What about the Jugs Toss Machine?

by stv



Hey great site. I didnt see any reviews on any

soft toss machines like this.

Jugs A0601 Soft Toss Pitching Machine W/ Remote


Also what about the pro hammer for girls fast pitch (13yo and up)?

Swing Smarter Response:
Hey STV, thanks for the post, and no, surprisingly the Jugs Toss Machine hasn't been submitted for review.

Here's Jugs's big features of the product...lightweight (13 lbs), portable and rechargeable (up to 8hrs). 2-year guarantee. Holds 14 baseballs or 10 softballs. Optional remote control unit available. The prices range from $279 to $379 depending on if you want a heavy duty battery and/or a remote control.

Jugs makes great innovative products, their pop-up net gets quite a bit of love, and of course they're known for their wheel pitching machines.

And as most of you know, I don't like wheel pitching machines here on SwingSmarter.com.

Let me reiterate, Jugs makes quality wheel pitching machines, I just don't like hitting off any machine with a wheel.

Back to the Jugs Toss Machine...

What can I say, but I like it. It can be a less cost alternative to my favorite automatic soft toss machine, The Wheeler Dealer, which is $379 shipped from The Starting Lineup Store.

However, with the Wheeler Dealer Spitter you can adjust the height and frequency of the ball toss, and it has a bigger ball holding capacity.

The bottom line?

There's nothing wrong with the Jugs Toss Machine...I'd love to hear the readers' comments below...

To answer your question, STV, about the ProHammer for girls' fast pitch...yes, ProHammer just came out with a 32-34" fastpitch softball model equivalent. You can get it by going to The Starting Lineup Store and selecting the fast pitch model.

Thanks again!

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Feb 07, 2012
Sweetness is your only weakness
by: Joey from SwingSmarter.com

Awesome Robert! Would you be able to post a picture of your soft toss contraption?

Feb 04, 2012
Soft Toss
by: Robert Canary

I have my own home made soft toss machine, but mostly everyone is paired up in groups of two. It seems to work rather well that way, at least each hitter has a break after doing their full drills.

My home soft toss machine is rather cleaver really. We have several round 3 foot low trampolines we use for conditioning. I discovered a baseball bounces nicely off of those trampolines, and at the right height one can adjust the trajectory and the height. Using a 3" PVC water pipe and a few 2x4's I built a chute where one simple drops the ball into the chute and it rolls out and bounces at the hitter. The nice thing about the set up it really forces the hitter to be patient.

Bad thing: I have to set on a 10ft step ladder to load the balls. But that turned into a good thing. You would be surprised at the errors you see while viewing a hitter from a high and front angle.

Jan 31, 2012
Soft Toss Machine
by: Joey from SwingSmarter.com

Hey Robert,

Thanks for the comments...so, you're having a lot of trouble with the Wheeler Dealer? What do you use for soft toss as a hitting repetition aid? Unfortunately, most rechargeable batteries I've ever dealt with have that "drained" problem. My Flip camera is the worst!

Of course, small balls are great to use. Nothing beats the old yellow whiffle ball bats and golf sized whiffle balls. However, you can get away with rolling over using those tools...the Prohammer gives great feedback for rolling over...what I'd like to see is a meshing of the MP30 and Prohammer ;)

Also, I tried emailing you with the email you sent me to check out 90mph, but the email bounced back...?

Jan 30, 2012
Prohammer for Softball and the wheeler dealer
by: Robert Canary


I purchased the wheeler dealer, and it sets in the corner and is never used anymore. Its to much to keep up with, and to much trouble, the balls constantly hang up in it, and the battery dose not last very long. After I get it set, I have to keep walking by to reset the height because the battery runs down so fast. My students get aggravated because they have to break up their repetitions (training rhythm) to reach out and get the machine to feed. I'm sorry but the wheeler dealer is a very poor investment. I should invested in another MP30, or put a down payment on a hit-a-way.

As far as a Softball version of the Pro-Hammer, it would be a waste also. My girls do hitting with the baseballs because they are white and smaller. So the Pro-Hammer works great. If one is doing hitting drills on 12" balls only, then they are not challenging the hitter enough to progress.

Jan 27, 2012
Soft Toss
by: Stv

I went with the wheeler dealer and a sandlot slugger.
Thanks for your helpful information.


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