Wheel Pitching Machines vs. Arm Style Pitching Machines
An important concept to understand when purchasing a pitching machine is understanding the difference between a wheel and an arm-style pitching machine. Customers ask us about this all the time, and we want to make sure the differences are clear to you.
Arm-style pitching machines use a catapult-like design to throw the baseball to the batter. Because of this simple design, arm pitching machines can throw consistent fastballs right down the line but cannot throw any other variation of pitches, like breaking balls.
However, most arm style machines come with large hoppers that can hold hundreds of baseballs.
On the other hand, wheel-pitching machines use a wheel to project the ball forward. When using multiple wheels, you can get a lot of power and spin on the ball, allowing you to throw curveballs, sliders, etc.
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Pros and Cons of Arm-Style Pitching Machines
- Throw consistent strikes
- Large hoppers can hold hundreds of baseballs
- Very durable and long-lasting pitching machines
- Pitching machines are extremely heavy and not portable
- High price point
- Cannot throw curveballs or sliders
- Best suited for batting cages
Pros and Cons of Wheel Pitching Machines
- Lightweight and portable
- Price points vary from low to high, making it easy to meet your budget
- Many different models are available for different age levels
- Can throw breaking balls
- Ball Feeders purchased separately
The chances are a wheel pitching machine is most likely the best option for you. There are way more makes and models of wheel pitching machines out there, making it easy for customers to find the right one for them and their budget. Plus, these machines are more versatile, more portable, and more affordable overall.
If you're set on an Iron Mike MP 6, just don't plan on moving it around; it weighs hundreds of pounds. If you're starting a batting cage business, then an arm-style pitching machine is for you.