Hercules™ Diamond Basketball Goal

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Hercules™ Diamond Basketball Goal

The undisputed champion and ultimate fixed-height basketball system (8" pole, regulation backboard and 5' extension)

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    Product Price
    Hercules Diamond Basketball System $2195
    Pole and Gusset Padding FREE
    Discount INCLUDED
    Configured Price
    $2195
    Shipping per goal:
    $200 - QC, ON
    $350 - NB, NS, PE
    $450 - NL, MB, SK, AB, BC, YT, NT, NU
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    Meet The Hercules™ Diamond

    • Regulation-sized tempered glass backboard

      Same exact piece of glass used all the way up to the NBA level.
    • Rigid 8" pole

      A massive one-piece 7 ga. square pole is unsurpassed!
    • Regulation overhang

      The beefy 5' overhang allows for regulation play and keeps the pole out of play.
    • Safe

      Includes high-quality pole & gusset safety padding.
    • Move to a new location

      Unbolt the system and install it at a new location.
    • Installation

      Professional installers available
    • Designed for harsh outdoor environments

      Rated for hurricane winds, extreme hot and cold temperatures.
    • Limited lifetime warranty

      Covers all basketball play including dunking and hanging.
    • Extras that come standard

      Basketball, pump, pole & gusset padding, shipping and expedite order processing.

    Choose Which Fixed-Height In-Ground Hercules Is Right For You

    Hercules Diamond

    Hercules Platinum

    Hercules Gold

    Backboard Size 72" x 42" x ½" 72" x 42" x ½" 60" x 38" x ½"
    Backboard Material Tempered Glass or Acrylic Tempered Glass Tempered Glass
    Pole 8" x 8" 6" x 6" 6" x 6"
    Overhang 5' 4' 4'
    Rating
    Price $2395 $2185 $
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    Dedicated Backyard or Institutional Court

    Customer Reviews

    CUSTOMER REVIEWS SUMMARY (Hercules Diamond Basketball System)
    Average Customer Rating:
    4.67 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

    Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

    Pros: Practice (3), Residential Use (3), Pickup Games (3)
    Pros: best setup with a profess (2)
    Pros: Solid Backboard Response (3), High-Quality Materials / Construction (3), Aesthetically Pleasing (3), Stable (3)
    REVIEWED BY 3 CUSTOMERS
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    [58 of 120 customers found this review helpful]
    Great Product - I would recommend this to a friend. Super Strong!
    Hoopin' It Up! from Georgetown, OH gave the Hercules Diamond Basketball System 5 out of 5 stars on 08/30/2010
    Pros: Stable, Solid Backboard Response, High-Quality Materials / Construction, Aesthetically Pleasing
    Cons: best setup with a profess
    Best Uses: Pickup Games, Practice, Residential Use, Commercial Use, Tournaments
    Bottom Line I would recommend this product to a friend

    This basketball system is awesome. My son just loves it and so do all his friends. We had someone else install the system. It is not complicated but it does require several extra sets of hands and some materials that not just everyone has around the house. The people that installed the system said if we ever have a tornado go through the neighborhood at least the kids would still be able to play basketball because nothing is blowing this thing over. We look forward to many years of our son enjoying basketball in his own driveway on a prefessional grade hoop!

    [64 of 127 customers found this review helpful]
    Will last forever!
    Mi Kee from Apple Valley, CA gave the Hercules Diamond Basketball System 4 out of 5 stars on 08/26/2010
    Pros: Stable, Solid Backboard Response, High-Quality Materials / Construction, Aesthetically Pleasing
    Cons: best setup with a profess
    Best Uses: Pickup Games, Practice, Residential Use
    Bottom Line I would recommend this product to a friend

    Sturdy, well built, looks great, envy of the neighborhood

    [89 of 182 customers found this review helpful]
    better than expected
    caden from yarmouth, ME gave the Hercules Diamond Basketball System 5 out of 5 stars on 06/21/2010
    Pros: Stable, Solid Backboard Response, High-Quality Materials / Construction, Easy To Setup, Aesthetically Pleasing
    Best Uses: Pickup Games, Practice, Residential Use
    Bottom Line I would recommend this product to a friend

    no problems, great feel with the 5 ft overhang, kids love it as do I, stable sturdy and great for becoming gym ready!


