We have done a lot of research into ball machines and know the Lobster mains and Elite battery machines account for over 80% of all machine sales in the UK. The other 20% are very basic entry level, very top end coaching specialist machines or 'branded' machines and not best suited for the club, school or domestic market we aim to supply. In addition only certain model types are available or suitable for importation to Europe. They may be designed and made to a higher spec to suit the European market.
At one point, battery operation meant limited machine usage in a day, perhaps 3-4 hours. If this was insufficient then a 'Mains' machine was a suitable alternative. Since the arrival of the Lobster Elite range (providing 6-8 hours court usage) limited usage is no longer an issue. Portability and strict charging requirements are the other considerations as these may determine the type you purchase.
NO! No ball machine in production will withstand this. Supposed 'All-Weather' covers do not offer sufficient protection. Machines must be kept and stored dry otherwise the warranty is invalidated and/or serious damage will occur.
NO! The machine must be put back on charge the same day of use regardless of how long it has been used for (5 minutes or 5 hours). Leaving it in a state of part-charge for days will ruin the battery. Top-up the battery for storage.
YES! The charger is intelligent and won't overheat/charge and it is always recommended that it is left connected when in storage.
YES! Unless a lead is purchased separately as an accessory with the machine.
YES! Not a single machine is despatched without a series of inspections and checks being undertaken. New, updated manuals are included.
It is requested that the customer keeps the box that the machine is delivered in. Any problems requiring the return of the machine are taken seriously but collection is only arranged once the machine is properly boxed by the customer.
No regular maintenance other than good housekeeping, storage and charging is required. Annual servicing is not a requirement.
The one that best matches the customer's budget, requirements and application!