Pitching machines are essential to baseball. If you're a beginner and want to learn about distance and timing, you need a pitching machine to practice without fearing the ball. It also helps you get familiar with different pitching styles.
Check out the following fifteen DIY pitching machines for you to try your hands on. Choose one, build it and improve your baseball pitching skills.
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1. Homemade Practice Ball Pitching Machine
Do you want to do repetitive batting practice without wearing a pitcher's arm? Then, it would be best if you had this homemade practice ball machine. The ball pitching machine is made from a vacuum, motor, battery, and PVC pipe. Make a stand with the PVC pipe and attach a plastic board to it.
Place it at some distance away from the machine as the receiving end of the ball. The device is placed on a tripod stand with all its components attached to it at the back. ON the machine and pick one ball, put it in the first opening of the pipe that faces you, and the ball will come out of the second opening to open to the other side.
2. DIY Vacuum Pitching Machine
This pitching machine uses the outgoing air from the vacuum cleaner. Connect a two-way pipe to the opening and ON the vacuum. Put the ball inside the first pipe, and it will come out of the second pipe.
It is pretty simple. Also, with this video, you can create your own bat; get some pool noodles, dowels, and duct tape. Cut the pool noodles to your preferred length, then cut the dowel to be some inches longer than the noodles. Fit the popsicle stick inside the pool noodles and use duct tape to wrap the remaining inches on the dowel. With this, your bat is ready for use.
3. Homemade Pitching Machine Auto Feeder
This auto-feeder pitching machine is perfect for beginners. An auto feeder pitching machine fends the ball into the device by itself. The auto feeder does not always look nice, but it works well and is cheap to make. The motor costs $2.66 when you get other materials from home or the second-hand store. It is straightforward to put together.
4. Homemade Baseball Pitching Machine
Learn how to make this bicycle base balk pitching. All you need include metal, a wheel, a machine belt, and a motor. Build the frame of the pitching machine with metal. Under the top brace of the frame, the recycled metal is attached underneath.
Attach the wheel with a metal rod and connect it with a belt to the motor sitting on a metal plate. To throw the ball, ON the engine and the wheel start motion. Put the ball in the hole on the metal underneath the braces. The ball will fall on the moving wheel, and the movement on the wheel will throw the ball.
5. DIY Pitching Machine
This instructable us all you need to build a pitching machine for yourself at home using some basic materials you can find around. The guide explains how to turn wood, springs, screws, holds, and other necessary parts into a functional pitching machine. The image looks complicated as wood intertwined but is very simple when you get at it.
6. Manual Loading Pitching Machine DIY
KiteArmy inspires this low-tech, manual loading pitching machine. All you need is a stock motor and remote. Other in-between supplies include 2" diameter PVC pipe, 3" diameter, flexible plastic tubing, duct tape, metal ribbon, leaf blower, scrap wood, and 3" PVC 45°elbow. After gathering all the materials, assemble the PVC parts and connect them to the leaf blower. See below for how to set up the machine.
7. Pitching Machine Restoration DIY
All you need for this pitching machine include an A-50 Pitching Machine, chain tightener spring, belt, agitator drive belt, bronze bushing set, prong power cord, spray paint, galvanized pipe, pliers, wire cutters, Dremel, tire iron, wrench, nail set, concrete, and MDF. It is straightforward to go out together.
8. How To Make A Pitching Machine
See here how to make a cheap and straightforward pitching machine. It is made from a vacuum rubber booth, PVC pipe, PVC elbow, and a recycled bench. Take the bar to the sport you want the machine to be. Place the long PVC pipe on it and connect the elbow to it. Now, join the rubber booth and power the system.
Put the ball in through the elbow, and the outgoing air from the rubber vacuum pushed it out. Make sure to cover the elbow with your hand immediately after putting the ball to stop the environmental air from getting into it.
9. DIY Baseball Pitching Machine
If you want to practice baseball pitching, this machine will make all the difference you want. You can make it with a large battery. Weld some metals together to give you the frame. Find two wheels and connect them to the edge. The whole baseball pitching machine has a tire that allows it to move as you pull it.
10. DIY Pitching Machine
This pitching machine is made from PVC pipe, PVC elbow, PVC cap, and something to power the whole system. While setting up the device, get the power source, assemble the PVC pipes and connect the PVC cap to the pipe facing up.
Put as many balls as the pipe can accommodate at the time inside and power on the system. The balk will be coming out one after another. The purpose of the end cap is to prevent any air from coming into the system to distract the system airflow.
11. Baseball Pitching Machine DIY
The base of this pitching machine for baseball is made from reclaimed wood and some metal bracket to hold the angle in place. The bottom wheel will be stationary, and you need a metal rod to keep it in place. It is straightforward. If you're a beginner and it doesn't look straight, you can first make a prototype and see how far you can go. Then, create your actual pitching machine
12. DIY Ball Pitcher
Turn a leaf blower, PVC pipes, and a few extra materials into a machine that can pitch a Wiffle ball at 50mph. We have a bungee cord; to hold the PVC pipe to a piece of wood, table, or anything that can balance the pipe. Start by setting up the PVC pipe, get one PVC elbow with three openings, one smaller than the other two.
Connect two PVC pipes of the same diameter to the bigger opening on the elbow and connect the smaller opening to the leaf blower. Power the machine with the leaf blower, then drop the Wiffle ball from the giant pipe that faces up. Make sure to cover the tube immediately after dropping the ball to project towards the rear tube.
13. How To Create A Pitching Machine
If you have some experience with woodwork and welding, this pitching machine is for you. The frame is made from wood and metal. First, gather the wood pieces, metal, screws, glue, and tools required for the project.
After this, cut the wood to pieces and join them together with glue and screw. Use a router to make a groove on the parts. Assemble the wood pieces as the instructor in this video did. Then, cut the metal into pieces and weld them together.
14. How To Build A Pitching Machine
You can build this pitching machine for as low as $35.00. It is made from materials that you can easily buy from any hardware store. It shoots over 25 feet, and you can use different spins to control the curve and location of the ball.
To complete the pitching machine, all you need to include the vacuum cleaner, bucket, pipe, and drill. It is perfect for someone who wants to learn more about stance and timing.
15. DIY Pitching Machine
Check out this aluminum baseball machine frame. It is not very simple to set up as you need some expertise in welding, but it is very functional and cheap.
The materials required for the pitching machine include an aluminum frame, fan, radiator, aluminum backplate, car battery, car/bike tire, PVC pipe, and bolts. You need to remove the back rim for the tire when you're connecting it to the aluminum frame. Then, place an aluminum angle on it to keep it in place.
There you have it! Fifteen amazing DIY pitching machines for baseball. Make one and start practicing baseball pitching with no fear. Remember to choose only projects that you know you can complete. Also, feel free to seek professional help if you become stuck while trying to make the pitching machine.