Which Arm Style Pitching Machine is For You?
An Arm Style Pitching Machine Battle … Iron Mike MP-6 vs Iron Mike MP-4
Once you come to the conclusion that you want an arm style pitching machine that holds and throws so many balls that you will drop before you have to stop… It becomes about deciding on which model. Both of these Hopper-Fed Iron Mike arm-style pitching machine models look the same & indeed are very similar.
The Major Iron Mike Pitching Machine for Baseball Differences (the $400 difference)
- The MP4 Includes Added Protective Steel Facing (to protect from direct ball hits)
(we advise our MP-6 customers to add our 7′ x 7′ machine guard protective screen instead – it covers more of the machine and anyone tending it)
- The MP6 Carries A Slightly Lower Total Cost & Shipping Cost – a bit less weight
- The MP6 shows the leather ball shaker as a $100 option. Included with the MP-6
*The Shaker is a simple add-on unit that overcomes the inherent problem when leather ball seams catch & interrupt the ball-flow as they’re fed into the machine. (a non-issue with dimple balls).
The added protective steel included with the MP-4 is a great idea however, I personally like the idea of purchasing the virtually identical MP-6 and adding our oversized 7′ x 7′ protective screen & simply cut a porthole into the net…this protects the front of the entire unit…the total cost becomes very similar!
Probably $30-70 more for the MP-4 depending on your ZIP Code due to the extra weight from the reinforced steel.
btw: If possible, shipping to a business, especially one that has a dock or a forklift will save you some extra money!
When you use game baseballs or softballs, the seams occasionally “catch”, causing the arm to throw without a ball. The shaker stops this issue.
This is an inexpensive option on the Pro Model MP-6 (standard with the MP-4 model) and can be added either at the factory (or you can purchase & install later) if you want to try and live without it.
Note: If you only use dimple balls, this is a non-issue.
*All Master Pitching Machines Throw Leather & Dimples & Can Be Purchased For Baseball Or Fast Pitch Softball
Ordering & Shipping Your Iron Mike Pitching Machine
You will need to provide:
- Choose your model – (baseball, fastpitch or slowpitch softball)
- Choose your shipping state & ZIP Code – (business address & dock or forklift on site will save you extra $)
- Add options you are considering – (all-weather cover, 7′ x 7′ machine guard, dimple or leather balls)
Click Buy and we will add the truck ship & call you with your final total
Call us toll-free at 800 487 7432 (10-7 EST) for your final price
The Iron Mike Arm Style Pitching Machine Factory Warranty
All Iron Mike machine motors are covered under a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. Electronic circuit boards on the control system are warranted against component failure for 30 days after installation or a maximum of 60 days after shipment from the factory. The warranty on electronic circuit boards does not cover damage caused by severe electrical surges, electrical storms or accidental damage by servicing technicians… frankly, we haven’t had a claim or inquiry for these parts in many years!
Specifically excluded from automatic warranty replacement are pitching hands, pitching arms, power cables, power springs (all inexpensive & readily available).
Some Notable Iron Mike Specs
- Maximum Pitching Speed 85+ MPH
- Pitch Type Fastball
- Power Supply AC Plug 110v
- Ball Capacity 600 Baseballs or 400 Softballs
- Sport Used: Choose Baseball or Fastpitch Softball Model
My Arm Style Pitching Machine for Baseball Summary
The most important decision you can make is to invest in a pitching machine and a batting cage that fits your budget!
After that, if this fits your needs, examine your budget. The hopper-style MP-6 & Pro MP-4 arm style pitching machines offer the ability to hit a maximum of 600 baseballs or 400 softballs without reloading; a real convenience and increase of efficiency, especially for teams!
The rack style MP 5 model offers more portability, cost savings, and has the same internal workings as our MP-4 and MP-6.
Frankly, I prefer the MP-6 and would add our oversize machine protector. Add the ball shaker IF you are throwing leather and get it done. Time is the one thing that you cannot get back and this game takes all the time you can give it in order for a hitter to blossom!
Call if you have further questions or prefer to make your order by telephone. 800-487-7432 (10-7 EST M-F.)
I hope this helps you make an informed buying decision!
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