Been installing for 11 years. For the price this one is the best (or the 54"). This is a huge step-up from the low end "toys" that are only good for little children. This goal is great because: 1) 4" square pole 2) great looking and rebounding backboard 3)good break-away rim 4) crank adjust makes installation (getting 10' height) easier and is the best way to adjust the height without the limitations of the ratchet pre-selected positions of the cheapers.
MY ADVICE: TOSS THE PLASTIC GROUND SLEEVE IN THE TRASH. Plastic between the steel pole and concrete gives and then your goal is wobbly like a loose tooth. Unless you plan on moving soon, don't use it. Use it to mark the pole so you know how deep to put the pole but then chuck it. Filling the pole with concrete is recommended because it adds sturdiness or rigidity to the pole (less wobble) and most importantly, it won't fill with water and rust from the inside out and fall over after 5 years. A pole filled with cement will last 20+yrs.
Lastly, it does not take 5 or 3 or even 2 people if you have a pick-up truck. Just set the pole and on the "day2" pull your truck up along side and stand in the back and attach the arms, crank, backboard then rim, respectively. done. If you don't have a truck, it is still very easy to do by yourself except for the backboard. Get someone to put the two bolts in the backboard while you hold it up. But after that the rest can be done by yourself. Then, mix one more 80lb bag of quikcrete with a tad too much water so it will pour from a bucket. With a ladder or from the truck, using a square bucket slowly pour a little at a time down the pole till it's all used up. It does not have to be filled to the top but at least past the joint of the two pole segments. Be sure to duct tape the joint also before pouring, the concrete will seep from the joint and run down the pole and IT DOES NOT WIPE OFF due to the matte paint. The old gloss paint would but not this. You pour the concrete in the pole on day 2 because that is when the pole will be strong enough to hold the weight of the concrete inside it. Doing it on the day 1 will make it heavy and fall over. Pouring it in with a cap on the bottom and trying to pick it up and put in the ground sleeve that you should have tossed is stupid. Basketball goals should be as sturdy as possible not removable! unless you are renting or moving soon.
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