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Replacing a Backboard on a Spalding Basketball System

Posted by Administrator on 1/9/2015 to Basketball Systems
So, your backboard finally bit the dust. What now? Don't be too hasty with your next moves.

How to choose the right Lifetime basketball bracket and backboard?

Posted by Administrator on 11/7/2014 to Basketball Hoop Guide
I receive many calls and e-mails daily from people who are replacing their basketball backboards. The Spring season is the most busy as many hoops were damaged by winter storms, snow plows, cars, rust or what have you.

Replacing Parts on the 90056 Lifetime Double Shot Arcade Game

Posted by Administrator on 10/21/2013 to Basketball Systems

Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Portable Basketball Hoop Impact Backboard Info

Posted by Administrator on 10/17/2013 to Basketball Hoop Guide
The Lifetime 1221 Pro Court portable basketball hoop from Lifetime Products is a very common purchase for an initial basketball system.

Know When You Can Order Basketball Backboard Replacement

Posted by Administrator on 2/19/2013 to Competitive Edge Product Reviews
You have had a wonderfully functional basketball system in your backyard for years. You have spent hours out practicing by yourself, inviting your friends and family over, and teaching your children to play. Things were going great until one afternoon, your oldest child comes in and tells you that your beloved basketball system is no more. He and his friends did not do anything wrong. They were just out shooting hoops and the backboard, quite suddenly, shattered. Hey, it happens. Backboard cannot last forever. You got a long life out of the system. Time to hang up the sneaks for good, right? No!

Indoor Arcade Basketball Games and Options

Posted by Administrator on 2/15/2013 to Competitive Edge Product Reviews
Here is some help for you when researching a purchase for an arcade basketball game for your home use. First, we will look at manufacturers of these types of games. Lifetime Products, Spalding, and Escalade Sports are the largest manufacturers of these types of systems - there are many other smaller makers as well. Of these 3 main players in this market, Spalding and Escalade Sports offer a more than 1 system. Each of these manufacturers offer very similar products in quality and play. However, certain minor differences between their product offerings may sway you one way or the other. We will look at each unique portion of their systems next.

Basketball Hoop Purchasing Guide: Pole Shape and Size

Posted by Administrator on 10/29/2012 to Competitive Edge Product Reviews
e pole of the basketball system is an important part for obvious reasons; the most obvious reason being it holds the backboard and mounting hardware in position. However, there are also less obvious reasons that might escape some people. With most manufacturers, they will have a series of basketball goal offerings that will increase in quality and size. Thus, the poles of their systems will also differ in quality and size. Other manufacturers will offer basketball poles in only 1 shape, but differ in sizes. We will explore all these options in this part of the basketball hoop purchasing guide.

Basketball Hoop Purchasing Guide: Basketball Backboard Sizes

Posted by Administrator on 10/16/2012 to Store News & Events
To start off this section, we should note that a regulation backboard is 72 inches wide and 42 inches high. Most basketball systems, however, do not have this large of a backboard. There are a large number of mini basketball hoops available, which we will not consider. We will consider basketball hoops made by Lifetime Products, Spalding, Huffy, Goalsetter, and Goalrilla product offerings that have systems that can have the rim reach 10 feet. In this group of available basketball systems, backboards widths can be as small as 44 inches wide and as big as a regulation-sized backboard. Here are some more details for each size group.

Basketball Hoop Purchasing Guide: Warranty Options

Posted by Administrator on 10/10/2012 to Competitive Edge Product Reviews
Most basketball hoop purchases provide an excellent upgrade to your home, or at least provide a long lasting product that can provide many years of use. Thus, most basketball hoop manufacturers provide product warranties for their items. They understand that you are wanting the system to last a long time while your family grows up. However, just about every manufacturers' warranty is different, sometimes even from the same manufacturer. We will discuss these here.

Lifetime Products

Lifetime Products has two separate basketball hoop lines they make. Each group is essentially universal in warranty length and coverage. The low-end systems carry a 5 year warranty; the high end has a limited lifetime warranty. These warranties deal with defects in workmanship and materials - which essentially means they are guaranteeing parts of the system for the specified period of time until things give out due to normal wear and tear. What is normal wear and tear and what is not normal wear and tear is entirely up to Lifetime to decide. The only exception to these warranty generalities is with any system that has a glass backboard. In the low end, the currently amounts to 1 system. In the high-end, that covers currently 5 different systems. This difference is this, the glass backboard material is not warrantied.

Basketball Hoop Purchasing Guide: Height Adjustment Mechanisms

Posted by Administrator on 10/9/2012 to Competitive Edge Product Reviews
Nearly every basketball hoop manufacturer has a height adjustment mechanism of some sort. These height adjustment mechanisms can be as simple as a turn crank, or has complicated as a pneumatic piston lift. This post will discuss the different options available from each of the major manufacturers.

Basketball Hoop Purchasing Guide: Backboard Materials

Posted by Administrator on 10/6/2012 to Basketball Hoop Guide
As part of your purchasing research for a basketball system you will inevitably run into the question of what backboard material is best. This question is not lost on either low-end or high-end basketball system purchases. So, we will address this questions here. Different manufacturers building basketball backboards with different materials; many manufacturers build systems with with multiple types of backboard materials depending on the system. Typically, your options for backboard material will include polyethylene plastic (or similar plastic material), polycarbonate, acrylic, and tempered glass. These backboard materials have many different suppliers and purposes. We will look at them one at a time.

