Two Wheel Machines
The Spinball Wizard Two Wheel Pitching Machine
Current lead time: 1-2 business days
The Spinball Wizard features a versatile design that allows the same basic machine to be used for baseball, softball, and cricket. Three sets of legs create three different release heights: 24" for softball, 48" for baseball, and 48-84" (adjustable) for the Big Unit. The Big Unit provides the most realistic baseball release height available, and is also the preferred machine for cricket use. The single adjustment clamp makes setup quick and easy- all three angles (horizontal, vertical, and twist) are set at once, and won't shake loose under vibration. The machine can be rotated to throw pitches from any angle to simulate right or left handed pitchers as well as throwing grounders and fly balls. Don't let the price fool you- it's a real machine that throws real balls really fast.
Flexibility - Every machine starts out as a combination machine. The only differences between the baseball, softball, and Big Unit / cricket machines are the legs and the ball feeder tubes. Single use machines can easily be upgraded to combination machines later by purchasing the appropriate upgrade kit. Motors are mounted on slots to allow for major adjustments between baseball and softball use, as well as for minor corrections for wheel tread wear and ball hardness.
Top Quality Wheels - Spinball wheel tread is thicker and more durable than other brands. ATEC's profiled wheel tread is only 3/8" thick at the center. Spinball wheels are a full 1" thick top grade urethane for better pitch accuracy and longer wheel life. Jugs uses Chinese made pneumatic wheels that are almost impossible to keep balanced because they change shape at different speeds from centrifugal force. As the speed increases, the uneven rubber tire expands, but the balance weights mounted on the steel wheel can't move, so the wheels become unbalanced. They also tend to leak air and gloss over from use, reducing grip and therefore accuracy and speed. Our original machines used these much cheaper wheels, and once we made the switch to our new design, we never looked back.
Leg Installation - Spinball legs easily slide into the sockets on the machine base and a spring loaded button locks them in place. Baseball and softball legs can be swapped in just seconds.
Ball and Socket Adjustment Mechanism - All three axes are set at once - horizontal, vertical, and twist. Adjustment is quick, easy, and won't shake loose under vibration. The simplicity of this frame design reduces machine weight significantly.
Independent wheel speed controls - Each wheel's speed is set independently for infinite adjustability of pitch speed and break. Speed setting is shown directly on the control box. Digital readouts add complexity and cost without improving accuracy.
Throws any pitch from any angle - A thrown ball curves in the direction of its spin. The faster the spin, the more it curves. Fastballs have backspin, which cause them to rise, or at least fall slower than they otherwise would. Sinkers and curves have topspin, causing them to drop. Knuckleballs ideally have no spin at all and move randomly. By adjusting the wheel speeds and the angle of the machine, the Spinball Wizard can be set to spin the ball in any direction to simulate virtually any pitch.
What about the slider? A slider spins around an axis nearly parallel to its direction of travel, like a football thrown with a spiral. The resulting break is similar to a 3/4 curve, but sharper. No commercial machine actually throws a slider- it's more of a fast 3/4 curve. It is a close approximation to the slider, and that's what we (and all of the other two wheel machines) do. At least we're honest about it.
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