Engineer Shane Wighton has created many sports-related machines in the past, but this one may be the coolest yet. Simply put, it’s a baseball bat equipped with an explosive piston that almost always guarantees a home run. However, this isn’t a project just anyone can try, as Wighton had to fabricate a custom bat from a slab of pine before fitting the steel piston mechanism on the end powered by .27-caliber blank bullets. Read more for a video and additional information.
When the bat makes contact with an incoming ball, either from someone throwing it or on a tee, the piston compresses, thus activating the blanks inside, which then explode and force it propel the ball. Now the key is to make contact, as even a light swing can launch a ball over the outfield wall. Wighton’s current home run record? How about 350-feet.
- BASEBALL INFLATAMAN: Step up to the ultimate pitching showdown. Full game set includes 1 Inflataman Baseball Catcher, 6 Inflatable Rubber Baseballs, Premium Ball Pump and Dry Erase Scoreboard
- STRIKE ZONE PITCHING GAME: Test your skills on the mound with up to 4 players and compete to see who can pitch the most strikes over 9 innings. Keep score and crown the MVP on the included Dry Erase Scoreboard (full rules included)
- PLAY BALL: Inflatable baseballs are safe for kids and easy to hold for hands of all sizes so all ages can enjoy this fun baseball toss game at your next tailgate, birthday party, beach day, camping trip and more
- INFLATABLE CATCHER: The game sets up in minutes. Simply inflate the life-size catcher and fill the base cavity with water to weigh it down and start pitching like the pros.