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Used Batting Cages – Pros and Cons

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Today’s ultra-competitive atmosphere for little league and amateur baseball has resulted in an increased use of home batting cages. Parts of the backyard that might have once been used for horseshoe pits or makeshift basketball courts are now commonly devoted to the perfection of a youngster’s baseball swing. The relatively high cost of these systems, however, has placed an increased demand on the market for used batting cages, for better or for worse.

In fact, the cost savings associated with used cages is their primary benefit. While a brand new setup could be priced at a thousand dollars or more, used ones can typically be had at a fraction of the cost. In addition, the cage would already be fully constructed for you to inspect, and the previous owner would be on hand to offer advice on proper set up and take down procedures.

On the downside, it’s important to keep in mind that used sporting equipment has a discounted price for a reason. Batting cage systems, like everything else, have a certain lifespan, and they will begin to break down more rapidly after a few years of use and if the cage is located outside will be subject to the weather. While the main frame and connections could feasibly last for decades, the net will begin to wear out after only a year or two of heavy use. Small holes will quickly become large, gaping openings that lead not only to lost baseballs but also possible safety hazards for surrounding neighbors.

Used batting cages offer a tempting opportunity to purchase a premium sports training tool at a discounted price, but they should be closely examined before funds are committed. If the net is in such bad condition that it will soon require replacement then it probably makes sense to just buy a new one to start with if your budget allows.

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