Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 8
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by Worldsbestdad Satisfied Customer
Arrived within expectations. Materials appear to be good quality. Packaged nicely. Not as difficult as I thought it would be to put together. I did put some things together that I later had to switch around because the directions did not make it clear which way they went on. I had to file two holes that a bolt didn't fit likely due to paint. The adjustment mechanism works very nicely. There is some wobble of the backboard when imapacted by the ball, but I don't know how this would compare to other portable systems.
July 10, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by ice2010 You can do better
Summary: Quality is not what i expected and it was more that at other stores. I hope it lasts but i would buy something different next time.
I read the reviews and thought i was getting a High quality product for the price. Despite the comments to the contrary it is not hard to put together. I put it together in about 45 minutes without any trouble at all. Just follow the directions.
the First problem is the the backboard is all plastic and not the good hard plastic but what feels like pretty thin and somewhat flimsy plastic. I was expecting a more solid backboard with a fairly thick plex backboard and that definitely not what this has.
It is also not exceptionally stable. Filled with water on flat ground it moves fairly significantly every time a ball hits the backboard. Maybe with sand it would be more stable, but the location of the holes will probably make that a difficult proposition.
Finally, the cost from Home depot is quite a bit more that you can find the same item elsewhere. Within a week of getting it and putting it together i saw the same item for almost $100 less at a different store than what i paid.
June 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Spartacus Good size, solid construction, decent instructions
Home Depot Specific: Ordered on 12/24 received on 1/2 as stated. Not bad coming from UT to IL over two holidays. Arrived without any damage to the box whatsoever.
Product specific: Similar to other reviews I was a bit skeptical of the backboard at first glance as it's all plastic. However, after putting it together and trying it out it seems solid with a decent rebound for a portable system. In ground systems will give a better/more solid rebound than a portable system in general but as I said, this was decent. Many of the other parts (excluding the base) are steel or metal and are very sold.
Assembly time: For the do-it-yourselfer it should take about 3 hours give or take, that's how long it took me and I'm not in construction or a mechanic, but I've always liked to tinker. It is heavy so you should have others available in case you need them for certain steps. If you are not a do it yourselfer it is still fairly straightforward, but you'll want to leave yourself a bit more time to digest the instructions and undo the steps you did incorrectly :)
Instructions/parts list: Better than most I've seen for similar projects. The parts are very well laid out with many shown actual size in the parts list and referenced to which bag they are in. Parts are separated into bags for each major section of the project.
The instructions are mostly pictures with some written instruction. The pictures were pretty true to the actual parts so it was easy to tell the orientation of a part. I only had a couple of instances where the step wasn't very obvious based on the picture and one of those was because I was almost done and was getting impatient.
The height adjustment works very well. I measured the height at the highest and lowest points and it was 10' and 8' exactly.
Filling the base: Either sand or water are recommended. I used sand - 362 lb, sand capacity vs. 31 gallon (~260 lbs) water capacity. Water is certainly easier and the holes seem to be geared to the size of a hose which makes using sand and a funnel a somewhat tedious process. I used sand because I wanted the extra weight to keep it from tipping over. If you have kids jumping up and down waiting for it to be completed, fill it with water but come back later, dump it out and use sand...sand will take an hour or more to fill it up. After messing with a funnel for a while I thought to use a plastic plant watering "can" where you can unscrew the white "sprinkler" head at the top. The downside is you're pouring the sand twice...once into the can and once into the base, but it made the job MUCH easier.
Quality: It seems to be engineered very well and the instructions make it fairly simple to put together correctly so that it's constructed well. I can't speak to the durability as I've only had it a few days at this point but based on initial quality I feel comfortable it will last at least as long as the warranty (5 years).
If you do buy this - which I recommend at this price point - in one of the last steps of the instructions it shows to use the closed end of a combination wrench to pull the end of a spring over a bar/spacer. I found this to be challenging and ended up using a pliers which took about 3 seconds.
January 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by CAJ7 Great Hoop!
My kids love it. The lowest height adjustment is perfect for my 6 year old. They play all the time.
May 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by mark Works very well, stable, and easy, but awkward, to assemble
Features adjustable height goal that works easily. Stable in use and can be moved. I built a stand for storage so that it does lie on the rim when taken down. There is no provision to divide into sections so assemble where you plan to use. Every part fit, good instructions, requiring about 6 hours to assemble by 1 person with proper tools and a table. Good product.
January 1, 2014