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spaustinman
15th February 2011, 07:06 PM
Hi,

just want to comment on Unicorn's Dartmate: after it replaced my electronic dartboard, I think it's not just me who loves the dartmate, but my neighbours must love it as well.
Now finally I can play darts all night long and no one cares.

However, the nuts and bolts that come with the dartmate are just far beyoooond anything remotely to be considered decent - srsly, how can Unicorn charge as much as they do for the dartmate and then throw in the cheapest nuts and bolts on the market?

It wasn't too difficult to put the dartmate together, but I have no idea how one day I can fold it up again without using an angle grinder on the nuts, as the Allen key won't find anything to get a grip on in the bolts anymore

Bottom line: as a portable dartboard stand, the dartmate does what you expect it to do. But if you just judge it for what it is hardwarewise, the pricing is pretty ridiculous.

Well, anyway.

Cheers
spaustinman

RNLarry
15th February 2011, 07:36 PM
what games does it do? Cricket I hope

Steve Metalman
15th February 2011, 07:47 PM
Hi spaustinman.
Its a bit late to point you towards the DIY Dartmates
But heres a link to the DIY section anyway.

What I'd suggest is to replace the nuts and bolts with some good ones and not use the nasty cheap ones that come with it


Toolbox Darts DIY section
:clickherered (http://www.thedartsforum.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?64-THE-TOOLBOX)

spaustinman
16th February 2011, 02:22 PM
Thanks Steve! All of a sudden I think, I could use another of these contraptions - there's some spare space in the bedroom :-D

Cheers
spaustinman

kong
17th February 2011, 07:56 AM
ive had the same dartmate for years and never had any trouble with the bolts and mine is well travelled i use to take it everywhere,i now use the unicorn on tour when im away,takes secs to put up and is a great mobile bit of kit for when you need a practice in ya hotel room....

Bone
17th February 2011, 08:18 AM
ooh i need this...i wake my wife up all the time playing. maybe i'll buy one and give it to her as a gift ;)
does it move back at all when the darts hit? do you ever have to reposition?

tanic180
10th April 2011, 06:13 PM
I love my dartmate you can practice when you want great bit of kit

Steve Metalman
10th April 2011, 06:28 PM
If the nuts and bolt are a bit suspect, I'd go and buy some decent ones from a decent diy store
Go for stainless steel ones if you can afford them

Phil2511
17th February 2012, 03:33 AM
Some money to let the wife sleep. Ear plugs would be cheaper. Lol

leed1973
17th February 2012, 10:57 AM
Yes I agree the Dartsmate stand from Unicorn is amazing bit of Kit, I have one not only is it brilliant and easy to set up a perfect hight and setup it also can be put away from a wall to stop noise. For a example I live in a flat with plasterboard walls so I would be unable to put a dartboard on the walls with out desturbing nextdoor and above with a thudding noise every time the dart hit the board as the wall is hollow and amp's the noise just like a speaker case makes base loader. I tryied even filling the wall with expanding foam and putting consatrated foam behind the board cabnet on the wall still made to much noise in the main hall wall of the flats.

The great thing with the darts maate stand is the noise does not travel outside the flat as the vibrations stay with in my own walls as they do not touch the external walls which is great as I can practice any time during the day or night when ever I want as I have a bad injery I can only play in very short spells any way.

I have slightly customised my dartsmate stand with a spotlight arm which I fitted to the top light holder by drilling a couple of holes and fitting two adjustable nuts and bolts.

Then fitted a aluminum extention arm and a 35w spot light pointing down onto the board for perfect light, I purchased the silver dartslight and just painted it black and customised it slightly to fit the dartsmate stand. Please see photo's below of stand with fitted light with extention arm.

