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Arm Style vs Wheel Pitching Machines

Nov 18, 2022 0 comments

Wheel Pitching Machines vs Arm Style Pitching Machines

Another important concept to understand when purchasing a pitching machine is understanding the difference between wheel and arm style pitching machines. We get this question all the time and we want to make sure the differences are clear to you.

Arm style pitching machines us 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.

And 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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arm style vs wheel pitching machines


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 available for different age levels
  • Can throw breaking balls


  • Ball Feeders purchased separately

 Bottom Line

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, they weigh hundreds of pounds. If you're starting a batting cage business, then an arm style pitching machine is for you. 

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