    Review Process: 30 days after ordering, randomly chosen customers are sent an email requesting that they leave a review of the product they bought. This ensures all reviews are from verified customers and that they have had time to receive, install and use the product extensively. We have been requesting reviews since 5-11-2010.

    Technical Specifications

    Pole
    Pole Size 8" x 8" with 3/16" (7 gauge) thickness
    Steel Type Structural (mild) carbon steel with .29% carbon and a density of 7.85 g/cm3
    Pole / Gusset Padding Included. Custom fitted weather resistant vinyl covering with 1" thick high-impact padding
    Flanged Base Size 14.2" x 14.2" x ½"
    Gussets 4 of them each ½" thick
    Backboard
    Backboard Size 72" x 42" x ½"
    Backboard Material Tempered Glass or Acrylic
    Backboard Frame Size 2" with ¼" thickness
    Backboard Frame Material Aluminum with steel reinforcement
    Glass To Frame Mounting Mechanically encased in channel with rubber gasket
    Rim Mounting Type Through glass using grommets. No pressure on glass.
    Backboard Padding NOT Included.
    Extension Arm
    Overhang 5' (front of pole to front of backboard)
    Extension Arm Size 5" x 5" with 1/8" (11 gauge) thickness. Has 1 smaller support brace
    Anchor and Pier
    J-Bolt Count 6
    J-Bolt Size ½" diameter 18" long
    J-Bolt Material Ultra-high carbon steel with zinc galvanization
    Shipping
    Service Included. R+L Carriers LTL Freight
    Lift-Gate Included
    Scheduled Delivery Included
    Residential Delivery Included
    Weight 450 lb.
    Shipping Weight 475 lb.
    Packaging Configuration 5 cartons on 2 pallets
    Fasteners (nuts, bolts and washers)
    Material (no Rust Armor) Structural (mild) carbon steel with .29% carbon and a density of 7.85 g/cm3
    Material (with Rust Armor) stainless steel with UNS Designation of S20100
    Rust Armor
    Available Yes
    Structural Treatment Zinc Galvanization
    Fastener Material Stainless steel with UNS Designation of S20100
    Warranty Extended. Covers corrosion damage for a lifetime
    Warranty
    Limited Lifetime Warranty Yes
    Covers Dunking & Hanging Yes

    Features

    High-Performance, Durable Design and Construction

    Bring gymnasium quality play to your home or institution with a genuine Hercules Diamond basketball system. Available high-performance regulation-sized ½" thick tempered glass backboard and 8" square 7 ga. thick one-piece steel pole delivers unrivaled durability and performance that continues to exceed demanding expectations and out-perform alternatives.

    • 33% More Glass, 9% Better Rebound Response Than Closest Alternative

      Backboard Rebound Response

      Almost all gymnasiums use ½ inch thick tempered glass backboards while residential hoops use softer and thinner materials. This experiment is intended to determine how a ½ inch thick tempered glass backboard performs compared to traditional residential backboards.

      VIDEO: Rebound Response Experiment

      • Experiment Parameters
        - The backboards are all 60 x 36 inches and have identical aluminum framing. The ball used is made of an indoor outdoor synthetic material. All balls were dropped from a consistent 55 inches and were measured with a high speed digital camera. Rebound response is defined here as the percentage of distance the ball bounced back from the original drop height.
      • Summary
        - Acrylic was the clear looser with only a 38% rebound response (some manufactures use thinner 3/8 acrylic which was not tested). 1/2 inch glass was the winner beating 3/8 inch glass by approximately 9% with a 69% rebound response.
    • Heavy-Duty Backboard Frame

      The Hercules Diamond backboard is encased in a ¼" thick die-cast solid aluminum frame. This adds incredible rigidity to the board and protects the edges of the glass. The glass is locked into place with ¼" steel "L" brackets at each corner. A rubber gasket lines the channel that the glass sits in as a buffer from the metal frame.

      This mechanical method of mounting the glass is the same used on competitive NBA and NCAA backboards. Many other residential basketball systems use an adhesive to mount the glass which can weaken over time in the elements and can expose the edges of the glass increasing the chances of breakage.

      Backboard Frame-To-Glass Mounting Process

      Backboard Frame Comparison

    • Available High-Performance Regulation-Sized Tempered Glass Backboard

      Backboard Material Comparison

      Tempered glass is approximately 4 times heavier than acrylic. This adds mass to the system and improves the rebound response off of the backboard.

