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157 of 160 people found the following review helpful.
By Amazonymous subPrime
Some (pointed) thoughts on the Chuck-it!® launcher:
—We've used these launchers in all their incarnations over the past twenty years or so and the basic concept's great, in fact, a life-saver when tiring out our 3 hyperactive standard poodles. They're clearly ball-chasing addicts at this point.
—There's been a definite degradation in the product over the years, primarily in the cup's ability to grip/pick-up the ball.
—I'm no materials science guy but it seems there's been a change in the composition of the plastic such that it's lost much of its elasticity—the cup simply fails to grab the ball in a relatively short period of time (a couple months of use) where it seemed to last for over a year previously. Notice in one of the pictures how stretched out the cup gets—needless to say, it no longer picks up the ball!
—Our last 4 Chuck-It's (pictured) all suffer from the same malady to one degree or another, perhaps the orange (smaller one) slightly less so.
—Such mysterious loss of elasticity in subsequent 'newer/improved' models reeks of 'planned obsolescence'. Unfortunately, it worked! We've bought at least 10 over the years!
—Out of desperation, we tried another brand, also purchased here on Amazon, the Hyper-Pet Throw-n-Go® (the two black launchers to the left of the Chuck-Its)
—The Hyper-Pet is nearly identical in price but has held its cup's 'grab-ability' much longer. To be fair, it *is* shorter than the 26M, requiring you to bend over a tad more. It features a more flexible neck region, which may slightly limit maximum throw distance, but which is still great for our hyperactive standard poodles and which has the unexpected benefit of saving your wrist and forearm/elbow; I've not re-experienced humeral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) since switching (yeah, we use them *a lot*!). On the down side, the Hyper-Pet comes only in black and its circular 'extra-ball storage' in the handle is gimmicky.
In sum, I feel slightly used and abused by the phine pholks at Chuck-It what with my 'engineered obsolescence' concerns and the fact we've been such good customers. Topping it off, I wrote to them about my observations a month ago and have yet to hear back.
And so, since Chuck-It seems to have 'thrown the match', I've decided to 'throw in the towel'. Buh bye, now.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
CHEAP KNOCKOFF BEWARE
By Angiesaurous Rex
I'm not sure what compelled the manufacturer to change the Chuckit stick the way they did but it is now complete garbage. It's totally flimsy, hard to throw, and hard to grab the ball from the ground. The old design it a million times better. If you are a returning customer thinking that you're getting the old Chuckit stick that's sturdy and has that nice rubber grip, DO NOT BUY THIS. This feels like a cheap knock-off but the sad thing is that it IS a Chuckit product. Just save yourself the aggravation and walk away.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. See all 1310 customer reviews...
Perfect product for those suffering from arthritis and a dog with a ton of energy.
Both my dog an I both approve of this product, I have owned it for over a year and use it nearly every day, I will admit that I lost the ball that came with it, but that is not a big deal because a normal tennis ball fits perfectly in it. This product uses very old very simple technology to launch a ball as far as you would ever need it to go, another plus is that this is very easy on your shoulder joint, I own an English Lab and she will fetch a ball until my arm goes numb. This product completely alleviates that problem or any pain caused by throwing a ball over and over again, perfect for those suffering from arthritis or shoulder problems. Great product, used daily for over a year and still good as new, would absolutely recommend.