Building a batting cage from scratch is not for everyone. Some do not have the ability to build the structure, while others simply do not have the time. Some would even rather just forgo the process for the sake of convenience, and purchase a structure built by another. There’s certainly nothing wrong with this, though the cost of buying a batting cage can be prohibitively expensive for many. However, one can save a great deal of money by buying used rather than new. As with any used product, there are certain things one needs to look for before buying. Here are a few things to take note of when checking out used batting cages.
The most important thing to look at is the structure itself. Has it been protected by a net? If not, the wear and tear is going to be apparent. Even though it is made of metal, there is every chance that a poorly protected cage can develop holes through which a ball can get lost (or worse, cause damage). Obvious dents and scuff marks are good signs to look out for.
Is the netting strong? Look for netting with a rectangular knotting pattern – this is going to be the best. If it is already fraying or broken, it is going to need replacing. This is a rather simple thing to replace, but make sure that the price reflects the work you will have to do.
Probably the biggest cost in a good cage, the machine MUST be in working order. Ask to see it in action, or better yet, take a few practice swings with it. If the machine is not sending out balls at or around the advertised speed, has a tendency to misfire, or sends the ball out with a obvious list, the machine may not be worth the purchase price.
Make sure to look at the pitching machine, cage, and netting before buying a used batting cage. These features are what make a cage work, so do not be afraid to walk away from a sub par unit. With a good bit of research, a used cage can be every bit as good as one built brand new.
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