http://i1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/th_SAM_0748.jpg (http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/?action=view&current=SAM_0748.jpg)
just fitted new dartboard target tour pro DC edition

http://i1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/th_SAM_0690.jpg (http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/?action=view&current=SAM_0690.jpg)
ECLIPSE PRO COMES WITH THE STAND CUSTOM FITTED DARTS LIGHT WITH BLACK ENAMEL PAINT
http://i1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/th_SAM_0689.jpg (http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/?action=view&current=SAM_0689.jpg)
ECLIPSE PRO COMES WITH THE STAND CUSTOM FITTED DARTS LIGHT WITH BLACK ENAMEL PAINT
http://i1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/th_SAM_0564.jpg (http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/?action=view&current=SAM_0564.jpg)
ECLIPSE PRO COMES WITH THE STAND CUSTOM FITTED DARTS LIGHT WITH BLACK ENAMEL PAINT
http://i1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/th_SAM_0692.jpg (http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/?action=view&current=SAM_0692.jpg)
ECLIPSE PRO COMES WITH THE STAND CUSTOM FITTED DARTS LIGHT WITH BLACK ENAMEL PAINT
http://i1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/th_SAM_0693.jpg (http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/?action=view&current=SAM_0693.jpg)
ECLIPSE PRO COMES WITH THE STAND CUSTOM FITTED DARTS LIGHT WITH BLACK ENAMEL PAINT
http://i1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/th_SAM_0694.jpg (http://s1050.photobucket.com/albums/s420/leed1973/Darts%20Album/?action=view&current=SAM_0694.jpg)
ECLIPSE PRO COMES WITH THE STAND CUSTOM FITTED DARTS LIGHT WITH BLACK ENAMEL PAINT

My Review of This Item

Value For Money
I would give this 5/5 for value althought it seams expensive when it arrives you will see that it is well built out of very strong metal and not flimsy fiberglass poles or thin metal like i was expecting. I was very impressed.
Payability
It will take you 5-10 Minutes to get the hole thing setup correctly and then you are ready to play. I would advise you purchasing the following item if you don't already have one Designa Referee Tool - Pro EditionDesigna Referee Tool - Pro Edition (http://www.dartscorner.co.uk/p62119/Dart-Accessory---%3Cb%3EDesigna-Referee-Tool-Pro%3C/b%3E---with-sharpener-and-point-protector---%3Cb%3EPro-Edition%3C/b%3E/product_info.html) This will come in handy to make sure the board has been setup totaly level before you start to play. 4.5/5 I would have given 5/5 But Unicorn should have supplyied there own version of the board level tool at this price.
Recomeded
YES

PRO/CON
Pro's
This even comes with a Oche mate to make sure you can messure the correct throwing distance.
High quality bulit
Brilliant Customer Services (If Needed)
Good Value for Money as Includes Unicorn Eclipse Pro

Con's
Item should come with a board Level - to make sure the board is set level at this price.

OVERALL

Brilliant Item would recomed this item as one of the best purchases I have made, I am very happy with it thanks Unicorn for inventing a great item like this.


I PERSONALY DONT TAKE MINE UP AND DOWN SO DO NOT HAVE TROBLE WITH MY NUT'S AND BOLTS BUT AS I DO NOT TAKE MINE UP AND DOWN AND USE IT AS A PERMENANT FIXTURE I CAN NOT COMMENT REALLY ON THE NUTS AND BOLT'S. I DID FIND THEM QUITE HARD TO DO UP TIGHT TO THERE TIGHTEST POINTS SO THE METAL CLOSED TOGETHER. SO I USED A SET OF PLYIERS AND A BATTERY POWERED DRILL WITH A ALLEN KEY ATTACHMENT ON UNTIL THEY WHERE TIGHT AND HAD CRUSHED THE METAL TOGETHER. ALSO MY NUTS AND BOLTS SEAM TO BE STAINLESS BUT I ONLY JUST GOT MY DARTSMATE.SO PREHAPS UNICORN HAS REPLACED THEM WITH NEW ONES.

IF YOU HAVE BROKEN NUTS AND BOLTS , I WOULD SUGGEST YOU CONTACT UNICORN CUSTOMER SUPPORT, AS I HAD A PROBLEM WITH SOME ITEM ON MINE AND THEY SENT ME REPLACEMENTS STRIGHT OUT IN THE POST.

HOPE THIS HELPS REGARDS

Jack
17th February 2012, 03:19 PM
Nice set up mate and great review.