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Originally posted by metalone metalone wrote:

This might not be the best, but it is my design.  I made it with a removeable handle, which also rotates almost 180 degrees.  After picking up the balls, it can be placed on the table for service or you can pour the balls into a basket or robot feeder.
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The pingpongbuddy is definately cool, but you can't serve directly out of the pouch and it can't stand up without leaning it on a wall or support.  I actually completed a few designs before settling on the final design, I did make a very high end one, but it is too heavy and I haven't had the time to modify the design.  The high end version was designed from the ground up, no existing boxes were used and balls can be picked up on two of the vertical surfaces (ends) and on the bottom - balls against a wall. 
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I had a pingpongbuddy for a while and I brought it to the house of people where I coached a teenager. I had them buy that picker upper (that works fantastically) and because he was lazy picking up balls after emptying the robo caddy I brought my pingpongbuddy so we'd work together. After the last lesson (a year at 1.5 hour a week) I forgot it and i never had the guts to ask it back because they were so generous (they gave me their very nice table when they upgraded to a fancy $1500 1" top killerspin MyT10) . The pingpongbuddy works the best because it can go anywhere to grab balls no matter the wires in the way or other obstacles; in corners we get the ball in 2 steps: pull it a bit with the frame and tap it. After the works I'd just throw it under the table. 
I browsed today because I wanted another one but the new price increase made me think of doing my own with an old metallic framed badminton racket. I am thinking of starting there, bending the stick and sticking the handle into a piece of pvc slightly wider than its top. I'll probably recycle the grip to roll around the pvc. 
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I was interested in the mypingpongbuddy.. until I saw the price.

Hope he is selling them by the truckload, but for me, the price is crazy when there are so many ez ways to design and build one for much less.

Looks like that will be my weekend project soon.

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Hey, I want to thank all you guys for talking MyPingPongBuddy on MyTT.  I just had 5 sales yesterday from buyers who came across your discusssions about MPPB here at  MyTT!! Muchas Gracias!! 
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you mean more than 5 people logged on to MYTT yesterday? that would make it a total over 55 if we count the spam bots.
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

the Killerspin model is so slick!!! I would not spend the $60 because my lower tt budget but I can understand why somebody who can spare them would Clap

http://www.killerspin.com/equipment/robots/kollect-ball-picker-upper.html


Looks like they improved on the design of mypingpongbuddy
I wonder if the maker of mypingpongbuddy has a patent.

As much as I like the mypingpongbuddy, it definitely has some flaws:
1.  The neck is fragile - the angle could have been done w/ pvc connectors.   When 1 broke, I saw someone fix it like that and it was much more stable.
2.  Not being able to collapse into itself to save some space.
3.  Corners would be easier with a square or rectangular shape (90 degree angle)

It looks like killerspin thought of those 2 of the 3 problems.
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The design is to close between MyPingPongBuddy and the Killerspin Kollect. 

I wonder if one licenses the design to the other. MPPB was first wasnt' it?
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Originally posted by fatt fatt wrote:

The design is to close between MyPingPongBuddy and the Killerspin Kollect. 

I wonder if one licenses the design to the other. MPPB was first wasnt' it?


I don't think mppb has any patent.

Not that it matters. I can see Chinese knockoffs coming sometime in the near future of the killerspin model. And once other retailers get the killerspin, we'll see what the discount pricing will be.
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This is a review.  I saw this thread a few weeks ago while I was still lurking and liked the design of the mppb. Since I am no longer just lurking I thought I would post this review.

I bought 3 mppb for $105.  I thought it was a good design. I know I needed a way of picking up TT balls the is faster then the Newgy Pong Pals.  I bought one for my coach because one of his net broke and one for the club.  I haven't been to the club for a week to deliver the club mppb but the coach and and I have really liked ours.

Basically mppb is a badminton racquet that has its handle bent at about 45 degrees and attached to PVC piping.  The net that collects and hold the balls is attached to the badminton racquet with fishing line.  Fishing line is strung across the badminton racquet at intervals and tension so that the fishing line will allow the balls to be picked up but not fall out.   

My concern is how will the fishing line hold up but then again it is only fishing line.  It should be easy to repair if the fishing line that keep the balls in and also attaches the net to the badminton racquet  should break. The PVC handle is long.  Long enough to easily reach under tables to get to balls.  The only problem is that one ball in the corner needs to be first rolled out then then captured but over all I find that I can pick up balls more quickly with the mppb.

So far I would say that mppb is a good design and works as shown in the videos above.

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Originally posted by RJTT RJTT wrote:

I might try this design next. You could make this out of PVC pipe and small bungy cords.

 

Did this member or has anyone else tried making this?

So far in this thread we've talked about the problem of a round headed for balls in the corner.

Looks like the MPPB design is the best (although still round head) but some say has flimsy neck. And the Killerspin model is nice as well but more expensive. Still $45 for the mppb.

Does that mean the guy in the video above has the best design? Similar in concept to mppb. Much cheaper (PVC is cheap). 

Has anybody tried making this? Would bungy cords last longer than fishing line?


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Bumping this thread. 

Anybody else have some DIY designs they've tried since? Looking to make something, but having trouble deciding which sort of design to try. 
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Haven't tried making one but if you want a cheap DIY design, all you need are

- plastic gallon milk container or empty 2 or 3 liter soda bottle.  I've seen designs using gallon size buckets but they seem a bit unwieldy.
- broom stick
- fish line
- duct tape or screws/nuts

Cut the top off the container to allow emptying collected balls.
Cut the bottom off the container between 30-45 deg angle to allow collecting balls under the table.

Drill holes around the perimeter of the bottom of the container and attach fish line from one hole to the other.  The fish line should be spaced slightly smaller than the diameter of a TT ball.  The flexibility of the fish line will allow you to push down to pop the balls into the container.  When you're done stringing, it should resemble a tennis racket. 

Attach the broomstick to the container using the duct tape or screws/nuts and you're done.

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Brilliant idea, you may also have a look to this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHoXv5tzzr8&t=78s
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