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chesterh4

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knocking in machine or by hand?
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:48:59 PM »

I've always knocked my bats in by hand,
but last season i used a boom boom sig, and where i bought it from they had a knocking in machine, because i had bought the bat it was
free. was told i could then use it. went into the nets and got a few surface cracks and the toe went.

but i keep hearing there great things, be interested to see what you all think!
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2012, 08:13:20 PM »

I prefer using a good ol' fashion mallet.
I genuinely think that if you do use a machine then you won't be able to find out for yourself which areas of the bat need more knocking in during the process.

It'd be interesting to see what other forum members have to say.
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2012, 09:06:30 PM »

mate i would always knock a bat by hand even if its pre-knocked, beauty of machine knocked is it requires less work from you but you should still knock the bat till you are happy with it...now in some case no matter how much you knock a bat it might still break...
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2012, 10:06:25 PM »

machine will get about 70 percent done then i would do it by hand then i would say to any one give a few catches with old ish balls  then throw downs with old ish ball balls then a net with old ish balls then get on the harder balls this if you want ur bats to last longer hope this  makes senes
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2012, 11:06:02 PM »

As much as I hate knocking in bats I could never trust a pre knocked in bat, so the toe and edges get a good 2+ hours and the rest gets just about 2 hours.

My SAF had the above treatment and then I started useing it in the nets but I still give it 20min knocking in when I can.
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2012, 11:07:22 PM »

The only machine I've used butchers good bats, it is a South African one with a metal ball and it is fine is the bat is hard pressed but on most it dents it so hard that you can break up straight away. I've used for many bats at the owners request and in the end refused to use it anymore due to damage.

If your bat is pressed well then it should not take very long with a mallet plus you get a feel for the bat.
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2012, 11:25:26 PM »

talisman yer your right there it does help you get a feel for you bat and presseing can make a lot a differnce from a good bat to a bad bat
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2012, 11:30:58 PM »

^I think it is pressing and handles which seperate and make one bat good and other bad
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2012, 08:04:26 AM »

I always get mine done by machine, because it's definitely going to do it properly. I never use 'hand knocking in services' as I don't believe they're truly gonna stand there for 5 hours knocking it in for 15-20. When I do it myself I never do if fully, so I always use CJI's machine (and it works a treat).
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2012, 10:26:47 AM »

No bat needs over an hour of knocking, if you know what you are doing you are looking at 15 minutes to fully prepare a match bat for nets. I understand that companies ask for much much longer as it is natural for people to get bored and cut down the length of time they spend on it. If you pay someone to knock it in then they should know what they are doing and therefore they won't need to spend 5 hours on it.

Handles don't affect the knocking in, pressing does massively but so does willow type.
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2012, 11:21:53 AM »

I've always hand knocked my bats. And friends let me knock theirs in as well for a small fee of course  :)
 I tend to knock evenly but firmly with a quality mallet occross the blade for around 45 mins. I spend maybe an extra 20-30 mins on the toe until it makes a less ear piercing sound off the mallet. Edges get a light rounding with a smaller mallet as well. That's how Richard Wensley told me to do it and I've stuck to it
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2012, 11:27:17 AM »

Personally, I dont knock in my bats, as I feel it makes the bat play better immediately, and I have never had a problem with any of my bats breaking etc, but if I were to knock them in, I would use a machine because as Joe said, you know that it is done properly.
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2012, 12:04:06 PM »

Personally, I dont knock in my bats, as I feel it makes the bat play better immediately, and I have never had a problem with any of my bats breaking etc, but if I were to knock them in, I would use a machine because as Joe said, you know that it is done properly.
If I can't get it to CJI I won't bother knocking it in, like you said never had a problem with cracks or anything.
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2012, 12:22:18 PM »

Yeah, I think the pressing is more than enough haha
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Re: knocking in machine or by hand?
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2012, 02:15:31 PM »

I start light by had then get bored fairly quickly (around 10mins). work on the toe for about another 10 mins and then hit the nets.I'm too lazy to do It right.
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