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Basketball Backboards & Pole Sets
Basketball sets allow the fun of playing basketball at home in your driveway. Backboards can be attached to the roof of your garage, but by installing them on a hand cranked pole, you can adjust the height of the basket to suit younger players or make sure it is at regulation height. These sets usually include an
acrylic backboard, a metal rim and a steel pole.

Consider the following when buying a basketball set:

  • Clear acrylic backboards should be thick enough to stand up to hard use. Many manufacturers use 1/8 or 1/4 inch acrylic which can be too thin and soft. Better backboards are 3/8 to 1/2 inch acrylic. They also provide better rebound.
  • Check to see what gauge steel the pole is constructed from. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel. 16 gauge steel poles are thin and flimsy; 11 gauge is better, but the best poles are made of 7 gauge steel. Thicker poles help reduce shake and vibration when playing.
  • Poles can be round or square. Look to see if the pole comes in sections or is one piece. The problem with sectional poles is that there is a weak spot at each
  • place the sections are joined. The seams can rust and kids can bend and break the pole if they hang on the basket rim. One piece poles are harder to bend even if thepole is made from a thinner gauge steel.

Remember that most of these sets require assembly.

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