch hit is a definite plus for any young hitter seeking higher gains in baseball or softball.

What You Get

Each Wheeler Dealer Includes

  • The Wheeler Dealer Machine
  • Electronic Control Box

This Machine Throws:

Baseballs Softballs Dimple Balls Poly Balls Wiffle Balls Tennis Balls


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