Basketball Hoop Purchasing Guide: Manufacturers

Posted by Administrator on 9/29/2012 to Basketball Hoop Guide
While this is the first topic we will cover in the basketball hoop purchasing guide series, this is not necessarily the place you need to start with your shopping. The maker of the basketball hoop you are interested in just makes for a great logical sequence to proceed through to discuss the ins and outs of buying an appropriate basketball system for your home or organization. Each basketball hoop manufacturer, if successful, tends to target a particular market segment to fit the needs of a market segment better than anyone else. Thus, if you are wanting a high-end hoop, do not expect to find great options from low-end producers, and vise versa. The following list of common basketball hoop makers will help you sort who caters to your particular needs.

Basketball Hoop Purchasing Guide

Posted by Administrator on 9/25/2012 to Competitive Edge Product Reviews
This post is to announce our basketball hoop buying guide that will be presented over several blog posts for the purpose of helping you decide on the best product solution for your basketball system needs. These articles will go through every detail we can think of that will affect your buying decision. We will discuss manufacturers of basketball systems, backboard size, backboard material, in ground vs. portable, wall-mounted systems, warranties, shipping, assembly, etc. Come back and visit us soon for our first buying guide articles.

Basketball Hoop Maintenance Tips

Posted by Administrator on 9/22/2012 to Basketball Hoop Guide
Basketball hoops have many different features that help prolong the life of the system. For instance, most basketball hoop manufacturers provide some sort of protective covering on metal parts to prevent rusting. However, there are still some things you can do to help your basketball hoop last as long as possible. Here are some suggestions. Make sure you always follow instructions and maintenance requirements set forth by the manufacturer.

In Ground Basketball Systems Option Comparison

Posted by Administrator on 7/7/2012 to Basketball Hoop Guide
When shopping for an inground basketball hoop, monitoring variations of the same, or similar, feature is important to make sure you are getting the best basketball goal for your money. We will compare several manufacturers of basketball systems in this post and hopefully help differentiate between basketball system features before you purchase.

In Ground Basketball Systems Vs. Portable Basketball Systems

Posted by Administrator on 6/6/2012 to Basketball Hoop Guide
Between ordering in ground basketball systems and portable basketball systems are several important factors to consider. If over looked, you may regret your choice of basketball hoops for your home at some point down the line. This article will help you go through some of these considerations before you purchase.

Silverback Basketball Hoops Outdoor Models Breakdown

Posted by Administrator on 5/21/2012 to Basketball Hoop Guide
Silverback basketball systems are from the same manufacturer as Goalrilla basketball hoops. The Silverback line caters to a cheaper price range, but features many of the same general design features as the Goalrilla line. In the Silverback basketball hoop line, there are two models currently available - the B5402W and the B5400W. We will briefly explore the differences between these two basketball systems.

New Mammoth Basketball Hoop Line of Systems

Posted by Administrator on 4/25/2012 to Competitive Edge Product Reviews
Lifetime Products has redesigned the Mammoth basketball hoop line, bringing a completely updated look and feel. The purpose of this post will be to go over the differences between the old models - 98856, 98862, and 98874 - and the new models - 90179, 90180, and 90181. Let's start with the most noticeable.

Difference Between Acrylic and Glass Basketball Backboards

Posted by Administrator on 4/3/2012 to Competitive Edge Product Reviews
An ongoing question that we have not visited here on this blog before is the difference or the benefit between glass and acrylic backboards. We will try to give you a non-watered down or overly wordy, or sales intensive, explanation.

Lifetime Basketball Hoop Selection Help

Posted by Administrator on 3/10/2012 to Competitive Edge Product Reviews
The point of this post is to help in understanding the difference in some of the available basketball systems from Lifetime Products. Lifetime has basketball hoops for many different budgets. Here is break down of their introductory to mid-range basketball goals.

Portable Basketball Hoop Vs. In Ground Basketball Hoop

Posted by Administrator on 3/8/2012 to Basketball Hoop Guide
Frequently, customers ask us what type of system is best, or what kind they should purchase - inground or portable. If this describes your current stage in purchasing a basketball goal for your home, please consider these things.

Matching a Replacement Lifetime Basketball Backboard to an Existing System

Posted by Administrator on 2/2/2012 to Basketball Systems
We have written about this before, but figured it might be useful for a refresher course in case people get hung up on how to replace the backboard on their Lifetime basketball system. You should always verify compatibility of the backboard you are interested in before ordering the product.

Great Arcade Basketball Games for Home Use

Posted by Administrator on 12/2/2011 to Basketball Systems
Looking for a great gift for your children this Christmas? Do your kids love basketball? Take a look at an arcade basketball game this year. Arcade electronic basketball games provide a fun, active product for your family. Several different models are available; however, we will just focus on one: the 90056 Double Shot Basketball Game from Lifetime Products.

Cyber Monday Sale and Christmas Time Coupon Codes

Posted by Administrator on 11/28/2011 to Lifetime Tables & Chairs
Today only, take advantage of a 5% sale on nearly all products. This sale takes 5% off the lowest marked price on most products. In conjunction with this sale and the Christmas holiday, we have created several new coupon codes for use on our site now through December 9, 2011. Please note that these coupon codes will no longer work and the offers no longer valid literally at the stroke of midnight, December 10, 2011 CDT. So, make your purchases now before time runs out.

End of the Line for Lifetime Basketball Hoop 90013

Posted by Administrator on 11/2/2011 to Store News & Events
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Lifetime just informed us that the 90013 has been discontinued and is no longer in stock. This means, the closest product available in this price range to the 90013 is the 54-inch glass backboard in-ground basketball system.