If looking to buy a pitching machine, it usually is a one time purchase because of the cost. It is important to research different machines before buying one that you may regret later. There are different types of pitching machines available, and taking into consideration the price, space and the age of the player will help when making a decision.
Real Ball Throwing machines are machines that will throw real balls or machine pitch dimple balls. You can find those types of machines in wheel machines, arm style machines or compressed air machines.
The wheel style pitching machines are either one or two wheel models. They are popular machines purchased and usually found in backyards, high schools, colleges and machine-pitch leagues. The machine consists of a rubber wheel, a motor to propel the wheel, electronics with speed and direction adjustment knobs and a steel frame attached to a tripod. The price for a one wheel machine starts at $900, and the price for a two wheel machine starts at $1500. The arm style pitching machines are the workhorses of many high school programs up through the pros. You see this type of machine at commercial batting cages. It can covert from baseball to softball and hold up to 600 balls at a time.
The lightweight throwing machines use baseballs that are 2 oz and perfect for entry-level players. The price is less expensive than the other types of machines.
It may not be that difficult to choose the best type of machine for your needs. You have to consider the amount of room you have available for a machine. The ultimate choice will depend upon your available budget for one. Also, the age of the player is what will ultimately help you dwindle down your decision pretty quick. The prices vary and you want to make sure you get the right machine for your needs and one to last for however long you hope it will last for.