      Secondly, tempered glass is harder than acrylic. This creates a much more rigid surface and eliminates the drumhead effect that deadens rebounds on acrylic boards. Also, much like your car windshield, the hard tempered glass will resist scratching and remain clear. Acrylic will scuff and become cloudy over time.

      Acrylic does have its place. We recommend it in institutional applications where vandalism is likely. This is because acrylic will not shatter.

      In summary, tempered glass is preferred in most situations for its performance and durability over time. If you are concerned about vandalism acrylic might be the better option for you.

    • 8" Square, 7 Gauge Thick, One-Piece, Square Steel Pole

      Steel Thickness Comparison

      As the price of steel rises many manufactures are beginning to reduce the thickness of their main pole. This reduces the stiffness yielding a less stable, poor performing basketball system. Make sure you're getting a full 7 gauge (3/16") thick main pole.

      The quickest way to determine the quality of a basketball system is to check the pole type. All premium hoops use a square (or rectangular) one-piece pole with 7 gauge or higher thickness.

      Stay away from multi-piece poles. Manufactures split the poles into several pieces for shipping and distribution purposes. Right out of the box, you'll see that these joints are the weak link in the system and will weaken more over time from corrosion.

      Pole Type Comparison

      Weak corroded joint in a 2-piece pole

    • Limited Lifetime Warranty - Covers Dunking and Hanging

      We proudly back the genuine Hercules basketball goal with an unsurpassed warranty. The durable design, quality construction and over 24 years of experience ensure you will enjoy a lifetime of play and never worry about maintenance or replacing your system.

      Every part of the heavy-duty Hercules system has been designed to exceed performance expectations under extreme playing conditions. The Hercules goal is completely warranted for dunking and hanging on the rim. Other manufactures did not design their hoops for this kind of aggressive play and will not warrant it.

    • Industry Leading Corrosion Protection

      This system is currently available with our industry leading Rust Armor™ package. This will not delay your ship date.

      Mr. Basketball and Keith Discuss Corrosion Protection

      • How much is it?
        $149.00
      • Do I Need It?
        Receive 30 or more inches of rain per year - view map Receive standing snow and or roads are salted - view map Live within 100 miles of salt water - view map
        Live in a humid climate (60% or greater relative humidity) - view map Install basketball system within range of a sprinkler Want to reduce the risk of weakening bolts and unsightly rust streaks
      • What's included?
        • Zinc Galvanization

          The main structural components are dipped and coated in a galvanizing solution that will protect the raw steel from corrosive elements. These parts pass through a molten bath of zinc at a temperature of 860 degrees thoroughly coating them with a thick robust layer of zinc.

          This process is commonly known as hot-dip galvanization and prevents corrosion by forming a physical barrier and by acting as a sacrificial anode. The zinc coating reacts with oxygen, water molecules and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to yield an impermeable, tenacious, insoluble layer of zinc carbonate. This level of protection is similar to that of aluminum and stainless steels.

          Wikipedia was referenced for this information including the following pages Galvanization, Sacrificial Anode , and Hot-Dip Galvanizing.

          Photos of the main structural components after galvanization and before receiving a powder coat finish

          Galvanization Coating Diagram

        • Stainless Steel Fasteners

          Stainless Steel and Carbon Steel Bolt Comparison

          All fasteners are upgraded to stainless steel ensuring your system will look great and never weaken or seize up over time. Untreated carbon steel fasteners will be replaced with durable stainless steel to ensure your goal will remain structurally sound and reduce unsightly rust streaks.

          Destructive corrosives such as road and costal salt will not weaken fasteners. They also make moving your system a snap! Never worry about rusty fasteners seizing up while disassembling and reassembling the system.

        • Extended Corrosion Warranty

          Your system will be warranted against structural damage caused by corrosion for a lifetime!

          We are so confident that the galvanized coating and stainless steel fasteners included in the Rust Armor™ package will eliminate any risk of corrosion that we are backing these products up with an extended lifetime warranty that covers damage caused by corrosion.

          This warranty covers all environments including brutal costal conditions, salt from road clearing and dense humidity.


    Professional and DIY Installation

    The Hercules Diamond system is precisely manufactured with high quality materials that are designed to go together smoothly and intuitively. Assembly of this system requires the use of special tools such as a Genie Lift which can be rented from your local equipment rental company or scaffolding. This is because the backboard must be mounted at it's desired height.

