Top positive review
Wall mount used on Metal pole
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2019
I had a few requirements (goals) in mind when researching a goal for our home. First, I did not want to spend more than $500. Second, my son plays on travel team and I wanted it to be very close to gymnasium play-ability. This goal has slightly more flex than a tempered glass gym backboard but only slightly. Huge improvement from previous goal is helping him improve. The poly-carbonate backboard is 4mm (1/5”) thick but the brace design makes it play much stiffer. Would have to spend much more to get tempered glass. Third, it had to be approved by the homeowners association. I could get the 54” approved, and it really is a good size.
I purchased this B8403W wall mount system and mounted it to 6x6 metal pole. Most of the pole mount systems (in my price bracket) were either proprietary or appeared to have light weight hardware. You can spend a lot of money to get the heavy steel and tempered glass but when I read the reviews and did the research, this one seemed to fill my need. The entire system ties to a T bracket, which with a little DIY design, mounted to the pole, and the result is fantastic. I really like the backboard design and the sturdy hardware. Escalade sports site has the instruction manual online and it is worth taking time to review. The manual shows the T bracket dimensions which allowed me to measure and design the two extra brackets (before purchasing) that allowed this to be a good option for pole mount.
Assembly was easy. Instructions are very good. The hardware is well organized (see open box pic) and high quality. Also, the overall project allowed me to teach the youngster a little about design, assembly, and metal work. The hardest part is raising it up to mount. I used a rope and pulley, multiple ladders, and three people. You need to plan the raising/mounting task. Be safe and do not get in a hurry.
Very pleased with the final product.