Hello Gentlemen I just recently priced portable pitching mounds; unfortunately for me I do not have $2500 to spend. If anyone can provide any knowledge in the do it yourself construction of a portable mound at a much lesser price it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks John Perona
John, you were part of this discussion earlier this summer. ??? I think mine was $600 with shipping. Custom made based on Dick’s recommendations. Just ask for the Barry Zito model. Seriously. [url]http://www.pitching.com/forum/pitching-mastery-customer-forum/17938-pitching-mounds.html?highlight=%22portable+mound%22[/url]
Hey Scottwaz, Are you sure of the price I looked online and with the spikeless turk and hinges plus shipping it was about $750.00. or is he giving D.M. clients a better deal Thanks Kevin
it’s been a while. I think $750 with shipping. Either way, good product, low price, nice guy, no problems, made it to my specs. -scott
Dude My age must be catching up to me. I just don’t remember. Thanks John
Hey Guys, You know, I have been a finish carpenter for 20 years and my hobby is computer programming(meaning I like evaluating requirements and building things to meet those requirements) Lol, tell me all the requirements for a portable mound…$750 bucks? Sheesh, why can’t we turn that into a weekend project that costs less than $100? I have no idea how well constructed the mounds you guys are talking about are, but even if our mound only lasted a season for less than $100, why not? I’m imagining some weight restrictions, some plywood and framing materials and some wheels and maybe some hinges if the thing folds in half… You tell me : ) Mark Even simpler, but more trips to the van… Three parts that firmly attatched together on the field. BackStep Platform, Rubber Platform, Foward Down Ramp. I am sure the portable mounds you guys are talking about do not include a backstep platform to allow for Dick’s Momentum Pitching. /– All the mounds I have glanced at only think about forward movement, ie flat platform with slope in front. Momentum Pitching actually requires a slope/mound in the back of at least 30″. Anyway, there is no reason we can’t build our own mounds. If your serious about building your own… I need to know how wide the thing should be. How tall and long the ‘flat part/rubber area’ should be. How long the slope in front of the flat/rubber area should be and how long the step back area should be, including its slope. It would basically be three parts, back triangle, center flat, front triangle. They could lock together with some kind of side clasp and perhaps a leger on the bottom of the center piece, or pins that aligned to keep them even to each other on the top. Using plywood and framing materials would make it a bit bulky but it would be inexpensive and to the dimensions we need.
This is a copy of post I made back in 1999. I built this for my son and he used it all through HS. I made a portable mound out of plywood, 2 by 10s and covered it with green outdoor carpet to prevent sliding. Here is the plan: Get 2 10ft long 2 by 10s. Cut one at 6 ft. Save the excess. Cut the 6 foot length on an angle so that it creates a triangle that is 6 long on the bootom an 10″ high. By making this cut you should have 2 equal pieces each creating a slope that falls 10″ over 6ft. Space the two pieces 4 ft apart. Cut a third 6ft piece on the same angle and run it down the middle of the 4 ft area. Attach plywood (I used thin plywood) cut it 6ft long by 4 ft wide and attach it with wood screws to the 3 cut 2 by 10s. Then make a rectangular box one foot wide, 10″ high and 4 ft long. Attach the box to the main section. The box does not need a bottom. It can be made out of the scrap 2 by 10s and covered with the plywood. This makes the total mound about 7 ft long. The box is the top of the mound. I attached a 1ft long 2 by 4 to the back of the box which acts as the rubber. I then covered the top of the mound with the green out door carpeting. You can get all of the supplies at your local home improvement store such as home depot. Last thing I did was run a strand of black electrical tape starting at the rubber the length of the mound. The tape acts as guide for the pitcher to keep him on line. The whole project only took me about an hour an 1/2 to finish. I glued the carpet with adheasive. I did not use any matting but some people do. My son uses it 3 times a week in our garage. It can be moved by 2 people. We have a park accross the street from where we live and when the weather is nice we take it out to the park to throw. It probably weighs 80 lbs so it is not a one pearson job. You can attach handles if you want. Good luck. Ron
Ron Harvot Now there’s a name from the past!! You been lurking all of these years?
Wow! Ron, it is so nice to hear from you again. Ron by the way, is as much responsible for this forum’s longevity as anyone. A major contributor going way back. A very knowledgeable and wise baseball guy. Go back and read some of his posts. We were in the trenches many times against the weighted ball advocates and scapula loaders during the days of the public forums. Ron helped keep in on the straight and narrow many times. Here’s some history. [url]http://www.pitching.com/forum/pitching-mastery-customer-forum/17330-farewell.html?highlight=Harvot[/url] Ron, please extend my warm wishes to you and your family…especially Tony who had a great pitching career. Dick
I have made two mounds the way Ron made them. I have had them for 4 years and they work very well. If you want to make them portable, go get a 3/4 inch rod (wider than your mound), (4 )3/4 washers, (4) clip pins or cotter pins and two wheels 3/4 holes from your local hardware store . Drill holes into the wood on each side about 1 1/2 iches up from bottom and 2 inches from side. Slide the rod through the holes, drill holes for the pins ,slide wheels. Now you have a portable mound. When you get where you want it slide wheels off and you are ready to pitch. Tim Gries
Here is a link to plans for a portable pitching mound. Very inexpensive, and pretty simple actually. Now of course, the plans do not have the space we need for behind the rubber, but I am sure it would not be too hard to add that to this plan. Hope it helps someone out there. I am going to be building one this upcoming week. I will let you know how it goes. DIY KITS : Pitcher’s Mound : DIY Network
<p>Coach Mills, I am looking at buying a portable mound, any suggestions or recommendations. I came across one that referenced ‘Coach Mills’, CEMCON Co…. portablepitchingmound.com….do you recommend this product? Not opposed to building one but the price seems pretty reasonable.</p> <p>Paul M. from California </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
I have recommended these guys for years. We purchased one about 8 or 9 years ago for Ryan. Still in good shape.
We have nothing to do with them but recommend. http://newpitchingmound.com/
But there are others to consider as well.
Purchase a big one even if your son is in youth baseball. He will grow.
<p>Thanks for the response. I ended up building one using 2×10’s and 3/4 plywood. Ordered a 4’x12′ pitching mat from promounds.com (a nice Brockton MA company) to cover it…….A $240. tank that should last quite a long time.</p>
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