    • Phone support from an experienced installation expert

    • "H" bracket is pre-installed saving you 15 minutes of assembly time.

    • Precise leveling using self-leveling nuts after the pier has cured.

    • Stainless steel fasteners will not seize up if you decide to move to a new house (requires Rust Armor package)

    • Installation process summary

      1. Concrete Pier Installation (~1.5 Hours)
      2. Allow Concrete to Cure (1 - 5 Days)
      3. Assemble System on Cured Concrete (~1.5 Hours)
      4. Start Playing!
    • View / print installation instructions

    • Plan your court

      • 5' Overhang (Front of the pole to the front of the backboard)
      • Approximately 24" square pier (depends on your soil conditions)
      • Free-throw line is 15' from the front of the backboard
      • Three-point line is a perfect arc from the center of the rim
        • Middle-School, High-School, Women's College: 19' 9"
        • Men's College: 20' 9"
        • NBA: 23' 9" (wings cut off)
      • View / print court dimension diagrams

    • Popular installation frequently asked questions

      • Is the pier included?

        Yes, everything you need for installation is included but the concrete.

      • How big does the pier need to be?

        24" square and 4' deep belled out at the bottom. If you have a sandy soil you might want to go deeper.

      • Can it be installed into existing concrete?

        Yes. You can jackhammer the area you need or use wedge anchors.

      • How long does it take to install?

        Installation times can vary but you can expect to spend around 1.5 hours installing the pier and 1.5 hours assembling the system with 1 to 5 days for the pier to cure.

    Design and Aesthetics

    The Hercules Diamond basketball system is elegantly designed to be a classy, unobtrusive edition to your driveway or backyard court. The proportionate system will blend into the surroundings while offering an unmistakable professional playing experience.

    Photos of various Hercules systems with a clean unobtrusive look

    • Smooth gloss back finish

      Blends into residential settings and resists unattractive weathering

    • Clear backboard

      Allows surroundings through for an unobtrusive feel

    • Available tempered glass backboard

      The very hard tempered glass will remain clear and not scratch like softer acrylic alternatives. This ensures that the backboard will remain clear and not get a dull dirty look.

    • Minimalistic backboard frame (thin bezel)

    • Available Rust Armor

      Reduces rust and ensures your system will not become an eye-sore

    • Very little signage

      We don't treat your system like a billboard. There is a small sticker on the backboard and extension arm that can be removed if you'd like.

    • Rectangular clear backboard

      Delivers a very professional look that adds prestige to your home

    • Clean, minimalistic design

      Many believe that this system is elegant and clean. We have taken a minimalistic approach to this system to keep things looking good and simple without sacrificing performance or durability.


    Add Rust Armor to ensure your system does not become and eye-sore

    A competitor's system after a few years without Rust Armor protection

    A competitor's system with multi-piece pole and no Rust Armor protection

    How much does it cost? Do I need it? What's included?

    Safety

    Hercules systems create a safe engaging environment at your home or institution. Protective padding and a large overhang distance ensure your players stay safe.

    Children playing two on two with the Hercules Diamond basketball system

    • Protective safety padding

      The Hercules Diamond is designed to protect all players. Young and elite players alike will appreciate the pole & gusset padding included with every Hercules system. The wrap around pole padding protects aggressive players that drive in hard for a lay-ups and play underneath the hoop. The gusset padding protects players from rolling an ankle or falling onto exposed bolts at the base. In contrast, many other basketball goals do not include the protective padding needed to keep players injury free.

    • Break-away rim

      For players unleashing their dunking power on the Hercules system, we have included a heavy-duty break-away rim that is designed to absorb the pressure and pop right back into place. This softens the blow to player's hands and joints preventing injury.

    • Keeps kids in a safe environment

      The Hercules system gets children excited about being active and keeps them in a safe invironment that you control

    • Large safe-play area

      Take the pole out of the playing area while keeping balls and players on the court. Overhang is defined as the distance from the front of the pole to the front of the backboard. Regulation courts have a distance of 4' from the baseline to the front of the backboard. This area is used to box out and allows players running in for lay-ups to stay in play. More importantly it keeps the pole out of the playing area reducing the likelihood of injury to players. Larger overhang distances also keep players from stepping off the playing surface which reduces injuries such as rolled ankles.