Which Football Machine Is Right For Me?

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Which Football Machine Is Right For Me?
Football machines are great – they have the ability to throw balls all day long. Some can punt, some can simulate kickoffs. But the question arises: which one is right for you? Unique Sports is here to help you choose the right football machine for your school, rec club or back yard.

The Basics

There are four major football machines. JUGS, reknown for their baseball pitching machines, makes two of those. FirstPitch, also primarily known for great pitching machines, makes the third and Sports Attack who make a variety of Professional Sports Training Equipment make the other. They cover a wide range of features and prices. Let’s go through a few of those and qualify what they mean:

Kick-Offs (End-over-End)

If having a machine that is capable of simulating kick-offs is important to you, make sure your machine has this feature. This means that the machine is capable of sending a ball travelling through the air end-over-end rather than in a tight spiral, just like a kickoff.

Supported Machines:

  • FirstPitch Quarterback Machine
  • JUGS Football Machine
  • Sports Attack Snap Attack Football Machine

Throwing Distance

This is the distance that our football machines will throw a pass. The JUGS Field General isn’t made to cover the entire field, but the other two will throw up to 80 yards with ease.

Machine Specifics:

  • FirstPitch Quarterback Machine: 20 – 80 Yards
  • JUGS Field General: 5 – 50 Yards
  • JUGS Football Machine: 5 – 80 Yards
  • Sports Attack Snap Attack Football Machine: 5 – 100 Yards

Hang Time

If the time the ball hangs in the air before it’s picked up by your receiver is important to you, this category explains it.

Machine Specifics:

  • FirstPitch Quarterback Machine: variable
  • JUGS Field General: 5 seconds
  • JUGS Football Machine: 7.5 seconds
  • Sports Attack Snap Attack Football Machine: variable

Weight

How much the machine weighs.

Machine Specifics:

  • FirstPitch Quarterback Machine: 125 lbs.
  • JUGS Field General: 97 lbs.
  • JUGS Football Machine: 127 lbs.
  • Sports Attack Snap Attack Football Machine: 90 lbs. 

Transport Wheel

This ingenious device is a wheel mounted toward the back of the machine allows you to carry the football machine without a cart! If portability is important, consider this feature.

Supported Machines:

  • JUGS Field General
  • JUGS Football Machine
  • Sports Attack Snap Attack Football Machine: two transporting wheels

Guarantee

This one is easy – each of our football machines is guaranteed by the manufacturer for 5 years. 5 glorious years of football throwing.

Speed Adjustments

All four football machines we carry feature a speed dial, allowing you to speed up or slow down those passes on the fly!

Motor

The motor is the heart of the football machine, and without it, your beautiful machine would just look pretty. Single-motor systems spin both wheels with a single motor, while dual-motor systems feature a motor for each wheel. This eliminates the chance that the shaft connecting the wheels to the motor will break.

Machine Specifics:

  • FirstPitch Quarterback Machine: 2 motors, 1/3 hp each
  • JUGS Field General: 1 motor, 1/4 hp
  • JUGS Football Machine: 1 motor, 1/4 hp
  • Sports Attack Snap Attack Football Machine: Two powerful variable speed motors drive two indestructible football throwing wheels.

Swivel

The swivel is the left-right range of motion for the head of the machine – the wider this is, the more coverage you have on the field. All of our machines are admirable on this.

Machine Specifics:

  • FirstPitch Quarterback Machine: Wide swivel
  • JUGS Field General: 180° swivel
  • JUGS Football Machine: 180° swivel
  • Sports Attack Snap Attack Football Machine: Wide swivel

Punts

All of our football machines can simulate punts, giving your coach a greater control over field drills!

Price

All of our football machines are great values, and we work hard to offer the lowest prices on the Internet (remember, shipping is free in the continental 48 states!). Also remember to check our actual football machines, as our prices are subject to change.

Machine Specifics:

 We at Unique Sports have had multiple NFL wide receivers purchase football passing machines from us, but football passing machines can be used at all levels and for a variety of different drills.

Football training machines replicate snaps, passes and kicks that will maximize players time on the most difficult to practice phases of the game. With Football Passing Machines you get quality, realistic reps without a center, countless reps for receivers without a quarterback and replicate the kicking game with deep passes.

We receive a lot of questions on the differences between not only our JUGS Football Passing Machine and the JUGS Field General Football Machine, but some of our other brands as well. We’ve attempted to outline some of these differences below.

JUGS Football Passing Machine

The JUGS Football Machine not only throws passes, but replicates punts and kickoffs to any spot on the field.

The JUGS Football Machine is extremely versatile and easy to use so even less experienced coaches can have players practice catching perfect passes or even “kicks” at easy to adjust speeds and distances – from 5 yards to 80 yards.

The JUGS Football Passing Machine also comes equipped with a transport wheel that makes it easy to move by coaches or players from one spot on the field to another.

Improve players hands as well as their ability to catch the ball with one of our popular Football Passing Machines today.

JUGS Field General Football Passing Machine

The JUGS Field General throws accurate passes up to 50 yards, allowing you to hit your receivers in stride, running any route in your playbook.

The JUGS Field General also stimulates punts with a hang time of over 5 seconds, allowing you to do drills that include both punt and punt return teams.


First Pitch Quarterback Football Machine

The First Pitch Quarterback provides numerous opportunities for your teams training routine. The First Pitch throws great spirals passes, comparable to JUGS, time after time, and simulates kickoffs and punts. The Quarterback is durable for home or team use.

The First Pitch Quarterback Football Machine Features:

Throw up to 80 Yards
Adjustable Legs
Official and Youth Sizes
Swivel Base
Two 1/3 HP Motors
Spirals, kickoffs, and Punts
No Tools Required
Five Year Warranty

The Sports Attack Snap Attack Football Training Machine

Designed by football coaches, the Sports Attack Snap Attack Football Training Machine is a snap, pass and kick machine that will maximize your time on the most difficult to practice phases of the game.

The Sports Attack Snap Attack Football Training Machine Features:

Shotgun (5 yards) – 7 on 7 drills
No-back offense (5 yards)
Snaps to halfbacks (5-6 yards)
Quick kick (7 yards)
Short punt (7 yards)
Extra point (7-8 yards)
Long snap (14-15 yards)
Bad snaps (“Fire calls”)

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